Sunday, December 27, 2009
#780) ANDY PHILLIPS
Andy Phillips joined the New York Mets on June 25, 2008 when he was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds designated Andy for assignment when Jeff Keppinger returned to Cincy from the disabled list. Phillips' time in New York was expected to be short lived from the start. The club had starting outfielder, Ryan Church close to return from injury and would need to clear a spot for that to happen. So that opening was to come at the expense of either Andy or current bench player, Trot Nixon. "We just want to see which one is the better fit— Nixon or Phillips." a Mets' executive was quoted saying at the time. Andy arrived just in time to face the New York Yankees in a Subway Series that occurred in both team's ballparks. The well liked player made four game appearances for the Mets and collected a hit in five at-bats. Following the recent double-header a pitching depleted Mets staff found themselves needing to recall Tony Armas. Jr. from Triple-A New Orleans to make a spot start. Phillips was designated for assignment on July 3rd to create that roster spot. He was immediately claimed by the Reds and returned to Cincinnati's roster where he finished the season.
Andy is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and blessed with a terrific singing voice. He once sang the National Anthem prior to a Staten Island Yankees minor league game when the scheduled singer could not appear.
Andy Phillips signed his card in the set for me while a member of the Indianapolis Indians after a game at Victory Field on April 16, 2009.
"The Lord is my light and salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?..." (Psalm 27)