i hope you didn't overdo the spending this past holiday season. i think i did ok, so the title of this post isn't in reference to having to pay the piper in january. rather, it refers to the lack of a healthy chad billingsley on the dodger roster.
i was at the game in august of 2012 wherein billingsley was injured. as he walked off the mound in the fourth inning, i hoped that it was nothing serious. he wound up missing the rest of the season. billingsley was able to avoid surgery, however, and returned in april of last year. two starts into the season he was shut down and underwent tommy john surgery.
billingsley will start the 2014 season on the 60-day dl, but should be back in time for the stretch run. it would be great for the dodgers to get a pitcher of his caliber at that time in the season, so i hope he comes back, and comes back healthy and effective.
i have a bunch of billingsley cards that i've scanned at one time or another that haven't made it to print yet. today is their lucky day. this one is from 2009 topps ticket to stardom, and it features billingsley, a piece of his jersey, and a piece of a dodger game ticket stub.
this is the second one of these that i have - the other one looks the same but the ticket stub is from a different game - one in which billingsley actually started. i assumed that they were all that way, but the game that this stub is from was a brad penny game.
here's a bills rookie card from 2006 upper deck update.
this is a 2011 topps update toppstown insert
i sent some cards to billingsley back in 2010, and he signed them for me in fairly short order.
thanks for signing my cards chad!