Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Custom Classic Combos: Burning Down the House

"Watch out, you might get what you're after...close enough but not too far, maybe you know where you are. Fightin' fire with fire....It was once upon a place, sometimes I listen to myself. Gonna come in first place."~ Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"

   While on vacation in Seattle last June, we walked up the road from Pike Place Market  to the original Starbucks coffee house. It was there where we encountered a guy (I think) strumming a pink guitar while singing the Talking Heads' classic song, "Burning Down the House." As you can see, he was sporting a bad bleach job, cute little white shirt, jeans pegged right below the knees, and pink socks. Given that the guy seemed to be, shall I say (without being too offensive) flaming-the song seemed appropriate.

  Turn back the clock to June of 1993-one would find the Braves trailing the Giants by as many as nine games as the team approached the All-Star break. Still nine games out in mid-July, Atlanta acquired 1B Fred McGriff on July 18th from the Padres. Two days later, in his first game with the Braves, McGriff hit a home run, igniting the Braves offense, as they rallied from a 5-0 deficit to eventually win the game 8-5. Many, including myself, believe the home run saved the Braves season. The team would eventually go on to win 104 games, finishing one game ahead of the Giants.

  Prior to the July 20th game, an electrical problem caused a fire to break out in the press box, sending fans, players, and others running for safety. Two guys who didn't appear to be too concerned were the Braves double-play duo, Mark Lemke and Jeff Blauser.

  This photo captured the flames and smoke billowing out of the press box, and offered the perfect subject matter for a Classic Combo. I would have preferred to have this card in the landscape position, but had to settle for it in a portrait position.


  1. I remember that game like it was yesterday. I had just arrived at a hotel room in Kentucky and I flipped the TV to TBS to catch McGriff's debut only to see the press box on fire. The delay was worth the wait thanks to seeing McGriff launch a homer.

  2. I wish the Ted would burn down. It's cursed, I tell you!

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  4. I have this picture autographed by the Braves photographer, Walter Victor.