Photos by Gennaro Dito and Joshua Pelta-Heller
Before the start of the season, even the most optimistic of all Philadelphia Phillies’ fans didn’t expect Domonic Brown to be THIS good.
Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. made it abundantly clear back in spring training that the 2013 campaign was a make-or-break year for his 25-year-old left fielder.
Armed with the assurance that he would have every opportunity to prove his mettle, Brown responded by posting first-half numbers that would be impressive full-season figures under most circumstances (.273, 23 HRs, 67 RBI).
Brown’s nomination to the National League All-Star team was one of the few feel-good stories in a Phillies’ season marred by injuries and overall disappointment. In 28 games during the month of May, Brown hit .303 with 12 HRs and 25 RBI while taking home National League Player of the Month honors:
Not a bad showing for a player who was hitting .206 back on April 23.
Last week, Brown took a trip up to New York to rub elbows with the rest of his fellow All-Stars, many of whom voted him into the game as a reserve outfielder. Brown was among 39 players who made their All-Star debut at Citi Field, and if his performance this year is any indication, it won’t be his last appearance in baseball’s mid-season classic.
Brown’s stint in the game itself wasn’t all that memorable: He entered the game in the top of the sixth inning in place of Carlos Gonzalez, and struck out in his only plate appearance. Teammate Cliff Lee (who was also named to the NL All-Star team) created the biggest stir on social media that evening thanks to his emotionless death glare during the pre-game introductions.
The contest will go down in the history books as a relatively non-descript 3-0 victory for the American League. But for Domonic Brown, the memories of his time in Citi Field will surely last a lifetime.