Make no doubt about it, the fans knew who he was and were pumped to see him in a Phillies uniform.
OF Domonic Brown, the # 1 minor league prospect according to Baseball America, made his debut a memorial one last night, taking the spotlight from Doc and another outstanding pitching performance, his eighth complete game, which matches the Phillies entire pitching staff a year ago.
When Dan Baker announced the starting lineups around 7:01 p.m., the sellout crowd cheered loudly.
7:32 Standing ovation as he approached the plate for his first at-bat.
7:33 Double off the right field wall; another standing O.
7:37 Scored his first run; fans behind the dugout stood and cheered.
7:40 Right field fans stand and cheer as he takes his place in the outfield.
When Domonic came to spring training back in February, #78 was hanging in his locker. When he came to the big leagues yesterday, Frank Coppenbarger had assigned him to #9.
The last Phillie to wear that number? Miguel Cairo, last year.
Looking back at those who wore it:
2005 Thomas Perez
2000 Brad Mills
1990 Von Hayes
1980 Manny Trillo
1970 Mike Ryan
1960 Harry Anderson
1950 Mike Goliat
This Date in Phillies History
1983–The Phillies announced they had purchased a right-handed relief pitcher from their Portland minor league team in the Pacific Coast League. He was the property of the Seattle Mariners but was on loan to Portland because it was his home town. Say hello to Larry Andersen.
It cost the Phillies $50,000 to purchase his contract from the Mariners. Rumor has it the fee was to be paid at $1,000 a year for 50 years….by LA.