Thursday, October 23, 2008
From the Road…
I am again not at home and have to get some sleep because I have to give a couple of presentations in the morning and have a bunch of meetings in the afternoon. So this will be short.
The Phillies won Game 1 of the World Series 3-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays. The big news, in my mind, was learning that Chris Coste would be starting at DH and batting eighth. Sure, he went 0-4 and didn’t hit the ball hard, but again, the story continues to be more and more amazing. Independent leagues. Years at AAA. Finally becoming The 33 Year Old Rookie. Not making the team out of training camp in 2007. Being with the Phillies all of 2008. Starting in Game 1 of the World Series. The best part? As a player with less than three years of big league service time, his salary for the season was probably about $420,000. Not bad. However, if the Phillies elect to give Coste a full share (which they should), and the team wins the World Series, his share will be another $308,000. Even if they lose, he would get $234,000. Not too shabby ,and that type of pay back (along with all the certainly incredible experiences) makes all those years of laboring in the minor leagues worthwhile.
It was good to see Grant Balfour pitch well. 1.2 innings or scoreless baseball is great. He was again hitting 96 with the fastball. It was fun for me to see him face Coste. Coste just missed a first-pitch fastball over the plate, and then was jammed on another fastball inside.
Here are some additional notes:
· Jeff Manship posted a new blog at MiLB.com.
Arizona Fall League Wednesday Update
· The Phoenix Desert Dogs lost to Scottsdale 11-2.
· Steve Tolleson went 1-2. He batted second and played SS.
· Danny Valencia batted fifth and was the team’s 3B. He went 0-5
· Anthony Slama pitched a scoreless inning. He gave up a hit, but he struckout two.