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"Big John" Could Be Here to Stay

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    Maybery made an immediate splash by going yard off Andy Pettitte.

    Move over Jon Runyan there's a new "Big John" in town -- this time in pinstripes.

    "Big Jon" was the name affectionately given to the six-feet seven-inch, 330-pound offensive lineman. He protected Donovan McNabb's behind for nearly a decade but now he seems destined to block elsewhere.

    As Runyan departs a new "Big John" has hit the scene, according to The 700 Level.

    Philly meet John Mayberry Jr.

    The son of a former Major Leaguer made a quick splash the first game after he was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He homered Saturday at Yankees Stadium to quickly make his mark on Phils fans.

    And, if Mayberry plays well fans can expect to see more of him in the lineup.

    "Mayberry's going to stay here a while," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "How long is up to Big John."

    But why do they call him "Big John?" Maybe it's that he is six feet six inches tall.

    Let's hope he puts some of that lanky height to work so that we can keep a "Big John" in Philly. And who knows maybe Runyan will return to the Eagles to give us two "Big Jo(h)ns."