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Saturday, June 05, 2010
Galarraga gets a Corvette for near perfection, Halladay gets a Fishing Pole from the Phillies for Perfection
I knew the Phillies were strapped for cash with all the recent signings of Ryan Howard, Placido Polanco, and of course Roy Halladay himself. According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, an internet site devoted to following contracts of major leaguers, the Phillies payroll is $138 Million this season.
The recent story involving Detroit Tigers pitcher, Armando Gallaraga, and his near perfect game the other night in Detroit has to have you scratching your head in relationship to Roy Halladay's perfect game that he pitched in Florida just one week ago.
General Motors president of North America operations, Mark Reuss happens to be good friends with the owner of the Detroit Tigers and when hearing of Galarraga's saga, responded with giving the Detroit pitcher a brand new red Corvette. He was quoted as saying "It is only fitting we help give back for all the Ilitches have done for Detroit and to celebrate Armando’s pitching and sportsmanship during one of the most captivating evenings in Tigers history,” Reuss wrote.
Tonight in Philadelphia, before the game with San Diego, Roy Halladay was presented with a 'fishing pole' by none other than the Phillie Phanatic on field at Citizens Bank Park for Halladay's perfect game he pitched in Florida. Wow, talk about a contrast between two gifts for pitching gems like these pitchers did. Halladay also got a trip to fish for Bass from the Phillies. I wonder if they threw in the bait?