Doug Glanville put up a career of pretty much everyone would be proud, I'd say. He spent six years as a starting centerfielder - one for the Cubs, five for the Phillies - and got to play in the 2003 postseason for the Cubs. He made enough of an impression on the Phillies and their fans that, in 2008, he got to take part in the pre-game ceremony for World Series Game 5. Not bad.
His new book, "The Game From Where I Stand," is a lot better than not bad. It's the best reflection on a big-league career that I've ever read. It ranges from poignant (how he dealt with playing while his father was dying) to wistful (wondering what could've been if those '03 Cubs hadn't run into Steve Bartman) to hilarious (his memories of playing in Montreal) to critical (wishing that the Players Association and Major League Baseball did more to help players transition into retirement).
And it's always honest. He offers his honest takes on teammates he had like Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and Chan Ho Park (I include Park because Glanville appears particularly not fond of him), and managers like Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker and Terry Francona. He has his opinions on the steroids era, for sure.
Now this book can be yours. I'll give it to the first person who e-mails me - at email@example.com - with the correct answer to this question:
My sense is that Glanville was most proud, professionally, of passing the 200-hit mark in 1999, when he tallied 204 hits for the Phillies. I wondered where that ranked among single-season bests in Phillies history. I looked it up, and it's not even in the top 10.
So the question is, who holds the single-season Phillies franchise record for most hits in one season?
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: We have a winner! Mike Stainkamp knew that Lefty O'Doul set the Phillies' single-season record with 254 in 1929. You can see so here, if you scroll down. I'll be back later with some pre-game thoughts from Yankee Stadium.