best pro-sports bargain - 2003
Piazza moans about playing first, and when Fat Mo goes down, Mets third-string catcher JASON PHILLIPS says gimme the damn first-baseman's glove. Sporting Buddy Holly-meets-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar specs, the rookie hit .298 this year, with a little power and a lot of hustle. How bad does the kid want to play? He and the missus induced labor with Jason Jr. so he could rejoin the team that much quicker. Earning $16,866,667 less than Mo this year, Phillips is the lone bright spot in Flushing.