From the time Jayson signed that monster contract with the Nationals last winter, tonight was the game he and fans waited for, his return to Philly.
I’m sure he’ll get a warm welcome from Phillies fans, probably the same type reaction Pat Burrell experienced a year ago. The fans in right field will give him a standing-O when he takes the field for the first time, unless I’m wrong, which happens on occasions.
No matter where Jayson’s career takes him, he will revered as a member of the 2008 World Champs forever. Philadelphia sports fans don’t forget their championship teams.
The 1950 Whiz Kids lived for a long time in the hearts of Phillies fans. Then, the 1980 team took their place after winning the franchise’s first World Championship. The 1993 wild bunch held a special place for a long time but the 2008 champs brought so much joy to the Delaware Valley by ending a championship drought for the city.
They are the only team in MLB to have their starters go five innings or more in every game this season. They are among the stingiest staffs in allowing home runs (15).
Team batting average (.227) ranks 15th in NL as does the fielding percentage (.979). Staff’s 3.40 ERA is sixth.
Another hero from the 2008 champs with the Nationals is Matt Stairs. His next pinch hit will be the 100th of her career.
Another April Note
18 wins in April marked the third straight month that the Phillies have won 18 or more games. It marked the first time since the 1977 club (July-August-September).
Something In Common
Ryan now holds the Phillies club record for most RBI in April (27), August (41) and September (32).
Other monthly records: May (OF Cy Williams, 44, 1923); June (OF Chuck Klein (36, 1930) and July (Klein, 40, 1929).
What do they have in common? All are left-handed hitters.
What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball? The question has been posed to Phillies Alumni.
“Not sure, anything from working a soda fountain at my dad’s restaurant to an architect. Actually, I have no idea,” Hall of Fame 3B Mike Schmidt (1972-89).
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley dropped a 6-4 decision to Buffalo in 10 innings. RF Domonic Brown was 1-5, SS Brian Bocock, 2-3, 2 RBI in their first game . . . LF Mike Spidale had 4 of Reading’s 7 hits in a 5-0 loss to New Hampshire . . . 20-year-old RHS Julio Rodriguez (4-0) threw 6 shutout innings as Clearwater completed a 3-game sweep of the Tampa Yankees, 3-0. RF Brian Gump had 2 hits, boosting his average to .323 . . . RF Anthony Hewitt was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 13 games in a 3-1 Lakewood loss to Savannah. J. C. Romero is on a rehab assignment tonight in Lakewood.