Our Chet Lemonhead emailed me the front and back of Chris Sale's 2015 Bowman card. See if you notice anything about it.
If you're stumped, I'll give you a hint. It's on the back:
You see it, right?
Caw. Perpetuate it yourself.
I don't blame you if you stopped reading after seeing "Condor," but let's also talk about that last fact: "Grew up admiring Randy Johnson."
That's quite serendipitous, since Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote a terrific feature about Sale that talks about his appreciation of one of Cooperstown's newest Hall of Famers, and perhaps the one pitcher Sale could be said to resemble:
"There was no one like Randy,'' Sale said. "It wasn't just his fastball or his slider, you were scared just looking at him with that focus he had on the mound. The things he did were just unbelievable. He was the guy I wanted to be like.''
The thing is, Nightengale also talked to the Big Unit, who said that Sale is actually ahead of where he was at the same age:
"I'm flattered that he thinks of me that way,'' Johnson told USA TODAY Sports. "But considering the fact he's just 26, he's light years away from where I was at that age. I didn't have that kind of success that early. I didn't have that control.
"If I had to name the best five pitchers in the game, he's one of them for sure, right along with Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez. He's just a very dominating pitcher right now."
There's a lot of cool stuff in here, and it's worth reading the whole thing -- once it's available, anyway. There's one highlight in particular: Nightengale said it was Kenny Williams' idea to remove Sale from the rotation early in 2012 Robin Ventura and Don Cooper were the overwhelmed messengers.
However, an embedded video is cutting off the rest of the story, that anecdote may or may not be there when you get around to clicking it. The available chunk of the story is still worth it.