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Fontenot joins Phillies

Mike Fontenot does not have to think long and hard about his best moment at Citizens Bank Park.

Fontenot joins Phillies

The Phillies have called up veteran utility man Mike Fontenot to the major-league team. (AP Photo)
The Phillies have called up veteran utility man Mike Fontenot to the major-league team. (AP Photo)

Mike Fontenot does not have to think long and hard about his best moment at Citizens Bank Park.

Without question, it occurred on Oct. 23, 2010 when the San Francisco Giants came to town and pulled out a 3-2 victory to win their National League Championship Series with the Phillies. Nine days later, Fontenot celebrated a World Series title after the Giants beat the Texas Rangers in five games.

Now a member of the Phillies after being promoted from triple-A Lehigh Valley Friday night, Fontenot didn't want to talk too much Saturday about that Game 6 victory that abruptly ended the Phillies' 2010 season.

"I just know one thing -- it was fun playing here," Fontenot said. "I'm a part of the Phillies now and that's great. I always remember that series, the atmosphere in both parks was unbelievable. It was fun to be a part of."

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Fontenot went 2-for-8 in that series. He had joined the Giants in August after being traded from the Chicago Cubs. The infielder spent all of last season with San Francisco, but was released by the team in spring training this year.

He signed two weeks later with the Iron Pigs and earned his promotion by hitting .300 with six doubles and six RBIs in 15 games.

To make room for Fontenot on the 25-man roster, the Phillies optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Lehigh Valley and transferred infielder Michael Martinez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Manager Charlie Manuel said he will use Fontenot at second base, shortstop and third base.

"He can hit some," Manuel said. "He swings the bat well. We'll try to work him in, get him comfortable and see where we go from there."


 


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