1994 O-Pee-Chee – Mitch Williams
Where have I been, you ask? Don’t worry about it. I’m back.
So, earlier today I was introduced to the following trailer: http://vimeo.com/65751635
This got me thinking about Mitch Williams. As it turns out, that low and inside pitch that he threw to Joe Carter was the last pitch he ever threw for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Even though he pitched more career games and innings for the Texas Rangers, Mitch will always be a Phillie to me. I will certainly never think of him as a Houston Astro, as he appears on the lovely piece of O-Pee-Chee cardboard above.
To be fair, I’m not sure the Houston Astros want to remember Mitch Williams all that much either. He was about as good there, consistently, as he was on his pitch to Carter in Game Six. He had a 7.65 ERA in 25 games, six saves and a walk rate of 10.8 per nine innings. All of that for just $2.5 million. In 1994 dollars. Good deal!
At least he still had that great mess of a mullet. It’s almost worth a roster spot on its own.
1992 Pinnacle – Joe Carter
So, the crew over at Getting Blanked has made us aware of Bryce Harper’s new cleats. It’s impressive that they noticed, because the cleats are camouflage, which obviously makes them incredibly difficult to see. Nothing says baseball better than camouflage, if you ask me, so Harper has made a wise decision.
Now Bryce Harper might be a connoisseur of high fashion, with his eye black and his mohawk, but if you go back about 20 years, a gentleman named Joe Carter rocked the hell out of the high-top cleats, and had himself some fairly productive seasons, if you recall.
Bottom line: Joe Carter was bringing cool to the Major Leagues before Bryce Harper was born. Chew on that, bro.
1992 Score - Joe Carter
And today in horribly awkward looking swings, Joe Carter takes a hack on 1992 Score baseball.
Fortunately, a little while later, Carter took a better swing, which led to Coca-Cola producing this commercial, which makes me realize how long ago 1993 really is.