Chris' story first gained attention in Philadelphia during the Spring of 2006. He had bounced around the minors and independent leagues for over a decade and was on fire that Spring as a non-roster invitee. He just missed making the Opening Day roster when the Phils opted to bring in David Dellucci and Chris was sent packing to the minors, despite his .463 Spring Training batting average.
In late May 2006, he finally got the call to the Majors when infielder Alex Gonzalez abruptly announced his retirement. Since then, Chris has played in 256 games with the Phils, hitting .282 with 23 home runs and 98 RBI. Most importantly, Chris earned a World Series ring with the team last year.
His life and baseball journey is chronicled in his autobiography, The 33-Year-Old Rookie, a book which I highly recommend. It's sad to see Chris go, but I wish him success with the Astros. He'll undoubtedly receive a warm standing ovation when Ed Wade's team visits Philadelphia in late September.