Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2013 Baseball

My 2013 Baseball Predictions!

American League

Toronto Blue Jays …. 92-70
New York Yankees*.... 90-72
Baltimore Orioles …. 84-78
Tampa Bay Rays …. 81-81
Boston Red Sox …. 75-87

I think with all the major additions the Blue Jays made this offseason (adding Melky Cabrera, Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, etc)they  are due for a lot more wins, similar to how the Orioles came from nowhere last year. With all the Yankee injuries they will get off to a slow start but somehow make the postseason because of trades they make. Rays and Red Sox seem to be declining right now, both losing many quality players.

Detroit Tigers …. 100-62
Cleveland Indians …. 82-80
Kansas City Royals.... 81-81
Chicago White Sox …. 78-84
Minnesota Twins …. 62-100

The Tigers should continue to dominate the division and I think they will avoid the slow start that plagued them last season, sure the Indians and Royals have gotten better with some nice additions but not enough to get more than around .500, but they will much more fun to watch then in years past.

Los Angeles Angels …. 93-69
Oakland A’s …. 89-73*
Texas Rangers …. 87- 75
Seattle Mariners …. 73-89
Houston Astros …. 58-104

The West continues to be a very good/tough division. I had a hard time deciding between the Rangers or A’s, but I figure the A’s pitching is good enough to give them a 2 game advantage. The Angels have an amazing team on paper, this should be the year it all comes together.

National League
Washington Nationals …. 96-66
Atlanta Braves* …. 90-72
Philadelphia Phillies …. 78- 84
New York Mets …. 70-92
Miami Marlins …. 66-96

The Nats are the best in the NL but the Braves also have another good season thanks to the Upton brothers who shine now that they get to play together. The rest of the division is getting older or needs help. Miami should be pretty bad because they traded everyone.

St. Louis Cardinals …. 91- 71
Cincinnati Reds …. 88- 74
Pittsburgh Pirates …. 80-82
Milwaukee Brewers …. 76- 86
Chicago Cubs …. 69-93

No more Houston to kick around now! I feel the Reds are in for a bit of a harder season and they barely miss the wild card (by 1 game to the Dodgers). The Pirates miss that elusive .500 season yet again and the Cubs continue to stink, no longer having those easy wins against the Astros to rely on.

San Francisco Giants …. 92-70
Los Angeles Dodgers* …. 89- 73
Arizona Diamondbacks …. 79-84
San Diego Padres …. 73-89
Colorado Rockies …. 63-99

The Giants have the pitching that continues to get them through the season and another chance for a Championship. The Dodgers make 3 big trades and squeak their way into a playoff spot. The Diamondbacks and Padres play well early in the season but cannot stay with the big boys.

*-Denotes Wild Card

Los Angeles defeats Atlanta
New York defeats Oakland

Detroit defeats New York (3-1)
Los Angeles defeats Toronto (3-2)

Washington defeats Los Angeles (3-0)
San Francisco defeats St. Louis (3-1)

Detroit defeats Los Angeles (4-2)

Washington defeats San Francisco (4-2)

Detroit Tigers defeat Washington (4-3)

(all predictions as of 3/19/13)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cinematic Alphabet

My friend le0pard over at It Rains...You Get Wet inspired this blog. I read his and thought it would be fun to make up my own cinematic alphabet. So this is just a fun little blog showcasing some of my favorite movies in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

A is for Alien

B is for Blazing Saddles 

C is for Clerks

D is for The Dark Knight

E is for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

F is for Ferris Bueller's Day Off

G is for Good Will Hunting

H is for Halloween

I is for In Bruges

J is for Jaws

K is for Knocked Up

L is for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

M is for Major League

N is for North By Northwest

O is for Once Upon A Time In The West

P is for Psycho

Q is for Quiz Show

 R is for Raiders Of The Lost Arc

S is for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

T is for Terminator 2: Judgement Day

U is for Up

V is for V for Vendetta

W is for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

X is for X2

Y is for Young Frankenstein 

Z is for Zodiac

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Flea Market Report

I have done similar blogs in the past, click HERE to read that one. Recently I have been going to flea about once a month or so, when the weather is nice out. Last Sunday I went to the capitol flea market in San Jose. The market that I used to sell at as a kid with my brother and dad. This flea market has gotten more and more popular in the last few years, once again it was packed by the time we arrived around 9am. Here are some of the finds that I was able to get last time out and even a bonus flea market find.

When we arrived it was busier then usual, maybe people are starting to arrive earlier now because it gets so crowded lately? We usually stick to the same search way, start at the left side of the market and work our way right, its sort of a tradition we always do. This time though I know I wanted a few blurays and we headed to see the guys who sell cheaper then any store blurays. The bad news is that when we got to the table they had nothing out. At first I thought, this serves me right for starting off a different way then usual. I asked the guy for the two blurays I wanted, Skyfall and Argo. He said he was sold out of Skyfall but he did have Argo. I ended up haggling with him for the price until he eventually gave it to me a dollar cheaper then usual.

After that little detour we headed back on our usual track. There was a lot of sellers out and usually an early find can lead to a good day. Dennis made a few small scores and got caught up looking through boxes and boxes of old VHS tapes so I did a solo walk and found something I wanted. I saw the golden Nintendo cartridge and knew this had to be something I wanted, it ended up being Zelda II aka The Adventures of Link. Anything Zelda related is usually somewhat rare and I was thinking they would want a lot, turns out it was mine for $3 and a small bonus was that it was in a black case.

Shortly after that last find we came about a guy with a bunch of T-shirts on a blanket, I think it was Dennis who saw something and started looking. My eyes saw a cool book about Friday the 13th. I had seen it before when I worked at Barnes and Noble, it is a gigantic book yet cool for any fans of the series. I sort of thought the seller would want a lot so I passed and went to look at the shirts with Dennis. I started to notice that some of the shirts were from comic book conventions (having gone to my fair share of them over the years). Dennis saw a few he wanted, I liked many of the shirts but wasn't seeing anything I liked or thought would fit me. One shirt I liked was in pretty bad condition the tag was ripped out leaving a hole in the neck. I almost took off but then I saw a shirt that I liked and it was in pretty good shape, it read FLYNN LIVES.

I knew this shirt was from the Wondercon and was somewhat rare. They filmed a scene for the bluray extras in San Francisco at the Wondercon and I think they had a crowd of about 250 people who were given the shirt during the filming of the scene. I asked the guy the price on the book and he said $5, not too bad for the massive book. I asked if he would take $5 for the book and the shirt, he agreed and I scored two quality items for a mere $5.

That was a great day at the flea market!


Every first Saturday of the month they hold the De Anza flea maket if Cupertino. I have been once before and decided to take my friend Wes since he had never been before. We also had plans to see a movie across the street afterwords.

I didn't really get all that much since the market is much different then the superior Capitol flea. But this time around I did make a really cool score, two old Star Wars glasses. When I first saw them I really liked the look and wanted them. Anything Star Wars that is older usually fetches a high price at the flea. I asked how much for the glasses ecpecting at least a $10 price per glass. I was shocked when he said $2 per glass. I double checked to make sure they were not reprint. The glasses said 1980 so I nabbed those quickly. I got the Luke Skywalker and Lando glasses from the Empire Strikes Back. I hope one day to complete the set! Here are some pictures of those glasses.

Thanks for reading/commenting!