The Phillies savored a tie yesterday, and although a win is always better there was good news from Aaron Altherr. The talented outfielder is trying to come back from a broken wrist, the same injury from which Jayson Werth recovered. Which is an appropriate reference because Altherr is a physical specimen with tools remarkably similar J-Dub.
Slotted as a potential 4th outfielder and a power bat off the bench, if Altherr’s wrist has healed well enough for him to keep mashing the ball as he did on Monday (with a moon shot onto the practice fields), and yesterday with a double, triple and 3 RBIs, he’ll make it difficult for Mananger Mackanin to keep him on the bench.
Getting ready now to head over the Causeway again to Dunedin, taking in the Phils-Jays game in my special commemorative Phillies/Blue Jays T-Shirt.
As chronicled by David Jordan, during the 1944 season the Phillies decided to adopt the name “Blue Jays”, which elicited strong protest from the student body at Johns Hopkins University whose teams were called the Blue Jays. Seems like the Hopkins Jays didn’t want their reputation sullied by a team with as pathetic a track record as the NL team from Philadelphia. In 1945, the hybrid Phils covered their bases by keeping “Phillies” on they chest, but adding a Blue Jay to their left sleeve. The name never caught on, and the Philly team reverted to the Phillies as the Blue Jay eventually migrated to Toronto.
But enough of history. This afternoon we’ll be watching to see how Aaron Nola does in his first outing of the spring. The Phillies have many promising arms, but how well the Band-Aids will adhere is another question.