"Hey, you're Erik Kratz, the catcher for Philadelphia, right?" the cartoon turkey wearing a pig's costume innocently asks.
In the fun and exciting world of television commercials, Erik Kratz still answers that question affirmatively. But we're not W.B. Mason and we don't live in jingles.
After Tuesday's wild day in Major League Baseball, the spokesman for Godshall's Quality Meats was traded by the Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays.
I don't even like Canadian bacon but it has to be better than turkey bacon, right?
Kratz was sent along with minor-league reliever Rob Rasmussen to the Blue Jays in exchange for relief pitcher Brad Lincoln. Here's what CSN's Jim Salisbury says about the newest Phillie:
Lincoln, a 28-year-old right-hander, was the fourth overall pick (by Pittsburgh) in the 2006 draft. He was traded to Toronto in July 2012 and split the 2013 season between Triple A and the majors. He had a 2.05 ERA in 26 1/3 innings in Triple A. He had a 3.98 ERA in 31 2/3 innings with the big club and walked 22 batters while striking out 25.
Lincoln’s best run in the majors came in the first half of 2012 when he had 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings with the Pirates. He struck out 60 and walked 14 over that span.
More on the trade and the report that the Phils plan to replace Kratz with veteran Wil Nieves here. Seems like a decent low risk move with solid potential upside.
While turkey bacon may be his legacy off the field in Philadelphia, Kratz had some memorable moments in his two seasons in Philadelphia.
I'll never forget the day he and Freddy Galvis went back-to-back jacks to walk off winners over the Cincinnati Reds this past summer.
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