The First Phillie, Heritage Edition: I still don't know if our local Target has any Topps Heritage in stock, but fortunately my impulse purchase from Blowout Cards arrived yesterday. Doug, Jenna and I dug into a box and Doug* was the recipient of the First Phillie card seen here - new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. I'll have a more in-depth look at the Phillies cards in Topps Heritage in a future post, and I'll also be posting a want list soon as this is the first year since 2008 that we'll be trying to complete a full set.
*Truth be told, Jenna found the First Phillie, but she deftly returned the cards with Sandberg included to their wrapper and let Doug have the honors.
Green Uniforms: The Phillies were set to wear their green uniform tops again this St. Patrick's Day, but they were thwarted by the rain. I hope the Phils decide to wear them anyway, even if it's a few days late. Here's a look back at a few St. Patrick's Days from the past:
Camp Head Count: Still at 44. The Phillies acquired catcher Koyie Hill yesterday from the Nationals for cash or a player to be named later. I originally thought Hill would join the ranks of non-roster invitees, but he's headed straight for minor league camp. Hill's last major baseball card appearance came in the 2011 Topps Update set as a member of the Cubs.
For what it's worth, this time last year the Phillies were already down to just 36 players in camp. I would expect another round of roster cuts soon.