For the past few seasons, I've watched and read both the media & fans place Justin Verlander on a pedestal. But it wasn't until he manhandled the Oakland Athletics in October that I truly learned to appreciate his ability to dominate hitters.
I immediately wanted to add a rookie card of his to my collection, which is out of character for me. I'm usually tracking down 80's OPC rookies or low grade 70's Topps rookies... not guys currently on Beckett's Hot List.
However after watching Verlander's performance, I felt that there was a void in my PC. I can proudly say that the void has now been filled by this recent eBay purchase:
2005 Topps Turkey Red #272
2005 Topps #677
They're not exactly high end cards, but they scratched my itch for less than the price of a Trenta Cool Lime Refresher from Starbucks.
Anyways... I know it's the offseason, but I'm curious to hear your thoughts on today's pitching greats:
If you were the general manager of your favorite team and had the opportunity to pick any pitcher to be your "ace", who would it be?
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!