Thursday, May 14, 2020

CC: Three Outta Four Ain't Bad

An awesome card arrived the other day.
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Cyan Printing Plate (1/1)

These days, with few-to-no new actual sporting events worth talking about, there are a lot of pieces being written about sports from the past.  One of them I caught recently was about the 2008 mid-season trade the Brewers made for Sabathia.  In my lifetime, he was the best pitcher the Brewers have ever had.  Prior to Sabathia, the candidates were Teddy Higuera, who flamed out after a few years that hinted at possible brilliance, and Ben Sheets, who was a solid #1 guy for many years, but came nowhere close to a Kershaw or a Verlander.

Going into a game and being reasonably confident that our guy was going to shut the other team's offense down was something I had never experienced as a fan.  For a team trying to make the playoffs for the first time in 26 years, feeling that every five days you were guaranteed to get a win was just huge.  He was part of my sport fan timeline for just a few months, and his final appearance was one we'd like to forget, but the joy he brought is why I continue to hunt these cards down.

This is the third Spectrum plate I've been able to acquire.  It's unthinkable, I know, but there's always a glimmer of hope that the black printing plate of this card shows up.  When it does, I'll be there for it.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Death Stare Workout Mix #1

So I did one of these back in the Thorzul Will Rule days.  Basically I strap on my iPod Nano, set it to shuffle, and see what comes out during my run through the neighborhood.  Usually it's an eclectic mix of enjoyable sounds.

Link to YouTube playlist.

1. “Moon River” - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Not the best song to get you going, but I had to adhere to my “no skips” rule to maintain the integrity of this mix.

2. “Tear You Apart” - She Wants Revenge
Very aggressive song about an unhealthy relationship. This song has apparently gotten a lot of play on various shows/movies.

3. “The Rat” - The Walkmen
Good song for running, and kind of the perfect song to follow “Tear You Apart,” since it’s the quintessential breakup song. There’s an amazing line at the bridge that’s very appropriate for living through a global pandemic: “When I used to go out I'd know everyone I saw Now I go out alone if I go out at all.”

4. “Circle of Friends” - Better Than Ezra
Direct from the Empire Records soundtrack, pure ‘90s goodness.

 5. “Luno” - Bloc Party
Good uptempo song.

 6. “Handsworth Riot” - Pato Banton
Amazing song about riots in Birmingham in the 1980s. Easily the best song on this mix. I look forward to playing this at a backyard barbecue when those things can happen again.

7. “All the Champs That Ever Lived” by The Octopus Project
Drum and bass. Decent enough.

8. “Segue 1” - Failure
Unremarkabe instrumental cut.

 9. “Say Hello” - Deep Dish Excellent song for the home stretch. Got back home and sat on my porch to listen to the last thirty seconds.

Hope you like it!