September 1, 2010 |
When Matt Szczur got the word last fall - he was a match, his bone marrow might save the life of a sick little girl - "The first thing I said to my mom: 'There's no doubt in my mind. This girl is going to live.' " Whatever he had inside, Szczur wholeheartedly believed it could be of use to this little girl. Szczur's friends had the same exact thought. "We said if it worked for anyone on the team, it would be him," said John Dempsey, Szczur's Villanova football teammate and four-year roommate.
May 26, 1996 |
Gregg Jefferies hasn't been in the lineup for nearly two months, but his bat has helped the Phillies immensely in the last couple weeks. Literally. On May 15, catcher Mike Lieberthal borrowed one of Jefferies' 34-ounce bats and said adios to his own 31-ounce model. Since then, Lieberthal has looked like the second coming of Johnny Bench. In his next four starts after switching bats, Lieberthal went 10 for 17 (.588) with two homers. That gave him four homers in 61 at-bats and hiked his average from .182 to .295 before he went 0 for 4 yesterday.
September 11, 1998 |
Back in July, Phillies centerfielder Doug Glanville couldn't really explain why everything was going so right for him at the plate. He had stitched together four hitting streaks of 14 games or more, putting him in position to establish career highs in every offensive category. Now that the weather has cooled, so has his batting stroke, and Glanville can't explain why his breakthrough season has gone into a steep decline. When New York lefthander Al Leiter struck out Glanville in the sixth inning of last night's 7-5 Mets victory, it extended a slump in which he managed only two hits in 45 at-bats.
May 15, 1995 |
There were times in recent days when the frustration Gregg Jefferies was experiencing was as obvious as the script lettering across the front of his uniform jersey. He went into yesterday's game batting .254 and, for him, that's simply not acceptable. "I wasn't panicking, because I know it's a long season," he said. "But I've been pretty bad. " Happily for the Phillies, who already are on a roll, Jefferies might be on the verge of getting hot. He had three hits yesterday, one of them a two-run home run. He also scored twice as the Phillies beat the Astros, 5-2. His average is up to .281.
September 12, 1998 |
Following another offense-starved performance by his team, Phillies catcher Bobby Estalella quoted from the Book of Baseball Proverbs to bolster his contention that better days lie just ahead. "Hitting is contagious," said Estalella, who drove in the only run in last night's 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Veterans Stadium. "Once the team starts hitting, everybody will pick it up. " Perhaps. But if hitting is contagious, the Phillies' 16-4 blowout of the New York Mets Tuesday night, when Estalella slugged two of the club-record seven home runs, is beginning to look like the 24-hour flu. It came, it passed, it's over.
May 4, 2011 |
When Raul Ibanez's feet touched second base, he looked to third and saw Ryan Howard staring at him, clapping. He began to shed the batting gloves from the 38-year-old hands he has trusted for 16 major-league seasons, only to fail him for 35 straight at-bats. Washington shortstop Ian Desmond tapped Ibanez on the rear and informed the Phillies leftfielder that, indeed, he too knew about the streak. He had a message for Ibanez. "If you can get out of that, you can get out of anything," he recalled Desmond saying.
March 29, 2012 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - No one ever becomes a utility player on purpose, and Ty Wigginton has no idea how a balding 6-foot, 230-pounder turned into that guy. "It just kind of happened," Wigginton said. In 2007, Wigginton was the starting first baseman for Tampa Bay. They moved B.J. Upton to the outfield and Wigginton became the everyday second baseman. In 2008, he started at third base for Houston until Carlos Lee broke his finger. Then Wigginton was the team's leftfielder. In 10 major-league seasons, Wigginton has played six different positions for six different teams.
April 30, 2013 |
Bats are in trouble, and you can help. In 2006, scores of dead bats were found on the ground outside a cave in Albany, N.Y. Since then, biologists have been in a race to identify the cause and stop the carnage. Millions of insect-munching bats in 22 states have died. The malady, called white-nose syndrome because it involves a white fungus that appears on the muzzles of bats hibernating in caves, affects little brown bats the most. Wildlife experts are fearful nearly all of them in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - and well beyond - will die. But some little brown bats aren't dying.
October 22, 1999 |
The producers of Bats say they used only two live bats and relied on animatronics and computer effects for the rest of the swarm. This may have prevented needless cruelty to bats, but humans exposed to the film are not so lucky. The bats fluttering around the small town of Gallup, Texas, have been genetically altered to make them bigger, smarter and very dangerous. When the Batman responsible for this ill-considered experiment is asked why he undertook it, he brusquely rejoins, "Because I'm a scientist.
October 2, 1999 |
A fan who sneaked onto the field in St. Louis and stole bats from Chicago's Sammy Sosa and Mark Grace in the Cubs' dugout was arrested before last night's Cubs-Cardinals game. Patrick Stangler, 33, of Naperville, Ill., took the bats from the Cubs' bat rack, Police Lt. Bob Zambo said. He will be charged with trespassing and theft under $750. His job in danger after a dismal season, Bill Bavasi resigned as general manager of the Anaheim Angels. The move came four weeks to the day after manager Terry Collins, who had signed a two-year contract extension in June, also resigned.