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Baseball in November???

Since the Mets won last night, that means tonight’s Game 4 is an elimination game is NOT an elimination game, which means, for only the fourth time ever…there will be baseball played in November.
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I mean, it’s crazy to think about! Today is Halloween and the 2015 Baseball season is still going on. Tomorrow would start the SEVENTH month of baseball this season.

ReggieWhen you think of the World Series, you think of October. Reggie Jackson was Mr. October. It’s called the Fall Classic. The first time the World Series even stretched into November was during the 2001 series, when the regular season was pushed back 6 days due to 9/11. Game 7 of the ’01 Series between the Yankees and Diamondbacks was played on November 4th.

The first November-scheduled World Series was in 2009 (Yankees vs Phillies) as the 2009 season started late due to World Baseball Classic.

In 2010, the season was slated to start on April 5th, a week later than previous seasons, which resulted in World Series Game 5 (Giants vs Rangers) to be played November 1st. The Giants won the championship in that game.

If this series goes 7 games, Game 7 will be played on November 4th, which ties the 2001 and 2009 series for latest game.

So who knows? Maybe in the next few years we’ll be playing the World Series so late into November, it will look like this:

Snow baseball

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The last time Toronto hosted an ALCS game was….

Tonight the Blue Jays host the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS, with Kansas City up 2-0 in the series. Last year the Royals made the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, which made the Blue Jays the holder of the longest playoff drought in all four major sports. The Blue Jays broke that drought this year obviously, but prior to that, what happened the last time they were in the playoffs?

Following up their 1st ever World Series appearance and win, the Blue Jays added Hall-of-Famers Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor and went 95-67 to clinch 1st place in the AL East. 1993 was the last year that there were only two playoff teams from each league, and Toronto would face the White Sox in the ALCS.

Toronto hosted Game 3,4 and 5 of the ALCS, before heading back to Chicago to win Game 6 to clinch the series.

And oh by the way, the last game Toronto hosted before this year was Game 6 of the World Series, where the Blue Jays had the series lead 3-2, and while they had a 5-1 lead in the 5th inning, the Phillies scored 5 runs in the 7th, and then this happened:

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Best Wishes for 2014

Well, the new year has begun, and we here at Mendy’s want to wish you a happy, safe and prosperous new year! The new year also means that it’s only about 6 weeks until pitchers and catchers report – something to look forward to while we are enduring colder than normal January temperatures here in Maryland!

Another exciting prospect is the Orioles FanFest on February 1st in the Baltimore Convention Center. We will be there, and look forward to seeing our regular customers and hope to meet some new folks, too!

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Our Mendy's booth at Orioles FanFest 2013

In addition to the Mendy’s Web site and our booth (B-69) in the Westminster Antique Mall, we now have some items on Amazon Marketplace. Whether you are decorating your “man cave”, looking for a perfect gift for a baseball fan, or adding to your collections, please let us know how we can serve you in 2014!

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Why Collect Baseball Memorabilia?

Why do people collect baseball memorabilia? This is a tough question, since everyone may have different reasons for collecting. Here are three that come to mind:

1. To reminisce about a meaningful game that you attended that you never want to forget. Whenever you look at the memorabilia item that you bought – a ticket, autographed ball, or program – you relive that awesome moment when your team won a big game or your favorite player set a record.

2. As an investment. Knowing what items will increase in value is very hard to predict. It depends on how popular a player is over the long term, and how rare is the item. It’s good to collect items that are meaningful to you, regardless of their resale value.

3. Because you enjoy collecting and displaying the items. It is exciting to find something that you’ve been searching for at a show, online, or at a flea market, and then to bring it home and find a special spot in which to display it.

I like to find unusual and quirky items, especially old Orioles memorabilia that I remember from my childhood. Also, the “running Presidents” bobble heads from the Nats!

Why do you collect sports memorabilia?

Orioles Memorabilia

Orioles Memorabilia Poster

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