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2011 Topps Tommy Hanson 505 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I’m not sure there will ever be a day when I see a Tommy Hanson baseball card and not think about Kris Medlen’s reaction to his death. It’s still heartbreaking. The big fireballing red head was destined for baseball greatness, until suddenly, he wasn’t. There were back problems. There were hip problems. There were shoulder problems. There was the death of his brother. There was the trade out of Atlanta that sent him away from his friends and family. (His entire family moved from Southern California to be closer to Tommy in Atlanta.) There was a shady tattoo artist.

29 years old. That’s not a life that’s just the start of a life. Sometimes, nothing makes any sense.

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