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August 21, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Dear Nancy, So here you are, sending your first son off to college. Such a simple fact. Such huge implications. I certainly don't know where those 18 years went since I first held Samuel Ezra Friedman Zinn in my arms and told you, through tears that wouldn't stop coming, that nothing in your life would ever be the same, because now you were somebody's mother. Exhausted, exhilarated, awed, you couldn't possibly have known what I meant. I wanted to prepare you for what motherhood is: a series of astonishments, delights, sweetness, and tenderness - along with bursts of aggravation, frustration, and anger.
SPORTS
July 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - It was 3:14 p.m. when Gerry Davis looked to the gray sky. Kyle Kendrick finished his warm-up tosses for the sixth inning, and waited in a downpour. No one wanted to continue, not when the Phillies trailed by five runs and had a plane to catch. Davis, the home-plate umpire, waved the Phillies to their dugout. That is how Kendrick's 20th start in 2014 ended Sunday. The 29-year-old righthander eradicated whatever trade value he possessed with his third straight miserable outing, an 8-2 Phillies loss to the Braves.
SPORTS
July 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Jimmy Rollins swatted a 95-m.p.h. fastball, and his eyes widened when the torque forced his head upward. "Finally," Rollins said. He stood near home plate to watch a two-run homer land in the first row of right-field seats at Turner Field. Cole Hamels, with his left arm wrapped in a white towel, had his support. For six innings, the 2-1 win over the first-place Braves resembled the most fitting of Hamels starts. He was electric, throwing near-perfect stuff at Atlanta, while his teammates mounted failure after failure at the plate.
SPORTS
July 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Another day, another loss, another chance to ponder what it means for the Phillies' outlook between now and the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. The man on the mound Friday night is a pitcher they should be highly motivated to move. Theoretically, righthander A.J. Burnett could return to the club next season by way of a player option. But he contemplated retirement last year, and he has said the only reason he signed with the Phillies was a chance to compete. Which means now might be the only time the organization has a chance to get anything of value for him. Burnett did not help his value in the 6-4 loss to the Braves.
SPORTS
July 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - For four days, the Phillies dispersed. Most went home. A few vacationed at the beach, and one traveled to Minnesota. They convened Friday at Turner Field, a group of 25 men still intact from last weekend. That will not last. Ryne Sandberg relaxed in Cape May, and the Phillies manager heard unsolicited advice from fans. He, like everyone in the Phillies clubhouse, knows change is looming. He watched another dispiriting loss, 6-4, to first-place Atlanta, and he must create another lineup Saturday because that is what this job demands.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
At one of the first quarterfinal rounds of the 17th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, in Philadelphia for the first time this year, it was easy to see why brave was in the title. The teenage poets who took the stage in the Arden Theatre's Independence Foundation Studio bared their souls, tackling a range of personal and political issues: rape culture, race, abuse, addiction, identity. In "Assumption," written and performed by members of Wordsmith's Junkyard, a team from Phoenix, Zahraa Al Yasari and Carol Meza, both 18, powerfully explored what it was like for peers to make assumptions about racial backgrounds.
SPORTS
July 1, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ON 32 occasions in South Philly this weekend, a Phillies player stood in the batter's box with a runner on second or third base. Just three of those times over a four-game span did the player record a base hit. Despite 13 hits and two home runs, the Phillies' bats yesterday once again failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position. It resulted in a fourth consecutive loss, their eighth in 10 games. A 3-2 Braves' victory at Citizens Bank Park marked the first time the Phillies (36-46)
SPORTS
July 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlanta Braves are a team that rarely rebuilds, with the ability to incorporate young players and veterans and keep moving on the competitive path. The Phillies, meanwhile, appear to be stuck between a fading past and a not-so-bright future. After the Braves swept four games from them with Sunday's 3-2 win at Citizens Bank Park, the distance between the teams is growing. And it's not just in the standings, where the Braves lead Washington by a half-game and the Phillies by eight in the National League East.
SPORTS
July 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies started Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, Sean O'Sullivan, and David Buchanan in four games - all losses - over a 48-hour span this past weekend. Their limited pitching depth was tested against a first-place team; it was not the reason Atlanta swept the Phillies. "It's a tough spot," Ryan Howard said. "Having a series like this, it doesn't help. " The home team scored eight runs in four games, the latest recurrence of the three-year malaise that infected a once-powerful lineup.
SPORTS
June 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean O'Sullivan, the 43d man to wear a Phillies uniform in half a season's worth of games, took the ball with little expected of him in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. Manager Ryne Sandberg labeled O'Sullivan, owner of a 5.89 ERA in 50 career games, "an experienced guy. " For five innings in a 5-1 loss to Atlanta, O'Sullivan fired strikes. "I feel like I came right after them," O'Sullivan said. But these Phillies are not permitted cheerful narratives, not when they lack aptitude in the game's most crucial skill.
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