In 2011, you didn't have to do much to endear yourself to Phillies fans. Things were going so well, even Michael Martinez had a nickname, and not an insulting one. The Phillies won 102 games, the most ever for a Phillies team, and on that roster occasionally was an infielder named Pete Orr.
Pete Orr's socks, unbeknownst to Pete Orr, are both left socks today.
— Pete Orr Facts (@PeteOrrFacts) September 25, 2013
Orr was Canadian, and the only one of his brothers to choose to pursue a sport other than hockey. The Phillies picked him up for infield depth, but the 33-year-old Orr also provided a capacity for speed. He was even good for an RBI now and again.
Pete Orr has never used a spork.
— Pete Orr Facts (@PeteOrrFacts) September 6, 2013
As a Phillie, in 96 games, he hit .247/.293/.599. In 2012, he went 17-for-54, good enough for a .315 batting average. He was almost trampled to death by some sausages.
Pete Orr is among the top 4 Phillies with a three letter surname.
— Pete Orr Facts (@PeteOrrFacts) March 28, 2013
Ironic, then, or maybe it isn't, who knows, that the team to scoop Orr up at the age of 34 would be the Brewers, whose costumed meat puppets almost squashed him years ago.
I miss Pete Orr already. #Phillies
— Mike (@MikeFrohwirth) October 4, 2013
Farewell, Pete Orr. May the minor league deals be plentiful and the sausages be ever on your plate.