Thursday, February 18, 2021

What do Dodgers and Mariners have in common?

To all my legions of loyal readers, I apologize for the long stretch between posts.  Real life intervened, like it always does.  This time, most of the delays have been due to my last grandparent passing away, and the associated family times that go with that.  

It was a good experience.  He lived a good life, exactly how he wanted to.  And he was ready to go.  Many of his 28 (!!) grandchildren were able to attend the funeral, and there was a common conversation among us that this funeral, while not a party, lacked the level of sadness of many other funerals we had attended. It was kind of what I hope my funeral will be like someday, a fond remembering with tempered feelings of loss.

It was also a little weird because of covid.  We were required to distance far more than us usual at funerals.  But we just moved to a new phase here in Washington, so at least everyone was allowed to come.  If he had passed a week or two earlier, we might have had to turn away people from the event.

Anyway, grandpa was a lifelong Dodgers fan, but late in life he became a Mariners fan, mostly due to being able to watch their games every day on local channels.  He rarely missed a game over the last 5 years since grandma passed.  In honor of him, below are some randomly pulled Dodgers and Mariners cards that I own.  

To some, pairing Dodgers and Mariners might approach sacrilege, but at least you know there is a reason.

Thanks for reading and I am looking forward to reading your stuff I have missed and hopefully getting some late comments in there!


  1. My thoughts are with you and your grandpa, who rooted for two worthy teams!

    Still need that Beltre (what do Dodgers and Mariners have in common? Adrian Beltre) and the Hershiser OPC.

  2. Sorry for your loss. I have one left and he is 85. He lives with me and I hope he stays around forever, but I am realistic and know the day is approaching where I am in the same boat as you.

    You picked a very good way to honor his memory though.

  3. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. It is always great to connect the game of baseball with ones in your family. One of my fondest memories is watching the entire 1997 World Series with my grandma, and she wore her socks up like Jim Thome, who was her favorite player.

  4. My condolences on your loss. That’s a fine card collection. I’ve ever see the ‘72 F Robby traded card before!

  5. Sorry to hear about your grandfather... but very happy to hear he lived a long life and was ready to go. Still my thoughts are with you and your family. I'm hoping he's looking down and enjoying this selection of cards in this post. There sure are some nice ones.

  6. Celebrating a persons life and accomplishments is what we should be doing at funerals, granted it's not always possible (especially when someone really young passes), but when it is, we shouldn't take that away from them by spending the whole time being down, playing sad music, etc.

    Awesome tribute post!

  7. Sorry for your loss! Thoughts with you and your family!