Wednesday, October 3, 2007

1981 Topps Tournament -- Semifinal, Match 1

Seed #1 Jack Clark (#30) VS. Seed #12 Al Hrabosky (#636)

On paper, this might look like the end of the road for The Mad Hungarian, who swept into the semis with a decisive 7-1 victory over Lonnie Smith. Like a UW-Milwaukee Panthers basketball team, 12 seeds commonly upset their way into the Sweet 16, but rarely go futrher. But based on the strength of victory in the quarters, this one is too close to call.

Clark, on the other hand, advanced after fighting his way to a 3-3 tie and reaping the benefits of Tournament Rule 3.02:
"No player shall intentionally discolor or damage the ball by rubbing it with soil, rosin, paraffin, licorice, sand-paper, emery-paper or other foreign substance.
PENALTY: The umpire shall demand the ball and remove the offender from the game. In addition, the offender shall be suspended automatically for 10 games. For rules in regard to a pitcher defacing the ball, see Rules 8.02(a)(2) through (6)."

As it turns out, Steve Trout was caught with a package of Twizzlers in his back pocket, mandating that Clark advanced.

Flip a coin if you must. Submit those votes now!


Anonymous said...

I'm sticking with Hrabosky. It's just a shame he isn't wearing a batting helmet for no apparent reason like on some of his earlier Topps issues.


dayf said...

Hrabosky. That 'stache eats eyebrows for breakfast.

--David said...

I gotta go with Al on this one... 'stache trumps unibrow.

Bay Rat North West said...

The Future!
That has to be what these two guys are looking at. As you can plainly see, one "man" has the soft, soulfull eyes that forsee a mediocre future. His cheeks blushing from the adolation of all Thorzul unibrow lovers. The other man, a beast in Braves clothing, sees Chambliss on the horizon. Breakout years by Mr. Murphy, MVP. A division tile.
Or might be the barber they see.
And you gotta go with Mr. Mad Hungarian. Cause he plainly sees a challenge in the barber and is gonna get it on. Hopefully a suplex after an atomic piledriver. Nobody messes w/ that stache. Nobody.

Jason said...

Going with the unibrow man. My vote is with Jack Clark.

bailorg said...

Hrabosky, of course. He's clearly inflicting serious pain on someone with that stare alone!