Friday, June 20, 2008
Phlashback Phriday: Lance Parrish
Sweet mustaches in the 80's were like bell bottom pants in the 70's, everyone was wearing them including your mom and preacher. Lance Parrish was no exception to this rule. Although I could not find pictures documenting his alleged bell bottom wearing days, I have found evidence supporting that stupendous 'stache. Lance, nicknamed Big Wheel, hails from Pennsylvania, but made himself famous while playing in Detroit. He debuted with the Tigers back in 1977 and played there until 1986, at which time he signed a 2 year 2 million dollar deal with the Phillies. 1 million for 1 season was a big deal back in the 80's, and for that reason Parrish was consider a bust during his time in Philly due to inconsistent defense behind the plate, a low batting average, and that fact that he never brought to fruition the slogan of "Lance us a Pennant". He was an All-Star in '88, but that was out of formality because the entire team sucked that season. Over his 2 seasons with the Phils he slugged 32 homeruns and knocked in 127 runs from the catcher position. Following his departure from the City of Brotherly Love he signed an even more lucrative contract with the California Angels (who have since been changed to Anaheim Angels, and currently the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). He spent 3.5 seasons with the Angels and was traded up the West Coast to Seattle to finish the '92 campaign. Then he went back to Cali to the Dodgers, but lost his job in the spring to some no-talent rookie named Mike Piazza (wonder what ever became of that guy?). After being released from the Dodgers things got dicey, he played for the Indians a bit in '93, signed back with Detroit in '94 but never played for them instead was sold to Pittsburgh where he played the '94 season. After the Pirates he signed with the Royals, but once again did not play for them, rather was dealt to Toronto in part of a conditional deal; and he played his final game in '95 as a Blue Jay. He did try once last hurrah as a Bucco again in '96, but never made the team. For his career this Phucco put up very respectable stats for a catcher- 8 time All-Star, 3 time Gold Glove, 1988 g, 856 r, 1782 h, 305 dbl, 324 hr, 1070 rbi, .252 avg, and a .753 OPS. Since his playing days he's bounced around the majors and minors coaching, and he currently has a son (David) playing in the minors in the Rockies system.
Lance Parrish's old club the Angels come to town for a 3 game set. Pitching match-ups include Adam Eaton (2-4, 4.57) vs. Erwin Santana (8-3, 3.40) tonight, Brett Myers (3-8, 5.58) vs. Joe Saunders (10-3, 3.06) Saturday night, and Cole Hamels (7-4, 3.23) vs. Jered Weaver (6-7, 4.73) in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Also, Sarge Jr. (Gary Matthews Jr.) will be playing for the Halos this weekend, meaning we'll hear plenty of useless banter in the booth from Wheels and company.
*Grand Pappy Moyer announced at his charity event yesterday that this season will not be his last and that he loves playing baseball in Philly. That means the ball is now in Patty G's court to re-up the extreme veteran lefty.