Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tigers Fan Turned Southerner, or New State = New Team

The reason I haven't posted in a long time is I've been moving my family from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Rock Hill, South Carolina. It was a crazy move, a twelve-hour drive through the mountains, into a completely different climate. I packed an entire house into a single PODS unit, cancelling my second PODS and saving about $1500. Anyway, besides being a master of extreme Tetris, I'm now a southerner. The local team now, I guess, is those guys in Atlanta. So, I guess that makes me a Braves fan now?

Here's one of my favorite Braves cards in my collection that I've had for a while. The design is a bit lackluster--weird early 2000s digi-chic--but I love the jersey piece. It has some odd stitching showing through. I'm not sure what it is, but it's cool looking, and it's Maddux, The Professor, which is also my title now that I've moved down south, which is why I moved, for a really fantastic dream job.

But does that make me a Braves fan?

Hell no!

I'll still take an Inge auto over a sweet Maddux GU.

Or some Greenberg vintage, no matter how creased.

Even a Miggy jersey (thanks Adam over at Topps Baseball Fanatic) where he's wearing the wrong jersey, even when his giant contract swallowed his swing, I'm still always going to collect Tigers and be a Tigers fan. 

But I'm all settled and ready for a crazy new semester down south.


  1. Congrats on the move. I love playing Tetris with the PODS.

  2. Phew! I don't know if I could take another Braves fan.

  3. Hey, you're only an hour south of me! Definitely the closest fellow blogger to me now that I know of! Welcome to the south!

    PS: Come up and try some NC barbecue. Kyle Fletcher's in Gastonia wouldn't be far for you. Awesome stuff. I was just there last week. There is also an LCS, albeit a little overpriced, right across the street.

  4. Glad you are getting settled. Congrats on the new job!

  5. Congrats on the move! I'm about to embark on my own move (albeit mine is only about two blocks - still have to pack every single item up...).

  6. Hanging out at the Throp! :-) I had a law school roommate who went there. Fun little town!

  7. That is an absolutely gorgeous Greenberg. Choice.

  8. You aren't a southerner. Not yet. I've been in Oklahoma for 18 years and it was just last year that I graduated from "damn Yankee" to just plain "Yankee"

  9. Been since 1975 in Georgia for me and some people still think I'm a Yankee. Don't let the Braves pull you in. 1 run in 4 games before today and a no-hitter against in there. They have to be the most frustrating team to watch and yet I still do. That is until they move to Cobb County in a couple of years. Then I'll find new team.

  10. Hey, really interested in the Kinsler, Scheppers, and Oliver under your Rangers tradebait, Gibson under the Cards, and all three Royals.

    Got these Ivans for you in exchange:
    2003 Donruss Gamers – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #G-22 (390/500) - Marlins
    2003 Finest Relics – Ivan Rodriguez (bat) #FRB-IR – Marlins
    2003 Playoff Piece of the Game – Ivan Rodriguez (bat) #POG-41 – Marlins
    2003 Donruss Gamers – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #G-22 (390/500) – Marlins
    2004 Fleer Showcase Baseball's Best – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #BB/IR – Marlins
    2004 Topps Chrome Fashionably Great – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #FGR-IR – Marlins
    2004 Topps Pristine Key Acquisitions – Ivan Rodriguez (bat) #KA-IR – Tigers
    2005 Fleer Showcase Swingtime – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #ST-IR – Tigers
    2005 Topps All-Star Relics – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #ASR-IR – Tigers
    2005 Topps Pristine Uncommon Base – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #179 (275/500) - Tigers
    2005 Topps Update All-Star Relics – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #ASR-IR – Tigers
    2006 Fleer Fabrics – Ivan Rodriguez (jsy) #FF-IR – Tigers

    Let me know what you think. If the offer is too light I can hit more holes in your Pudge collection. Thanks!