Barry Foote, I barely knew ye. In fact, I don't really remember you at all, I only know of you because of interesting last name. See Foote was before my time, but that won't stop me from giving him a shout out on a Phlashback. However, he's going to have to share the limelight with another appendage named Phillie, and in a strange way you could say he's connected to him...Greg Legg. Foote & Legg are members of an elite group of athletes who happen to be blessed with names of body parts, this prestigious cluster of baseball players includes Rollie Fingers, Dick Pole, Rich Hand, Ed Head, Rusty Kuntz, and Shin-Soo Choo.
Barry Foote was a catcher in the Phils organization during the seasons of 1977-78, hardly making a pimple on an elephant's rump while in Philly. He wasn't what one would call an offensive standout, only mustering up 10+ homeruns twice in his 10 seasons in MLB for a total of 57 lifetime. Besides the Phillies, he spent time with the Expos, Cubs, and Yankees. Foote was by far the more successful of the two, as Greg Legg only got to experience 14 games and 22 at bats in the Majors over the course of two seasons with the Phils (1986-87). He made those 22 at bats count though, ending with a Ted Williams like .409 career batting average.
The offense knocked out 10 hits and 6 runs, paced by a Ryan Howard 3-run bomb and 2 hits apiece from Chase Utley and hitting machine Pedro Feliz. Pitching was lackluster, Kendrick started it off well by tossing 3 innings of 1 run ball but 2007 1st round pick Joe Savery promptly entered the game and lost the lead surrendering 5 runs to the Pirates in the 4th; another prospect Joshua Outman wasn't so good in his outing either giving up 4 runs in 1.2 innings. Final outcome, 11-6 loss to the lowly Buccos.
The Phils continue to rub elbows with their state buddies the Pirates as they take them on in two games today with JD Durbin starting one and Brett Myers the other.
*I thought readers of this blog would be deeply moved by that inspirational poster. After all, we are like a brotherhood of kindhearted Phillies fans here.