September 19, 2016 |
The garage door rose Thursday morning and a new season introduced itself. The morning sky, flimsy and blue the day before, had acquired a grave heftiness overnight. The newspaper rested among the first fallen sycamore leaves scattered across the lawn. Stepping outside, I shivered. And sighed. Autumn, when the air cools, the light fades, and the earth browns, is a melancholy season. "You expected to be sad in the fall," wrote Ernest Hemingway, who understood sadness. That's certainly true when you're a fan of a going-nowhere baseball team drearily playing out its September schedule.
August 24, 2016 |
Looking 50 years into the future at a Phillies home game, there will be many differences to note at Peco Nuclear Stadium. The virtual hot dogs. The digital, interactive scoreboards on the back of each seat. The Phanatic dressed like Elvis. All right, not everything will have changed, but one thing is certain: There will be netting from foul pole to foul pole at the very least, and the entire lower seating area might well be protected by nets. You can mourn the passing of the intimacy of the game, of the connection between fans and the field, of the time when the only barriers separating us from the players was one of imagination.
July 26, 2016 |
As Argenis Calderon's face has appeared on movie screens in New York City and across New Jersey, audiences have watched him play baseball in Camden's Pyne Poynt Park, navigate a tumultuous home life, graduate high school near the top of his class, and prepare to attend college. Since then viewers of Pyne Poynt , a documentary released this year about the North Camden Little League, have often approached Calderon at screenings, some with tears in their eyes, to tell him that his story inspired them.
July 16, 2016 |
The best part about minor-league baseball? It's half game, half game center. Minor-league baseball is more than a training ground for future big-leaguers - it's also a great value for families looking for a day or night out. Consider the experience of Timothy Field from Palmer Township, in the Lehigh Valley: He brings his 8-year-old son to games in Allentown when the boy visits during the summer. "I love the time here," Field says, adding that, while attending any sporting event with his son is special, there's something even more special about being together at a baseball game.
June 26, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Four years ago, when Edubray Ramos was a teenager in Venezuela painting cars and cleaning floors, this day was inconceivable. The day that Ramos walked into a big-league clubhouse to find a No. 61 Phillies jersey with his name on the back. "I was out of baseball," Ramos said through an interpreter. "It was impossible for me to imagine that. It's a beautiful moment for me. " Ramos, 23, did not receive a signing bonus when the Phillies plucked him from an adult baseball league three years after the St. Louis Cardinals had released him. Now, not only is he in the majors, but Ramos is a legitimate prospect to one day become a closer.
June 24, 2016 |
Douglas Stanley Parker, known as "Stan," wanted his students to be the best people they could be, both in the classroom and on the baseball field. "He's a big reason why I am who I am today," said Michael Brown, who was coached by Mr. Parker. A beloved history teacher, coach, and administrator at what formerly was Chestnut Hill Academy and is now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Mr. Parker, 66, of Erdenheim, died of colon cancer Thursday, June 16, at his home. Mr. Parker had "three true passions" in life: family, teaching, and baseball, said his wife of 42 years, Hope Lynn Parker.
June 23, 2016 |
HE RECALLED it almost instantly, answering as if it occurred yesterday. The most embarrassing moment of Mickey Moniak's baseball career, though, happened over a decade ago, the baseball IQ referenced constantly Tuesday apparently not carrying over into the acumen needed to handle the zipper part of his first-ever uniform. "And I had to go to the bathroom really bad," the Phillies' No.1 overall pick was saying. "And I was playing shortstop and I didn't know how to get my thing undone.
June 20, 2016 |
Inquirer Player of the Year Nolan Jones Holy Ghost Prep, infielder The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder starred as a smooth-fielding shortstop, incredibly dangerous lefthanded hitter, and hard-throwing righthanded closer. Jones was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft. He was the No. 55 overall pick. Many publications had predicted that the talented senior would be snatched in the first round. "Cleveland is a great organization, so I'm happy," Jones said.
June 20, 2016 |
The NBA Finals will conclude on Sunday, Father's Day, an ironic end date for what has become a Mother's Day sport. Though one 2013 study suggested the trend may at last be abating, pro basketball, for a variety of complex sociological reasons, is played disproportionately by young men who never had dads in their lives. That's why, when there's a McMansion to be gifted or a postgame shout-out to be made, the NBA parent who typically gets the call is mom. Maybe a more fitting fare for Father's Day would be Game 7 of the World Series.
June 20, 2016 |
Neumann-Goretti was returning a pair of top-notch pitchers in Jeff Ciocco and Ethan Pritchett and two four-year starters in centerfielder Brian Verratti and third baseman Nick D'Amore. But with six first-year varsity players in the mix, Kevin Schneider knew there likely would be growing pains. And he was proven right when the squad dropped five of its first seven contests. "As coaches, we said: 'We're going to have to coach more than we ever have in our lives,' " the Saints boss said.