|1994 Topps #574 Willie McGee|
|1994 Topps #240 Will Clark|
|1994 Topps #550 Matt Williams|
So I guess a lot can happen in 22 years.
|1994 Finest Pre-Production #169 Rod Beck|
|1993 Ultra #134 Darren Lewis|
|1994 Score #641 Salomon Torres|
I remember quite a bit of hype around Torres early in his career; in fact he might be the first pitching prospect I ever paid attention to. But a lot of that went out the window in the last game of 1993, when he had a pretty bad performance in a loss to the Dodgers, allowing the Atlanta Braves to win the NL West by a game. Say what you want about the current wild card system, but winning 103 games and missing the playoffs like the Giants did that year is just wrong. Although the fact that the Rockies didn't win a single game against the Braves that entire season definitely spoiled things for the Giants a bit, which is about the only thing the Rockies have consistently done throughout their history.
|1994 Score #596 Steve Scarsone|
I don't know if the Tim Wallach super-supercollector in our community collects cameos, but I just might find a copy of this card to send his way.
As a side note, that commemorative #52 patch on Wallach's sleeve is for Tim Crews, a Dodgers pitcher who died in an accident in the 1992-1993 off-season, along with Steve Olin of the Indians. I remember reading about that shortly after it happened, but in the days before the Web, it wasn't so easy to figure out what those patches were for. You usually just had to listen to the broadcast and hope a color analyst would mention it from time to time.
|1994 Score Gold Rush #448 Royce Clayton|
Royce Clayton, who shared the middle infield with Steve Scarsone on occasion, might even be preparing to field a throw from him on this exact picture. I remember Clayton primarily as a Giant, even though he spent a year on the Rockies toward the end of his career. He even portrayed Miguel Tejada in the film adaptation of Moneyball after his retirement.
|1993 Donruss #524 Robby Thompson|
|1993 Donruss #524 Robby Thompson (Reverse)|
|1993 Upper Deck #160 John Burkett|