It can’t be easy standing at the plate while someone fires a 93 mph fast ball at you. If a pitcher loses control and the ball sails toward the batter, they can either get the heck out of the way or suffer the consequences. You’d have to be a glutton for punishment to just stand there and take it.
Watching the Red Sox in the summer of ’86 as a kid, I can distinctly remember watching a guy who did just that. Stand there and take one for the team. I mean, he didn’t even flinch! I’d often watch the Sox with my grandparents and we’d always laugh when Don Baylor came to the plate and take bets on whether he’d get hit by a pitch or not. After all, he did like to crowd the plate. We wondered, was it part of his strategy? I think so. That year he homered 31 times and was beaned 35 times. In any case, we sure had fun watching him.
Yesterday Annie and I went snooping around some local antique stores and I came across some cool vintage matchbooks for 25 cents each. There are some great ads for everything from hotels to gas stations. Not only are they fun to look at, but they’re also interesting to read. One restaurant ad says “Air conditioned for your comfort”. And why not “Eat at Jenks”? After all, they are The Home of REAL COFFEE! Another even more bizarre matchbook urges women: “Don’t just sit there, nag your husband.” On the reverse side it reads “Stamp out Cadillacs.”
We guess these were made in the 60’s or perhaps earlier. The pin-up girls are especially fantastic. One woman is posing on the beach with her unmentionables on display, and the naughty caption reads “See-worthy”.
I can’t wait to collage these on a table top or maybe a mirror. With the resin finish they will be on permanent display in one piece. When life gives you matchbooks, make art!
Although I’m not a Yankees fan, I had a lot of fun making this mirror. There’s a good assortment of players past and present with cards from Topps and Donruss. The resin finish came out beautiful and I can’t wait to find a good home for this one. It will look awesome in some Yankee fan’s sports room, so I’ll bring it along to my next art fair and hopefully they will find it.
After a hard day’s work in the studio yesterday, Annie and I headed out to our favorite pub for a beer and fish n chips, followed up by a trip to Target. Nothing beats doing a little shopping while you have a nice buzz going. We did our usual thing, laughed at all the awesome, silly things in the 1 Spot for a bit… we usually come away with at least one or two items from there that we never knew we needed. I grabbed some Reece’s Easter eggs ( I like the proportion of more peanut butter in these) and I think Annie got some sort of handy note book organizer. We then went our separate ways so she could look at girl stuff and I was off to get some random stuff for around the house. I noticed the 2008 baseball cards were on sale for 50% off, so grabbed a couple blaster boxes of Topps Series One. The 2008 Topps have looked pretty good in my collage so far, especially the Target Exclusive cards. Of course, Annie always makes fun of me for getting baseball cards.
After settling in back home I opened up the boxes of cards and was surprised when Annie sat down asked if she could open a pack. It was the first pack of baseball cards she’s ever opened. She surprised me when she said “Jason Bay. He plays on the Red Sox now.” I had to do a double take because Annie tries hard most of the time to make fun of, and act completely disinterested in anything involving baseball or sports, for that matter. She then reached for more packs and admitted that she was having fun. She broke out in laughter after discovering a card of Bill Richardson, Democrat. I explained to her that sometimes they throw in non-sports cards and that there’s an even an Obama card. We both continued opening up packs and I was happy to see Annie having such a good time with this. I found a card of her “other boyfriend”, Mike Lowell. Yes, despite the fact she doesn’t care for baseball, like many girls in New England, she has a “Red Sox boyfriend”. She likes Mike Lowell because he’s smart and doesn’t spit as much as the other guys.
“Woohoo!” she said, “cool”. She held up a card of Obama. It was fun to see her get excited about pulling a good card. She now has 3 cards in her collection… 1 Obama card and 2 Mike Lowell.
Annie makes jewelry and I suppose her interest in baseball cards is similar to my interest in her beads. I will occasionally see a bead that makes me say, “whoa, that’s cool.” I even have a fish bead of my own and admit that some of the stone beads are gorgeous. We share our interests with each other and that’s the best thing of all.
Pimp out your dining room table with a Lazy Susan that features all your favorite players! I recently finished up this revolving tray that features Red Sox players. And if you accidentally dump mustard on Jim Rice’s head don’t worry, it will wipe right off! This baby is protected by a hard, glossy resin finish.
This one features an assortment of Topps, Donruss, Upper Deck, and Bowman cards of:
Today’s card is a 1989 Hoops Spud Webb. Standing at 5’7” tall, Webb was a Cedar tree among the Redwoods of the NBA. But what Spud lacked in height he made up for in guts. He once dunked over the tallest man in the NBA, Manute Bol.
In 1986, Webb surprised everyone when he took part in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Webb got the crowd’s attention with one-handed off the backboard jam. But he had just begun to reach into his arsenal of aerial assaults on the hoop. After advancing to the finals versus his teammate and defending Slam Dunk Champion, Dominique Wilkins, Webb thrilled the crowd with lob to himself and… well, I’ll let this video speak for itself.
This weekend I made a baseball card collage table featuring all major league teams. I was pretty pleased with the overall look and think it will be a great addition to my TV room. I plan to make a second table and the two will function as one detachable coffee table.
I also made of video of the project for youtube!