About two weeks ago I asked my buddy Jim (far left) if he'd like to go on a baseball themed road trip on the first day of September. He responded with an enthusiastic, "Yes!"
Here's a better shot of it:
At 4:30 a Q&A session was held with Mike Boddicker (an Iowa native) and David Ross. I ponied up for the good seats near one of the dugouts so we would have a good view of the interview and the celebrity softball game. Ross talked quite a bit about the 2016 team, the World Series, his role as an announcer for Sunday Night Baseball and his time on Dancing with the Stars. Boddicker did a nice job, too, although I was pretty unfamiliar with him until this time.
Henry visited at The National.
After the Q&A session the grounds crew got the field ready for a game of slow-pitch softball. There were quite a few local players, sponsored by local businesses, who filled the last innings of the game after the celebrities exited.
But, here were the main attractions for each team.
Here's a picture of the event from a drone that was flying overhead. Very cool!
|The gap in CF was so the players could enter the field by coming out of the corn during introductions!|
Earlier that morning Jim and I spent a couple of hours at the card show. I bought eighteen cards in all, but only seven were for myself. The other eleven are eventually going out in trade packages. There weren't any dime boxes, but there was plenty of discounted vintage and oddballs to look through, which accounted for much of what I purchased.
My mom gave me one of these Cubs glasses on Saturday. It was given to her by her cousin and had been sitting in a cabinet for many years. I found it's mate on Sunday (the very next day) for three bucks and couldn't pass it up! How 'bout that!
On to the pictures of grown men on little pieces of cardboard!
Deckle-edge vintage! Very nice!
I found this Bryant die-cut to be too good of a deal to pass up.
I am now ONE card away from completing the master set of 2018 Topps Big League.
How about some discounted vintage to upgrade my Hall of Fame binder? The Rabbit Maranville is from 1961 Fleer and the Larry Doby is NOT from 2019 Topps Archives.
Jim and I spent about six hours in the car, but the time flew as we talked baseball most of the way to Dyersville and back. The card show was the best one I have been to this year, but that's only because I haven't made it up to Orland Park yet this year. The event at the movie site was very unique, and the weather was near perfect, but I don't know that I'll ever make the trip again. It was well done, but kind of one of those things you do once to check off your bucket list.
I hope you had a fun Labor Day weekend, too!