Why it is none other than:
Pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Bet you thought I was doing a Reds player huh? It would be nice if we still had Dustin. He was traded in 2004 for starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz. Ortiz provided a lackluster and below average season for the Reds. That is probably why Bowden picked him up as soon as he could.
Dustin put up solid numbers as starter in AA and AAA ball. He has been used as a setup man for the Angels and has been pretty good at the job. We could defiantly use him back in our pen.
The card is a 2003 Bowman's Best autograph. This is the same year as the Ryan Howard and the New York American League Baseball Team Japanese pitcher autograph cards that have caused prices to skyrocket for this issue. I like the design as it has a little of that 50's nuclear style. The stretched circles (ovals if you like) and the large signing area. The picture of Dustin leaning as if ready to shake off the first two signs so he can throw some stinky cheddar. The cool looking hat. The Reds Running Man patch. The silver of the card. It all works in a retro / modern mix. I can see why these cards are so popular. And not easy to find.
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