In honor of the weekend series between the Phils and the Buccos I am featuring a member of the Phucco Phamily Tree in this jaunt down memory lane. Gary Redus had a MLB career that spanned 13 seasons in which he did nothing exceedingly well aside from stealing bases- 322 thefts. He began his career with Cincy in 1982 and the Phils acquired him for his lone season as a Phillie in '86 (love the powder blue uni). In '86 he played 90 games racking up 11 homeruns and 25 steals missing time due to injury. The Phils then traded him to the ChiSox for the infamous Joe Cowley, who some Phans will never forgive for 5 of the most horrible games ever compiled by a pitcher in a Phillies uniform. After a 2 year stint wearing white booties Redus made his way back to the National League and made a home for himself in the Pirates outfield from 88-92, playing in 3 postseasons. Redus did have one very memorable day with Pittsburgh on August, 25 1989 when he hit for the cycle. Gary later finished up his playing days with the Rangers in '94.
O Offense, Where Art Thou?
It's hard to believe the Phils actually won the Washington series considering they struck out 36 times and amassed only 9 runs. Losing Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, and Michael Bourn has finally caught up to them, as the offense has gone cold. Here's a look at each players' recent performance (Hits/At Bats, Average).
Burrell (1-13, .077), Howard (3-22, .136), Rowand (4-24, .167), Rollins (8-43, .186), Iguchi (3-22, .136), Dobbs (3-15, .200), Nunez (1-8, .125), Werth (4-22, .182), Roberson (1-12, .083), Helms (2-9, .222) and Coste (5-20, .250). The only players that have played well of late have been Carlos Ruiz and Russell Branyan (albeit in only 2 at bats).
The Player Who Cried Grievance:
Salomon Torres recently rescinded his grievance claim against the Pittsburgh Pirates for cheating him out of money. Torres does what few MLB players do, he represents himself in contract negotiations. His gripe with the team is that he signed a below market value contract extension this spring with the idea of making extra income by renting one of his training facilities in the Dominican Republic to the Pirates. This "gentleman's agreement" never came to fruition and Torres felt he was swindled out of some cash flow. I think him making 2.7 million this season and 3.2 next season is a gift considering he pitches for the cash-strapped Buccos, and currently is sporting a 5.40 era. Maybe it's the Pirates that should be filing a grievance against Torres instead.
*Sarge continues to refer to players "clutching up" when they do something right. Every time he says it I think of an 85 year old man clutching his chest with a heart attack...not positive mental imagery in my opinion.
*How much money have the Phils wasted this season in terms of poor performance and injury-riddled players? Just think what we could do with the cash sent Jim Thome, Jon Lieber, Freddy Garcia, Rod Barajas, and Tom Gordon's way...probably buy another overpriced outfielder like Pat Burrell.
*Ryan Howard sucks against our buddies from Western PA. Lifetime against the Pirates, Howard is batting .115 with a .299 OPS and 25 k's in only 52 ab's with no homers...that's pathetic.