Thursday, February 19, 2004

I was at the last game at the Vet for both the Eagles (but that game never happened, so forget that) and the Phillies. It was definitely a great experience to witness all of the former Phillie greats. Most notable was seeing Tugger and the Pope for one last time. One of the earliest memories I have is of the 1980 World Series Championship team. Obviously, Tugger was instrumental from a players perspective and the Pope was instrumental from the front office. In respect to these two guys, the Phillies will pay tribute to them this season. To Tug and the Pope - Thanks for the memories!

From Todd Zolecki of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Phillies plan to honor the memories of Paul "Pope" Owens and Tug McGraw in several ways this season.

Owens, 79, died on Dec. 26. McGraw, 59, died on Jan. 5.

The two men played integral roles in the most successful run in Phillies history, with Owens as general manager and manager and McGraw as closer. From 1976 to 1983, the Phillies reached the postseason six times, won the National League championship twice, and won the World Series in 1980.

Owens and McGraw will have their jerseys displayed in the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Networks Field during spring training. During the season, their jerseys will hang in the Phillies' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.

Video tributes to Owens and McGraw will be shown at the home openers at Bright House on March 4 and at Citizens Bank Park on April 12. Players and coaches also will wear patches honoring the two men on their uniforms all season.

Phillies GM Ed Wade is placing a plaque honoring the Pope on the door to his suite at Citizens Bank Park. A "Ya Gotta Believe!" plaque with McGraw's picture will be displayed in the Phillies' bullpen.

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