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NEWS
October 7, 1988
The press, well, sort of the press, took a beating in Los Angeles Wednesday night. It was the second game of the National League playoffs. A New York Mets pitcher-turned-columnist named David Cone, who was a highly touted 20-game winner during the season, got a bad case of cockiness. He held forth in print as to how the out-classed Dodgers deserved to be shellacked in the opening game, given that they have an ace relief pitcher who throws as if he's in "high school. " Now, a little boasting is not unusual in these situations.
NEWS
October 17, 1986
Pity the faint-hearted who gave up watching Wednesday afternoon's five-hour finale of the National League play-off series when the Astros took the field in the ninth inning with a comfortable three-run lead; scorn those who thought it was over when the Mets, having tied it in ninth, scored a go-ahead run in the 14th; and a plague on all who thought that the Mets had put the game far out of reach with their three-run rally in the 16th. When an exhausted Jesse Orosco finally fanned Kevin Bass to win the pennant for the Mets, the Astros were a base hit away from again tying the game.
LIVING
April 9, 2000 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
Ty Cobb's record of 4,191 hits lasted for a half-century, until Pete Rose blew it away. Lou Gehrig's Iron Man streak of 2,130 games was considered unassailable until Cal Ripken Jr. went better than a decade without missing a game. Roger Maris' 61 homers went by the boards when both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa passed the mark in 1998. But Zack Hample figures that his record - 1,517 balls - is so approachable, he's giving away his secrets himself. Hample, 22, is the presumptive all-time champ at snagging balls at major-league baseball games.
NEWS
June 20, 1991 | By Joe Santoliquito, Special to The Inquirer
For George Lombardo, playing at Veterans Stadium in the Carpenter Cup Classic was worth almost anything. Now, it seems, the price is most of his summer. Lombardo, stricken with mononucleosis, left a sick bed June 8 to play in the game, in which he singled and scored the Del-Val/Central League's first run in its 3-2 loss to the Suburban One National Conference team. "It was hectic," recalled Lombardo, who was a junior at Upper Darby this past season. "I was struggling, but I had to play.
NEWS
September 22, 2010
A Philadelphia teenager who dressed from head to toe in red spandex and ran onto the field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night now faces criminal charges, police said. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, defiant trespass, and disrupting a meeting. The meeting in question was the ball game, a 3-1 victory by the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves. The teen ran onto the field during the seventh inning with ballpark security guards in stumbling pursuit and TV cameras following the action.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1998 | By Dennis McCauley, FOR THE INQUIRER
Baseball's back, and perhaps you'll be there when the Phillies take the field against the World Champion Florida Marlins tonight. You realize, of course, in order to experience major league baseball, Philadelphia style, you'll probably have to fight Broad Street traffic and wolf down an overpriced, undercooked hot dog. Or you could stay at home, where your computer can pump out as much baseball action as you can handle and the parking is always...
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Standing in the thick summer heat, Brian Johnson waits for the slow pitch. Gently the ball arcs toward him. He swats at it. Misses by a yard. The crowd in the bleachers claps heartily. "C'mon, Brian - you can do it," LaFaun Reed yells from the first-base coaching box. The pitcher winds up another one, the sixth for the 13-year-old from Richboro. Gently the ball arcs toward him, and Brian swings, and the faint smack of leather kissing wood is drowned out by the shrieks of the crowd.
NEWS
October 12, 2004 | By Jon Caroulis FOR THE INQUIRER
Fourteen-year-old William Brendley would walk up to perfect strangers and ask, "Want to see the ball game?" That was back when Shibe Park, at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue, was hosting the 1929 World Series between the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago Cubs - and was sold out. If the people said yes, "I'd walk them up to my front door," said Brendley, 88. His parents then would lead them to the roof of their house at 2745 N. 20th St. For $5.50,...
NEWS
July 1, 1994 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bill Julio won't make you forget Manny Trillo, but he's not a bad semipro second baseman. He's got good speed, a nice move to the bag, and a trim, strong physique. And one more big, sneaky attribute. Julio is 56 years old. He's one of the regulars in a South Jersey semipro league for players 19 and older. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is no token oldster. Through the first 15 games, he was leading the team with a batting average of .500. The most impressive statistic is that he has swung and missed at a total of one pitch in the 15 games.
NEWS
February 28, 1988 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Home runs come in two models. One is the high fly ball that eventually finds its way out of the park. Its arcing progress is leisurely, affording ample time to decide whether the kiss of the bat and the munificence of the prevailing winds will be enough to carry the ball to the promised land. The other type allows no room for contemplation and gathering excitement. It comes off the bat with vicious velocity and a low, linear trajectory, and you feel in your marrow (before you know in your brain)
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SPORTS
August 24, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Six-year-old Riley Neyer, her mother, and grandfather made the drive Sunday morning from the Jersey Shore to catch a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. It was to be just like when Riley's grandfather, Bob Gillece, would take his daughter, Erin Neyer, to games when she was a child. But Sunday ended with a scare when Erin Neyer was struck in the mouth by a foul ball after she pushed Riley out of harm's way. It was the second straight Phillies game in which a foul ball struck a fan, and it came hours after shortstop Freddy Galvis criticized the team for not providing protective nets behind the dugouts that would prevent such incidents.
