Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friends from Long Island

Over the course of the last 2 seasons we've gotten some packages from Kyle in Long Island.  We finally had the chance to meet him and his family last summer when they made the trip to Lancaster.  We had plans to get to Long Island this summer, but there was so much going on and we just didn't make it.  Next year, Long Island is a for sure trip! 

We recently got another package from Kyle and his family that included lots of pocket schedules of NY/NJ teams as well as a few signed cards from the Long Island Ducks.  We really appreciate how he's been able to help us and build a friendship through baseball. 

Thanks Kyle and family...see you next season!

Blake, Kyle, and Gavin in 2012

Today's Autographs: 3
2013 Autographs: 403
2013 My donation: $20.15

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall Classic

Tonight starts the 2013 World Series between the Cardinals and Red Sox.  So...who are we picking?  We have ties to both teams.  When Autographs 4 Alopecia kicked off in 2011 we received a package from Dave at Roger Dean Stadium, spring training home of the St Louis Cardinals.  It had some autographed cards of Adam Wainwright, Jason Motte, and Daniel Descalso who are in the World Series this year.  Another connection to the Cardinals is Jamie Pogue.  Jamie played in the Atlantic League for the Long Island Ducks, Bridgeport Bluefish, and for Barnstormers Manager Butch Hobson in Nashua.  He is now the bullpen catcher for the Cardinals.  We have several cards signed of Jamie from before Autographs 4 Alopecia started.

Later in the summer of 2011, we got a package from Mike Napoli that had one of his catchers masks autographed and some cards.  When he was with the Rangers we said his heart was as big as he's just Boston Strong! After this season with the Red Sox he is due for another big contract!  ...and we love his beard!

Here is a link to the Mike Napoli post...

So, we like both teams and are happy for them, but here are our picks...

Blake... Red Sox in 5
Gavin... Red Sox in 5
Kyle...Cardinals in 7
Mom...Red Sox in 6
Dad...Red Sox in 7

So, who is your pick?




Monday, October 21, 2013

The Bullpen Rules

Over the last few seasons we've been sitting behind the Barnstormers bullpen and have gotten to know Jeff, Barb, and Casey Rule.  Jeff loves to take pictures.  He has taken some of his best ones and made card size photos for us the last 2 years and shared a few 8x10's.  There is a shot of the bullpen guys, the 2013 All Stars, and 2 of Blake Gailen after he was signed and sent to the Blue Jays AAA.  The Barnstormers also did a poster set this year and we were unable to make those 3 games.  Thanks to Jeff, we have signed posters of Blake Gailen, Lenny Dinardo, and Olmo Rosario.  Thanks Rules!

Today's Autographs: 24
 2013 Autographs: 400
2013 My donation: $20.00

Monday, October 7, 2013

Game 20: Last Baseball Game of the Season

While I had a youth activity, Gavin took his friend Brett to the final game that we'd go to this summer.  The Barnstormers would be ending the season on the road and Gavin had a game Sunday, so this was it for baseball and 2013. 

They got there early so Gavin could get the cards signed that our friend Jeff makes for us.  He takes great pictures and gets them cut down to card size for us.  It's nice especially for the guys that don't have a regular card in the team set. 

The Barnstormers lost the game 7-2 and had a good season but would not be making the playoffs despite the 3rd best record in the league. We had planned on making one of the road games and possibly a Patriots playoff game, but they didn't work this was our last baseball game of 2013!  Stay tuned though...there is more to come.

The fireworks are behind you guys...

Today's Autographs: 17
 2013 Autographs: 376
2013 My donation: $18.80