SAN DIEGO – Deep down inside, this had to be sweet for Freddy Galvis.
Just another day. Just another game. Just another team.
Galvis, traded from the Phillies to San Diego in December, has haunted his former club in six games this season. He is 10 for 22 with nine RBIs. Five of them came this weekend as the Padres took two of three from the Phillies.
Galvis, 28, launched the first grand slam of his career in the third inning Sunday to help lead a 9-3 Padres’ win over his old team. The grand slam was a 409-foot bomb – in Ted Williams’ hometown – against Jake Arrieta.
“Freddy Galvis has swung the bat against us very well all year long,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Give him some credit for continuing to swing the bat well and putting good at-bats together.”
Galvis signed with the Phillies in the summer of 2006. He was just 16 at the time. He spent a dozen years in the organization, rising to become the team’s regular shortstop for three seasons after Jimmy Rollins moved on.
Galvis never got on base enough for a Phillies management team that took over before the 2016 season, and he was traded for pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos last winter. The Phillies shortstop position has been in flux since with J.P. Crawford, Scott Kingery and now Asdrubal Cabrera all playing there this season. Manny Machado will be a free-agent target this winter and could be the next to hold down the position — the Phillies hope.
Meanwhile, Galvis plays on. He is having a typical Freddy Galvis season, hitting .237 with some pop — eight homers and 48 RBIs. His on-base percentage is just .296. His defense remains top-shelf.
Galvis harbors no hard feelings against his old team for moving on without him. He said he understands the business of the game.
But still, that grannie against Arrieta had to feel awfully good, right?
“No, I treat those guys like any another team,” Galvis said. “Play hard, play ball and that’s it.”
Galvis was asked how he was able to treat a team he’d spent so much of his life with as just another club.
“I guess I’m a pro,” he said. “I’m a professional. That’s what I am. I just play the game the right way and that’s it.”
Still, it is not lost on Galvis that he has put up big numbers against the Phillies this season.
Ten hits, nine RBIs …
“Good one, huh?” he said with a smile.
Yeah, pretty good.