Monday, April 25, 2011

C.J. Wilson

Sent: 10/23/10
Received: 4/23/11
Time: 182 Days
Address: c/o Texas Rangers
Item Sent: 2009 Topps Heritage
Item Received: 2009 Topps Heritage, signed in black Sharpie.

Although he spent the better part of a couple seasons as the Rangers closer, C.J. Wilson was still probably better known before last season for his lifestyle than for his pitching.  He's a straight-edge, vegan, Taoist who openly supported Barack Obama in 2008 (from a Bush-land clubhouse that ranged from conservative to politically apathetic... C.J. certainly ruffled some feathers).  Last year he was converted into a starting pitcher.  Despite not starting a game since 2005, he logged 204 innings, going 15-8 with 170 strikeouts and a sparkling 3.35 ERA.  He is off to another fine start this season, and is surely one of the more unique personalities in today's game.

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