Monday, September 05, 2016

Jose De Leon's Nine Strike Out Victorious Debut - 2016 Topps Now - #426

In commemoration of Jose De Leon's fantastic debut game Topps has issued a 2016 Topps Now card for him.  Go here to check it out and order.  De Leon struck out nine Padres batters and walked none to record his first victory of his career.  As you can imagine, Jose's entire family flew in to town to take in the game.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"I was pretty calm until I saw my brother," he said. "He went up to the rail and I just saw him. Usually when I pitch, I stick with my routine, but when I saw him I stopped my warmup and went up to him, hugged him, told him, 'I did it.' That was pretty special, I got emotional there. He didn't say much, but I know he almost cried.

"I saw on the replay for my first strikeout, my dad just jumped all over the place. It was my first time actually seeing them in the stadium since I signed in 2013 and now I know what they go through when they see me on the TV when they're in Puerto Rico."
UPDATE:  The print run for this card is 705 copies.

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