Yea, I just went there. Remember this guy, Randy Wolf? How can you forget?
Wolf was one of the first Phils to have a fan club, an inspiration for the Wolf Pack. Decked out in wolf masks and wolf claws, the Wolf Pack was present every fifth day at Veterans Stadium’s 700 level.
But despite having a cool last name, Wolf was a solid pitcher for the Phils. He posted a 69-60 record with a 4.21 ERA in his eight years with the Phils. Only twice in his Philly stint did he post an ERA below 4.00 and once did he win more than 15 games.
Phillies Nation named Wolf the 58th best Phillie of all time in 2009.
But Wolf’s tenure in Philly was a roller coaster ride. After showing he could be a good pitcher in 2002 and 2003, making the All-Star team in 2003, Wolf was hit with some arm troubles and never really recovered.
Wolf’s tenure ended after the 2006 season. He then spent time in Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston and back in LA before he settled in Milwaukee last season. Who knows what he would have done if injuries didn’t hurt him in 2005 and 2006.
Tonight, Wolfy pitches against his former team for the sixth time in his career. He’s 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA in his first three starts.
Wolf is 2-2 with a 5.o0 ERA in five starts against the Phils. But as it has been made apparent the past couple years – and last Friday when Greg Dobbs’ two-run single gave the Marlins a win over the Phils – former Phillies kill the Phillies.
So which Wolf will we see tonight: a Phillie killer or the one-legged mule in an ass-kicking contest.