9.11.2009

Matt Williams, 1993 Upper Deck

Name: Matt Williams
Team: San Francisco Giants
Position: Third base
Value of card: One bat knob
Key 1992 stat: 701 games of grabass
What a joker: That Matt Williams sure was a prankster in his day. Among the stunts he pulled during the 1992 season: He once played three innings in the field with no glove, bare-handing every ball hit his way; he didn't wear a cup the entire month of July; he once covered his sunglasses with eye black and still grabbed a hot shot heading down the line; for one August at-bat, he tied his own leg to Kevin Mitchell's and then ran three-legged to first after grounding one back up the middle. In the photo on this card, Williams has accepted a challenge to swing the wrong end of the bat. The fans, and even the Cubs bench, got a kick out of the joke — until Williams made contact. What should have been a harmless pop-up ended up with Williams' shattered bat handle lodged in Mike Harkey's calf. Williams, horrified and shaken, never laughed again.
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