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12/10/10 – This Day in Legend History… Mariano Duncan

On this day in 1991, Mariano Duncan signed with the Phillies as a free agent. He brought with him great baseball intelligence and a winning attitude. Statistically, his best years to that point were with the Cincinnati Reds, where he won a World Championship in 1990. From ’92-’95, Duncan was a key piece to the Phillies infield tandem of Mickey Morandini and Kevin Stocker, sharing time between second base and shortstop, while also manning leftfield. Duncan eventually went on the the New York Yankees in 1996 where he famously exclaimed in the locker room, “We play today. We win today. ‘Das it”. The Yankees went on to win the World Series in his third appearance in the Fall Classic. Most recently, Duncan was on the other end of the Phillies Fan Fence when in 2008, as the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a very heated exchange occurred between he and Shane Victorino during Game 3 of the NLCS…

Let’s just forget about that, shall we? 

10/27/10 – The Lineup

A very timely email arrived in my inbox today, only a couple hours before the rather disheartening first pitch of the 2010 World Series. From the desk of the Phillies Phantasy Camp folks came a message officially counting down the days until camp in January. A great pick-me-up for my fellow campgoers and Phillies fans.  On the left side of the message was an alphabetical listing of the last names of all the former Phillies players who will be in attendance. I cannot believe I will be spending five days fraternizing with all of these gentlemen.

Larry Andersen
Bob Boone
Ricky Bottalico
Warren Brusstar
Marty Bystrom
Mariano Duncan
Jim Eisenreich
Tyler Green
Tommy Greene
Terry Harmon
Dave Hollins
Ricky Jordan
John Kruk
Mike Lieberthal
Greg Luzinski
Mickey Morandini
Keith Moreland
Dickie Noles
Juan Samuel
Kevin Stocker
Von Hayes
Mitch Williams

Eleven players from the 1993 NL East Championship team. Six players from the 1980 World Championship team. Two of the greatest catchers ever to don a Phillies uniform. One no-hitter. Over 35 years of Phillies history. Wow.

I have such distinct memories of every single one of these players….

My Juan Samuel and Von Hayes Starting Lineup action figures.

My “Fan Photo Day” pictures of Ricky Jordan and John Kruk… his very first day in a Phillies uniform.

Coming home from school and catching the last couple innings of Tommy Greene’s no-hitter against the Montreal Expos.

For the players I was quite too young to remember, I had my baseball cards and stories from my dad to fuel my imagination.

But the one player I am very excited to meet is Mr. Jim Eisenreich. One of my all-time favorite anecdotes about my father involves good ol’ Eisey from back during the 1993 season.

That one I will save for camp.

As I finish typing this, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in Game One of the World Series. All of a sudden, that particular bitter taste has gone away. 

Phillies, you know how to make a guy feel so much better.