Sunday, July 4, 2010
2010 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Kyle Drabek
Who is this? New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitcher Kyle Drabek
What is this? An autographed card from the 2010 New Hampshire Fisher Cats team set
Where'd I get it? Drabek signed it for me after a game between the Fisher Cats and Thunder in Trenton last month.
How much did it cost? The team set was $6, plus another $7 for shipping.
Why is this so special? I'm posting this one tonight because Kyle Drabek celebrated the 4th of July by pitching a no-hitter against New Britain. It's the first nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history, but I'm not sure if that just goes back to 2004 when the team moved to Manchester or if it dates back to 1992 and their days as the New Haven Ravens.
Drabek, son of former major league pitcher Doug Drabek, was the 18th overall selection in the 2006 draft. He was recognized as the top pitcher in the Phillies minor league system last year, but was traded this off-season in the deal that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.
Drabek is 7-8 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts for New Hampshire this year. While he is not likely to win any penmanship awards for his autograph, it is one of the better looking signatures on the cards in my Fisher Cats team set.