NEW YORK — In a twist on Lou Gehrig's famous speech, catcher Jason Phillips says he is the unluckiest man on the face of the earth.
An inordinate number of his line drives have been right at fielders, and he almost never gets an infield hit because he is extremely slow. To Phillips, it's a wonder he's even batting .237 with more runs batted in -- 43 -- than any other National League catcher except Mike Piazza.
"I've lost RBIs as well as hits," Phillips said. "This season so far has been beyond unlucky."
Upon reflection, though, Phillips decided he is the luckiest man on the face of the earth. He is the everyday catcher for the Dodgers after two years of playing part time for the Mets.
"I've never been happier," he said. "It got pretty miserable last year, and that all seems so long ago."
Phillips reflected on his career when he became emotional after walking into Shea Stadium.
"Before the game I had to come in here and get away from everybody," he said.
In two years with the Mets, Phillips caught 116 games and played first base in 122 games, batting .298 as a rookie in 2003 and .218 last season. He was traded for pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii, who is 3-8 with a 5.15 earned-run average in 14 starts.