January 12, 2012 |
St. Tommy Forever More. There's a beautiful wisdom in the familiar bumper sticker that so cleverly and warmly honors the long-defunct West Philadelphia high school. It speaks to impermanence, the power of memory, the joys and sorrows of being a sports fan. Take a look around. All those teams you worship, those places you went with your dad, those sportswriters you read and broadcasters you listened to on hot summer nights? None of them are immortal. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved.
December 24, 2011 |
Yet another woman has come forward to say that Hall of Fame baseball writer and former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin sexually abused her when she was a child. The woman said Conlin assaulted her at the beach in Margate, N.J., when she was 11 years old in the 1960s, fully a decade before he is accused of assaulting six other victims who have given accounts this week. She said she was speaking out now because reading the stories of others who say Conlin molested them gave her courage.
November 12, 2003
BILL CONLIN'S recent pontification once again proves that Joseph Vincent Paterno has forgotten more about college football than Bill Conlin ever learned. JoePa can't throw and catch the ball for his players, and I believe Austin Scott will be the greatest blue chipper to grace a Nit uniform. Also remember that when Paterno has faced adversity in the past, he always came up big during the following years. Let the coach have his dignity and finish out his contract. Now here's a little Latin for you Bill: ime-tay o-tay etire-ray.
September 30, 2011 |
The best trades are the ones that help both teams. Here are the recent Phils' Traded Away All-Stars by position (asterisk denotes potential future All-Star): STARTERS: 1B:: Jonathan Singleton 3B:: Jason Donald SS:: Jonathan Villar 2B:: Adrian Cardenas LF:: Domingo Santana* CF:: Anthony Gose* RF:: Michael Taylor C:: Travis d'Arnaud* SP:: RHP Jarred Cosart SP:: LHP J.A. Happ Closer:: Josh Zeid BENCH: IF/OF:: Matt Spencer C:: Lou Marson OF:: Greg Golson DAMAGED GOODS: RHP:: Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John)
July 21, 2011 |
* Born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. * Recipient of J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. * Graduated from Temple University in 1961. * Began his journalism career at Phildadelphia's Evening Bulletin before moving to the Daily News in 1965. * Took over as the Phillies' beat writer in 1966 and held that job for 21 seasons, also serving as NL columnist for The Sporting News. * In 1987 became a columnist for the Daily News, a position he still holds.
March 19, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's a scary thought to open my 15th annual post-St. Patrick's Day Phillies forecast column: What if Ryan Howard's 2007 home run output suffers a 25 percent drop from 58 to 44? What if he goes from a club record to a total that would merely be the fifth best in the 124-year history of the franchise? Will the phans phreak out? Will the media maul the big guy? This is Billy Wagner's Philly, after all. For what can happen when the expected performance levels of our superstars fail to match or exceed expectations, reference post-Super Bowl Donovan McNabb.
December 10, 2008
THE LAST PLACE Ruben Amaro needs to be at his first winter meetings as Phillies GM is over a barrel. But Jamie Moyer has Junior spreadeagled over a gilded container befitting the pagan glitter of the Bellagio, a sinfully plush Las Vegas palace where card-shark agents are going all in while cautious general managers try to maintain a poker face. As the new GM in town, Amaro needs to make a splash in a town where some fountains hold enough water to be reservoirs for medium-sized towns.
November 9, 2007
THINK "VERTIGO. " Think Alfred Hitchcock's height-challenged Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) following gorgeous and suicidal scammer Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) up the spiral staircase in that abbey bell-tower. Think the walls pressing in and the sudden, dizzying swirl of Scottie's psychological affliction . . . Think Brad Lidge. Think Pat Gillick's distance-challenged new closer coming in from the Money Pit bullpen the first time. Think the ballpark's dollhouse fences pressing in and the apparition closing in of . . . Albert Pujols . . . You expect brutal frankness here involving baseball matters of great pith and moment, right?
June 9, 2010
DEAR BARRY, Last time we spoke you were on deck next to the batting cage in Three Rivers Stadium before Game 5 of the 1992 NLCS against the Braves. You were in your Clark Kent body then. Superman was still a year away. "Aren't you on that dumb-ass Sunday morning ESPN show?" you asked pleasantly. "Yeah," I replied as you eyeballed my press credential. I had a sinking feeling you remembered me picking the Braves in five. You confirmed it while jumping in to hit. "What a bunch of [bleeps]
March 14, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the field, there is the Grimfest. Chase Utley taking soft grounders while seated in a folding chair is viewed as progress. Jimmy Rollins continues to flirt with the Mendoza Line, but that is OK because he is healthy and just getting in his work. Brad Lidge is throwing 68? Oops, that's 86 . . . In the Phillies' dugout and front office, there is the Grinfest. Do the new contracts awarded by Ruben Amaro to Charlie Manuel and by Dave Montgomery to Ruben Amaro come with a disclaimer: "If any grin lasts more than 4 hours, immediately seek medical help . . . "?