Mike Trout auto/relic card from Gypsy Queen.
(Photo credit: dacardworld.com)

For the past ten years, trading card companies like Topps have relied heavily on vintage style card sets to help keep collectors interested in the hobby. Sets that feature card designs that have ranged anywhere from the 1960s all the way back to the early 1900s. This week Topps continues their annual look into the past with the late nineteenth century inspired Gypsy Queen set (fourth year of production), which is named and styled after the early tobacco cards.

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David Ortiz snagged a precious selfie with President Barack Obama - and Samsung seems to have made it even more worth his while. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)

If a regular, everyday picture is worth a thousand words, what is a #selfie of David Ortiz and POTUS Barack Obama worth? 2,000 words? 10,000 words? Several Bill Simmons mailbags? Mastercard priceless?

Well, maybe not exactly priceless. It seems as if Samsung might have had a little skin in the game after signing a deal with Ortiz and setting him loose with its Galaxy Note 3 when the Red Sox visited the White House as defending World Series champions. (And no, sadly Samsung did not have any deal with me for their product placement here.)

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Jonny Gomes

The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox have already begun the 2014 campaign with a 2-1 loss at Baltimore Monday, but the team took time during their off-day Tuesday to visit with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Chief among the stars for the Red Sox was David Ortiz, who notably took a ‘selfie’ with Obama, and Jonny Gomes, whose wardrobe choice was eyeopening.

Gomes, who is known to be one of the wilder members of last year’s squad, sported an American flag sport jacket/blazer and white pants at the ceremony. Continue reading Jonny Gomes Sports American Flag Jacket for Red Sox Ceremony at White House »

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2014 MLB Expert Picks

March 31, 2014 at 6:46pm in Featured, MLB, Now!, Opinion, Red Sox
This year's season kicks off a week early in Australia with the Dodgers and, appropriately, the Diamondbacks. (abc.net.au)

The MLB season is now underway, and with plenty of big signings, trades and new contracts, it should be a great season. And we’re here to bring you our writers’ predictions for how the season will turn out. After a surprise championship season, the Red Sox aren’t as under the radar to begin this year, though the Tigers and Rays look to give them some stiff competition. The Dodgers are the only team unanimously picked to win a division, but what seed that will get them is a matter of disagreement. After a rough season for the Upton brothers, the Braves are down, but not necessarily out. There’s a good amount of variety in our picks, so anyone could win.

Scoring for the picks is as follows:

  • Correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points instead for correctly guessing a division winner.
  • Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each league is worth five points, then four points for correctly guessing the #2 seed, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the best record in the majors is worth two points.
  • In the event any of us finish tied, the first tiebreaker will be picking the team that finishes with MLB’s worst record. The next tiebreaker is MLB’s second-worst record, then third worst, then the most teams in the worst three in any order, and finally lowest combined record of all three picks.

And with that, all that’s left is to check out the picks. So check below, and feel free to comment with your choices. And check back once the regular season concludes to see how everyone did. Continue reading 2014 MLB Expert Picks »

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Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring this morning, bringing Jackie Bradley, Jr. back up to the major league team for the Red Sox season opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Victorino recovered from thumb surgery that took place in December in time for Spring Training only to injure his hamstring running the bases during Saturday’s final tune-up game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. He played in only a few games during the month of March, but because of his appearance in Saturday’s game Victorino is not eligible to return until April 15.

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Myers and Longoria are the key to the Rays success (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

After a long hard winter that never ended, Opening Day is finally here. Do not let the 38 degree temperatures fool you outside, baseball is back. The AL East is sure to be one of the most exciting divisions in all of baseball with four teams (sorry Blue Jays) with a chance to compete for a playoff spot. A lot can change over a course of the season, but that does not stop us from making predications.

1. Tampa Bay Rays, 93-69: The Rays will have one of the best rotations in the Majors without question. If Wil Myers can follow up his Rookie of the Year campaign with an even bigger year and Even Longoria stays healthy, then the Rays should just edge out the Red Sox for the division crown. James Loney repeating last year’s performance would take this team to the next level.
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Xander Bogaerts is just one of many story lines Red Sox fans can look forward to instead of fixating on another World Series title. (Boston Herald)

What do you do for an encore after winning the World Series?

This is the question that has been nagging me more and more as the 2014 season rapidly approaches. (I guess it’s already here, but do games in a British penal colony really count? I say no.) Unless the Boston Red Sox pull a 10-year anniversary deja vu of the magical 2004 season, last season’s run to the 2013 World Series title will be hard to top. It’s been almost a decade and a half since the last time a team was able to repeat (the Yankees from ’98-’00, he said begrudgingly), and only one other team has managed to accomplish that feat since 1979 (the Blue Jays, ’92-’93).

So in the interest of managing expectations and not setting myself up for disappointment, here are a few things other than a second straight World Series trophy that I’m looking forward to this season:

Continue reading Managing Expectations: A Red Sox Fan’s Guide to Overcoming the World Series Hangover »

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