Friday, April 26, 2013
Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps Opening Day #106
The first place Cardinals head into a weekend home series tonight with the second place Pirates, who they lead by a half game. How do you know it's still April baseball? Just take a look at the end of that last sentence. The NL Central remains a wide open race as it probably will continue to be for several months. St. Louis has found a new closer in Edward Mujica, at least for now, but the bullpen still remains a work in progress. Also, "work in progress" is usually a euphemism for "barrelful of suck".
Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Trevor Bauer is a righty hurler who was the third overall draft pick less than two calendar years ago. He struggled in his few appearances with the Diamondbacks last season as a 21 year old, but his new team is tempted to continue to rush him to the majors.
Why is this a thing? Bauer was a big piece of a three team prospects-and-Shin-Soo-Choo-for-some-reason offseason deal that saw him join up with the Tribe. Cleveland has starting pitching woes currently, so it probably won't be long before the now-22 year old is back in the bigs. Bauer is Photoshopped into the new-for-2013 Cleveland uniform, which shows Topps is on the ball.
Airbrushed Fridays is a weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a hyperlink and two scoops of raisins are the reason Kellogg's Raisin Bran is so pleasin', but you never know!