Saturday, March 17, 2012

1981 Fleer #7 Tug McGraw

Phillies 4, Blue Jays 3 (10)
Spring Training Game 17 - Saturday Afternoon, March 17th in Clearwater
Record - 7-8-2

One Sentence Summary:  Hector Luna drove in two of the team's four runs, including the game-winner in the tenth.

What It Means:  In honor of St. Patrick's day (and indirectly Tug McGraw), the Phillies won in their green jerseys.

What Went Right:  Vance Worley pitched four shutout innings, lowering his spring ERA to 1.80.  Former Phillie Brian Bocock hit a home run in the ninth off Michael Stutes to give the Blue Jays the temporary lead, but Freddy Galvis countered with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extras.

Jimmy Rollins started the game with a lead-off homer.

Featured Card:  If I had any more of Luna's cards, other than the one I've already featured, he'd be featured in this post.  Instead, since I'm all Luna'd out, I'll pay tribute to the man who first started the whole green jersey tradition back in the early 1980s.  Paul Hagen wrote about it last year, and more recently Tug's original green jersey was referenced in a tribute post over at Dick Allen Hall of Fame.  I can't help but smile whenever I see a Tug McGraw baseball card.

St. Patrick's Day Posts from the Past:
2010 - Mike Schmidt and the entire 1986 team go green.
2011 - Chase Utley models the green jerseys worn during Spring Training 2006.

Halladay Goes Green (AP)

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