Nick Williams loves him some New York.
A couple months ago, Williams went to The Big Apple for the first time in his life and asked his girlfriend to marry him. (She said yes, by the way). Now, New York is the home for his Major League debut (Friday) and the site of his first multi-hit game (Sunday).
Williams spent the better part of the weekend doing nothing other than getting on base and hitting rockets all around Citi Field. He went 4-for-11 with a walk and two strikeouts. He scored two runs and ran the bases like a pro, impressively scoring from first base on a two-run double by Maikel Franco in the second inning of Sunday’s win over the Mets.
After general manager Matt Klentak said last week Williams had some “rough edges” to smooth out, the youngster responded by walking six times in five games while continuing to hit the ball hard. And with outfielder Howie Kendrick now on the 10-day disabled list, Williams is here to stay for a little while, it seems.
It’s nice to once again have a real, compelling reason to watch the Phillies. Nick Williams is that reason. John Stolnis and Justin Klugh talked about the journey Williams took to reach the big league level, including his struggles last year and the mental hurdles he had to leap over before finally reaching his ultimate destination.
Also on this week’s show, John and Justin talk about...
- How do Williams’ struggles from last year reflect on the future of J.P. Crawford?
- Who might be the Phillies’ next big call-up?
- Should the Phils be looking to move Tommy Joseph at the trade deadline?
- What potential fits are there in the American League as a trade partner for the Phils’ first baseman?
- A status report on Vince Velasquez and Jerad Eickhoff’s injury rehab
- July 2 is International Signing Day, and the Phillies were once again very active
- Andy MacPhail had some very interesting things to say about the trade deadline and off-season acquisitions
- Could some of the younger players on the big league club be on the move next month?
- Are the Phils seriously considering adding some marquee talent from this upcoming free agent class?
- Was 2009 a more fun and enjoyable season than 2008?
- Pat Neshek was named the Phillies’ lone All-Star for this year.
- Was this the most depressing All Star in team history?
- Was Neshek the most deserving Phillie to go?
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