Friday, July 30, 2010

Airbrushed Fridays: 1989 Topps Traded #63T

Today's Airbrushed Fridays post comes with a poll at the end. Don't fret - it's a fun one.

John Kruk was a former all-star first baseman that has become something of an even bigger figure far removed from his big league career. You can see him on Baseball Tonight, of course, and of all of the legendary stories the lasting one is probably his scared antics versus Randy Johnson in the 1993 All-Star Game. He was a prolific hitter despite (or because of?) his size, but he supposedly retired in the middle of a game in 1995, only 10 years into his MLB career.

Why did Topps airbrush John's photo? Kruk was dealt to the Phillies in early June (or May if you believe Wikipedia) and would find his career really take off after that point. Topps had enough problems catching up to players who were dealt in the offseason, so it's not surprising that they weren't all over an in-season deal.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Here's where I turn it over to you, the readers. Tell me what's going on with Krukky here:

a. This is actually a mugshot, and they had to airbrush an entire baseball cap and uniform on him.
b. Clearly, this is a blackmail photo. The camera is practically shoved far up his nose.
c. "Please don't kill me, Randy Johnson!"
d. That look of anguish on Kruk's face is because he's trying to protect his stash... of food, guys. Food.
e. I just can't stop staring at that mullet!

Of course, feel free to leave a comment if you have a better suggestion.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He just got his last hit of Acapulco Gold before heading to eat Philly out of cheesesteaks!