Manny Ramirez – 2012 Topps
June 22, 2012
This Looks Shopped, I Can Tell By The Pixels…
Is there sturm und drang out there about this card in Series 2, since Manny never will play a game in Oakland finery?
If there is, zip it.
Why should we deny our children the same oddities that we had back in the day?
You know, like showing Pete Broberg as a Mariner?
Even during the spring, it was assumed that Manny would trod out onto the famed field (ok, field) in Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (as I’ll call it because I want to have Howard Cosell’s voice in my head saying that right now…) and play at least a few games for the Athletics.
I mean, what else did they have besides Yoenis and a bunch of maybes, could-bes and idunnos?
Well, it didn’t quite turn out that way. Oakland’s offense is pretty blah, but it’s not because of the OFs and DHs that are playing now. (Mr. Barton? Mr. Suzuki? Step forward, please.) Manny wasn’t going to be Coco Crisp’s replacement, because as funny as it would be to see Manny covering CF, the pitching staff would have an armed revolt and flood Billy Beane with Voros McCracken’s manifesto on what a pitcher can control and what he can’t control.
So Manny wasn’t an Athletic in real life, but he will be forever one in cardboard.
And I think we can all deal with it.