The Ben Francisco Treat will be making his home in the Great White North as the Phillies announced today that the 30 year old was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left -handed relief pitcher, Frank Gailey. Gailey, a Philadelphia Native, spent his time with the Blue Jays in the minor league system where he posted a career record of 23-15 and an ERA of 2.45 in 175 appearances. While it is likely the lefty will begin his Phillies career with the minor league clubs, he is only 26 and could add much needed youth to the Phillies system.
As for Francico, his time with the Phillies was one that saw a lot of groans from the Phillies Phaithful, most of which was unjust. While he may not have set the world on fire, he did post a .259 average with 17 home runs and 75 RBIs in 225 games, and belted the sixth pinch-hit home run in Phillies’ post season history last fall in game 3 of the NLDS versus the St. Louis Cardinals. All and all, not terrible for a bat of the bench and a satisfactory fielder. We here at the Blunt wish Francisco the best of luck, and sincerely lament the fact that we will have to throw out the file cabinet full of Urkel and Carlton Banks jokes that we never got around to using.
Oh well, we’ll leave you with this:
Good luck, Benny Fresh. We’ll pour a Molson on the curb for you.