Nothing like a little walk-off action from an unlikely hero to remind you what you love about baseball. After the Phillies high-paid closer Jonathan Papelbon, (he’ll make $13 million this year) blows the save in the ninth, it’s Freddy Galvis, the little guy more known for his glove than his bat, who picks up his team with a bottom of the ninth walk-off home run. And let the record show that the little guy has a little salary (in baseball terms) to match. He’ll earn $490,000 this year.
Yes, there is a lesson to be learned here somewhere. A lesson that perhaps the Phillies have had to learn the hard way with some of the big salaries they’ve paid out over the last several years that we’re all paying for now, if you know what I mean.
But let’s be positive on this Sunday morning, as the baseball season wanes and the football season begins.
Let’s imagine that maybe there will be something to look forward to next year with our baseball team.
That maybe a combination of the younger players we’re seeing now with some of the veterans the Phillies will still have on their payroll might make for an interesting, hopefully, even a competitive team next year.
Yes, maybe I’m still suffering from the afterglow of last night’s all too rare late inning heroics but remember it was rookie Cody Asche who came up big Friday night with a two-run homer in the Phils 2-1 victory over the Braves. Not to mention the terrific defense he has been showing at third base.
And don’t forget another youngster who will be back leading off next year, 25-year-old center fielder Ben Revere. He was on quite a tear before he got hurt. While on the veteran front, Carlos Ruiz, a free agent after this season, has been making a case of his own lately for another year in Phillies red.
Ruiz drove in three runs with a single and a double last night. After a slow start returning from both a suspension followed closely by a hamstring injury, Ruiz is starting to look like the clutch-hitting Chooch of old. In his last 28 games, he’s hitting .319 with four homers and 16 RBIs. If he finishes this strong, he may still be the Phils best catching option. Note to Ruben: As much as I love Chooch, Just don’t make it a multi-year option
So while many in the sports world this September morning are evaluating their fantasy drafts or relishing their team’s first touchdown drive, I’m clinging to the fact that my team still has a pulse and maybe, just maybe, if they have a smart off-season, we’ll have some serious baseball left to root for this time next year.