Ballpark Surprises

counsell.jpgI am a huge fan of Craig Counsell’s brand of baseball.  The two-time World Series champion goes about his business with a kind of quiet dignity, leading by example.  He knows he may be called on at any time, and is always prepared and professional.  I’m constantly amazed that a guy whose career has spanned over fifteen years can still contribute productively at the plate and in three infield positions.

I guess you can add left field to that list now.

At forty years of age, Counsell played his first major league game in left field today.  As he trotted out to relieve Ryan Braun, I joined Brian Anderson’s and Bill Schroeder in pleading the Phillies lineup to please, please deliver a ball to Counsell, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Counsell was more than happy to let Carlos Gomez shag down the only ball he might have had a shot at. 

Just goes to show; you never know when you’re going to see something at a ballpark that you’ve never seen before.  That goes for a sixteen-year veteran like Craig Counsell, too.