June 18, 2000 |
Perhaps they were inspired by the emotional pregame festivities honoring the Phillies' 1980 World Series champions. Perhaps they were inspired by the sight of Terry Mulholland. Or perhaps it was just that the Phillies' moribund offense was bound to awaken. Whatever the reason, the Phils erupted for 16 hits - seven for extra bases - as they pounded the first-place Atlanta Braves last night, 9-3, before 37,292 fans at Veterans Stadium. "Seeing the ceremony pumped up the players, and it carried into the game," winning pitcher Cliff Politte said.
March 19, 2001 |
This wasn't just the Phillies against the Houston Astros. This was Amaury Telemaco vs. Cliff Politte. This was the real start to the competition for the final spot in the Phillies' starting rotation. "I'm going to pitch them on the same day for the rest of the way and see what happens," manager Larry Bowa said before both men went to the mound yesterday at Osceola County Stadium. Nothing became clear on this cloudy afternoon. Telemaco, making his first start and first extended appearance in a Grapefruit League game, opened the battle with five sensational innings.
September 12, 2000 |
Week after week, the losses kept mounting for the Phillies, and yet there never seemed to be any separation between themselves and the fourth-place Montreal Expos. At one point, in fact, the Phillies lost nine of 13 games and still managed to gain enough ground on the Expos to move into fourth place. Even after a 2-7 road trip in which the Phillies averaged 2.1 runs per game, the team with the worst record in baseball showed up at Veterans Stadium last night a doubleheader sweep away from reclaiming fourth place in the NL East.
February 25, 1999 |
The Phillies have 59 players in camp. They all showed up for the first full-squad workout yesterday. That doesn't mean that somebody who wasn't at the Carpenter Complex won't be on the roster when the season opens in Atlanta on March 5, though. General manager Ed Wade was asked if he would be surprised if the Phillies didn't make a trade of some sort before breaking camp. "I guess I'd be a little surprised, but not necessarily disappointed," he said. Wade has worked the phones all offseason looking for additional pitching and will continue to keep his eyes open.
July 8, 1999 |
One of the first concerns the Phillies had after losing shortstop Desi Relaford for the season following wrist surgery wasn't necessarily how it affected their lineup. "I'll sleep a lot better knowing we have Alex Arias to take his place," manager Terry Francona said at the time. The bigger worry was not having Arias to bring off the bench. General manager Ed Wade moved to ease that worry yesterday by acquiring 30-year-old shortstop Domingo Cedeno from the Seattle Mariners' Triple A Tacoma roster for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shortstop Jose Flores.
November 20, 1998 |
Being the Phillies means you don't address your needs in the same way as the Yankees, say, or the Braves or Red Sox or Orioles. Being the Phillies generally means trading a quarter for two dimes and a nickel, taking a few bucks out of one pocket and putting them into the other, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Shifting resources, in the corporate lingo that has become baseball's second language in recent years. General manager Ed Wade concluded a furious fortnight of activity yesterday with the announcement that the five-player trade with the St. Louis Cardinals that had been reported for nearly a week had finally been completed.
April 22, 2002 |
A positive amid the Phillies' misery yesterday wasn't that hard to find. Rookie outfielder Jason Michaels made the most of his first major-league start, collecting two hits, including his first major-league home run, during his team's 9-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at frigid PNC Park. In addition to his work at the plate, Michaels nailed Adrian Brown trying to score on a single by Brian Giles in the bottom of the third inning. Michaels, playing center field in place of Doug Glanville, made a perfect throw to catcher Mike Lieberthal.
September 29, 1999 |
The Chicago Cubs beat the Phillies, 8-2, last night at Veterans Stadium. Now that we've gotten this mundane fact out of the way, let's get right to what people really care about. With the only pitch he made contact on all night, Sammy Sosa clubbed his 62d home run of the season with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The two-run homer, a first-pitch laser into the left-field seats off Phillies reliever Anthony Shumaker, moved Sosa ahead of Mark McGwire for the major-league lead.
February 23, 2000 |
An important face will be missing when manager Terry Francona puts the Phillies through the paces for the first full-squad workout of the spring today at the Carpenter Complex. Rightfielder Bobby Abreu, who finished third in the National League with a .335 batting average, isn't scheduled to fly to Florida from his native Venezuela until tomorrow and may not practice with the team until Friday. According to team officials, he will be detained because his mother has been ill. Abreu, who turns 26 next month, avoided arbitration by signing a three-year, $14.25 million contract in January.
December 12, 2003 |
Dan Plesac became the final Phillies pitcher to record an out at Veterans Stadium in September when he struck out Atlanta's Ryan Langerhans. Plesac called it the perfect ending to an 18-year career. "When I got that last strikeout and walked off the mound, it was like emotion city," he said last night. "I never had tears before in a game, win or lose. It just grabbed me. " The 41-year-old reliever informed the Phillies yesterday that he was retiring. Plesac, who toyed with retirement last year, went 2-1 with a 2.70 earned run average in 58 appearances last season, and would have been one of seven pitchers in the Phillies' bullpen in 2004.