Spring Training Game 33 - Monday Night, April 2nd in Philadelphia
Record - 13-16-4
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies played a warm-up game in Citizens Bank Park, winning on a go-ahead triple in the seventh from Freddy Galvis.
What It Means: They played baseball in South Philly last night, which means that spring has officially sprung.
What Went Right: The Phils put up solo runs in the first three innings playing small ball. Juan Pierre doubled to start the game and eventually scored on a Jimmy Rollins sac fly. In the second, Shane Victorino tripled and scored on a Ty Wigginton ground out. And in the third, Rollins doubled home Pierre who had reached on a hit by pitch and then stole second. Is this the new offensive style of the Phillies?
Joe Blanton pitched 4+ strong innings, allowing a couple of runs on three hits while striking out three.
Featured Cards: Birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, the Phils are playing again and Phungo Cards are back! I love this time of year.
I received two packs of Phungo cards from Phungo World Headquarters yesterday - a hot of the presses pack of 2012 Phungo cards and a vintage 2011 Phungo pack. The best thing about packs of Phungo cards, other than the Phungo photography, are the guaranteed vintage hits within each pack of cards. (Here's a look back at my packs of 2009 and 2010 Phungo cards.)
|2012 Phungo #5, #42 and #20|
I really like the 2012 design, which borrows heavily from the 1982 Fleer set with its oval name plate. The card at the top of the post features a close-up of the Harry Kalas statue that greets fans outside Harry the K's restaurant in the left field bleachers.
|2011 Phungo Phillies Alumni Night|
And this really reminds me of old-school Fleer cards. This is a special two-card panoramic shot of a group of Phillies from the team's 2009 Alumni Night. As originally featured in a past Phungo post, the photo was notable at the time for featuring all four living Phillies Hall of Famers. Sadly, Robin Roberts has left us since this photo was taken. Here are the players featured from left to right:
Roberts, Mike Schmidt, Jim Bunning, Bobby Wine, Mitch Williams, Fred Wenz, Tony Taylor, Rich Surhoff, Jimmie Schaffer, Dickie Noles, Al Neiger and Steve Carlton.
|1976 Topps #624, 1959 Topps #314 and #503 and 1975 Topps #242|
My packs also yielded quite a few vintage hits which, as luck would have it, were all Phillies cards appearing on my want lists. There were also two 1971 Topps cards that I just happened to need for my set. What are the odds?
|1983 Topps Stickers #274, #329, #320, #288 and #319|
Finally, I found this beauty. It's a strip of stickers from the 1983 Topps Stickers set, but they're all connected. I'm very familiar with the 1983 Topps Stickers set, but I honestly don't remember them ever being sold in strip form. This goes right into my Bob Dernier player collection.
Thanks again Phungo!