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162. "The Animal" 7" x 10.5" Art Print

162. "The Animal" 7" x 10.5" Art Print

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(final print will not contain the watermark)

Up next for this week on is Brad "The Animal" Lesley. This print is available for pre-order until March 24th, after which it's retired for good.

Brad Lesley, known more for his flair than MLB records, found stardom in Japan, where his vibrant personality and robust pitching resonated deeply with fans. Playing for the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, he showed sparks of the competitor within, but it was Japan’s baseball scene where Lesley truly shined, becoming a fan favorite with his theatrical performances and strong arm.

Lesley’s dramatic style, featuring exuberant roars and fist pumps after strikeouts, influenced fans and players globally. Notably, Nolan Ryan, a Hall of Fame pitcher admired for his composure, once mimicked Lesley’s celebratory antics, signifying the profound attention Lesley commanded. In Japan, Lesley wasn’t just a player; he was an icon, with his enthusiastic approach to the game endearing him to the hearts of many and eclipsing his MLB days.

His legacy in Japan, marked by his passion and theatricality, showcased a different side of baseball, filled with joy and vibrancy. Moreover, Lesley's charm extended beyond the field into pop culture, with his dynamic presence gracing TV shows and films, further cementing his multifaceted persona.

Brad Lesley’s narrative from an MLB player to a celebrated star in Japan, coupled with his enduring influence across cultures, illustrates a unique legacy that goes beyond traditional sports metrics, embodying the passionate spirit of baseball.

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Daniel is the artist that designs all of our Pop Fly Pop Shop prints. Every piece is made with purposeful intentionality and thoughtful effort. Daniel is a storyteller, and during every drop, he is able to showcase the player’s journey and important moments from their career. The art prints do not simply focus on the player's image but about the entire path that has led them to the big leagues.