Brandon McCarthy creates his own version of those great 1970s “Traded” cards

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In the 1970s, Topps would sometimes airbrush the baseball cards of players who switched teams in the offseason and of whom they could not get a photo in their new uniform. Peaking in 1977 when (a) there were two new expansion teams; and (b) the then-new free agency meant all kinds of player movement, they were often hilariously bad. Stuff like this:

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I almost miss those things. But today, in the age of digital photography and photoshop, we really don’t have a chance to see them anymore. At least until now. Behold: new Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy’s Twitter profile:

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His wife is clearly impressed with his handiwork too:

If I worked for the Dodgers I’d put this one in the media guide.

 

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”