Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2007 Chachi #52 Russell Branyan

How about that Russell Branyan? The Seattle Mariners' starting first baseman is currently hitting .358 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI. He went 5 for 5 against the White Sox on Tuesday night, and the surprising Mariners are currently in 1st place in the AL West.

Russell spent the month of August 2007 with the Phillies after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians for cash. He appeared in 7 games with the Phils, hitting a few key home runs during the 2007 stretch drive. Upon Chase Utley's activation from the DL in late August, Russell was the odd man out, and he was designated for assignment. A few days later, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. (It must be much later, since I can't find if a player was ever actually named).

2 comments:

Dave said...

He's going to come down to Earth (underlying skill set is the same), but it's nice to see him go on a run like this. He's always been an underrated hitter.

Cool card, too :)

Jim said...

The '76 Topps set has always been a personal favorite. (I have a lot of personal favorites). I like the little dude in the bottom left representing each player's position and the vibrant colors throughout the set are great too.