“It’s a great gift to be a Philadelphia Phillie.” -Mike Sweeney
Already loved by Fightins’ fans and popular Phillies bloggers everywhere for his neverending enthusiasm, fist-pumps, and strong-yet-tender man hugs, Sweeney endeared himself to the Phillies faithful even more today by hitting his first home run in a Phillies uniform. He hit a first-pitch fastball that landed just inside the left field foul pole in the top of the seventh to give the Phils a three-run lead and Cole Hamels some much deserved run support. Then he proceeded to hug everyone in the dugout, including the bat boys and a pistachio vendor who got lost on her way to the restroom.
Sweeney also dazzled with his defense, making a couple of long stretches to catch strong throws from third base by Placido Polanco, and a back-bending catch of a Scott Hairston pop-up in the bottom of the fourth to close out the inning. It’s no wonder he was named Subway’s Player of the Game. Take it away Scott and LA:
Finally, here’s a Tweet from intrepid Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki about Mike’s affinity for bear hugs:
Don’t you ever change, Mike Sweeney.