Friday, February 10, 2012

4th Annual FoC Bip Roberts Day

Time to play a quick game of "Hey, When Did That Happen?" with Bip's '92 Donruss. In '91, the Padres played six games at Shea. Gregg Jefferies didn't play in either of the first two on April 30th and May 1st. Roberts didn't play in the third, which was played on July 11th and appeared only as a pinch hitter on July 12th. On the 13th, Jefferies reached base twice- once with a single and once on a walk. The single came in this first inning and former Friar Kevin McReynolds promptly bounced into a 6-4-3 double play which could very likely be the play featured on this card. His walk came in the bottom of the third and he advanced to second on a Howard Johnson single. The next time Jefferies reached first base was the seventh inning of the next day's game. This is where it gets interesting. McReynolds then grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice. For a second, I thought this mystery would be open-ended. But then I remembered to check the first thing I should have and, after a quick search, discovered that the July 13th game was played at night. So, without a doubt, I can confidently state that the play depicted on this card took place in the 7th inning of Greg Harris's July 14th, 1991 one-hitter.

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