June 19, 2015 |
BASEBALL PLAYERS are notorious for the practical jokes they play on teammates. During spring training in 2008, former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers famously orchestrated an elaborate ruse on young righthander Kyle Kendrick, convincing him he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League for a player named Kobayashi Iwamura. The stunt, which required the cooperation of many members of the Phillies' staff, including manager Charlie Manuel, worked so well that Kendrick was virtually in tears before Myers giddily screamed Kendrick had "got punked.
March 5, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Few moments unfold as you have dreamt them. Life is too complex. It is not a zero sum endeavor. In any given moment, there are other moments, little things that end up sticking in your mind at the expense of more prominent details, things that must be observed, experienced, things that cannot be anticipated. Take the morning Mario Hollands got the call he'd been anticipating his entire life. He can't immediately recall who was in the office with Ryne Sandberg, and he can't immediately recall what he said when they told him to pack a bag for Texas because he'd made the big-league club.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Less than a month ago, Ryne Sandberg stood in the middle of a banquet room at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, N.J., and said he wasn't happy with the Phillies' clubhouse dynamic during the 2014 season. It wasn't a good clubhouse, he said. It wasn't conducive to winning, he continued. Sandberg never pinpointed exactly what it was he didn't like, but said the atmosphere wasn't one in which younger players could thrive and be themselves. The 2015 Phillies clubhouse officially opened up for business yesterday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, when pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report.
January 16, 2014 |
COLE HAMELS does not equal Jonathan Papelbon. There, I got that off my chest. I felt the need, since the two men tend to say things that lump them together. There's a huge abyss between Hamels and Papelbon, though. Hamels is a quirky but intelligent interview. Papelbon is, well, just quirky. And that's being kind. From his rambling defense of gun ownership following the Boston Marathon bombing ("Obama wants to take our guns"), to his "I didn't come here for this" comment amid a slumping July, to his unfavorable comparison of his newer club to his old one on a Boston radio station recently, Papelbon is, in the words of former closer and current Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, "A whole different kind of crazy.
June 14, 2013 |
IF YOU'VE BEEN monitoring those dreaded weather forecasts, the prospects didn't look very promising for yesterday's opening round of the 113th U.S. Open. The worst-case scenarios bordered on dire. Merion's East Course had already absorbed 6-plus inches of rain since Friday. And most of the weather computer models were predicting even more, from a storm that included threats of hail and perhaps tornadoes. Seriously. Forget about keeping this treasure of a golf course playable for the best players on the planet.
June 5, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two-and-a-half hours after he knelt behind the mound and thanked God for another opportunity to pitch, Carlos Zambrano posed a question to a visitor, who was standing at his locker. "Have you read the Bible?" the hulking pitcher asked. The visitor nodded. They were alone in a far corner of the clubhouse, one occupied locker in a sea of vacants. Zambrano was seated, his broad shoulders spanning the width of a black leather office chair. "There was a guy who was outside the church, and he was looking for money," Zambrano said.
April 19, 2013 |
Even as it crumbles, the little cottage on a knoll overlooking Evans Pond manages to charm. It has so captivated Cherry Hill resident Kevin Cook that he's started a campaign to save the vacant structure, built as the Wallworth Park clubhouse in 1927. And even as he battles a progressive and incurable neurological disorder that affects his mobility, dexterity, and speech, Cook, 35, has succeeded in persuading Camden County to delay demolition. He also hopes the county can fix the holes in the roof.
February 28, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was the seventh inning of a Grapefruit League game, which meant the household names had been excused from the dugout to shower and change and check out of work early. In the Phillies' clubhouse, Jimmy Rollins sat near his locker chatting with Delmon Young, both of them keeping an eye on a television hanging on the wall of the clubhouse. With one out in the inning, Domonic Brown connected with a fastball and caused the conversation to stop. "Whoa," Young and Rollins howled in unison as the 25-year-old outfielder's bomb cleared the batter's eye in centerfield.
February 23, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In retrospect, the 2012 Phillies season was doomed from the very start, an idea Jonathan Papelbon is still attempting to comprehend. He cited a lack of leadership as the cause without totally blaming Chase Utley's knees, Ryan Howard's Achilles tendon, or Roy Halladay's shoulder. "It was an all-around leadership void from A to Z," Papelbon said. The $50 million closer was asked Friday to explain comments made to the Allentown Morning Call about a lack of leadership.
January 9, 2013 |
NASIR PINKNEY and four fellow members of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club rolled up to their West Philadelphia clubhouse at 6 a.m. Sunday after a 12-hour drive from Chicago, where they had attended a funeral for another member of the brotherhood. The men, who had taken turns driving an SUV, were getting ready to go their separate ways when a gunman near the club's door opened fire on them, club members said Monday. Pinkney, 31, was shot in the head and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he later died after being taken off life support.