Monday, March 5, 2012

2007 Bowman Heritage #48 Freddy Garcia

Yankees 7, Phillies 4
Spring Training Game 2 - Sunday Afternoon, March 4th in Tampa
Record - 0-2

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils committed four errors and dropped a sloppy game in Tampa, as they remain winless in 2012 Grapefruit League play.

What It Means:  Still doesn't really mean anything, other than I'm still thrilled to be able to watch baseball on TV again.

What Went Wrong:  Michael Martinez accounted for half the error tally with a few misplayed balls over at third.  Joel Pineiro and Philippe Aumont were each touched for three runs a piece, although they were each only charged with one earned run.

For the second day in a row, Hunter Pence hit a two-run first inning home run.  Roy Halladay made his spring debut and struck out three in his two innings of work, while also allowing a home run to Alex Rodriguez.  Domonic Brown dropped a ball in the outfield, but he did have a nice day at the plate as he went two for four with a triple.

Featured Card:  Freddy Garcia had an awful one-year stay with the Phillies, starting only 11 games in 2007 and going 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA.  He enters the spring in competition for the Yankees fifth starter job.  Garcia started for the Yankees yesterday and he gave up Pence's home run and three other hits in his two innings of work.  Garcia was featured as a Phillie on a number of baseball cards in 2007, including this homage to the 1952 Bowman set.


Matthew Appleton said...

I'll always remember Garcia for the awful photoshop job Topps did on his Topps and Bowman cards that year. They photoshopped it two different ways for the two sets (one in a red warmup jersey the other in a road jersey), and both looked terrible.

Jim said...

Agreed. And who knows if this pose (used for the Allen & Ginter and both the 2007 and 2008 Topps Heritage sets) features Garcia in an actual Phillies uniform or if it's another Photoshop job? Of course, at least Topps tried. Fleer just went with an old photo of Garcia in a White Sox jersey.