Sunday, May 28, 2017

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Topps Tiffany UK Minis

It's good to be back! Kind of...

So Topps branched out to the UK with this mini-cards and, of course, Tiffany had a go at them too. This is the 1988 Topps Tiffany UK Mini card for Darryl Strawberry. It is small, but it packs a punch in its coolness.

The "Talkin' Baseball" feature is interesting as it explains a facet of the game to the British audience. However the explanation is wrong, of course, because it does happen that the visiting team breaks the tie and ends up winning, too, right?

Speaking of extra innings, how do you feel about the recent talk following the 18 inning affair between the Yankees and Cubs? My own feeling is that they should play until someone wins. 18 inning games are the exception rather than the rule, so why make sweeping changes based on an anomaly? I'm a hypocrite, in some ways, because I didn't watch and likely wouldn't have, but I feel like the conversation and call-for-change that this game (and other looong ones) elicited says more about US than it does about the game itself. Are the players complaining? It seems the outcome of the game is up to them and if they get tired, well, they need to suck it up and try harder. It's their jobs!

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  1. I think the idea in their explanation is that when the home team scores, the game ends immediately, whereas if the road team scores the game keeps going. But if the meaning isn't clear to us, it certainly won't help Brits who don't know the game!

  2. The recent extra-inning conversation is just babbling from either people who like to stir it up to draw attention or people just babbling so they're always saying something. The No. 1 attraction/selling point/positive to baseball is the fact that you don't know when it's going to end. Extra innings are sheer joy, the longer the better.

  3. I'm with Night Owl. The talk about extra innings being limited or somehow adding new rules like starting innings with guys on base is something for the talking heads to talk about.

    Long games like that 18-inning game are the exception. They are memorable because they are an exception. It's not like baseball is pro football, where each play literally kills the players just a little bit thanks to the crashing around and potential increase for a concussion and brain damage through CTE with every down. Well, okay, unless your team is facing one of the troglodytes that insists on throwing at a batter to enforce the unwritten rules of baseball (I'm looking at you, Atlanta Braves).

  4. 1988 Topps UK Minis: Great looking oddballs

    Extra Innings: Let them play! Let them play! Let them play!

  5. I agree guys! Let them play. The rare really really long games are just that, rare. I agree that the longer the better. And I like that baseball, unlike the other big professional sports, isn't timed. Kind of like tennis and golf, though I don't want either of those sports. I like that they just end when the end.