Friday, April 4, 2008
#316 Jose Rijo
Why this card is awesome: Because I'm surprised that Topps used a photo with such a blatently obvious Budweiser ad in the background.
The cool thing about this card and the previous one (Dave Parker) is that these two players got traded for each other in December 1987, a bit too late for Topps to incorporate the change into this set. (Tim Birtsas was also in the trade.)
Cool stat: From 1988 to 1993 (6 seasons), Rijo leads the way in seasons with at least 111 IP and an ERA no higher than 2.84. In fact, he did that all 6 of those years and nobody else did it more than 3 times. Whew!