Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2001 Fleer Tradition #178 Marlon Anderson

Marlins 4, Phillies 0
Game 75 - Monday Night, June 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 34-41, 5th Place, 6 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies were shut out at home for the eighth time this season, as the Marlins won the series opener, 4-0.

What It Means:  The Phillies took five impressive steps forward, only to follow-up with three whimpering steps backward.  They're now back in last place.

What Happened:  Roberto Hernandez allowed two first inning runs, but then settled in to pitch fairly well for six innings.  The offense managed six hits and went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position.

Featured Card:  At least the Phillies are consistent in one area.  The organization has consistently put on tremendous pre and post-game tributes whenever a special occasion arises.  Prior to last night's game, the team paid tribute to Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's new all-time hits leader.  Joining Rollins on the field in a pre-game ceremony were his former teammates Marlon Anderson, Bobby Abreu (the Mets had the night off), Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell.

As Tweeted from Bobby Abreu - Abreu, Burrell, Lieberthal and Anderson

We were surprised to see that Anderson was part of the tribute, but it made sense given that he and Rollins were double play partners in 2001 and 2002 - Rollins' first two years in the Majors.

Transaction:  Prior to the game, pitcher Ethan Martin was optioned to Triple-A and reliever B.J. Rosenberg was recalled.

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