27 August 2014

turning up like a brad penny

i noticed the other day that brad penny was back pitching in the major leagues.  i have pretty good memories of penny as a dodger - he had the best season of his career for the club in 2007.  here's a bowman sterling relic card of penny from that year
the yellow swatch comes from the 2006 all-star game festivities, where penny started the game for the national league (the first dodger to do so since hideo nomo in 1995).  he struck out the side in the first - ichiro, jeter, and david ortiz - and then gave up a solo home run to vladdy in the second.

anyway, since leaving the dodgers following the 2008 season, penny has pitched for the red sox, giants, cardinals, tigers, giants (again), fukuoka hawks (japan), and now the marlins. penny, of course, started his career with the marlins and pitched for them until he was traded to the dodgers in 2004. i don't know how long it will last this time around (he's got an era of 5.84 in three appearances), but i salute his efforts to remain a big leaguer.  i just hope ned doesn't get too desperate for arms this weekend.

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