It was six years ago that I blogged about a touching moment that we shared with Dallas Green. I was touched again this afternoon when I read of Green’s passing in a beautiful tribute penned by Jim Salisbury.
Dallas was proud in some respects of his gruff exterior. It was his niche and his calling card. As Salisbury noted, he burned bridges which is why he left Philly for the Cubs and then the Yankees and then the Mets, but he was always a Phillie at heart. That’s why the club brought him back as a senior advisor, and I used to love seeing him in his second row perch just to the left of home plate in Dunedin when the Phils played the Jays. Here he is standing between the seated Dave Montgomery to his left, and Ruben Amaro, Jr. to his right, in his signature straw hat and PFG (Performance Fishing Gear) long sleeve shirt.