The Phillies worked out a 2-year, $5.5 million dollar contract on Monday with bullpen pitcher Jose Contreras. In 2010, Contreras served a variety of roles on the bullpen, including filling in for Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson when they were injured. Contreras appeared in 64 games and ended the season with a 3.34 ERA.
The only real concern with this signing might be Contreras’ age; he is 38 now and will be 40 by the end of his contract. But the Phillies have had some good luck dipping into the senior player pool in the past (Jamie Moyer, for one) so it may be a non-issue.
The Phillies also added Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to the organization; he will manage the AAA Iron Pigs team. Sandberg was originally drafted by the Phillies in 1978 but played only 13 games for the Phils in 1981 before they traded him in the off-season to the Cubs in what remains one of the worst trades in baseball history. Sandberg went on to have an amazing 15-year career with the Cubs, landing him in the Hall of Fame.
Almost 29 years later, Sandberg is back where he belongs. After the Cubs declined to give him the job as team manager since Lou Piniella retired, Sandberg made his way back to Philly. The Cubs may have made a huge mistake. While that does not really make up for the disastrous trade back in 1982, their loss will still be our gain. And when Charlie Manuel retires, who knows? It could be Sandberg at the helm.
Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography
During Spring Training this year, I predicted a Phillies – Yankees World Series. It was more of a wish than a realistic thought at the time, but nonetheless, I have gotten my wish :O) Apparently, Jimmy Rollins made the very same prediction; what can I tell you? Great minds think alike.
Not only will this be an epic battle of David and Goliath – the Yanks with 26 World Championships and the Phillies with only 2 – but it has been my lifelong dream to witness these two teams do battle on the grandest stage in baseball. You see, I have two favorite teams in every sport – one NL and one AL. These are my two teams! This about sums up how I feel right now:
The Phillies are my #1 of course, and you can read why on the About Me page. But I grew up in central NJ and the Yanks were always on TV. If I asked for a Phillies hat for Christmas, I got a Yankees hat. So while it was forced upon me at first, I grew to enjoy watching Reggie Jackson whack balls out of the park. And the crazy facial hair of Goose Gossage made me giggle. Lou Piniella, Thurman Munson, the 1977-78 World Series…classic stuff. And then in the 90’s, it was all about Derek Jeter…
I am SO excited!! How about everyone else out there? What is YOUR dream World Series and why? Feel free to share in the comments and you may be in my next blog!
In the meantime, Go Phillies! (and a slightly less enthusiastic, Go Yanks :O)
Photos by Jenn