Thursday, February 28, 2008

Phillies Phlashback Phriday: Foote & Legg

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.



GreggyD said...

Horrendous loss yesterday against the Pirates, but I didn't exactly expect any less from Savery and Outman. It's good to get them some experience on the mound against big league hitters (if you even want to call the Pirates big leaguers). What's most important to me is seeing:

1. Pedro Feliz is seeing the ball very well right now and I can only hope that carries over into the season.

2. Chase Utley is still Chase Utley

3. Ryan Howard is still creaming the ball.

4. The starters: Moyer, Kendrick, and Blackley (potential 5th man I know, but much better than Adam Eaton most likely) all have looked pretty good so far and that is an encouraging sign. Kendrick did give up that HR to LaRoche yesterday, but that was it. I hope he can keep his production from last year going so badly.

5. The Mets are 0-2!!!

furiousBall said...

Greg Legg... really? wow, his parents were fuckers

GM-Carson said...

I hope Johan gets shelled in his 1st spring outing.

kentucky phils phan said...

just wondering you guys thoughts on something i thought u think that chase utley will end up being to the phils what ryne sandberg was the the cubs?

BloodStripes said...

Phils win with Casey Smith kicking arse. Pedro the hit machine Feliz gets another one.

BloodStripes said...

Kentucky Phils Phan - Yes

GM-Carson said...

I know this is a bit premature, but if Chase can stay healthy and continue to produce like he currently does for anothe 10 or so years he'll go down as one of the best 2nd basemen ever. A fine group that include Sandbeg, Jeff Kent, Roberto Alomar, and others.

GM-Carson said... writer Ken Mendel actually wrote something worth reading yesterday (story about Jamie Moyer being old). Funny thing though, I wrote an article about that very subject the day or coincidence?

EndlessMike said...

GREG LEGG! S/WB Red Barons legend.