Tuesday, December 22, 2009
2009 Trenton Thunder Kanekoa Texeira
Who is this? Kanekoa Texeira, a minor league pitcher
What is this? Another autographed card from from the 2009 Trenton Thunder team set
Where'd I get it? I got the card signed at a Trenton Thunder game this summer
How much did it cost? The team set was $10.
Why is this so special? Kanekoa Texeira came to the Yankees organization last season as part of the the Nick Swisher trade; earlier this month, he was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the Rule V draft. He'll either become a major leaguer next season or be headed back to the Yankees.
Texeira had a 9-6 record with a 2.84 ERA as a swingman for the Trenton Thunder this year. The 23-year-old righthander appeared in 41 games, six as a starter.
Texeira has an interesting autograph... it looks like "Ka_Ko_ Te" to me.
I'm not sure what the Thunder were thinking with this card design. On some of the cards, the player photo silhouetted in front of the Thunder logo makes for a cool-looking card. On others, it just looks downright goofy. Texeira's card falls somewhere in between, I think.