Today in Philly Sports History: The End of the Sal Fasano Era

Today in Philly Sports History: The End of the Sal Fasano Era

The numbers that Sal Fasano put up while serving as the backup backstop for our Philadelphia Phillies were not particularly gaudy. In most cases, few tears would be shed in the City of Brotherly Love over the loss of a player with a .243 batting average, four home runs and a .669 OPS over 50 games. However, if there are two things that the Phillie Phaithful love as much as big numbers, it's hard work and huge moustaches, both of which Fasano brought in spades. So there might've been a couple of misty eyes in the house on July 22nd, 2006, when the well-liked but only third-rated Phils catcher was designated for assignment, eventually to be traded to the New York Yankees for scrub Hector Made.

Fasano's popularity in Phialdelphia ballooned with the creation of Sal's Pals, a group of Phils fans who wore fake Fu Manchu 'staches and catchers helmets to honor Fasano. As the group largened, Fasano took notice, and famously sent 20 free pizzas to them in thanks during one of his starts, which of course endeared fans to him further. Nonetheless, the Phils had elected midway through the season not to carry on with three catchers, and with Chris Coste and a suddenly healthy Mike Lieberthal in tow, Fasano was jettisoned. He's since bounced around to the Yankees, Blue Jays, Braves, Indians, and most recently, the Rockies, but it's relatively safe to say that he'll never get another reception quite like the one he got as a member of the Fightins.

"It's a sad day for mustached men everywhere," our very own Enrico wrote of the occasion. "So long, Sal, you will be missed."

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.