Friday, July 31, 2009

2006 Chachi #34 Aaron Rowand HL

There are a few moments from recent memory that serve to cement a player's legacy in Philadelphia as a fan-favorite. Bob Dernier's game-winning, inside-the-park home run in 1988, Matt Stairs' pinch-hit home run in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS, and Aaron Rowand's amazing, yet painful, catch back on May 11, 2006 are just such moments.

Running at full speed and with his back to the infield, Aaron Rowand somehow caught Xavier Nady's deep fly ball in the top of the 1st inning that night. The catch ended the inning and helped Gavin Floyd escape a bases-loaded jam against the Mets. The Phils would eventually win the rain-shortened game by a score of 2-0. Aaron broke his nose, suffered fractures around his left eye and received 15 stitches for face lacerations, yet somehow held onto the ball.

Aaron played just two seasons with the Phillies (2005-2006) before leaving for San Francisco via free agency. During his short time here, his hustle, his team-first attitude and "the catch" guarantee him a standing ovation each time he comes back to Philadelphia.

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