Time for another case of detective work, this time from 2011 Topps series 2:
2011 Topps #501 Tsuyoshi Nishioka RC
Series 2 Topps finally has Nishi’s rookie card, and it features a play at the keystone. Can we tell exactly when this play occurred?
Well, here are some clues:
1) Twins are playing the Blue Jays; Jose Bautista is bearing down on second
2) Away uni, so they are playing in Toronto, and this is Nishi’s first year, so the photo is from early this season
3) Most certainly an attempt at a double play. From Alexi Casilla’s position in the background, it looks like he may have originally fielded the ball.
Once more I posted this at WGOM and the investigation was a no-brainer. In summary:
– while the Twins opened the season against the Blue Jays, the third game Bautista did not reach second base during the time Casilla played as a late defensive replacement, leaving April 1st and April 2nd as possibilities
– On April 2nd, Bautista was not involved with any plays at second base, leaving…
– …April 1st (no, it’s not an April Fool’s Joke) — in the bottom of the 6th inning, Adam Lind grounds weakly to short, and Bautista is the lead out in a 6-4-3 DP to end the inning.
The Twins lost the opening day game in a Pavano-fuelled HR-fest, 13-3. Thank goodness things have improved since then