Wednesday, January 17, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 3

The Stage has been set. The Match is underway. Who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out.

Keep going, and open that third pack!

As we dive into this pack, the 1990 set has taken the lead thanks to its pack two victory. Let's go!

Red Sox +2
1988 starts things off much better this time! Not only did it make it past the sticker, but it gets positive points! A great card too. If you're not going to have a collision picture, this is about as good as a catcher card gets. Full gear, trying to make a play. With the head extending into the border, it makes Gedman larger than life.

Yankees -2
And just like that, 1988 falls flat again. Back to even.

Hall of Famer +1
Look at this great card. I was tempted to give it two points for having two Hall of Famers. But, for one thing, Trammell isn't officially inducted yet. For another, the rules clearly say "Hall of Famer card" not "Hall of Famer on card" so, it's just one point even if Fernandez were in the Hall too.

Red Sox +2
One more big score for 1988. Another great catcher card. This would have been a pretty sweet pull for a Red Sox fan back in 1988, and it brings the 1988 pack total to +3. Can 1990 catch them?

Hall of Famer +1
It certainly jumps right out of the gate with another catcher. This one's a Red Sox Hall of Famer, but he's wearing the wrong color Sox on the card, so it's just the one point.

Yankees -2
It's one step forward, and two steps back. The Yankees card drops the pack into negative points.

Hall of Famer +1
And, back to even as the pack closes out with a Hall of Famer. Unfortunately, for 1990, this is where the scoring ends up.

The 1988 pack holds with its total of +3 to take the third pack match.

It also ties the  overall score two to one in this back and forth battle.

Box Bottom: 1988 +1 (1-0)
Pack 1: 1990 +6 (1-1)
Pack 2: 1990 +4 (2-1)
Pack 3: 1988 +3 (2-2)

What will happen next time?

Monday, January 15, 2018

What Style Hat Do You Wear?

Today, on National Hat Day, I wanted to talk know...hats.

Specifically, what hats do you like to wear? Obviously the most correct answer to that question is "A Red Sox Hat, duh." But that answer isn't really specific enough.What kind of Red Sox hat?

Because I'm sure you've noticed that there are about 36 million
different styles of Red Sox hats. There's the classic game hat. Throwback hats. Special game hats. Graphic hats. Hats with stripes, and camouflage, and polka-dots. Hats in all colors. All allowing you to profess your love for baseballs greatest team. So, with so many to choose from, which direction do you go?

I tend to lean towards "official" when I buy my Red Sox gear. My home jersey can't have a name on the back of it, and my hat needs to be navy with the red B on the front. But, I will also branch out every once in a while to different versions of official hat. For a long while, I wore the 2004 World Series version. The classic hat with the World Series patch. If I want more variety than that? I like throwback styles, to retain that authenticity. I especially like the 1975 throwback, because it allows a complete departure from blue with red. Red with blue feels so wrong it's right. I sometime think of going for something with a 40's style to it. But, I fear that most people won't realize that the fatter B on the front is a throwback, and instead think it's just a poorly made classic blue.

The only time I've really diverged from the official is when I wore the Pedro Martinez retired number hat. I had that one on my head until it wore out, and I wish I could get another one. 

Other styles of official hat? Like the locker room hats from championships? My gosh do I think those are hideous. I can't imagine wearing something like that out to the store. Same goes for the holiday hats. Rarely do I find one with a color scheme I enjoy.

What about you? Are you classic blue? Zebra stripes?

Something in-between?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Lauren Fohlin Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Lauren Fohlin is a singer, a choreographer, the current Miss Lake Sunapee Region, and (of
course) a Red Sox fan. After winning her crown just over a month ago, I hoped she'd be willing to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. Luckily she agreed. I’m sure you’ll be glad she did.

So, let’s see what happens when Lauren Fohlin visits Section 36!

Why did you decide to compete for the Miss Lake Sunapee Region crown? 
I have been competing for a local title for the past two years. I have never won a crown until Miss Lake Sunapee Region and I don't think I could have received a title more fitting.

