Horst has earned an opportunity to pitch in the seventh and eighth innings of close games, says Ian. Photo: AP
On the first part of the journey,
I was looking at all the life.
There were plants and birds. and rocks and things,
There was sand and hills and rings.
Horse With No Name, America (1972)
While many confused America’s 1972 number-one hit about a desert journey about a run in with elicit drugs, America maintains that the song was a rather-literal composite of a hypothetical journey. The open lines of the song always remind me of the beginning of the baseball season – plants blooming, birds chirping, sandy baseball fields, and runners running rings around the diamond.
Jeremy Horst, to most folks outside of Philadelphia, is a rather unknown commodity, a no-name Horst or a Horst with No Name (ha!). Horst came from Cincinnati before the 2012 season in exchanged for Wilson Valdez and we at Phillies Nation have spared no space to write about what a coup it was for the Phillies to a...