Saturday, April 18, 2009
Several new items...
have been added to our Starting Lineup inventory, including new items from Donald Veal, Drew Stubbs, and Hank Conger.
Check their pages to see the new items...pricing should be set late this week but feel lfree to make an offer on any items
you are interested in.
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We also had the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to have several jerseys from our
Authentic Collection signed. This includes jerseys from Kasey Kiker, Johnny Whittleman, Tommy Hunter (all playing with
Frisco); Wyatt Toregas, Michael Aubrey, John Meloan (all playing with Columbus); and Homer Bailey (playing with Louisville).
We had a great time this past week seeing our client (and little brother) Jai Miller in Memphis (playing for the New
Orleans Zephyrs). We were able to celebrate his first homerun of the season with a terrific (as always) meal of ribs
and all the fixings at Rendezvous after Wednesday night's game. We also enjoyed meeting with Ryan Tucker and look
forward to receiving new items from Ryan soon.
This week we will be meeting with Nick Green and, hopefully, a couple
of new clients with the Brewers and Cardinals.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
First road trip of the season...
What a great weekend! My oldest son, Caison, and I were able to break away to Louisville, Kentucky to catch the Bats
vs. the Columbus Clippers and visit with clients Jordan Brown (Indians) and Drew Stubbs (Reds). We had a great
time and enjoyed getting to treat these two great young athletes (and a couple of their teammates) to a free meal and spend
some time checking in on how their offseasons went.
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Louisville is one of the truly great sports towns to visit.
Besides having a great stadium right along the river bank (Louisville Slugger Field), it is also, of course, home to the Louisville
Slugger Factory and Museum (not to mention the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, the University of Louisville,
and Muhammed Ali). It is a very worthwhile getaway for a weekend!
The Bats were able to pull
off wins in both ends of a Saturday night double-header...a very impressive feat against a team (Columbus) with one of the
more prospect-laden rosters in the Minors. If you have the chance, catch Columbus early, as their current roster includes
top prospects Jordan Brown, Wes Hodges, Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley, Jon Meloan, David Huff, Luis Valbuena, Chris Gimenez,
Stephen Head, Michael Aubrey, and Wyatt Toregas.
This week includes trips to Little Rock to meet with clients J.T.
Restko, Hank Conger, and Robert Mosebach and Memphis to see Jai Miller.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Opening Day reflections
Congratulations to all of our clients who saw action Opening Day (and those on their teams active rosters scheduled to see
their first action later this week)!
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We had the privilege of attending the opener at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
(vs. Pittsburgh), thanks to our gracious host, Donnie Veal. We appreciate Donnie taking the time to have breakfast with
us, where he provided us with some great new items from his first big league Spring Training...check out his Starting Lineup
page to see the lastest gear from his first Spring with the Pirates.
For those of you who don't know a lot
about Donnie, take the time to get to know his story. He is a very gifted athlete and a very gracious young man who
has faced challenges off the field that most wouldn't have the courage to face and continue on their chosen path.
You will not find many guys today who are easier to cheer for than Donnie. We certainly wish him the best this
year in his relievers role with the Pirates!
Donnie has also asked that the proceeds from future sales of his items
be donated to the American Cancer Society. Now our customers purchasing Donnie's items can not only be assured they
are getting authentic game-used items directly from his personal collection, but that their money is also going to be
used to help this worthy cause.
We will be in Memphis (TN) this Thursday, Louisville (KY) over the weekend, Little
Rock (AR) Monday afternoon, and Memphis Monday-Thursday nights next week meeting with clients and getting new items from
Spring Training. Be sure to check our site frequently over the next few weeks as we continue to add items to our inventory
and clients to our Starting Lineup!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Crowe / Veal earn Opening Day MLB roster spots...
We would like to congratulate Trevor Crowe and Donald Veal for earning Opening Day roster spots with the Indians and Pirates!
We are excited about the opportunity to see Donald in his first Major League action this Monday in the season-opener at St.
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We are also in the process of finalizing new deals with three exciting young prospects. We expect
to receive items from these three highly rated prospects with the Rockies, Padres, and Phillies within the next 2-3 weeks.
We also have a couple of young MLB stars currently considering joining our Starting Lineup, and hope to have deals worked
out with them in the next 2-3 weeks and have items in stock by late-May.