Friday, February 22, 2013

The Top 12 of 2012: A Heritage Countdown - No. 10

The countdown continues, as we now enter the top 10...

No. 10 -- Nyjer Morgan, #157

If ever there were a facial expression appropriate for a ballplayer, card No. 157 of 2012 Topps Heritage perfectly captures the essence of the man who calls himself Tony Plush with this mugshot.

The clenched-teeth snarl and almost cartoonish contortions of the neck -- and let us not ignore the perfectly cast shadow over a pair of possessed eyes -- speak to a persona that is equal parts absurd and fiery.  Simply, he is demonic looking.

A quick Wikipedia search of Morgan revealed a pair of interesting factoids.  Firstly, he was born July 2, 1980, exactly one day before your humble author.  Secondly, I see that he's identified as an outfielder for Yokohama of the Japanese Central League.  Am I the only one not familiar with the latter?

Anyhow, this card carries a great deal of importance in his set, as it lends a bit of levity to what otherwise is a pretty straight-forward and milquetoast collection of characters.

Still, because he's such a bad apple, I couldn't slot Nyjer any higher than the 10 spot.  And he's lucky he got that!

Hey, I never said this list was gonna be completely objective.

The Top 12
12 -- David Wright (SP), #467
11 -- Kosuke Fukodome, #248
10 -- Nyjer Morgan, #137
9 --
8 --
7 --
6 --
5 --
4 --
3 --
2 --
1 --


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