Spring Training Game 4 - Tuesday Afternoon, February 26th in Clearwater
Record - 1-2-1
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies claimed their first victory of the spring, courtesy of seventh inning home runs from Domonic Brown and Tommy Joseph.
What It Means: That's more like it! The bats were quiet again for the majority of the game, but a win's a win.
What Went Right: Fourth starter Kyle Kendrick allowed a run in his one inning of work. Kevin Frandsen started the scoring with an RBI-double in the sixth. Brown hit a monster shot over the batter's eye in dead center field and Joseph followed a few batters later with a two-run home run to the tiki bar in left.
Featured Card: Joseph's home run won the game, but Brown's was more impressive. For that reason, and because he gave me little reason to feature his cards last year, I decided to go with Brown's 2012 Topps Heritage card. This is the red-bordered variation available in packs from Target.
Speaking of Topps Heritage . . . we're less than a week away from the release of the 2013 Topps Heritage set, which borrows the design of the 1964 Topps set. Jenna and I collected the Topps Heritage sets from 2002 through 2008 and then stopped once the short-prints got to be too difficult and too pricey to track down. We were talking the other day about how much fun it was to buy a box and collate the set together. I've never cared for the 1964 Topps design, but I love the 1965 Topps design. That being said, if Topps Heritage returns in 2014 (and why wouldn't it?) I think we're going to have a go at putting together another set.