19 June 2010

jason phillips through the mail success (sans marriage proposal)

so it wasn't exactly a marriage proposal former dodgers' catcher jason phillips threw into the stands at safeco last year, but i'm glad all he sent me were my cards back - signed.

first up is his 2005 topps update & highlights card
followed by his 2006 topps base card
not only are the cards sequential, but the pictures are as well.  kind of like the 1993 topps traded/1994 topps mike piazza cards that were such a disappointment to me. 

i remember phillips fondly, as he was the guy the dodgers got in return for kazuhisa ishii during spring training 2005.  jim tracy used phillips as the team's primary catcher over dioner navarro, and sometimes played him at first base over hee seop choi.  he was one of tracy's 'ja(y)son brigade' - along with werth, repko and grabowski - that found substantial playing time in a most disappointing season as the 2005 dodgers defended their nl west crown by losing 91 games.  still, phillips made some good memories during his one year in la, including his first home run as a dodger - a grand slam against the reds that came on a day he went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored.

here's to you, jason - good luck and thanks! 

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