Friday, January 4, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 2012 Topps Update Series #US197

Well, that was as satisfying of a victory as I've seen in awhile. Oregon jumped on Kansas State from the outset in last night's Fiesta Bowl with De'Anthony Thomas putting two touchdowns on the board before the Wildcats were settled in. The seniors (Kenjon Barner and Michael Clay in particular) came up big and Chip Kelly - should he choose to go that route - goes out on top. Not bad, Quack Attack, not bad. I now get to turn my full (sports) attention towards the NBA and, eventually, the MLB. The NFL is still just a bit of a roadside attraction to me, one I can't really take all that seriously even though there are some good looking playoff matchups this year.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Cody Ransom is a power hitting shortstop who hasn't made much of an impact at the major league level, despite bouncing around 25-man rosters since 2001. His most notable achievements came during the 2008 season as a member of the Yankees, where he was the first in franchise history to hit HRs in his first two ABs and where he also registered the final putout in Yankee Stadium history.

Why does this card exist? After a surprisingly hot start to 2012 with Arizona, Ransom showed signs of fading early and was waived in late May. He was picked up by Milwaukee, where he failed to produce. Ransom actually returned to the still-in-contention Diamondbacks right before the trade deadline, but he's found on this card in faux-Milwaukee attire.

Airbrushed Fridays is a regular, weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a hyperlink and some stale Tostitos, but you never know!

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