When the Phillies traded catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Phillies fans did not have a chance to say goodbye to Ruiz.   Ruiz did make sure he had a chance to say goodbye and thank you to Phillies fans in the form of a billboard.  The billboard was up in the region last week.  I saw it on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but was not in a position to safely take a picture.

Ruiz is the latest to say thank you to Phillies fans.

Former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins thanked fans with a full page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Chase Utley posted a full-page ad of his own, too, shortly after Cole Hamels posted one.   The theme is pretty steady: great players appreciate Philadelphia fans and playing in Philadelphia.

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