Outfielder Jeff Francoeur wasn’t particularly good for the Phillies last year, as his -1.1 Wins Above Replacement illustrates, but he was a positive influence in the clubhouse which is why the club was interested in retaining him this past offseason. They found other options, so Francoeur signed a minor league deal with the Braves and made the roster out of spring training.
One of Francoeur’s most memorable moments with the Phillies came last year on June 28 in game one of a double-header against the Nationals. In the top of the fifth inning with one out, Denard Span ripped a Kevin Correia pitch down the right field line, looking like an easy double. Francoeur, however, bobbled the ball, retrieved it, then attempted to throw the ball and lost the grip. Finally, he got the ball again and got it into the infield with Span on third base.
With the Braves in Philadelphia for a three-game series, the Phillie Phanatic decided to have some fun at Francoeur’s expense on Tuesday night, reenacting the outfielder’s misplays on that fateful afternoon. To his credit, Francoeur was a good sport about it, even tossing the Phanatic a baseball to use as a prop.
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