April 22, 2005

Pratt's home run lifts Phils

I wanted to post a picture of Todd Pratt parking one from yesterday’s win against the Rox, but nothing moved over the wire. My guess is when Pratt bats, the photographers take a bathroom break.

Pratt is the Phillies best soldier. He’s always a free agent after the season and always resigns. He could easily go elsewhere, and if certain chips fell his way, he could possibly become a starter for some other team. Instead, Pratt sticks around and accepts his role as a backup, earning under $1 million this season.

Today’s headlines read things like "Thome's first HR sparks win," but it was Pratt's two-run shot that put the Phils up for good. You may need to go a few paragraphs down to read about it.

In fact, the only time he's gained headlines this season was in spring training, when he walked out on an interview with Comcast’s Leslie Gudel when she asked if he thought he would have to fight for his backup spot with A.J. Hinch.

In 12 at bats, he's done what had taken Jim Thome 56 at bats to do – hit a home run. And in the three games Pratt has started, they’re 3-0, including Gavin Floyd’s seven-inning win, Lieber’s eight-inning 2-1 win against Atlanta, and yesterday’s game.

Links: Swing and a Miss "Patterns," Balls Sticks & Stuff "Lieber Gaining Attention"


At 2:01 PM, Blogger That Dude said...

Dude I love Pratty as much as anyone, but he couldn't start for any team in the ML, save for TB.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

You're right. On the majority of teams he's a backup, but there are certainly a lot of old catchers around the league still hanging on, many of them worse than Pratt. Good catchers are at a premium.


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