Friday, January 02, 2009
Phillies Phlashback Phriday: Sil Campusano
Why choose to waste an entire Phlashback Phriday on Sil Campusano? Just look at that Blue Jays card and you'll find your answer. Sil was brought into Philly via the Rule 5 draft back in 1989. This was a case where there was no hidden talent and the Phils would have been smart to hand him back to Toronto for a cool $25k. Over his 3 years in MLB (2 with Blue Jays, 1 with Phils) he batted .202 with a No-Hit Nunez-esque .584 OPS while roaming the outfield. After being granted his free agency in the winter of 1991, Campusano opted to play in Taiwan with the Wei Chuan Dragons (1994-1996) and Chiayi-Tainan Luka (1997-1999). Wikipedia has this interesting tidbit about Sil, "For obscure reasons, Campusano's nickname was 'The Earwig'. He has been described variously as 'moist and garrulous' and a 'fartcatcher'." That's messed up!
Think 7x/Definitely 3x:
Charlie Manuel- "I think with the type of club we've got and the way we look at things, we have a good attitude about [repeating], and I think we stand a very good chance of doing it again. I think we can repeat. I don't see why not. I think Ryan Howard is going to have a bigger year than he had this year, and I think that [Chase] Utley can definitely have a better year. ... Jimmy Rollins definitely can do better. You can always do better, so I think we will definitely be in the hunt. And if we get down there in September, I think we have a good chance."
*Someone get that man a thesaurus.
Strange but True Year in Review:
I'm a big fan of Jayson Stark's articles on ESPN.com. He writes about some of the most obscure stuff imaginable and really has fun with stats, so naturally I find it entertaining. He wrote a Year in Review piece that was chock full of interesting nuggets that true baseball fans will love to dig into. I've gone ahead and pulled out the Phillies related "strange but true" factoids.
• SCOUT'S WORST NIGHTMARE DEPT.: In his first start of the postseason, sweet-swinging Phillies pitcher Brett Myers had back-to-back at-bats against CC Sabathia in which he saw nine and 10 pitches, respectively. In his next start of the postseason, Myers swung at EVERY pitch thrown (all four of them). And got three hits. Which, of course, was almost as many as he got all season (while going 4-for-58).
• MIRROR IMAGE DEPT:: Finally, when the Phillies win the World Series, they really do do it with mirrors. Just check the calendar -- and the closers:
Won in: '80 and … '08
Last out collected by a reliever wearing No.:
45 (Tug McGraw) and … 54 (Brad Lidge)
• ANYBODY HAVE A CALCULATOR DEPT.: In one stretch covering three games May 25-27, the Phillies scored 38 runs in 14 INNINGS. Two weeks later, the same team kicked off a stretch in which it scored 38 runs in 14 DAYS.