Card of the Day: 2008 Stadium Club Manny Ramirez
Kudos to Topps for getting a Manny Ramirez Dodgers card into it’s 2008 Stadium Club release. I was pleasantly surprised when I ripped open a blaster this week and found this thing in the middle of a pack. It’s a neat picture and cool because it does feature ManRam as a Dodger. However, something about this image just isn’t right.
Now, for the record I have not gone on the Internet to answer this question, so this is strictly an original: Is this a Photoshop creation? Here we supposedly have Manny Ramirez taking a San Francisco Giants pitcher deep, but there are a few issues here: The background is not Dodger Stadium or AT&T Park in San Francisco, and the only pitcher who wore No. 22 for the Giants this year was Keichi Yabu. The man pictured here is “Morris.” Matt Morris, currently of the Pirates, pitched for San Francisco through mid-2007. And before his departure, Morris made a start as a Giant AT FENWAY on June 17, 2007. Manny didn’t homer off him, but given Manny’s body language, I suppose this could have been a lazy fly ball to left or even a foul ball. You just never know.
There are a few things that strike me as odd here. There is a man pictured in the front row whose hat looks like it was washed out (it appears almost light pink) and a man behind him is wearing an extremely blue shirt. If you look closely it definitely looks ‘shoped. Other fans also look like they’ve been made-over. And they aren’t the only ones .
As for the players, Matt Morris wore No. 35, but here the pitcher “Morris” is wearing 22. But we know those things can be changed in Photoshop. And Manny’s uniform is extremely white. The “Dodger’s” name across his chest doesn’t flow with the jersey (it’s crinkled, yet the name isn’t.) and the No. 99 looks slightly out of place.
If this is in fact an Photoshop creation, then it’s a pretty good one that passes quick glance test. But when dissected, it falls apart. Thankfully Topps did not insert any special characters into the background …
UPDATE: Had a quick e-mail correspondence with Chris Olds at Beckett about this card and it does in fact look like a Red Sox ‘shoped picture. Chris reminded me that Morris wore 22 in 2007, a tribute to former teammate Mike Matheny. And while Chris and the Beckett staff thought the advertisement in the background was fake, it does appear to be real. It’s for a chain of pubs/restaurants in the Boston area. I remember seeing the ads while watching games.
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