If not, watch this:
Even if I wasn't a Padres fan, I'd be impressed with his impressive MLB comeback that's been almost seven years in the making. The last time he played at the Major League level, he was an outfielder back in 2007. Since then he's spent the bulk of that time at the AAA level for numerous MLB teams. Fast forward to Tuesday when he replaced Jesse Hahn on the mound in the top of the 4th. He then proceeded to retire all ten batters he faced in the Padres' loss to the Pirates.
Who knows what the future holds in store for Mr. Lane. But one thing is for sure... it's a great comeback story whatever the outcome.
I found a pair of Jason Lane cards sitting in one of my trade bait boxes. The first one is a really cool memorabilia card out of 2002 Fleer Box Score:
In an era where memorabilia cards have lost its luster among many collectors, I actually applaud Fleer and their creative use of actual USA Today Baseball Weekly box scores from the player's debut game.
Unfortunately... Fleer screwed up. Lane actually made his MLB debut on May 10th, 2002... instead of on the 11th.
It doesn't matter. It's the thought that counts. Next up is this sweet memorabilia card from 2002 Leaf Certified:
I only own a handful of patch cards and it's probably safe to say that this is coolest of the bunch.
Congratulations Jason on your amazing comeback! When I heard your story, this song immediately popped into my head:
Happy Thursday and sayonara!