Pitching this winter in the Dominican Republic, Phillies pitcher Eude Brito may be unaware of his connection to international super-stardom.
Ruth A. Hartman’s Corriedale ram, Brito, was named the best in breed at the National Corriedale Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. The ram is named after the Phillies left-hander. [Link]
Why Brito? As it turns out, the 80-year-old Exeter Township farmer is a serious baseball fan. Hartman was a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s, and is enshrined in a special section of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Brito, who's taking a more indirect route to the HOF, pitched for the Reading Phillies in 2004. Brito, the ram, continues to enjoy a healthy, happy existence on Hartman’s five-acre sheep farm in Berks County.
No shortage of independent league graduates
“Where would the Phillies' farm system be without the indie leagues?” asks Beerleaguer senior correspondent Martin Smith. “I’m sure I'm missing some, but here are the guys looking for Ottawa playing time who spent time in indie ball: Victor Hall; Brian Mazone; Jim Crowell; Kane Davis; Jeff Farnsworth; Jim Rushford; Pedro Swann; Gary Burnham; Evan Tartagia; Charlie Weatherby; Greg
Jacobs; Allen Davis; Tim McClaskey; Nick Mattioni. That’s a large number.”
Seeking Philadelphia baseball card shops
Once in a while - primarily when the wife is out of town - I indulge my geeky pastimes. Rather than fill my Phillies baseball card collection piecemeal through eBay, which is what I’ve done in the past, I’m looking for a good shop in the Philadelphia region. I’m not a big collector, nor do I seek high-value cards such as Ryan Howard's rookie. Instead, I value team representation, as in, cards for every player. This time around, I’m searching for players like Matt Smith, Rod Barajas, Carlos Ruiz, Clay Condrey, Brian Sanches and an assortment of prospects. I recently acquired Fabio Castro’s Topps Phillies Debut card for $0.99 off eBay. I basked in its glory for several days.