Whew! Just finished a busy weekend in our household. Now it’s time to catch up. First off, on Friday night, I was alerted by my good friend Jenn at Phillies Phollowers that I was the Featured blog. Holy guacamole! Or, as I replied to her, “OMG! I haven’t even put anything about me in the “Read about me” section yet… ” So tonight I will definitely get to work on that.
Of course, the big Phillies news over the weekend was Ryan Howard signing a three-year deal with the Phillies that will pay him $54 million over that time span. This averages out to $18 million per year, so he’s essentially getting what he wanted, and the Phillies avoid arbitration for three years. After that, he’s a free agent, so who knows what will happen then? At least for the next three years, it is one less headache to worry about.
Also over the weekend, two former Phillies found homes for the coming season.
Randy Wolf returns to the Dodgers with a one-year, $5 million deal. Though never a “lights-out” type of pitcher, Wolfie was a reliable lefty, and a fan favorite (wonder what the Wolf Pack is doing these days?). I was sorry to see him leave the Phillies, but I understand his desire to play closer to home. I wish him well in the coming season!
Tom Gordon signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with Arizona, with incentives and bonuses that could bring it up to $2.5 million. Gordon was unfortunately hampered by injury while a Phillie; good luck to you as a D-back!
Yesterday, I wrote about Billy Sunday. Turns out he is the only major-leaguer with that surname. So I decided to see how many Mondays there were in the big leagues. Guess what? Only one! Rick Monday, who played from 1966 to 1984, spending time with the A’s, Cubs, and Dodgers. He’s best known for an incident that occurred in April 1976, when he ran from his position in centerfield to save an American flag from being burned by a fan who had run onto the field.
Kudos to you, Rick Monday, for standing up for what you believe in! Until tomorrow, thus ends my “Monday mash-up”. Only 4 days and 22 hours until pitchers and catchers report – woo hoo!
(Rick Monday photo found on mlb.com; all other photos are mine)