Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 316 Days
Address: c/o Oakland Athletics Spring Training
Item Sent: 2010 Bowman Gold, 2010 Topps
Item Received: 2010 Bowman Gold, 2010 Topps. Both signed in blue Sharpie.
What a difference a year makes. Prior to the 2011 season the A's were the hip pick to win the AL West, primarily because of their talented young starting rotation. Brett Anderson was the ace-in-waiting, Trevor Cahill was coming off an breakthrough All-Star season, Dallas Braden had a perfect game to his credit, and Gio Gonzalez had as much raw talent as any lefty in baseball. Fast forward a year. Gio is in Washington. Cahill is in Arizona. Anderson and Braden are working their way back from major, season-ending injuries. Anderson will hopefully be back in the second half of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last July.