Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2009 Chachi #40 Paul Bako

Ladies and gentlemen, the Phillies 3rd catcher, #23 Paul Bako

Phillies debut: June 10, 2009
Major League debut: April 30, 1998
Former teams: Detroit Tigers 1998, Houston Astros 1999-2000, Florida Marlins 2000, Atlanta Braves 2000-2001, Milwaukee Brewers 2002, Chicago Cubs 2003-2004, Los Angeles Dodgers 2005, Kansas City Royals 2006, Baltimore Orioles 2007, Cincinnati Reds 2008 (Wow! This guy has been busy).
How acquired: Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent formerly with the Chicago Cubs, May 18, 2009
Pictured: A shot from 2008 when Paul was with the Reds. I have a feeling it will be difficult to track down a decent picture of Paul with the Phillies. He's essentially the last guy off the bench, and the Phillies' team issued card set and the 2009 Yearbook have already been printed. That being said, if anyone is able to find a picture of Paul in a Phillies uni over the next few weeks - please let me know. (UPDATE, June 10 - I'm using the mug shot from the Phillies website for now).

Paul was not able to help tonight as the Phils lost to the Mets, 6-5.

UPDATE, July 26 - Paul's Chachi card now has a proper picture as I've removed the mug shot and replaced it with an action shot from July 11th.


Dean Family said...

Ah, Paul Bako. I was in attendance at his major league debut. 11 years later, he has fashioned a nice career for himself. At the time, I didn't think he would be around long at all.

Jim said...

I was actually surprised at how long he has been around.