Monday, August 03, 2020

2020 Topps Now - Kershaw's First Start of 2020 #46 & Mookie's Card from Saturday #38

Clayton Kershaw was outstanding during his 2020 debut, and for his efforts garnered a 2020 Topps Now card to celebrate the day. As you know, he was sidelined during his planned Opening Day start a couple of weeks ago, so seeing him on the mound was great to watch. Per Ken Gurnick at
“I’ve done a lot of different things,” Kershaw said. “Gotten a lot of help from the training staff, strengthening and conditioning staff, working out, doing different things arm care-wise. There’s a lot of things, just threw everything at it and see what came out. I think the biggest thing is being healthy and feeling really good and moving well and just thankful for the arm feeling so good as it did today.”
“Stuff-wise, I kind of had an idea it might be playing up a bit compared to last year, but that’s what I expect it to be,” he said. “And I expect the execution to be where it was, to get the ball to both sides of the plate. That’s what it should look like. I’m glad it was.”
 Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner made his first start of 2020 on Sunday and was already flashing signs of just how dominant he can be on opposing lineups. The 32-year-old Kershaw threw 5.2 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks, earning his first win of the year and improving the Dodgers record to 7-3. A stiff back forced him out of the Opening Day slot back on July 23, but Kershaw, who worked diligently with strength and conditioning coaches over the offseason, didn't show any lingering signs of it in the win.

On top of that, Mookie Betts received his very first 2020 Topps Now card of the regular season. He made an incredible play in the outfield and then hit his first homer of the season soon thereafter -- muscling a pitched that barely stayed fair along the left-field foul-pole. Per Ken Gurnick at
“Gotta give props to Mookie right there, great throw,” said Gonsolin. “I appreciate it. Picked me up.”
“I was just kind of swinging to stay in the at-bat,” Betts said. “I don’t know how it stayed fair, but it did.”
Below is what's written on the reverse:
Any time a former AL MVP Award winner gets added to a team that appeared in back-to-back World Series, the expectations are high. However, the Dodgers were still waiting to see Mookie Betts dominate, and the star outfielder did just that against the Diamondbacks. Betts uncorked a remarkable, 305-foot throw from the right-field corner to nab Ketel Marte trying to stretch a double into a triple. The, the star outfielder added his first home run on the Dodgers as part of a three-hit day at the plate.

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