June 7, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Angels struck gold the last time they selected a South Jersey baseball star from the Cape Atlantic League early in the major-league draft. That was superstar Mike Trout out of Millville in 2009. The Angels returned to deep South Jersey on Thursday night, grabbing St. Augustine Prep pitcher Joey Gatto with the 53d overall pick. "Another Jersey boy for your Halos," the Angels tweeted out shortly after the pick. The pick was announced by former Angels pitcher Bryan Harvey around 11:20 p.m., more than four hours into MLB Network's live coverage of the selection process.
May 16, 2014 |
The slow march Wednesday to an inevitable outcome commenced with A.J. Burnett's 15th pitch. Albert Pujols, one of the game's greatest hitters, smashed a double to right. Dan Baker announced Raul Ibanez's name, and Phillies fans howled to celebrate his return. Ibanez, 41 with a tenuous Angels roster spot, slapped a single to score Pujols. There was silence in the first inning of a 3-0 Phillies loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Apathy enveloped Citizens Bank Park - except when Mike Trout batted - on an overcast afternoon.
May 15, 2014 |
The Phillies infielders converged at the mound in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss Tuesday night, and Cody Asche was the loneliest man in Citizens Bank Park. Mike Trout, the superstar an entire South Jersey town came to ogle, had just chopped a grounder at Asche. The 23-year-old third baseman backpedaled and lunged for the ball, which trickled past him. Now, Asche stood on the slope of the mound, a few steps from his teammates. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure motivated Cliff Lee, who was pushed to the brink because of Asche's sloppy fielding.
May 14, 2014
A story Tuesday on baseball player Mike Trout incorrectly stated what high school California Angels manager Mike Scioscia attended. He went to Springfield High in Delaware County.
May 14, 2014 |
THE VICE MAYOR of a 28,000-person South Jersey town has been a Phillies season-ticketholder for 15 years. Sixty-eight years old, Jim Quinn's die-hard fandom dates back much longer; he was among those to suffer through the epic collapse of 1964. It's been some time since Quinn anticipated a game as much as he is tonight's against the Angels. Probably since the 2008 World Series, he guesses. "This is something really special," he said one afternoon last week in his hometown of Millville, N.J. "I'm getting goose bumps thinking about it. " The Angels' first trip to Philadelphia since 2008 coincides with the homecoming of baseball's best all-around player.
May 14, 2014 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Angel Olsen wrote the songs on Burn Your Fire for No Witness , her startlingly good, emotionally searing new album, in a fever. "I got back from tour and I didn't want to talk to anyone," said Olsen. She's an alt-folk singer of 27, with an arresting voice, and she plugs in and plays loud on Burn , her third and most riveting album. She plays a sold-out show at Johnny Brenda's on Wednesday. As she spoke, Olsen was sitting on a park bench on a bright, cool Texas morning during the South by Southwest Music Festival in March.
April 14, 2014
IT'S A MUG SHOT that's been seen around the world. It shows the face of Shanesha Taylor, a distraught mother of two, tears streaming down her face. Taylor was arrested on child-abuse charges last month after leaving her 2-year-old and 6-month-old sons locked in a hot car in Scottsdale, Ariz., while on a job interview. Most of us who read about what happened turned away from Taylor's anguish. Not Amanda Bishop. The 24-year-old New Jersey resident got busy, launching an online fundraising drive that has raised more than $100,000 for Taylor.
April 11, 2014
IT'S TRULY A SAD DAY for journalism, and for the world at large. An icon of the Daily News is gone. I spent many an evening of my youth with a dictionary in my hand reading Chuck Stone's columns. I may not have known every word he used in his column but I always knew what he meant to say. Yes, he used words the way Gillette wielded a razor, but in doing he always educated and inspired his readers to be more than they were before reading his words. And for those who felt he was their only hope for surviving, in surrender, they knew a truly good man without being one themselves.
April 8, 2014
I NEVER had the privilege of meeting Chuck Stone, but neither did I break bread with Michelangelo, Kipling or Debussy. Which is another way of saying you don't need to cross mortal paths with someone to perceive the depth of his eventual immortality. I started reading the Daily News in the sixth grade, and that precocity made me a fan of Mr. Stone at precisely the moment he started writing for the paper. At the time, I didn't understand a lot of what he'd be saying, and I was deeply disinterested in anything that had to do with race, but I liked his picture (bow tie, crew cut)
March 30, 2014
Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $144.5 million, six-year contract that runs through 2020. The Angels announced the deal Friday night and said Trout and his family will be at a news conference Saturday in Anaheim along with owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto. Baseball's brightest young star, the 22-year-old Trout was a unanimous choice for AL rookie of the year in 2012. He finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.