The final announcement is close at hand, but I’m going to hold you in suspense until after the jump. While some favorites — say, Terrell Owens — did not make the list, I hope you are happy with the selections. Anyone you thought should have made the list was simply left off because I didn’t feel like typing up what he or she had done throughout the year.
Okay, it’s time to announce the Person of the Year. This person came to Philadelphia in 2006 with a track record that was a bit less than stellar.
Nonetheless, his 2006 arrival was greeted with cheers. He had devotees! He was beloved perhaps more than he had been in any other city. Then, mid-year, he packed his bags and left for a better job in New York. Is there anything that defines Philadelphia 2006 better?
Your 2006 Person of the Year is…
… Sal Fasano!
Yes, it was Sal Fasano — .221 lifetime hitter, career backup catcher and beloved Philadelphian for nearly half the year. Despite hitting .243 for the Phils and driving in only 10 runs in 140 at bats, Sal had his own fan club! Most of it was due to his fu manchu, but he was a tough player as well, even playing with a swollen testicle!
But, as 33-year-old rookie Chris Coste began to surprise, Fasano was the odd man out, released by the Phils on July 22. It seemed he’d just end up unemployed, but, lo and behold, signed with the Yankees to be their backup.
And so we loved Sal not for his play, but for his hustle, his mustache and his good guy attitude. And we loved him for this play:
That will most certainly never get old. Thanks, Sal, for the memories.