Apr 6, 2010

1994 Flair Series 1 Box Break: Packs 19-24

1993 had a bevy of star quality hitting performances. For some teams, they were the gunstarters. For others, they were the trunk of the team's tree. For yet other's, they were the salt infusion during a marathon. These are some of the hitting heroes upon which (mostly) successful teams of 1993 were built.

Lenny Dykstra Memorable Season and Post-Season: Had a career best season in 1993, with his constant glove adjustment and spitting doing the talking along with his bat. He hit .305/.420/.482 with a league-best 143 runs, 194 hits, and 129 BB. Scored a run in 15 consecutive games at one point. Also, hit a career-best 19 HR which portended his monster 6 HR postseason including a .348/.500/.913 line in the World Series. That game-winning HR in game 5 of the NLCS was pretty clutch.
Fred McGriff-Memorable Half-Season: Traded from the Padres to Braves before the July 31 trading deadline, hit .310/.392/.612 with 19 HR and 55 RBI in 63 G, punctuating his arrival with 3 HR in his 1st 2 games as a Brave.
Joe Carter Memorable Moment: Obviously, the HR off Mitch Williams in game 6 of the World Series. His jubilant hop around the bases makes me cringe everytime I see a replay. I can't hate him because he seemed like such an upstanding player and citizen.
Dave Winfield Memorable Moment: At the age of 41, lined a single off Dennis Eckersley on September 16, 1993 to reach his 3000th career hit.
Frank Thomas Memorable Season: "The Big Hurt" won the 1st of 2 consecutive MVP awards with a batting line that dropped the jaws of thousands with .317/.426/.607, 41 HR, 128 RBI, 112 BB/54 K, and 106 R. Also hit .393/.593/.529 in the ALCS (though the White Sox would not best the Blue Jays)
Carlos Baerga Hot Numbers Insert: This is the rarest insert of the series, inserted 1:24 packs. It is actually a gaudy pink/purple color in person. Baerga did have some hot numbers that year. 100+ R and RBI, 20+ HR, and 200 hits to name a few.

James Mouton and Dave Slaton Wave of the Future Inserts
Ken Griffey Jr. Outfield Power Insert: The Kid hit 8 HRs in 8 consecutive games, need I say more.

Other Notable Cards: Chris Sabo, Bo Jackson, Tim Salmon, Dave Hollins, Barry Bonds

That wraps up the box. A summary is forthcoming.

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