Friday, May 15, 2015

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps Stickers #92


No, this guy!

Who is he? Ryan Madson is a talented reliever who spent a number of years in a sort of backup closer role in Philadelphia. He was on the World Series winning Phillies team of 2008 and would fill in for Brad Lidge whenever he was shelved due to injury. Madson ended up being the primary closer more or less by default in his final season with the Phillies in 2011.

How did he get here? The Phillies let Madson go to the Reds following the 2011 season (their most recent playoff year) with Jonathan Papelbon looming. Unfortunately for Madson, he never threw a pitch for the Reds, succumbing to elbow ligament replacement surgery. The Angels were the next team to take a chance on Ryan Madson, but it wouldn't be until last month that Madson would return to the mound again after the defending AL Champion Royals took a flyer on him in spring training.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but here's the source image from 2011 (of course):


Airbrushed Score: 9

Comments: This was just wishful thinking, I guess.

1 comment:

Tony L. said...

Kind of wonder why Madson rated being on a sticker at all...