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2009 Highlights

2009 Highlights – Jermaine Dye

I think that this card got lost in the shuffle for a while. It was part of my 2010 custom set. I started the set of with 14 cards highlighting some of the better games I saw in 2009. I used the 1985 Topps record breaker cards as a template, but changed them a little to suit me. Looking back at the card I think I might have been able to do a little better, but for an early crack at making cards it is not too bad. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Paul Konerko Hits Monster Shot

Last season I had some vouchers to use as the season was winding down. I ended up buying tickets to see the Sox play two straight weeknight games against the Twins near the end of August. The Sox lost both of those games, but they each had moments that I will remember. During the first game Paul Konerko hit a shot that was measured at 464 feet by HitTracker. It is the second longest home run that I have seen in person, and of course since my guy hit it the game makes the set. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Simon Castro Gem


2009 Highlight – Albert Pujols Walkoff


2009 Highlights – Mark Buehrle Appreciation Day

Last season I grabbed a ticket at the last minute to Mark Buehrle Appreciation Day. This was the first time since Mark pitched his perfect game that he was at U.C. Cellular Field. I had decent seats, but they were not near home plate where all the action was. I used my trick to get into the lower deck and found some seats above the White Sox dugout that were not occupied. I watched the ceremony prior to the game where they honored Mark along with catcher Ramon Castro and outfielder Dewayne Wise. In the fourth inning the people who belonged in my seats finally made it to the game and kicked me out. The guy was in a big hurry for getting to the game so late, but I was lucky enough to get to see the pre game ceremony from my seats. (more…)

2009 Highlight – Ryan Theriot Hits Two Home Runs

Last season I attended my only Cubs game early in the year. I got a last minute call to see if I wanted to go and watch the game from some really great seats. How could you turn that down? I went to the game to see the rematch between Derrek Lee and Chris Young. Two years earlier the two went at it. Pictures from that day can be found in this set. (more…)

2009 Highlights: Crede Hits Two Home Runs

Last year on this date I was sitting inside the now demolished Metrodome to see the White Sox take on the Twins. I was there to see my Sox win, but I did have on my Joe Crede t-shirt underneath my Fisk jersey. Joe almost made me regret that decision to wear hit jersey shirt when he went 2-4 with two home runs and four RBI’s. He really had a great game against his former team. The Twins lost that game though 8-7 . Future Twin Jim Thome had four RBI’s on the night helping the Sox get the win. My recap of that game written on the road last year can be found here. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Homer Bailey Strikes Out 15

Last April I wanted to visit Fifth Third Field in Toledo. I had heard a lot about it, and wanted to see the stadium in person. The Louisville bats were playing the home Mud Hens that day. I had seen the Bats the week before in my first visit to the stadium in Indy. Another reason I was excited was that Homer Bailey was pitching for the Bats. He was a highly touted prospect, and was even rumored to be headed to the White Sox in the off season. Bailey fanned 15 batters in 6 1/3 innings that day. He looked simply awesome. My recap on that game can be found here. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Civil Rights Game

Last year just over a year ago I was in Cincinnati for the Civil Rights game between the White Sox and the Reds. I saw a lot of highlights that day. Before the game Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, and Bill Cosby were all on the field. I mean how can you get better than that? I toured the Reds Hall of Fame, which if you haven’t done yet you need to. When the game started the White Sox found themselves in a shootout with the Reds. Eleven days earlier I was able to see Gordon Beckham get his first Major League hit in person. On June 20th he hit his first ever Major League home run with me in attendance. For some reason I have seen a lot of his home runs in person including his only one this season. The Sox won the game, and I went home happy. This was one of those games that I will remember for a long time. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Jim Thome’s 460 foot Grand Slam

Last year I got fairly good seats for the White Sox game against the Orioles. I always enjoy going to Mullet night and celebrating the stylish hairstyle. What I did not expect when I went to the game was to see a show by Jim Thome. He hit two home runs on the night including a 460 foot grand slam. He ended up with seven RBI’s for the day making for a great night. I got some great pictures and had a great time. It was a night to remember for sure, and worthy of making my highlights. (more…)

Gordon Beckham – 1st MLB Hit HL

I had to title the post this way because in a couple of weeks I will have another card in the highlights series featuring Gordon. So far I have had good luck in seeing Beckham do well. I have seen about 1/3 of his pro home runs in person. On June 6th of last year though I was lucky enough to be at the game where he got his first hit. The original post from that game can be found here from my other site Confessions of a Sports Junkie. Gordon had gone almost a week in the bigs without a hit. When he was called up I knew that I would be at this game, and I wondered what the chance was that we would see it. Gordon did not disappoint. He drove a Dontrelle Willis pitch to the outfield, and took a huge monkey off of his back. He rode that momentum through the rest of the season. (more…)

2009 Highlights – Opening Day

Looking at the 1985 set they started it off with a record breaker set. I did not really witness any records last year or this year, but I did see some great games. I thought I would make a card similar to the record breaker card with highlights from last season. Here is the first of those. I guess it would be card #1 in my set if I had to number them. (more…)