Saturday, February 6, 2016

Oops, She Did it Again

History has been made!

For the first time in the existence of the Section 36 Scavenger Hunt, someone has successfully defended their title!

That's right. This year's winner is none other than Kristen!

She becomes just the second person with two titles, joining Jere in that honor. But, as I mentioned, she's the first to ever g back-to-back!

Congratulations Kristen!

Let's take a look at some of the items she found, shall we?

Showing off one of the many things I tell people about the hunt...they don't need to be new pictures! This wasn't a trip that Kristen made specifically for the hunt. So, remember, sometimes the "hunt" portion can be "hunting" through your camera roll!

Love how she went above and beyond with this picture. The item was just for salsa. She decided to go for three different kinds!

More extra effort! She didn't have a used Section 36 scorecard she re-scored a game! She even did both sides of the card!

Another thing I remind people during the hunt is that you don't need to own the items! A simple trip to the store next to Fenway Park (or, any number of stores) can reveal several this one!

I guess when you have something like this, finding autographs of specific players can be easy!

When I listed "2013 World Championship Item" I was expecting something fairly routine. Maybe a commemorative magnet, or bobblehead. Of course, Kristen had to go ahead and post a picture of her holding the actual 2013 World Series trophy. I'd say that counts!

The hunt requested a bobblehead. Above and beyond and beyond.

Again, the hunt was looking for a male and a female Red Sox fan. That wasn't good enough for Kristen. How about a half dozen of each?

To top it off...even though Kristen sent pictures wonderfully displaying each item on its own, she knew that the tiebreaker was to get as many items into a single picture as possible. So, she did that too. Here's a picture containing just about everything she found. Well done!

So, let's have a big round of applause for Kristen as she cruised to another victory. Hopefully everyone who entered had a lot of fun looking for items, even if it didn't lead to a victory. There's always next year. 

Congratulations again Kristen!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Time's Up!!!

The buzzer has sounded. The clock has struck. The sirens are wailing. It's over.

You are out of time to enter the 2015 Section 36 Scavenger Hunt!

Did you get an entry in on time? Was it a good one?

Keep looking back at this blog so you don't miss the announcement of the winner.

Who will it be?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

From the Pedro Binder

2001 Fleer Ultra

I can’t decide what to make of this card.

The whole point of Fleer Ultra is supposed to be competition for Stadium Club and its amazing photography. So, Fleer went to the full bleed design with minimal graphics. Then, they went with this picture.

Is this the type of picture that you want to focus on? Nobody’s throwing a ball. Nobody’s diving to catch a ball. Nobody’s braking up a double play. It’s just Pedro sitting alone in a dugout. 

Talk about a Clay Buchholz sized waste.

You’re giving me the full bleed on the picture, but then using up most of it with the green dugout step? On purpose? Maybe I could understand it if the graphics were reversed. If they used the green dugout step as something to hide behind Pedro’s name, I could let it be. But, instead they leave that part front and center, while covering up Pedro with his name.

It’s so bizarre. 

It’s not even Pedro being characteristically goofy in the dugout. He’s not wearing a Yoda mask, or being taped to a dugout pole. It’s about as subdued as Pedro gets when he’s sitting in the dugout. And this is what they choose to celebrate on a card meant to show off a great picture? It’s shameful.

And such a waste.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Groundhog Predictions

Saw an article online wondering how accurate groundhog weather predictions were. I didn’t read the article, but it struck me as an odd concept. 

How would you know?

I mean, it’s not like the groundhog is making predictions down to tenths of degrees. “Six more weeks of winter” is a pretty arbitrary concept. On March 15, what conditions would qualify as “winter”? Snow on the ground? Temps below freezing? Similarly, how do you define “early spring”? I assume it has to mean earlier than six weeks, right? So in, say four weeks, how do I know if I’ve reached spring? Is there a temperature threshold somewhere? It makes me wonder why anyone ever found those predictions useful, or why they bother.

Then I realized, we make these kinds of predictions all the time this time of year when it comes to the Red Sox. It seems to be what the pre-Spring Training days are for.

How will the young outfield do? How will the Hanley Ramirez experiment at first go? How will the rotation be?

None of those have defined answers. But, that doesn't stop us from debating the questions. What's a "success" for Ramirez at first? Fewer than ten errors? Is there a fielding percentage we have in mind? Or, for the outfield. Is there a number of runs saved we're thinking about? Or a number of runs scored? What defines "good"?

I know. That's the very reason these discussions are so popular. You can't really be wrong. Even when you try to work some number into predictions, there's always wiggle room.

I remember an interview with some baseball insider prior to the 2013 season. There were some questions asked. Would the Red Sox finish above .500? Absolutely. Would the Sox be a playoff team? No.

So, the Sox would absolutely win 83 games to finish above .500. But, not win the 89 games it'd probably take to make the Wild Card? Obviously, the Sox did make the playoffs. But, how wrong was the insider, really? There's always some wiggle room.

As we get closer to actual baseball, we'll keep trying to decide if different aspect of the Red Sox will be "good" or not in the 2016 season. Then we'll all wait to see how right we were.

For the record, I think the Hanley experiment will be a "success." The rotation and the young outfield will be "good" and the Sox will "meet or exceed expectations."

Whatever any of that really means.

Friday, January 29, 2016

One Week!!!

Yup, that's right!

Just one week remains in the 2015 Section 36 Scavenger Hunt!

That's not a lot of time, so you'd better get started on your entries if you haven't already!

Buy, at the same time. Don't stress. One week should give you plenty of time to find everything you need. After all, anyone reading this blog probably already has a good selection of items sitting around their house somewhere. Maybe you won't be able to schedule that trip to Boston to pick up those last couple items. But, most of them should be easy to find!

So, look in the basement for that ticket stub. Run to your local sporting goods store to find the jersey you need. Get crafty with an old t-shirt. 

Have fun with it! After all, that's the main point of the hunt!

And, don't forget, the winner gets all this great stuff!

How can you not pull together an entry?

Get out there now!

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