Proud to say that we’ve been following Cody Asche since the Arizona Fall League, pegging him as a legit candidate to be the Phils’ first regular 3B since Scott Rolen. He is almost the spitting image of Chase Utley in the way he goes about his business, as the experts say. In Cliff Lee’s words, “Cody plays the game the right way”.
When we cheered for Cody in Spring Training, still a relative unknown, people asked us if he was our son. “He’s our adopted baseball son”, Miriam would say. When I gave him a copy of the book we put together of AFL photos, he was touched. Aspiring ballplayers aren’t used to people giving them things unconditionally, for the sheer joy of celebrating the game.
Off to a slow and perhaps nervous 1 for his first 17 start at the plate, Cody has maintained a .300 average since, raising his average to the mid .25os. His defense has been excellent and he runs the bases well, surprising people with his speed. His hustle and determination were never in doubt. It’s been so much fun watching his rapid ascent that we’ve decided to take in a week at the AFL again this Fall to get a preview of how Phuture Phils might Phare (Ph balance be damned).
Cody tweaked his hammy last night, but hopefully it’s a brief setback. No rush in getting him back into the lineup. Seems Sandberg realizes Cody’s here for the long haul.