Monday, March 27, 2023

Spring Training Game 30 - Final Look at 2022 Chachi Set

2022 Chachi Fan Favorites #33
Orioles 4
, Phillies 2
Spring Training Game 30 - Sunday Afternoon, March 26th in Sarasota
Record - 13-16-1

One Sentence Summary:  The bench squad made the trip to Sarasota and managed only four hits in this 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

What It Means:  There are two spring training games remaining, both against the Blue Jays.  Wednesday is a travel day and the Phillies open the 2023 season on Thursday afternoon in Arlington against the Rangers.

What Happened:  Jake Cave had two more hits, including his fourth double of the spring.  Jim Haley hit an eighth inning home run for the Phillies.  On the mound, Matt Strahm, who will open the season as the team's fifth starter, pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks.

Featured Cards:  Preparing for the 2023 season and refreshing the various pages running along the top of this blog under the header image, I realized there were still several 2022 Chachi cards that hadn't made it out into the public yet.  The card shown above for Dickie Thon has absolutely nothing to do with the spring game played on Sunday afternoon.  It was created in case the Phillies needed to go back to San Diego for NLCS Game 6, as part of a Series Preview post.  But Bryce Harper negated the need for that trip, bedlam ensued, and the card was never needed.

The five cards shown below are the final five cards from my 36-card 2000 Topps Missing Links set, featuring the 36 players to have appeared with the Phillies in 2000, but not receive a Topps flagship card.  This was an ambitious project, and I'm happy with the way these cards turned out.

2022 Chachi 2000 Topps
Missing Links #2
2022 Chachi 2000 Topps
Missing Links #9
2022 Chachi 2000 Topps
Missing Links #15
2022 Chachi 2000 Topps
Missing Links #17
2022 Chachi 2000 Topps
Missing Links #35

Camp Head Count:  44

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