Shalom, and welcome to the special Hanukkah edition of Phillies Phlashback Phridays. Hanukkah, or Chanukah, or whatever one of the 10 or so spellings for this holiday starts at sundown today (5ish in PA). Therefore, I decided to pay homage to past Phillies Hebrews. And don't worry, I had a rabbi come by and bless this blog, so everything is kosher. So go ahead and spin your dreidel, chow down on some gefilte fish, and torch your menorah because here come the Jews.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I was able to find a list of baseball players that were from Jewish heritage. From that list were some Phils like Erskine Mayer (from 1912-1918 and member of the elite Phucco family), Morrie Arnovich ('36-'40), Phil Weintraub (1938), and latter day heroes Mike Lieberthal and David Newhan.
Mike Lieberthal has been a mainstay on the Phils roster, just not always the active roster. Liebby is a former 1st round pick by the Phils back in 1990, and he made his MLB debut in 1994 and has been catching for the Phils ever since. However, Mike's contract finally ran out and he has now moved on to bluer pastures, Dodger blue that is. During his tenure in Philly he did provide above average production from the catching position (150 homeruns), and believe it or not at one time was an elite defensive catcher as well (won a Gold Glove). I know he's received his fair share of low-blows on this site, but bottom line is he was a good guy and decent catcher when he was healthy.
David Newhan was a Phillie from 2000-2001, but only for 17 games and 23 at-bats. He went on to create his niche as a super-sub with Baltimore and recently was non-tendered and mentioned by me as a possible player of interest for the Phils...I'd rather have Newhan on the bench than that no-talent ass-clown Danny Sandoval (although Bloodstripes looks like him).
Now in honor of our Hebrew brothers, I bring to you a blurb from one of the funniest Jews ever- Adam Sandler.
The Chanukah Song:
Put on your yarmulke,
Here comes Chanukah,
So much funukah,
To celebrate Chanukah,
Chanukah is the festival of lights,
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
So, tell your friend Veronica,
It's time to celebrate Chanukah,
I hope I get a harmonicah,
Oh this lovely, lovely Chanukah,
So drink your gin and tonicah,
And smoke your marijuanikah,
If you really, really wannakah,
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah.