Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Trolls, please stop!  Really... It's not right.

Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew we find out that the phrase "no good deed goes unpunished" is unfortunately true.
But here's the thing: Kemp, who is from nearby Midwest City, hit only his second home run of of the season on Monday. That's in 165 at-bats. Kemp makes $20 million this year from the Dodgers, as part of a $160 million contract he signed in 2011. It's easy to look at this all this and say Matt Kemp is being "cheap" — oh, and people have.
Last night I posted up a brief story on this blog about how Kemp would be lending some support to his hometown.
After this evenings game, Matt Kemp went onto twitter to lend his support.  He promises to donate some funds to the current relief effort.  See his tweet below.

It is an act of kindness from a man who is known for being one of the good guys.  So, to find out that there are those who wish to debase him for it is nothing but a vile, disgusting and inappropriate act.

Decades ago I was introduced to a phrase that I know applies here.

"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"

In other words, you should never question the reason or amount of charity/goodwill a person provides.  It should be enough that he's willing to help.  And if it's not good enough for you, well... I think that says more about you than Kemp.

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2013 Topps Museum - The Dodgers' Autographed Cards

I am finally getting around to posting up more Dodger cards from this years 2013 Topps Museum card set.  Below are most of the Dodgers' autographed card that you can find.

Autographed Cards

#AA-AG Adrian Gonzalez                           #AA-DSU Don Sutton

#AA-MW Maury Wills                     #AA-SK Sandy Koufax

These next cards below are really the cream of the crop when it comes to autographed cards in this set.  BTW, there is a Hyun-Jin Ryu card, as well.  Unfortunately, only a redemption is made available in packs.

Museum Collection Autographs

#MCA-AG Adrian Gonzalez                   #MCA-CK Clayton Kershaw

#MCA-SK Sandy Koufax

Unfortunately, not every available Dodger card from the Momentous Material Jumbo Relic auto cards have shown up yet.  See what I've been able to collect, so far.  As for cards not yet seen, there are a couple of Kershaw cards (likely a redemption), another Sutton variation available, and a Hanley Ramirez Jumbo autographed card out there.

Momentous Material JUMBO Relic Autographs

#MMJAR-AE Andre Ethier                 #MMJAR-AG Adrian Gonzalez

Don Sutton

#MMJAR-SK1 Sandy Koufax              #MMJAR-SK2 Sandy Koufax

I've only seen the Kershaw and Koufax Quad Relic Book-Card.  A Gonzalez, Sutton and Hanley card exist, as well.

Primary Pieces Quad Relics Book-Card Autograph

#PPAR-CK Clayton Kershaw

#PPAR-SK Sandy Koufax

A Clayton Kershaw exist, but a redemption is made available in packs.

Signature Swatches Dual Relic Autographs

#SSADR-AE Andre Ethier           #SSADR-AG Adrian Gonzalez

#SSADR-HR Hanley Ramirez

As with the above autographed relic card, there is also a Kershaw triple relic available, but a redemption has been placed within packs.

Signature Swatches Triple Relic Autographs

#SSATR-AG Adrian Gonzalez

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Blog Kiosk: 5/21/2013

Clayton Kershaw was brilliant again last night in the Dodgers victory over the Brewers. Pic via Dodger Dugout Steps.
Two big surprises have emerged from the film“42,” which deals with Jackie Robinson’s breaking major league baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. One, it appears that many people who never set foot in Ebbets Field in the 1940s and ’50s have been flocking to see it. And two, the chief tormentor of Robinson, Philadelphia Phillies Manager Ben Chapman, is portrayed exactly as he was in life: a meanspirited, unreconstructed bigot. 
  • Come on, people!  When you place a bid on eBay you are contractually obligated to pay.  Even if you meant it as a joke!  Via Susan Lulgjuraj at Beckett, the winning bidder to the Jack Hoffman autographed card that was to go to charity will not pay.  I think you should publicly out the guy for being a douchbag!!!
  • Night Owl has another great enlightening post titled, "Everyone Changes".
  • GCRL completes his 1963 Fleer Dodger team set.  Check it out here.
  • Manny Ramirez moonwalks on the ballfield, via Zach Stoloff at NESN.com.  A video is included in the link
  • Shawn Chaul, the man who built the greatest Gretzky collection of all time, shares some tip on how to build a memorabilia collection, via The National Post.
“Be in it for the enjoyment,” he says. “Don’t ever think of sports memorabilia as an investment. It’s like a car. It’s an expense. Don’t ever plan on getting your money back. When you’re in it for the enjoyment, you’re never going to pay more than you’re comfortable spending. Then you can spend with heart.”
  • This is some very sad news.  Zach Sobiech, who wrote a song called "Clouds" after discovering that his cancer became terminal, just passed away at the age of 18.  RIP, Zach.  Below is his song.  My eyes are starting to tear - it's too dusty in here.

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Hat Tip: America Blog

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