January 5, 2015 |
Surrounded by Fishtown's redbrick sea, Palmer Cemetery is an eerie urban island. Neighbors of the 250-year-old burial grounds insist spirits of the Revolutionary and Civil War veterans interred there sometimes prowl its weathered headstones and foreboding maples. Meanwhile, just a block away, another more tangible neighborhood ghost is stirring to life. At the cramped corner of Tulip and Palmer Streets, a long-abandoned Industrial Age building that, in terms of its baseball pedigree, may now be the most significant structure in Philadelphia is being converted into 30 apartments.
December 15, 2014 |
As the concrete foundation of the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center was being poured last week, the Phillies continued dismantling their own less-enduring underpinnings. Jimmy Rollins is going to the Dodgers. Cole Hamels is on the market. And if you phone now, Ryan Howard can be yours by Christmas. The baseball around here figures to be hellish at least for as long it takes Comcast's second Center City tower, a 1,121-foot edifice on Arch Street, to reach the heavens. For whatever reason, this phenomenon of simultaneous ascension and descent is more common here than you might imagine.
August 26, 2014 |
IN THE SPAN of exactly a month, Jerome Williams was released from one losing team and designated for assignment by another, so not much was expected when the Phillies claimed the righthander off waivers 2 weeks ago yesterday. But ever since joining the club, Williams has showcased stuff that could certainly find a home in the back end of Philadelphia's 2015 rotation. Williams, a jovial 32-year-old journeyman from Hawaii, threw eight innings of one-run baseball yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to help the last-place Phillies (58-72)
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - When the American League's leadoff hitter came to the plate in the first inning, every National League fielder stashed his glove to take part in an extended standing ovation. Pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and didn't appear to be in any rush to get it, either. The applause continued for another minute. It was Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game, and, just as with Mariano Rivera last year, the game was going to celebrate the New York Yankees future Hall of Famer, who is retiring at season's end. Wainwright acknowledged later he grooved a couple of pitches for Jeter in the at-bat that followed.
July 14, 2014 |
ON AT LEAST three occasions during his briefing with the media before last night's game against the Nationals, manager Ryne Sandberg used the word "forward. " The message was clear: The Phillies might have been 10 games under .500, but they were undefeated in their previous four games, and he was not going to let the discussion drift to any of the ugliness that had occurred before their surprising sweep of the first-place Brewers. Sandberg is determined to make these next 3 months as productive as possible, and one item on his agenda is finding out whether Grady Sizemore can still fill a regular role in the majors.
July 11, 2014 |
OFFICIALLY, Jorge Posada walked twice in the 2009 World Series. But to anyone watching, the frequent strolls to the mound by the Yankees catcher to calm his pitchers, slow opposition momentum and silence a raucous Citizens Bank Park crowd were enough to move the numbers on a pedometer. In the pivotal Game 4, for example, Posada visited starting pitcher CC Sabathia eight times. In one inning. The Yankees won, 7-4, to take a three games to one series lead. Posada's liberal use - Phillies fans would argue misuse - of baseball's lax rules was so pronounced that commissioner Bud Selig pledged to form a committee to examine it and other pace-of-play matters during the offseason.
July 18, 2013
The Phillies' two All-Stars, Cliff Lee and Domonic Brown, both got into last night's game. Lee entered in the fifth inning with the National League trailing, 1-0. In one inning, he allowed a run on two hits, with no walks or strikeouts, throwing 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes. Brown replaced starter Carlos Gonzalez in leftfield. He was 0-for-1, with a strikeout, in the National League's 3-0 loss to the American League.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There will be no moment more special in Tuesday's 83d All-Star Game than when the door to the American League bullpen opens and baseball's greatest closer emerges. The New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera has earned that moment. "It would probably be the most beautiful thing in the world if we could somehow get a lead on the National League and play the ninth inning with the greatest closer of all time coming out of the bullpen," AL manager Jim Leyland said. "I assure you that would happen, but we need to get that lead first.
June 11, 2013
The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age By Robert Weintraub Little, Brown. 445 pp. $27.99 Reviewed By John P. Rossi The 1946 baseball season was a remarkable one. The star players were back after World War II, 11 of the 16 major league teams set attendance records, and Jackie Robinson was playing for the Montreal Royals of the International League as baseball took its first step toward ending segregation of...