Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MacPhail Joins the Phillies

2015 Chachi #47
Brewers 7, Phillies 4
Game 78 - Monday Night, June 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 27-51, 5th Place, 16 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The last place Brewers outslugged the last place Phillies, and the Brewers pitchers kept the Phillies off the board for the last seven innings in a 7-4 victory.

What It Means:  Pretty much more of the same stuff.

What Happened:  Starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan saw his ERA increase to 5.76 by allowing six runs in five innings.  The Phillies jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings, but couldn't put anything else together the rest of the game.  Cesar Hernandez, now the everyday second baseman with Chase Utley out, stayed hot with two more hits.

Field Report/Featured Card:  My friend Tom and I took in this game from the Hall of Fame Club and we sat below the booth where soon-to-be club president Andy MacPhail was enjoying (?) the ballgame.  MacPhail was introduced at a press conference yesterday afternoon as Pat Gillick's replacement in the front office at the conclusion of the 2015 season.  It was a fairly monumental day for the franchise, and the Phillies website does a better job of summarizing the happenings than I would here and here.

I debated whether or not MacPhail should be part of the regular Chachi set this year, and I ultimately decided to go ahead and give him a card.  There was precedent to do this in the hallowed history of the Chachi sets, as both Gillick and Ruben Amaro, Jr. had received their own Chachi cards upon assuming the role of the team's general manager.  I figured MacPhail's hiring was bigger and more consequential than those hirings, so he gets a card.

And Andy, if you happen to read this:  Call or e-mail me.  I have ideas.

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