Is there a specific goal you'd like to accomplish during your time as Miss Sunapee Region? 
During my time as Miss Lake Sunapee Region I would like to continue pursuing my platform, "Keeping The Arts Alive: One Beat at a time".

What did you learn at previous pageants that will help you at the Miss New Hampshire competition? 
This is a tough one! Every pageant is a learning experience. You meet so many different people and each time each judge gets to know you and your story. The biggest thing that I can walk away with to prepare myself for Miss New Hampshire is to always stay true to myself. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't have my title today.

As a singer, which types of songs do you enjoy singing the most? 
I have been performing since I can remember. I started doing musical theatre in fifth grade, so I would have to say I love singing those show stopping numbers! 

Why did you choose your platform, “Keeping the Arts Alive: one beat at a time”? 
I chose my platform because I volunteered my time to choreograph Manchester Central High School's performance of "Godspell". All went well there and I came back for another year to choreograph "Fame". After Fame one of my students, Dustin Blake, passed away from a rare heart condition. He was one of a kind and extremely talented in his own ways. It's not about the affect us teachers have on students, it's about how the student affects us. So for him I will continue to keep the arts alive.

As a choreographer, how does it feel to see something you planned performed perfectly on stage? 
There is no word to describe it. The process of choreographing a single piece starts with myself in my living room creating a whole number for 30+ students. Not everyone comes in with dance experience. Some of my students have none, but by the end of it all they are all dancers in my eyes. It's truly rewarding to see the outcome. 

If you can’t be in Section 36, where do you (or would you) like to sit to watch the Red Sox? 
Any section would do for me! Even my TV screen is a win.

Who was your favorite Red Sox player growing up? Why? 
Although I have love for all of my Red Sox, David Ortiz is definitely my favorite. He's a three time World Series Champion with the most contagious smile. What's not to love?

What was your favorite memory from the 2017 Red Sox season? 
One of the most exciting aspects of the 2017 season was watching Chris Sale's pursuit of the single-season franchise record of 313 strikeouts. Impressive. 


I'm sure we all enjoyed watching that unfold!

As always, I want to give a huge thank you to Lauren for finding the time to visit with us. It's always so much fun, and it wouldn’t have happened without her! Another thank you to her for providing the  picture to go along with the interview. It really spruces up the post, don’t you think?

As Lauren continues her time as Miss Lake Sunapee Region, be sure to keep track of her on the official Miss Lake Sunapee Region Facebook and Instagram accounts! That way you won't miss a thing.

I also want to wish Lauren luck at the upcoming Miss New Hampshire competition. There will be quite a few members of the Section 36 family on stage with her this year. It would be so fantastic to have one of them bring home that crown!

Thanks again for the visit Lauren!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 2

The Stage has been set. The Match is underway. Who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out.

Keep going, and open that second pack!

As we dive into this pack, the 1990 set has tied the match thanks to its pack one victory. Let's go!

Yankees -2
1988 once again starts itself out in a hole by having a Yankees sticker. Even worse, this was the only scoring "card" in the pack. So, it finishes with a final score of -2.

Red Sox +2
1990 Jumps on the early stumble from 1988, and grabs the lead with a Red Sox card. Pretty nice looking card too, by the way.  Love how the red frames the tightly cropped shot. And, I'm always a sucker for the picture extending over the border.

Not yet...
Luckily for 1990, it didn't need any more points, since this card isn't a Hall of Famer...yet?

The 1990 pack holds its total of +2 to take the second pack match.

It also takes the lead in the overall score two to one in this neck and neck battle.

Box Bottom: 1988 +1 (1-0)
Pack 1: 1990 +6 (1-1)
Pack 2: 1990 +4 (2-1)

What will happen next time?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

You Know it's a Dull Off Season When...

You want to run to your keyboard to post about the Sox giving an non-guaranteed contract to a middle reliever.

