Friday, April 19, 2013

Food-Issue Friday: 1993 Hostess Alumni pt. 2

1993 Hostess #6 Gary Sheffield
  Watching Justin Upton's unbelievable start for his new team, I can't help but think of two other former Braves whose time with Atlanta also started with a bang: Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff.

Sheffield, acquired by the Braves on January 15, 2002, began the '02 season by going 6-13 with 3 HR (one in each of his first three games) and 7 RBI against the Phillies. By the end of April, however, he had cooled off. Going into the May 1st game, his slash line read .227/.338/.364, with still only 3 home runs and only 9 RBI. By the end of the year, Sheff was sitting on 25 homers- quite a few less than one would have expected after his hot start.

Custom 1993 Hostess #33 Fred McGriff

Most baseball fans remember how Atlanta caught fire after trading for McGriff on July 18, 1993. The Crime Dog homered in his first game for the Braves, and the team went on to not only catch the Giants (who were ahead by 9 games), but won the division by 1 game.

McGriff had seven homers in his first twelve games for the Braves, and hit nineteen for the team over the final 2.5 months of the season.

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