Thursday, August 02, 2012

You're Welcome

Not too many ballplayers are traded and take out a full page ad expressing their thanks for the memories to the fans of the team they left behind.  Then, again, not too many ballplayers are like Shane Victorino.

Victorino's full page ad in today's Inquirer included a picture of him with his wife and kids and a very prominent photograph of the Nicetown Boys and Girls club his foundation supported.  That's a legacy worth remembering long after the OPB's, RBI's, and other stats fade into history.

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I don't know about you, but I watched a lot of last night's game between the Phils and Nationals.  In part I was curious to see the lineup which featured a lot of new faces and a lot of faces in need of renewal.  Naturally, the oldest face (in terms of tenure not the calendar) was the star of the show.  Jimmy Rollins nearly hit a lead-off home run to set the tone for the two home runs he hit in succeeding at bats.

Newcomer Nate Schierholtz hit what proved to be the game-winning home run following J-Roll's second blast and made a catch in right field that, frankly, Hunter Pence does not come close to.

All in all, a nice night at the park.

Now,  back to the Olympics.