Letter from a NY Yankees Fan – 2022 ALCS Thoughts

Where is Mr. October when we need him? If you are like me, in your late 40s, you remember all too well your childhood of Reggie Jackson’s World Series wins. The excitement of your house, your block and NYC itself.

The team spirit was palpable – sports newscasters screaming on the TV, adults walking a little taller down Madison Avenue and kids teasing Mets fans whenever they’d spot someone sporting the orange and blue. For the entire decade of the 1980s, and most of the 1990s, we would walk around with heads down and shaking in dismay from the losses. We perked up a little when the Mets won in 1986, but would never let those fans see that we were so desperate to celebrate SOMETHING that we were actually rooting for their team.


And then it happened. In 1996 we came back, and came back with a vengeance, winning the first AL East title in 15 years. 

From there, we had 5 Championship seasons in 13 years and got to watch legends like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera play night after night to both glory and failure – but it was dazzling baseball. Our hopes and dreams of a dynasty were catapulted into the stratosphere with every W, like a fastball off of the bat of The Captain himself. There were also times where hearts broke across the city, the sighs of weary fans echoing in the streets. However, they brought it home in stellar form in 2000 against the Mets in the famed Subway Series, where households were divided between the pinstripes and the orange and blue. Their star continued to rise in the aughts but has since fallen and it has been 12 long years since they have seen a World Series win. Fans are thirsty for a title and broken by this drought, starting to feel like it is a curse. Every time our hopes rise in October, they’re dashed away and our hearts get broken.

But for the last few weeks we have been watching Aaron Judge’s quest for Roger Maris‘ AL single-season homerun record with unbridled enthusiasm. It has been memorable to witness but it isn’t a championship ring from the Fall Classic. We need the Bronx Bombers to give us a glimmer of hope and go all the way. I cannot go to family Thanksgiving and listen to my nephew gloat about how the Boston Red Sox have won a title twice since 2009 and we have not.

So, let’s take the series back to New York, brush ourselves off, be Reggie Jackson and give our kids the feeling of what it is like to win it all – for old time sake.

Lifelong Yankee Fan, No Matter What


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2022 MLB All-Star Game

The Midsummer Classic is finally here. The MLB figurative intermission between the season’s two acts poises to be one of the best All-Star games we have seen in a while. Los Angeles will host baseball’s biggest stars for a couple of beautiful evenings in mid-July. Pete Alonso is looking to retain his Home Run Derby Championship and become a 3-Pete Champion. Please don’t say Three-Peat around the Lightning fans in the office, too soon… Pete is challenged by seven others including ‘The Machine’ Albert Pujols and, despite his advanced age for the sport, knows Chavez Ravine well.

The All-Star Game this year is littered with some of the most talented players in baseball today. Starting with Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, The Bronx Bombers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron ‘All Rise’ Judge. One of the most exciting players in the history of the game, the two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, The Strikeout Machine of the Tampa Bay Rays, Sugar Shane McClanahan, and that is just the American League.

On the National League home side, a few of the guys won’t even have to leave their home stadium with the Los Angeles Dodgers sending Trea Turner, Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Tony Gonsolin and Clayton Kershaw. They will be accompanied by long ball specialists Pete Alonso, Nolan Arenado, Kyle Schwarber and Juan Soto. The National League bump will be manned by studs like Sandy Alcantara, Luis Castillo and Josh Hader, with all of them looking to take down the American League in the City of Angels.

With all of the star power, this year’s All-Star game is must-see TV viewing. Clear your calendar for Tuesday July 19th at 7pm EST because this is a can’t miss game!

Check out our MLB All-Star Mystery Baseball Deal – ending Tuesday 7/19 – For only $64.99, you’ll receive a randomly-selected authentic autographed baseball from a past or present Major League Baseball All-Star player. Some of the players you could receive include Kris Bryant, Lucas Giolito and more! Click here to shop now and for more details. Terms and Conditions may be found here.

Shop for all of the best autographed baseballs, autographed baseball jerseys, baseball bats, autographed photos and more! Blog Dog:

-Barkley is the best boy ever! He’s been with the team for 3 years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else! He enjoys LONG walks around the neighborhood and playing fetch. His hero is Air Bud. His favorite foods are pizza and tortilla chips. His favorite teams are the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.

America and Her Pastime

With the birthday of our great country celebrated this past Monday, we look back at some of the America’s greatest gifts to the world. Creations such as Rock n’ Roll, Hollywood Movies, Internet and the Telephone have highlighted the American contribution to worldwide life. Although, there is one that tops all.
The Game of Baseball.

