Friday, August 28, 2015

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps #406


Who wants to get hit in the head by a line drive?

Who is he? Brandon McCarthy has been a starting pitcher in the bigs for the last 11 seasons, but he's best known for being smacked by a line drive late in the 2012 season. The shot to the head fractured his skull and caused injuries to his brain. It pretty much sounds like the worst thing ever. McCarthy came up with the White Sox, but was pitching for his third franchise (Oakland) at the time. That number has grown to six.


How did he get here? The shot to the head ended his season, but Arizona scooped him up on a two year free agent deal starting in 2013. Things with the Diamondbacks didn't go as well as hoped, but a successful stint late last year with the Yankees talked another team - the Dodgers - into handing him a big 4 year contract. He promptly needed Tommy John surgery this past spring.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but here's the original --

Airbrushed Score: 6

Comments: Not bad, but they probably should have left a gap between the letters in 'Arizona' like what occurs with his actual uniform.

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