Friday, October 28, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 2008 Topps #592

Game 6! Zombies! I don't even know what to say. Monkeys! Bananas! Monkey bananas!

Matt Morris was a right-handed starting pitcher who was, at a couple of different points in his career, the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals staff. After a hot start to his major league career, he suffered an eerily similar fate as current Cards ace Adam Wainwright as he was injured during spring training in 1999 and needed Tommy John surgery.

Why did Topps airbrush Matt's photo? Morris started his steep decline in the second half of the 2005 season with the Cardinals, but he was still able to parlay his past success into a three year deal with the Giants. San Francisco gave up on him during the 2007 season right before the trade deadline, and was shipped to Pittsburgh as part of a perplexing reverse-"seller" trade that saw Rajai Davis become a Giant. Sadly, one of my favorite pitchers was done as a player by April the next season.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? That 'BURGH' and '35' on his jersey just... doesn't quite seem like it's on straight. Just sayin'.

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.

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