Rubén Sierra and Mark McGwire, Bash Brothers
Here we have the Bash Brothers, Mark McGwire and Rubén Sierra. Now, this looks like a picture of McGwire and Sierra celebrating a home run at the plate, with McGwire trailing, suggesting he socked the dinger in question. Good shot. Very nice.
Just one more thing ma'am, if that's the case, why isn't Sierra wearing a batting helmet as well? And while we're at it, doesn't Sierra's uniform look a little more grey than McGwire's?
Come to think of it, there's something about the lighting that's just not quite right. The pronounced highlight on Sierra's elbow seems a little odd. And from what I can tell, the majority of the sunlight is coming in from the left of the frame, so how is it that Sierra's face is illuminated? Did he hire a coordinator to set up key lights when he came over from Texas? Curiouser and curiouser.
While we're on the subject of his arrival from the Rangers, the trade that brought him to the Athletics occurred on August 31st 1992, very late in the season. This photo was presumably taken during the 1992 season so that the cards would be available in 1993.
Between the time Rubén Sierra joined the Athletics and the end of the season, McGwire had 4 home runs (plus 1 in the post season), Sierra had 3 (with 1 in the post season as well). Neither player drove in the other in any of those occasions. In fact, here's a breakdown of each player's home runs:
- Sept. 18, 1992 - Top 1, 2 out, 2 on. Rubén Sierra forced out at second one play beforehand.
- Sept. 21, 1992 - Top 3, 2 out, 1 on. Rubén Sierra flied out to RF two plays beforehand.
- Sept. 27, 1992 - Top 2, 0 out, 0 on. Rubén Sierra lined out to end the A's half of the first inning.
- Oct. 3, 1992 - Bottom 1, 2 out, 0 on. Rubén Sierra scored on a Harold Baines home run one play beforehand.
- Oct. 7, 1992 - Top 2, 0 out, 1 on. Rubén Sierra grounded out to end the A's half of the first inning.
- Sept. 10, 1992 - Bottom 7, 1 out, 2 on. Mark McGwire was not in the lineup.
- Sept. 19, 1992 - Top 1, 1 out, 1 on. Mark McGwire came to the plate two batters later.
- Oct. 4, 1992 - Bottom 8, 0 out, 2 on. Mark McGwire had been removed from the game in the fifth inning
- Oct. 12, 1992 - Bottom 1, 1 out, 1 on. Mark McGwire came to the plate two batters later.
So, forgive me if I'm mistaken, but in their 24 games together in 1992, regular season and playoffs, they were never afforded the opportunity to celebrate at the plate, as the next batter in the line up or an RBI-guy.
Surprise surprise, this was staged and 90s-version-of-photoshopped.
Also, it looks like Rubén was just told "OK, now that we've got you in the studio Mr. Sierra, just stand there in front of this blank screen, with your back to us. I'm sorry, did you ask "What's my motivation"? Just imagine Mark McGwire hit a home run, drove you in, and now you're meeting him at the plate. Got it? OK, flex your bicep. But look at your elbow. Now, don't pretend you're walking towards the dugout or anything, just stand there. Clench. Yeah, that's it, perfect." Click!
One last thing about this card, I so desperately want the Bash Brothers logo to be a temporary tattoo. Who wouldn't want to find that in their Cracker Jack? Genius.
Upper Deck 1993 is a 840-card behemoth that I haven't even scratched the surface of, and I've already found these three monstrosities. I hope my local card shop has another case kicking around, because I've almost picked his shelf clean.