With the retirement of Mike Lieberthal this past weekend, I began to think back on Phillies catchers of years past. Instantly I reminisced of Ozzie Virgil. Ozzie had a kick ass name, but really that was it...oh wait, awesome facial hair too, love that 'stache! He was a 6th round pick on the Phils in the '76 draft and caught for them from 1980-85. To be fair, Virgil did have two solid seasons in '84 and '85 and was the NL All-Star catcher in his last season in Phils pinstripes. Ozzie is also best known for being the essential part of the package that brought future Cy Young closer Steve Bedrosian and versatile outfielder Milt Thompson to the Phils via the Braves in '86.
Crazy, but thats how it goes.
Millions of people living as foes.
Maybe it's not to late,
To learn how to love,
And forget how to hate.
Mental wounds not healing.
Lifes a bitter shame.
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train!