CHICAGO — Rich Thompson waited eight years for the second chance and it finally arrived in the form of a phone call at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Ryne Sandberg told him his flight to Florida was at 1:45 p.m. He was going back to the majors.
The Phillies traded Thompson, a fan favorite at triple-A Lehigh Valley, to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson was en route Wednesday afternoon to join the Rays, who are playing Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"It's awesome," Thompson said by phone from the Charlotte airport.
Thompson spent 25 days in the majors eight years ago with Kansas City. He batted once and is the only non-pitcher since 1947 to record two outs with his only major-league swing.