LADY AT THE BAT: Andy Phillips: Ultimate Underdog

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Andy Phillips: Ultimate Underdog

Alex Rodriguez is a big supporter of Andy Phillips. After last night's 6-4 Yankee victory over Toronto, A-Rod had this to say (to MLB.com) about the First Baseman: "He's the ultimate underdog. If you know his story and some of the trials and tribulations he's had to deal with personally, how can you not cheer for this guy?"

Phillips, who drove in the winning runs in the sixth inning with his two-out, two run bloop single off Josh Towers has, indeed, had a very trying year and half. Last season his wife was fighting cancer. This year he had to leave Spring Training when his mother was in a very serious car accident back home in Birminham, AL. He lost the back-up first base job to Josh Phelps, went unclaimed on waivers and had to begin the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Now, with Phelps gone and Doug Mientkiewicz on the DL, Andy Philips is the everyday First Baseman for the New York Yankees and, so far, he's been doing the job and then some.

A-Rod is right. How can you not cheer for this guy? So many other people would have given up their dreams if they faced the obstacles Phillips has had to face. I have so much admiration for how he seems to have handled an obviously difficult time in his life. When all is said and done, Andy Phillips will not be remembered as a great MLB player or even a great Yankee player, but he definitely should be remembered as a courageous person. Good job, Andy.

The Lady

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