There are a few paragraphs of music talk at the beginning of this post. If that's not your thing, there are indeed cards below, just scroll down and I certainly won't be offended (or even know that you did!)
Well, I inadvertently stepped away from the blog for a little over a week there. Quite honestly, there has been little to no time for sports cards since I last posted here. Since my previous post the Sunday before last I've been busy traveling all over New England for work, spending time with family, dealing with an injury that our dog sustained, and attending holiday parties for my job in multiple states, in addition to the normal day-to-day load of responsibility.
Oh, and that's not all. If you've stopped by here with any frequency over the years you may know this already, but I'm a huge music fan. It's maybe the only hobby that trumps sports cards for me. I play the guitar, and have been pretty well obsessed with all aspects of music since very early grade school. Because of this, I'm an admitted live music/concert junkie. In fact, earlier this year I posted here on the blog that I caught one of my all-time favorite bands, Radiohead, twice this summer during a vacation from work. Then, in September, I was fortunate enough to catch another favorite, Pearl Jam, play two shows at Fenway Park. Well, this past week I capped off one of my greatest years for concerts ever with the third band in my "all-time favorite artists triumvirate"...
From just about the moment I got my driver's license in 1998, my friend and I caught every show the band did that was within conceivable driving distance. This went on for years, through high school and college, and obviously those are very formative years for taste in music and many other things, further entrenching the band among my all-time favorites.
Well, that same friend is still my best friend all these years later, and he now manages a hotel by the casinos in Connecticut. He managed to get free seats to the Dave Matthews Band concert at Mohegan Sun Arena last Sunday through a business contact, and as you can see from the picture above they were damn amazing seats, too. In fact, I've seen DMB play probably more than 20 times now, and this might have been the best seat I've personally ever had.
There was no way after the amount of fun that I had on Sunday that I was going to be parked a stone's throw from the arena just three hours before the show and not go to this concert. So, I did something I hadn't done in years and bought a single ticket. Had a couple beers and some dinner when I got out of work at 5, and had an absolute blast at the concert, this time sitting on the opposite side of the stage, as you can see above.
My work validates my parking when I travel, and my mileage payout for driving to Manchester was more than my ticket set me back, so it was pretty much my second "free" Dave Matthews Band concert in the span of three days. You can probably piece together what happens next here...
So that is the brief story of how I saw Dave Matthews Band play three times, in three different states, in one week. I will absolutely see them this summer if they tour this area again, fingers crossed.
Anyway, as you can see, baseball cards just haven't been on my mind (or my calendar) since I wrote here last.
Inside were a handful of team set bags containing a variety of cards. I haven't opened them all yet, preferring to stretch these out over a period of days (and a few blog posts). Tonight I've got the contents of the first team set bag to share with you, and if it's any indication I think this is going to turn out to be a whopper of a surprise package.
To tie back to the first part of this post, I once saw Wilco play a show at the Lowell Spinners' stadium in Lowell, MA!
Kin, I can't thank you enough for sending me this fantastic batch of cardboard, but I'm certainly going to try a few more times anyway!
To everyone else, thank you for stopping by, especially after a somewhat lengthy absence by my standards. I'll try not to make it so long between this and my next post. Until then!
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