Scott Bradley – 1990 Upper Deck

December 17, 2010

Quite The Contraption There, Scott

I have a thing for some backup catchers. They were part of my rotiss / fantasy theory that if you couldn’t get one of the catchers like Piazza, you are best served with backups that can hit a little bit, or at least hit the occasional home run, but don’t get enough at-bats to hurt your average if they slump.

Geno Petralli, Bill Haselman, and Scott Bradley were my main men. It’s nice to see Bradley succeeding as the head coach at Princeton.

I was quite pleased when I recently got this in one of those grab bag assortments at Target. Very nice. It was one of those cards that brought back a flood of memories.

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I don’t have many ‘heroes’ and I really don’t think that baseball players would be heroes. Guys like Bradley I admire despite their flaws – probably because of their flaws.

I love music, but there are no musician ‘heroes’ of mine either. They all have flaws. One artist I did respect (well, his musical craft – he was a weird freaky controlling SOB of a person) recently passed away – actually today. Captain Beefheart (real name Don Van Vliet) made confounding, challenging music that started out from the blues and ended up way, way far away from it. However, while musically it’s intense and sometimes makes no sense, it’s powerful stuff.

Beefheart definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but his music was mine. Same with backup catchers like Scott Bradley.

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On another note, but just as shocking, scientists altered the Periodic Table of Elements. It seems like the real world doesn’t like to fit inside the straight black and white world we like to put it in. And what we know about the elements, the basic building blocks, may surprise you.

Forget gold, buy some rhodium. It’s $2280 an ounce! (Actually, it’s gone way down from its historic high of $10,000 an ounce. But rhodium isn’t the rarest element around – actually that’s astatine, with less than one ounce on earth. Of course, it’s a byproduct of the decay of other radioactive elements like uranium and thorium and is extremely unstable, and toxic. It moseys on to become polonium about as fast as you can blink, as it sheds alpha particles like dandruff.

You science geeks need to buy this book!

 

 

 

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