Friday, July 17, 2009

1994 Topps #504 Jim Eisenreich

1993 Phillies - The Rightfielder

Uniform Number: 8
1993 Stats: Eisey appeared in 153 games for the '93 Phils, hitting .318 with 7 home runs and 54 RBI. He started 77 games and entered 38 games as a late-inning defensive replacement, usually for Wes Chamberlain. In 137 games in the outfield, he committed only one error.
1993 Notable: Jim started all six games of the 1993 World Series, hitting .231 with a home run in Game 2 off the Blue Jays' Dave Stewart. His homer led the way to the Phils Game 2 victory.
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent formerly with the Kansas City Royals, January 20, 1993
Phillies Career: 1993-1996
How Departed: Granted free agency and signed with the Florida Marlins, December 3, 1996

Jim was simply one of the most popular Phillies of the '90s. Philly fans love an underdog, and the fans took to Jim's story of courage and perseverance as he dealt with and overcame Tourette's syndrome early on in his career. Following his time with the Phils, Jim spent 1997 and part of 1998 with the Florida Marlins, contributing to the Marlins' 1997 World Series title. He played the balance of '98 with the Dodgers, having been included in the blockbuster Mike Piazza/Gary Sheffield trade. After a 15-year career and with a .290 life-time batting average, Jim retired following the 1998 season. Jim threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 2 of the 2008 NLCS, a game proudly attended by Jenna and me.

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