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Ya Gotta Believe it’s St. Patrick’s Day

“Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without paying tribute to a pitcher who not only has the unique distinction of being beloved by BOTH the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets, but who made this day the most important holiday of the year. That of course, would be Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw Jr.

So let’s raise a glass.

Here’s to the Amazin’
Here’s to the Believin’
Here’s to the Smokin’
Here’s to the Screwballin’
Here’s to the Glove Slappin’
Here’s to the Baseball Bunchin’
Here’s to the Phightin’
Here’s to the Jumpin’
Here’s to the Soarin’
Here’s to the Laughin’
Here’s to the Survivin’
Here’s to the Inspirin’

Philadelphia, New York, and everywhere in between will always love you.

“Is solas na bhflaitheas tareis antsail seo agat”


During the Phantasy Camp awards banquet, I was proud to have my teammate, Duke McLaughlin, win the “Tug McGraw Inspiration Award”. Before the award was presented, Legend Warren Brusstar spoke about the award and what it meant to him. During Tug’s illness, Brusstar acted as caregiver, and currently, his wife Jennifer is the CEO of The Tug McGraw Foundation.

For more information about The Tug McGraw Foundation, please visit their website:

“‘Ya Gotta Believe’— The Tug McGraw Foundation was established in 2003 to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and in 2009 expanded programs to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), and Trauma Brain Injury, (TBI). We collaborate and partner with other organizations so that we can accelerate new treatments and cures to improve quality of life in areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those debilitating conditions.”  

1/9/11 – This Day in Legend History… Warren Brusstar

On this day in 1974, pitcher Warren Brusstar was drafted by the Phillies. He only played nine seasons in the Majors but appeared in the postseason for five of them, four of which for the Phillies. Talk about getting the most bang for your buck. Unfortunately, my memories of Brusstar are virtually non-existant as he was purchased by the Chicago White Sox in August of 1982. At six years old, my knowledge of players were primarily based around my baseball cards, and all I knew about Warren Brusstar was that mustache, those eyebrows, that curly ‘fro, and menacing stare. I’m sorry, but Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky had nothing on Brusstar in the baseball card wars.


In the morning after the reprehensible shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, news came that the nine-year old girl that was tragically killed was the granddaughter of former Phillies manager and World Series Champion, Dallas Green. My thoughts go out to Green and his family, as well as everyone else who has been effected by this heinous act of violence. 

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.