Sunday, March 20, 2011
2009 Topps Chris Young
Who is this? Mets pitcher Chris Young
What is this? An autographed 2009 Topps card
Where'd I get it? I wrote to Young during spring training and asked him to sign it.
How much did it cost? I got the unsigned card out of a pack.
Why is this so special? Young began his major league career with the Texas Rangers in 2004. In January 2006, the Rangers made a fairly one-sided trade with the Padres that sent Young, Adrian Gonzalez and Termell Sledge to San Diego for Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka and minor leaguer Billy Killian.
In San Diego, Young was an All-Star in 2007 and twice finished in the top 10 in National League ERA. Beginning in 2008, Young's career was hampered by a number of injuries. The Mets are hoping that he'll be able to return to All-Star form in 2011.
Young has a surprisingly neat, clear autograph.