Mar 212014
 

This year I attended New York Toy Fair, and spoke with industry professionals about their newest upcoming products and merchandise. Presenters ranged from large companies such as Lego, Hasbro, and Bandai, to smaller independent toy companies.

Of all the interviews I conducted throughout the week, by far the most surprising one I managed to procure was with comic book legend Todd McFarlane. The creator of legendary 90′s character, Spawn, and founder of McFarlane Toys was present at the McFarlane booth and was kind enough to share some of his time with me. Take a peek and see whats been going on in the world of McFarlane Toys!

Needless to say…I was a little nervous.

May 132012
 

What a week for Texas Ranger fans. A historic week. Besides the obvious amazing feats by Josh Hamilton, there were two other feats that deserve recognition.

Chris Davis, 1B

Davis is now a Baltimore Oriole, but he was a Ranger last season before he was traded. Last Sunday, May 6th, Davis went 0-8 with 5 strikeouts against the Boston Red Sox. The game lasted 17 innings, and by the 16th inning, both the Red Sox and Orioles ran out of pitchers. Thus, Davis was called upon to pitch. He got the win, pitching two scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts. Why is this historic? Well, Davis is the eighth player, but first non-pitcher, since 1918 to get a win for a game in which he struck out five times at the plate. Continue reading »

May 082012
 

Time for a sports post! Been meaning to start putting up moar sports posts because after all, we’re a blog for all forms of entertainment.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams, that the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, would succumb to such a freak injury like he did last Thursday, May 3rd. To tear your ACL shagging fly balls–a routine Rivera has done in every pre-game warm-up in his career–is as random as it gets.  As sad as this news is for all Yankee fans, there is hope. Rivera, one of the fiercest competitors in all of sports, has vowed to come back. He has vowed not to end his career due to some fluke injury, but to leave on his own terms.  The best never quit.

However, the closer void still needs to be filled. Enter David Robertson. This Alabama native (woot!) has been one of the best relievers in baseball period over the past 1+ seasons. Last year, he had an insane stat line: a 1.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 100 K’s to 35 BB’s, all in 66.2 IP.  He gave up ONE home run. This season, in 13 IP, he has a 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 23:5 K to BB ratio. Incredible. He has had two straight appearances where he struck out the side (4/30 vs. Baltimore and 5/4 vs. Kansas City).  Tonight’s outing, in which he recorded his first save of the season, he loaded the bases.  What did he do? He remained calm and poised, and he struck out the final batter, Carlos Pena, on a called strike three.

It is because of the ability to remain calm under pressure which has helped Robertson become one of the most dominant relievers in baseball.  Who also possesses this ultimate calm? You guessed it, Mo himself. Just to further prove this, according the the Elias Sports Bureau, Robertson has held opponents to one hit in their last 25 at-bats with the bases loaded, and he’s retired 16 of those batters via strikeout (tonight’s performance included).  So while he’s no Mo (Robertson even joked tonight saying, “Mo would have probably thrown 12 pitches and broke a bat and we would have been done 20 minutes ago”), Robertson is as close to him as you can get. Not bad at all.

Oct 112011
 

Hey guys I know it’s a little late, but I thought I would do a little season review based on my predictions back at the beginning of the season. Man was I wrong on some of my picks! Ok let’s get started!

AL East

I picked the Boston Red Sox to win the division; boy was I wrong.  As a Yankee fan, however, I couldn’t be moar glad.  One of my best friends is a Red Sox fan, and his reaction to their epic collapse was priceless.  It also cost Terry Francona his job.  I had picked the Yankees to come in second and win the wild card, and we ended up winning the division.  The celebration was short-lived though, as the Yanks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Detroit Tigers in 5 games.  But it was still a good season nonetheless.

As for the rest of the division, the Tampa Bay Rays, who I picked to finish fourth, ended up catching the Red Sox to win the wild card.  The Toronto Blue Jays finished fourth thanks in huge part to Jose Bautista (who is my AL MVP), and the Baltimore Orioles finished dead last even though I picked them to finish third.  Looks like I bought into Buck Showalter’s magic too much.  They did, however, play help play spoiler and keep the Red Sox out of the playoffs, so I am happy about that.

Pre-season picks: Red Sox, Yankees (Wild Card), Orioles, Rays,  Blue Jays

Reality: Yankees, Rays (Wild Card), Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles Continue reading »

Sep 192011
 

New York Yankee fan or not, you have to respect Mariano Rivera.  On a beautiful September day, Rivera set the all-time saves record by notching number 602.  It’s been a special year to be a Yankee fan; Derek Jeter joined the 3000 hit club, and Rivera broke the saves record.  Here’s a few stats that help bolster Rivera’s case as the greatest (not that you’ll find anyone who disagrees): Continue reading »

Aug 062011
 

The Grandy Man

I just read an article by Jayson Stark on ESPN.com that details 5 players who are chasing records this season.  The Grandy Man is currently chasing a few records this season as it turns out.  From the article:

This man is on pace to score 144 runs. Want to know how many times that number has been reached in the American League since the AL went to a 162-game schedule a HALF-CENTURY AGO? That would be once — by Rickey Henderson (146) in 1985. The only NL players to get there in the era: Jeff Bagwell (152) in 2000, Sammy Sosa (146) in 2000 and Craig Biggio (146) in 1997. That’s it.

But here’s an even more fun feat Granderson has a shot at: He leads the league in triples. And he’s third in the league in homers (five behind Jose Bautista).

So how many hitters in the live-ball era have led their league in triples AND homers in the same season? Exactly three: Jim Rice in 1978, Willie Mays in 1955 and Jim Bottomley in 1928. And only Rice led the league outright in both categories. This one’s more of a long shot — but quite a cool group, huh?

Yes quite a cool group indeed Jayson.  In Granderson I trust.