You may be asking yourself the question- Why in the hell is he featuring Desi Relaford in a Phillies Phlashback? Trust me, I have a good reason, and that reason is that I was wondering who was the Phillies starting shortstop before Mr. Jimmy Rollins, potential 2007 NL MVP, came to town. Jimmy's first exposure in Philly was a brief call-up in 2000 when Desi Relaford happened to be the crown jewel of the NL at shortstop. Desi had been with the Phils since 1996 and was doing his best Abe Nunez impression at the plate batting .175, .184, .245, .242, and .221 before being traded to San Diego midseason in 2000 for David Newhan. Newhan never really did anything for the Phils, but honestly they were ecstatic somebody actually took the no-talent ass-clown Relaford off their hands. Desi was a 4th round draft pick by Pat Gillick's favorite team the Seattle Mariners back in 1991 and was traded to the Phils for Terry Mulholland. Aside from the Phillies, Relaford has played for the Padres, Mets, Mariners, Royals, Rockies, and Rangers. He was out of professional baseball in 2006 but made a brief 14 game/26 at bat comeback with Texas this season. He has since been released from the Rangers, which means Patty G will be signing him to a lucrative contract this offseason. It's a shame we let Desi go in the first place, because his replacement Rollins has been such a disappointment.
*1st place in the NL East. Wow! The Phillies truly do control their own fate. They need to sweep the Nationals, because losing is a scary proposition. Hopefully the Marlins can keep the Mets scuffling, and to make things interesting the Brew Crew take the next 3 from the Padres, and Arizona take a couple from the Rockies too.
*Right now it feels like playoff baseball, so just imagine the intensity of how it will be in October. This team has a chance to make the city of Philly and all its fans believe and triumph...lets go Phils!!!