Phil Hughes is finally coming into his own, both as a real-life Yankees pitcher and as the subject in my latest painting. After flirting with a no-hitter last week in Oakland, Hughes gutted his way through 5 2/3 shaky innings last night in Baltimore, only giving up 2 hits. That would’ve been enough to earn him the win had the Yankees bullpen not come in and set fire to the joint.
I’m also getting into the final detail work on my painting of Hughes for Kevin Rozell of Zell’s Pinstripe Blog. All the colors have been laid down, now it’s just a matter of refining and defining everything before finally painting those magical pinstripes on top of the jersey and calling it a day.