Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Topps The Greats #TG-28 Roy Halladay

Phillies 5, Tigers 5 (10 Innings)
Spring Training Game 2 - Sunday Afternoon, February 24th in Lakeland
Record - 0-1-1

One Sentence Summary:  Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard shined in the second game of Grapefuit League action.

What It Means:  It's all about knocking off the rust and gearing up for the season at this point.  Thankfully, the Phillies played better than they did in the exhibition season opener on Saturday.

What Went Right:  Halladay was sharp in his first outing, with the sole blemish being a second inning home run to Victor Martinez.  Howard doubled twice and knocked in a run.  Kevin Frandsen and Domonic Brown added home runs for the Phils.

Featured Card:  The most important thing to happen in Lakeland yesterday was that Halladay threw 22 pitches over his two innings of work and according to Tigers new right fielder Torii Hunter, he looked "filthy."  Hunter added, "[If] he gets better from here, it's scary."  So that's a very good report.

The card featured here is from Topps' 30-card insert set included within packs of Series One.  The back of the card tabs Halladay as "One of the greatest . . . strike-throwers."  It's as thick as three baseball cards, and despite the Triple Threads/Tier One vibe, it's a nice looking card.

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