Monday, December 15, 2008
1989 Topps, Mark Grant
#178 Mark Grant
The Padrograph of the day features the late '80s Padre pitcher, Mark Grant. Mark started his Major League career in 1984 with the Giants. He made brief apperances with them for three seasons before being traded to the Padres with Chris Brown, Keith Comstock and Mark Davis for Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts and Kevin Mitchell. Mark pitched decently for the Padres for almost four seasnos (mostly in relief) before being shipped to Atlanta for Derek Lilliquist. The next season, he was hurt almost all year long and never appeared in the Major Leagues. The next two seasons were spent with the Mariner, Astros and Rockies. He was out of baeball in 1994, but came back in '95 as a starter for the Iowa Cubs. He never got the call and that was the end of his career.
This thing that strikes me when I see this card is the background. That is a ton of green. It's almost like he's in front of a Hollywood green screen. This has to be a photo from Spring Training. I can't think of any National League park that had that much green in it.