Yup. When I saw the news that the Sox had signed Carson Smith I was almost giddy. Woohoo! The Sox made a move to help their bullpen! They signed a guy who was hurt most of the last two years. They're on the move now!

Yeah. not exactly signing Manny Ramirez.

But, that's what happens when you're the reigning two-time division champs. You don't have a lot of holes. Certainly not a lot of sexy holes. The Sox needed a first baseman, and they filled that spot. Other than that...the roster is full, right? Full of players who underperformed last year, and still cruised to the division title. So the Red Sox can certainly afford to take things slow. They're in no rush. They could not do another thing, and be in pretty good shape.

Remember, the new manager is good for five wins all on his own. Or, so I've been told. So, we're looking at nearly a 100-win team right now. And that's not counting on players like Devers and 'Tendi continuing to improve. Or David Price having his entire arm for an entire season. Or Porcello not having the worst season possible. The Sox can relax.

Even with that, though, I'm a little surprised that they are. After all, Dombrowski actually said he wanted a power bat. I'm guessing Mitch Moreland isn't who he was talking about. So, is he content to not get what he publicly said he needed most? Is he content to let JD Martinez go elsewhere if he can't get him on his terms? Does he think that adding JD while subtracting elsewhere isn't worth an enormous contract?

And, what is Martinez waiting for? Is his market so low that they'll wait for spring training injuries to create a few holes? Did the Sox offer a DH spot, so they're hoping for someone to let him play the field? What's the plan behind stalling? He's the top dog. He makes first choice, and everyone settles in behind him. Doesn't he run the risk of whichever two or three teams are showing interest give up and find another option? Or does Boras know that there's always another fool out there with deep pockets? I guess he's been doing this for a while now.

Whatever the reason, I'm glad the Sox are waiting right along with him. If he's fine with the contract the Sox offer, great. If not, the Sox have a great team already. It's a good strategy.

Even if it's boring at the moment.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Karla Aponte Roque Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Karla Aponte Roque is a  talented singer, a Red Sox fan, and the current Miss Southington! Since I haven't have many visitors from Connecticut, I wanted to reach out to her and see if she'd visit with us to discuss those topics, and some more. I was thrilled when she agreed. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as well!

So, let's see what happens when Karla Aponte Roque visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate being crowned Miss Southington?
After being crowned Miss Southington I hugged my family and made plans for dinner! The Miss Southington pageant was a lot of fun but I was running on low fuel.

Is there a specific goal you’d like to accomplish during your time as Miss Southington?
I want to use my platform to not only encourage the youth of Southington but all those whom I come into contact with. My favorite part of being a part of the Miss America Organization is that I have the opportunity to come in to contact with children and I can be an example of what hard work and perseverance look like.  

What lessons did you learn at the Miss Southington competition that will help you when you compete for Miss Connecticut?
I learned the value of staying organized and prepared even when you think it is too much. I bought an extension cord and had all of my outfits lined up with their accessories. This type of organization proved to be effective and I will be even more organized for Miss Connecticut.      

What is your platform, and why is it important to you?
My platform is the American Heart Association and it is an organization near and dear to my heart. I have multiple family members who suffer from at least one type of cardiovascular disease and I have seen the way it changes your life. My goal is to raise awareness for the American Heart Association and teach children the way that they can make better choices when choosing what to snack on. The lessons that they learn when they are young will follow them into adulthood.

What is your talent, and how does it feel when you’re performing it on stage?
My talent is singing and it is such an incredible feeling being on stage performing. Our world is filled with so much noise but when I sing it feels like the world went silent and it is just me.   

As a big fan of superhero movies, which superhero do you feel is most like you?
Out of all of the superheroes that I love, I believe I am most like Captain America. He stands for truth, justice, and an underlying belief that freedom overrules blind loyalty. Our values correlate and we both have learned that in life we have to stand up for what we believe in.   

Who is your favorite current Red Sox player?
Currently, my favorite Red Sox player is Xander Bogaerts, The X-man. He is a very humble man who supports his community here in the U.S. and in Aruba.  