The history of baseball is an odd and confusing road. There are a couple different variations on who created the game, the origins of the game, and when it became an official sport. The most well-known tale of Baseball is of course Abner Doubleday starting the game in 1839 here in America. Doubleday, a cadet at West Point at the time, is widely credited as the inventor of baseball when he started the first game ever played. The game was played in Cooperstown, New York, now the home of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. To this date, the MLB and the HOF still acknowledge that Doubleday created the game.
Others though, believe there is another story to the game. According to, the first-time organized baseball was seen in September of 1845. The article states, “a group of New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club.” In this story, it is a man of the name Alexander Joy Cartwright that is credited with the birth of our pastime. Cartwright and company claim to have created baseball off inspiration from “rounders”, an old colonist game, and the sport of cricket. The story is that Cartwright was the one who created the rules we know of baseball today. The shape of the field, the limits of foul lines, and the number of strikes allowed per batter. In 1846 Cartwright and the Knickerbocker Baseball Club were said to play the first game of American baseball when they took on a team of cricket players.
The emergence of baseball as a traditional American sport is not the clearest story. There is still a decent amount of disagreement, even if Doubleday is credited by the MLB Hall of Fame. None the less, the sport grew in popularity and by 1869 we saw our first professional team in the Cincinnati Red Stockings. By 1876 we had the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs (modern day National League) created by William Hulbert, a wealthy Chicago businessman. The league held eight teams that include modern day Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. In 1901 the league we know as the American League today was founded and by 1903, we had cross league play for the World Series Title. Blog Dog:

-Tucker, a Military Brat pup hailing from Connecticut, loves going for relaxing walks, ear rubs, scratching rugs, and eating entire bowls of chicken enchilada meat before his family can eat it! A HUGE fan of the Yankees, Giants and most things New York (with the exception of a borderline-unhealthy obsession with LeBron James), TuckTuck is so excited to get to blog about his favorite thing – SPORTS, especially baseball.

Top 3 Texas Rangers Autographed Collectibles

The Texas Rangers have never hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy but did appear in back to back Fall Classics in 2010 & 2011. Despite never reaching the pinnacle of the sports, the Dallas-based organization has been a consistent top selling team for baseball memorabilia. The Rangers boast nine Hall of Fame players, most notably Nolan Ryan and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Although our Rangers inventory includes over 1,000 unique Texas collectibles, we narrowed the list to the Top 3 items.

3. Ivan Rodriguez Autographed Signed Rangers 35×43 Custom Framed Jersey JSA Certified Memorabilia 14X All Star

Ivan Rodriguez Autographed Jerseys are a must have for any Texas Rangers sports memorabilia collection. This white home jersey was from Pudge’s era and come framed in a 35″ by 43″ custom frame. The famous Texas “T” is tucked into each corner and on the bottom corners, there are two glossy 8×10 photo from Pudge’s Ranger days.

2. Nolan Ryan Autographed Signed Official MLB Baseball Texas Rangers 7 No Hitters and Dates Graded 10 – PSA/DNA

There are stat balls and then there is this. Honestly, with all the accolades and records Nolan accomplished, he may still writing. This Official Major League Baseball has each one of his 7 no hitters and dates. PSA/DNA has graded the overall condition of this ball as a Gem Mint 10. For a Nolan Ryan collector, it does not get much better than this one. Did we mention, he threw SEVEN no-hitters?!?

1. Nolan Ryan Autographed Signed Rangers 8×10 Photo Bloody Lip Photo

Maybe the most intimidating photo in baseball history. Nolan Ryan toeing the slab from 60 feet, 6 inches away with blood dripping from his mouth after taking a comebacker up the middle from Bo Jackson. Nothing could stop Nolan from finishing out the top of the 2nd that night. This 8×10 photo is too perfect for a Rangers fan or Nolan Ryan collector.

Browse our Rangers autographed memorabilia collection to propose your own Top 3 items. We have photos, jerseys, bats, baseballs and much more.

Chicago Cubs Trading Card Giveaway

The Major League Baseball giveaways roll on with a new on opening on Friday, May 12th and ending on Monday, May 15th. The item we are giving away to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is a Signed Rookie Card by 2016 World Series Champion, Carl Edwards Jr. The trading card is a 2014 Topps Sterling and signed in blue sharpie by the young phenom. To enter the weekend giveaway: Simply LIKE on Facebook, Retweet on Twitter and LIKE on Instagram.

If you are in the market for a Chicago Cubs Signed Majestic Team Home Jersey with World Series Patch, we are the best place online to get it. offers insight on what to buy and what not to buy when it comes to Chicago Cubs Signed Memorabilia. Not a Cubs fan, you’ll surely find another piece of Major League Baseball Memorabilia that piques your inner-collector. Check out all of our signed pro baseball gifts and hard to find signatures.

Carl EDS



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