October 25, 2014

Random Royals #10: "Bye Bye" Balboni

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Steve Balboni provided the Royals with their power during the 1985 Championship. He hit career highs in home runs, hits, and RBIs but had nearly double the amount of strikeouts [166] than anyone else on the team. The 2014 Royals on the other hand  had only had one batter, Alex Gordon, who hit more than half as many as "Bye Bye" Balboni.

1985 Topps #486 Steve Balboni

My Favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode Explained

Mystery Science Theater 3000 has so many perfect and classic episodes it must be hard for some people to pick their favorite. You have the Joel vs. Mike debate, the TV's Frank era, the Pearl Forrester era and each period seems to have its own perfect episode. And when tasked with picking your overall favorite there are many episodes to serious consider. You have the episode which nearly single handedly put Manos: The Hand Of Fate on every bad movie list, the Canadian equivalent of Plan 9, and the many, many railings of Space Mutiny.


My personal favorite is The Giant Spider Invasion which is Episode 10 of Season 8. Directed by Bill Rebane [who also directed the outstanding Monster A-Go Go], the film is set in northern Wisconsin and so this episode is chock full of Green Bay Packers references and Badger State jokes. I've edited it down to just the good Wisconsin related parts and it is helpful to remember that this particular episode came out in May of 1997 just five months after Brett Favre led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. Enjoy.

 

October 24, 2014

Random Royals #9: Travel Day Giants

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

With yesterday being a travel day and no game to write about I'll let a few cards of a former Giant player slip into my Random Royals posts. You might not have noticed it but Barry Zito didn't pitch in the 2014 season and his career is most likely over. The Giants bought out the last year of his contract a.k.a. The Contract of Doom which forever hindered the Giants from winning the World Series...oh wait, that's not the case.

These three cards have come to me through trades with the amazing Reader Mike D. who takes my want list and converts it into actual cards! Your efforts are always greatly appreciated!

2004 Fleer Platinum #NPN/BZ Barry Zito Patch Relic #020/170
2000 Royal Rookies Elite 8 Autographs Barry Zito Autograph #313/2500
2005 Playoff Prestige #4 Barry Zito Jersey Relic

October 23, 2014

Random Royals #8: Starting Lineup Bo Jackson Cards

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

With the impressive victory in Game 2 last night it was time to break out some rarer Royals card. Way back in 2009, Play at the Plate sent me a Starting Lineup Bo Jackson figure for a Secret Santa exchange and I kept it in its original packaging for a little bit but eventually broke down and freed Bo from his plastic prison. Along with the figure came two Starting Lineup cards, one from the year the toy was made [1989] and one from Bo's Rookie Year in 1987. Highlights for me are Bo's signature on the reverse of the black bordered card and the small novel that's written on the back of his "rookie" card.



































October 22, 2014

Random Royals #7: Greg Pryor

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I'll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** 

Today in Random Royals we have Greg Pryor from 1984 Topps. This may not be the card you want but it is the card we deserve after last night's performance in Game 1. It's an unremarkable card for an unremarkable player however Greg was on the Royals World Series Championship team in 1985 and in holding with my idea that every major league player holds some kind of record he was the last position player ever drafted by the Washington Senators.

1984 Topps #317 Greg Pryor

October 21, 2014

Random Royals #6: Getting Closer To An Impressive Record

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The Royals improbable run in the playoffs has left them incredibly close to an impressive playoff record. If they are able to take a 2-0 lead over the Giants they will have won the most consecutive playoff games dethroning a Murders Row era Yankees team and a Big Three Era Yankees team with 12 straight wins each.

Which brings us to Jim Wright's card from 1982 Topps. He pitched for the Royals for parts of two seasons and since 2002 has been a pitching coach of the last team that swept through early rounds of the playoffs in 2007, the Colorado Rockies.

1982 Topps #362 Jim Wright

Random Royals #5: Drafting George Brett

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The Royals drafted their best player in franchise history in the 1971 amateur draft. But you might be surprised to learn that he wasn't the Royals' first pick the draft. No, Brett was drafted in the 2nd round. The Royals first round pick was for a pitcher named Roy Branch. He would never pitch for the Royals in the majors and was eventually shipped over to the Mariners where he was able to pitch two games in the pros.

I love thinking about the different possibilities of the draft and the picks that could have been. The Royals drafted Branch in front of perennial All-Stars Frank Tanana and Jim Rice. Additionally, the Royals could have picked another Hall of Famer instead of Brett that might have helped the team even more: Mike Schmidt was the very next pick in the draft made by the Phillies.

1983 Donruss #338 George Brett

October 20, 2014

Random Royals #4: And You Thought Gubicza Was Hard To Spell!

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Al Hrabosky, or The Mad Hungarian as he was affectionately known during his playing days, played for the Royals for two seasons '78 and '79 as a closer and middle reliever. He came to the Royals in a trade with the Cardinals and he's been the color commentator for Cardinals games since 1985.


1980 Topps #585