What is your favorite part about watching a game in Fenway Park?
I think anyone who has ever watched a game in Fenway Park can agree that there is something magical that occurs. For me, it is standing up to sing Sweet Caroline in the middle of the eighth inning.

What is your favorite memory from the 2017 Red Sox season?

I had the opportunity to go see batting practice and someone in my party got tossed a ball. But, my favorite part was going all the way up and sitting on the Green Monster for a bit.  


I think that would be one of my favorite parts as well. You get a great view of Section 36 from up there!

As always, I want to give a huge thank you to Karla for agreeing to visit with us. It's always such fun, and I'm glad to add another visitor from the Nutmeg State! Another thank you to her for providing the  pictures to go along with the interview. I absolutely love that carousel shot!

As Karla continues her time as Miss Southington, be sure to keep track of her on the official Miss Southington Facebook page! That way you won't miss a thing.

I also want to wish Karla luck at the upcoming Miss Connecticut competition. It would be so fantastic to have the first member of the Section 36 family bring home that crown!

Thanks again for the visit Karla!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

36 Pack Wax Match: Pack 1

The Stage has been set. The Match is ready to begin. Who will come out on top? There’s only one way to find out.

Open that first pack!

As we start, the 1988 Set has the lead, thanks to its play-in victory in the box bottom round.

Yankeees -2

I hadn’t considered what to do about the stickers. Would they count, or not? Then in my very first pack I get a Yankees sticker. I decided, what the hay, they’ll count. Or in this case, count negatively.

Red Sox +2

Back in the day, a Todd Benzinger RC would have been a nice pull.

Yankees -2
A card of Mattingly would also have been a nice pull for a kid in 1988.

That wraps up the 1988 pack, with a combined score of -2. That shouldn’t be too tough for 1990 to overcome.
Red Sox +2

1990 takes advantage of the opportunity with a great Red Sox pull.

Hall of Famer +1

The lead is extended with the match’s first Hall of Famer.

Hall of Famer +1

And the title is cemented by adding the second Hall of Famer in the pack.

The 1990 pack reaches a total of +4 to take the first pack match.

It also ties the overall score at one in this neck and neck battle.

Box Bottom: 1988 +1 (1-0)
Pack 1: 1990 +6 (1-1)

What will happen next time?

Monday, January 1, 2018

Wax From Santa

People who follow Section 36 on twitter already know this, but I found something unexpected under my tree this year. Two wax boxes of junk wax. See?

Two boxes of Fleer products. 1988 and 1990. Each of them full of their full 36 packs each.

The funny part is that back in the day, I didn't get much 1988 Fleer. This is probably the most I've ever had in my hand at one time. So, I'm excited to dive into these and see what's inside. 

But, I decided that the fact that both boxes hold 36 packs was a coincidence that I couldn't pass up. These boxes needed to be blogged about. So, I felt that the best way to go about it was a simple "Wax Wars" feature. Once a week, I'll open a pack of each. Using a scoring system, I'll decide which of the two had the best pack. At the end of the two boxes, I'll see which box came put on top, in a match-play style competition. Sound like fun? I hope so. What will the scoring system be? Really simple.

Red Sox card: 2 points
Hall of Famer card: 1 point
Yankees card: -2 points

So, this Wax War Wednesday, expect my first post! But, to start off, I thought I'd try a little pre-competition. After all, I should have an odd number just in case. As luck would have it, both boxes have cards on the bottom, so let's get this started!

1988 Fleer

Well, there you go. 1988 jumps to an early lead with a Hall-of-Famer on the box bottom. How's the competition?

1990 Fleer


So, 1988 holds onto the lead. 

Next post, we'll actually open some packs, and see what comes out. Hope you'll follow along.

Oh, and if you're collecting these cards for some reason, let me know. I imagine that most of these will be available when they're all opened.

This should be fun!

Box Bottom: 1988 1, 1990 0

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