October 20, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - We're not in Philadelphia anymore, Toto. We're in the Land of Odds. You could tell because the weather here Tuesday was reminiscent of foggy London in the morning, sunny Miami at midday, and windy Chicago later. Other giveaways were the single-masted schooner about where Tony Luke's would be at Citizens Bank Park, a Thai sports bar, and a coffee shop across the street from the ballpark that was as crowded as the bars and where, a few hours before Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, several patrons were playing chess.
August 16, 2011 |
Ryan White, the 9-year-old Lower Makefield boy who was critically hurt by a hit-and-run driver after a Phillies game in San Francisco 12 days ago, has been transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, his grandfather said Tuesday. Ryan was discharged from San Francisco General Hospital on Monday and flown to Philadelphia, where he was taken directly to CHOP, said Walter White of Northeast Philadelphia. "Everybody's happy that he's making progress," the grandfather said outside Ryan's house.
August 4, 2011
The Phillies have a rematch with the San Francisco Giants when they open a four-game series at AT&T Park on Thursday night. Although they lost last year's National League Championship Series and a three-game series last week at Citizens Bank Park to San Francisco, Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay said Wednesday that the games that matter most are the ones that have the word playoff before them. "Obviously you want to win games regardless of who you're playing," Halladay said.
October 19, 2010 |
AND IF you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a glower in your stare. Feel free to swagger again now that your team has squared the NLCS, thanks to the best all-around game the Phillies have played in the postseason. San Francisco is not Los Angeles in any respect. Like Philadelphia, it is a city of defined neighborhoods - from the alternative lifestyle haven of the Castro District to the trendy Marina District. North Beach is a miniversion of South Philly. The DiMaggio brothers were raised there.
October 6, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants. Baker is back in the Bay Area for the playoffs, 10 years after he came so close to winning a World Series with San Francisco. "Well, I really don't have much choice," Baker said when asked if it's a strange coincidence. "I feel comfortable here. I think my team likes coming here. This is a good town.
October 29, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - These are the things so hard to explain in baseball, and just a few of the many reasons the San Francisco Giants are two wins away from a world championship. In the fifth inning of San Francisco's 9-0 victory in Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler crushed a ball to center, nearly 399 feet from home plate. It was a home run. Had to be. But the ball bounced off the top of the wall, and its backspin carried it into the glove of Andres Torres.
May 15, 2010 |
Let it rain The Nationals are weatherproof, says Washington slugger Ryan Zimmerman, after powering a wet and wild 14-6 win over the Colorado Rockies in a steady drizzle in Denver on Thursday. The Nats set a season high in runs in the game, called after eight innings when the conditions worsened. "It seems like the last week, we've played in this [weather] every single night," Zimmerman said. "I guess we're getting used to it. " Looking through raindrops at the plate, Zimmerman hit two homers and drove in a career-high six runs.
August 5, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The nightmares will not cease because this was merely Game 111 in a season that promises more than 162 for these Phillies. They entered this ballpark by the bay Thursday for the first time since last October, when great expectations were inexplicably spoiled by a team with absolutely nothing to lose. The very sight of AT&T Park jogged undesirable memories - Cody Ross slapping an unhittable pitch; Juan Uribe stroking a game-ending fly ball; and Matt Cain two-hitting his way through a broken lineup.
August 7, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Placido Polanco moved gingerly around the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park after Saturday's game. A day later, he left before the rest of his teammates and boarded a flight bound for Philadelphia three days early. He is headed home for a battery of tests on his sore left hip Monday by team physician Michael Ciccotti . This latest development is not encouraging, especially since it's the latest in a litany of body parts to fail the 35-year-old Phillies third baseman this season.
October 21, 2012 |
The Giants sure are tough to eliminate this postseason. Barry Zito and the Giants gave themselves at least one more game in the NL Championship Series with a 5-0 victory Friday in St. Louis that forced Sunday's Game 6 back at AT&T Park. Just where the NL West winners want to be with their season on the line - in front of the raucous, orange-towel-waving sellout crowd. "It's great to be back in San Francisco. There is no tomorrow," Giants rightfielder and ex-Phillie Hunter Pence said.