Friday, March 14, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2012 Topps Opening Day #135

We are getting so close to baseball season again. So close!

Who is he? Josh Reddick is an outfielder who has become more known for his beard than his actual play on field. This isn't usually a good sign for a player's usefulness. Reddick put together a very impressive 2012 season after a solid rookie campaign, but he ran into trouble last year due to a wrist injury among other things.

How did he get here? Oakland's Billy Beane pulled off another classic reliever-for-position player trade, sending Andrew Bailey to Boston to acquire Reddick. Bailey was stellar in his first two seasons with Oakland but has had a rough go of it with Boston so far.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: 2012 Topps #158 (completely different photo); Pre-Photoshopped Photo

Airbrushed Score: 10

Comments: I finally found a source image! Compare them side-by-side if you're feeling up to it.

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