07/05/07 4:15 PM ET
Catching up with Ricky Jordan
Phillies stalwart drove in 304 runs during his eight-year career
By Larry Shenk / Special to MLB.com
"He can field, run and throw, which makes me wonder if he is my kid," Jordan said laughing. "Anyone who followed my career knew I was short in those areas, although I do have a steal of home on my record."When the Phillies were in San Francisco in early May, Ricky and Justin visited the team at AT&T Park.
"It was great. I got to see Del Unser, Milt Thompson, Joe Lefebvre, Ryan Howard, J-Roll and Abraham Nunez, whom I knew from my days with the Pirates," said Jordan.His fondest memory of Philadelphia? "Gee, I can't name just one," he said after a short pause. "Hitting a home run in my first at-bat is something you dream about as a kid. Winning the pennant in Pittsburgh in '93 and playing in the World Series [he was the designated hitter the first two games]. The fans. They are die-hard fans and if you play well, they will cheer. If you don't, they'll let you know, and that's OK. And, the organization, from those on the field to the front office, everyone treated me great. The Phillies are a family-oriented organization. I am proud to be a member." On July 26, Ricky will be inducted into the Reading Phillies Hall of Fame. He hopes to visit Citizens Bank Park that weekend before heading back to California. Perhaps Dan Baker can announce one more time, "Now batting, No. 17, first baseman Ricky Jordan." Ricky Jordan file
Born May 26, 1965, Richmond, Calif. ... Resides in Folsom, Calif. ... Children Justin and Ashley, who'll turn 10 on June 12. Career: Climbed up the Phillies Minor League ladder, Helena (Rookie), Spartanburg (Low A), Clearwater (High A), Reading (Double-A) and Maine (Triple-A) ... Played for the Phillies from 1988-94 ... Last year in the Majors was with the Mariners in 1996 ... Career .281 hitter with 55 home runs and 304 RBIs in 677 games. Phillies: 1987 winner of the Paul Owens Award after he hit .318, with 28 doubles, 16 home runs and 95 RBIs for the Reading Phillies ... Stole home against the Mets in New York on Sept. 29, 1992, one of 10 steals (out of 16 attempts) in his big-league career ... Did steal 26 bases at Clearwater in 1985. "I used the sneak attack," he laughed. "No one thought this skinny kid would run, so I surprised them 26 times."
Larry Shenk is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.