Friday, October 17, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2007 Topps Updates and Highlights #UH27


It's the first of four consecutive days without baseball. Thanks, Giants.

Who is he? Yusmeiro Petit is most currently known as the NL Pennant winning Giants safety valve. The Venezuelan came up as a starting pitcher, but has had little success at it in any of his three stops. The Giants moved him to a bullpen role for much of this season, but he's recently flourished in a long relief role.


How did he get here? Petit was an undrafted free agent and still very young at the time this card was printed. He came up with the Mets, but was involved in the Carlos Delgado trade which brought him to the Marlins. After a rocky debut (9.57 ERA), the Fish sent him to Arizona for Jorge Julio (yikes). Petit would spend a few years toiling with the Diamondbacks before dropping out of sight for a few more years. His claim to fame now is his 6 shutout innings in relief in an 18 inning NLDS game between the Giants and Nationals this month. He's found his way to the biggest stage with San Francisco now, and I don't think there's anyone who can't appreciate this kind of story -- even someone who wants to kill all things Giants with fire at the moment.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None

Airbrushed Score: 8

Comments: Doesn't. Look. Real.

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