|HENKE, SMOLTZ AND HOUGH MADE LIFE TOUGH ON HITTERS.|
HALL OF FAMERS
- None, but No. 166 John Smoltz is on the ballot for the first time in January and figures to come close and get in eventually.
FINEST OF THE NINE
- Smoltz, like Hall of Famer and No. 100 Dennis Eckersley, was a dynamic force as a starter and closer. He's the only pitcher to have 200-plus victories and 150-plus saves.
- Nothing better than getting a little payback, and No. 165 Mo Vaughn got his against the Indians in Game 1 of the '98 ALDS. After being held hitless by the Indians in the '95 division series, Vaughn slammed a three-run homer in his first at-bat in the first inning and ended up driving in seven runs. The Red Sox cruised 11-3.
DESIGNED TO THE NINES
- Have a hard time putting my finger on it, but the No. 164 Tom Henke card manages to stand out. Maybe it's his whole "Terminator'' persona coming out in a subtle way.