Pitch and kvetch was 1987's lament

Posted: October 22, 2008

1987: The Phillies felt as if they had the final piece of their puzzle when, after a long negotiating process that almost resulted in a grievance hearing, they signed catcher Lance Parrish. Parrish had a sub-par season, batting .245 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs, but the problem with the team was at the other end of the battery. Despite 40 saves by Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian and 17 wins by Shane Rawley, Phillies pitchers posted a 4.18 ERA - their highest in 25 years - and allowed 167 home runs. Manager John Felske was fired at midseason and replaced by Lee Elia.

2008: The 2008 Phillies started to see things turn their way when New York Mets closer Billy Wagner went on the disabled list, and the Mets bullpen had big problems holding leads. They got the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of the Ned Yost era, posting a four-game sweep in a key mid-September series, a result that prompted the club to fire Yost. There also was that sorrowful Friday, the day of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, when the club learned of the death of Charlie Manuel's mother, and Shane Victorino's grandmother.

Peter Pascarelli was the Phillies beat writer for The Inquirer in 1987. Joe Juliano writes about both then and now.

Remembering 1987

Average price of a gallon of gas: 99.5 cents.

Phillies' record   80-82, fourth place.

Phillies' attendance: 2,100,110.

Phillies' first-round pick: None.

Remember this? The first condom commercial appears on TV. (Southern Cal contemplates changing its nickname.)

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