UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to top vote-getters FuquaManual, The Mulv, and orangeandblack20, on your winning entries. Please email me at goodphightblog at gmail dot com with a mailing address so I can ship it out to you.
So a couple weeks back I announced a contest for readers to win a copy of Todd Zolecki's latest book, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Phillies History."
There were several good entries in the "Story about Obscure Phillies" competition, and rather than arbitrarily decide the winners, I felt it'd be more democratic to allow our readers to select them. Please see the entries below, and vote for one!
1. The Dark
My first real baseball memory comes from the Phillies @ Braves game on July 4, 1988. We were in Atlanta, and my absolute favorite player at the time was Dale Murphy, who played for Atlanta but would switch to Philadelphia in 1990. Since it was a July 4th baseball game, naturally there were fireworks at the end of the game. It was a misty, drizzly day, and some unburned rocket fuel was knocked into my eye by the rain. While I was being treated at the care center in the stadium, one of the medics asked me who my favorite player was. I told him I really liked Dale Murphy, and the guy vanished, only to come back a few minutes later with a slightly battered ball with Murphy’s signature on it. I (of course) treasured that ball, but as I got a bit older, I wondered whether it was genuine or if the guy had just stepped out and scribbled on a ball to calm a kid down. Around the time Murph retired, the father of one of my friends (who was aware of my obsession with Dale Murphy) was at some conference and met him. He brought me back a signed Dale Murphy Phillies card – with a signature that matched the ball.
2. David S. Cohen (yes, he works here, but it's a really good story)