SPORTS
December 24, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
Barring an unforeseen setback, Sam Bradford will make his 13th start of the season when the Eagles host the Redskins. For those that bet the over on Bovada's propositional line of 12 1/2 starts for the oft-injured quarterback, there will be a belated Christmas gift. Bradford has missed two games, but not because of his surgically repaired left knee. That doesn't mean the twice-torn anterior cruciate ligament that caused him to miss almost two years of football hasn't had a residual effect.
SPORTS
November 7, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Defense Department payments to the Phillies totaling $48,085, cited in a report released by U.S. Sen. John McCain a day earlier, were for tickets and concessions purchased by a Navy supplier, a team official said Thursday. "The things in that report were two group purchases that a Navy supply company made to entertain their employees," said John Weber, vice president for ticket sales and operations. "It's just like any other Delaware Valley company that's looking to entertain their clients by taking them to a ball game.
SPORTS
September 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals season began to unravel around the time they acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies and pushed Drew Storen to the setup role. On Sunday at Nationals Park, the Phillies happened to witness the ugliest moment of this disastrous Nationals season. Not surprisingly, it featured the Phils' former closer. In the eighth inning of the Phillies' 12-5 win, Papelbon and star Bryce Harper fought in the Nationals dugout. Papelbon had words for Harper when the National League MVP front-runner returned to the dugout after flying out, and when Harper chirped back, Papelbon shoved him against the wall by his neck before teammates separated them.
SPORTS
September 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The ball landed under Domonic Brown's outstretched glove as the Phillies outfielder headed toward the low, right-field wall in foul territory Wednesday night at Citi Field. His momentum carried him into and over it, and he tumbled onto a concrete walkway as the ball skipped all the way to the warning track. The misplayed ball that led to Ruben Tejada's two-run inside-the-park home run in the second inning served as a microcosm of Aaron Nola's outing. The 22-year-old righthander received little defensive help and was chased early in a 9-4 loss to the first-place New York Mets.
SPORTS
May 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Justin Miloszewski carries around a little yellow ball with six nubs and it has become part of an intense competition among the players at double-A Reading. Miloszewski - Milo is what everybody calls him - is the team's strength and conditioning coordinator and the ball is used to improve reflexes. A Blackwood native who attended Triton High School, Miloszewski has turned the reflex drill into a game in which the participants stand about 15 feet apart and try to roll the ball past one another.
SPORTS
November 29, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - Wearing a black Eagles windbreaker and a pale beige Eagles polo shirt, Nick Sanchez lingered outside the visiting locker room at AT&T Stadium on Thursday night, a small smile on his face as he waited for his son Mark. "Best day ever," he said. At Nick's home in Orange County, Calif., some 50 members of the Sanchez family had gathered around the television to watch Mark play his finest game as an Eagle - 20 completions in 29 attempts, 217 yards, a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, no turnovers, everything crisp and sharp during a 33-10 rout of the Dallas Cowboys.
SPORTS
October 10, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly has insisted since the Eagles acquired Darren Sproles that he views him first as a rusher, not just a running back who catches passes. That doesn't mean the Eagles need to forget about Sproles as a pass catcher, though. Sproles was not targeted with a pass in Sunday's win. He was targeted on at least 9 percent of the Eagles' passes in the first four games of the season. There has been a sharp decline from Week 2, when 19 percent of the passes went in his direction. The reason is that opponents do not necessarily view Sproles the same way Kelly does, and have played him more as a pass catcher than as a rusher.
SPORTS
June 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF YOU STAYED at Citizens Bank Park late enough last night, you got some early Independence Day fireworks. You got to hear a second rendition of "Take Me Out to The Ball Game. " And you got to see one of the franchise's most popular players end the game in dramatic fashion for the first time in 7 years. After the Phillies and Miami Marlins took part in an old-fashioned staring contest for six innings, with neither team blinking, Chase Utley swatted a ball deep into the early summer night, providing a memorable souvenir for a lucky fan. Utley followed a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins with a two-run, walkoff home run off Chris Hatcher in the 14th inning as the Phillies overcame an early deficit to beat Miami, 5-3. "I just tried to square one up, go home," Utley said after the conclusion of the 4-hour, 41-minute game.
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The NIT Season Tip-Off is down to four schools at Madison Square Garden. It was set up with the idea that Duke would eventually be in New York, and Arizona. Alabama, sure . . . "It's almost like the old Sesame Street thing," Bruiser Flint said this week. "One of these things is not like the other. You know what I mean? Alabama, Duke, Arizona, Drexel. " Flint, of course, coaches Drexel. He knew his Dragons, now 3-1, were quite capable of getting to New York. Beating Rutgers to get there was not exactly like knocking off Kentucky.
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