Saturday, February 20, 2010

2010 Upper Deck #388 Kyle Kendrick

I've admitted to watching and enjoying Amazing Race already, so let's just get it out there that I'm also a fan of Survivor. We didn't watch last season, but we've enjoyed the first three hours of this season's Heroes vs. Villains installment. We had a rooting interest in Stephenie from the Heroes' tribe, as she's from our area and she's always been a fierce competitor. Sadly, the tribe spoke on Thursday night and Stephenie was voted out.

An observant viewer may have noticed Stephenie wearing a camo Phillies hat during her short stint on the show. As it turns out, Stephenie is engaged to be married to none other than Phillies 5th starter candidate, once traded to Japan, right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick. (Don't believe me? Then check this out.)

Kyle's been a bit of a story during the first few days of Spring Training 2010. It seems as if he's been following around new ace Roy Halladay so much that he's been given the clubhouse nickname, "Kyle Halladay." He worked out with Halladay weeks prior to the official camp opening, and he's even grown a small beard reminiscent of Doc's gunslinger whiskers. His main competition for the final rotation spot is Jamie Moyer, who has rebounded quicker than expected from a series of offseason surgeries. Jose Contreras, Andrew Carpenter and Ryan Vogelsong are also expected to get some consideration for the spot.

It's a long Spring, so we'll see if Kyle can "survive" the competition and earn the final spot. (See what I did there? I tied it all back together to Survivor and Kyle's fiancée and . . . oh never mind.)


Jenna said...

You sound like Jeff Probst! :)

jim said...

The trade to Japan was ill-conceived. I think it upset Kyle (although briefly)