Friday, June 19, 2015

Airbrushed Fridays: 2015 Topps Opening Day #75

Sometimes you just gotta let it go.

Who is he? Jimmy Rollins is in his 16th major league season as a shortstop, a mainstay of the Phillies teams throughout the ought years and beyond. The Phillies are a team that was very successful for a time, but they locked up all of their stars in contracts that extended far past their peak years and didn't do much of anything to reload their farm system. I think everyone recognizes this, and yet? If I was a Phillies fan, I would probably have a hard time saying goodbye to guys like Howard, Utley, Hamels and Rollins.

How did he get here? Rollins is the one that got out. Long past their expiration date, the Phillies traded J-Roll for a couple of minor leaguers this past offseason. At 36, Rollins is having a rough go of it in SoCal, struggling to stay above the Mendoza line with a Kozmaesque OPS.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but here's the source image:

Airbrushed Score: 7

Comments: There's a lot of blue in the background that might make you think Dodgers here, but it's probably just a Bud Light or Aquafina ad. That, and, well, he's "wearing" the road uniform.

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