Monday, November 25, 2013

704th Place - Mark Ciardi

Card #417

Confession time.  I'm terrible with technology.  I'm a slow learner, it's not intuitive to me...I can really struggle with it.  I like it just fine, it just doesn't seem to like me.

I say all of this because it's been four weeks since I've posted last.  The reason it's been so long is that my scanner broke.  Or rather, the HP Solution Center link on my desktop broke.  It's done that multiple times over the years.  I'm not sure why, but every few months it goes on the fritz.  I used to pay for an online service that rhymes with "Squeak God" whenever I needed to fix it, but due to a horrific customer service encounter I vowed to never give them my money again.

That didn't help me fix the scanner, though.

So tonight, I overcame fear and anxiety, logged onto the HP support site, and tried to fix it myself.  Lo and behold, it worked!  And thank God it did, because we wouldn't be staring at Mark Ciardi if it hadn't.

Here's something crazy, though.  For the first time when google searching a player for a write up, an IMDB page was listed before Baseball-Reference!  Turns out Ciardi has enjoyed a nice career in Hollywood as a movie producer.  Even more fun, most of his movies seem to be sports oriented.  Check out the link and list your favorite movie he's produced in the comments below!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

705th Place - Jeff Hamilton

Card #62

Ouch.  I'm reading the back of Hamilton's card, and in 1987 he had one RBI in 83 at-bats.  That's not good.

Neither is this card.

As a kid in the 80's I remember the forced transition to the ear flap helmet.  The angle of this particular photograph makes it look quite dorky.  Why pose for a profile shot in your helmet and not your cap?

Hamilton was a fringe player that hung around a handful of years with L.A., but he did get his World Series ring with the 1988 team.  Here's a decent summation of his career.