September 22, 2014 |
Last Sunday's confrontation between Jonathan Papelbon and Joe West was difficult to watch. I mean, whom do you pull for in a battle of baseball boors? In this instance, though, I was, you should pardon the expression, a Papelbon supporter. Who, after all, could possibly side with West, the Wild Bull of the Pompous? The umpire's perpetually smug expression is one constant provocation. I wrote in 2007 that if ever a Hall of Fame for arrogance were created, West would be in its initial class, suggesting the umpire's plaque would probably read like this: "Joseph Henry 'Cowboy Joe' West.
September 13, 2014 |
In the dead of a spring night in 1991, Lenny Dykstra left a bachelor party, slipped behind the wheel of a luscious-lips-red Mercedes-Benz, and - with Darren Daulton sitting next to him, with Dykstra's blood-alcohol level already having left Pennsylvania's legal standard for drunkenness in the dust - crashed the car into a pair of trees. Teammates on the Phillies at the time, Dykstra and Daulton were lucky to have walked away from the accident, let alone to play baseball again, and the incident created a dilemma for the man charged with determining Dykstra's fate in the sport.
July 18, 2014 |
CHARLIE MANUEL, one of two men to manage the Phillies to a World Series championship, will be inducted onto the team's Wall of Fame during Alumni Weekend. Manuel will be honored on Aug. 9, before the Phillies-Mets game. Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to '13. He won five NL East Division titles and led the 2008 Phillies to the World Series title, the team's first since 1980. Manuel and the Phillies returned to the World Series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees. In 9 years as Philies manager, Manuel was 780-636, for a .551 percentage.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - That's the part of golf you have to enjoy, Dave Cash was saying. Every bad shot brings a chance to make up for it, to hit one better than was previously possible. Sitting next to him was Robert Person, finishing off a paper plate of food. "You guys weren't even born when I started playing," Cash said. The former second baseman laughed. It was 1969 when he broke icnto the big leagues. Sept. 13, Forbes Field, 10,440 Pittsburghers in the stands. He was 21 years old. Person was born 3 weeks later in Lowell, Mass.
February 16, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The bad times far outweighed the good during Jim Fregosi's managerial tenure with the Phillies, and even then he was able to make you believe he was the smartest man in the room. He had weaknesses, but he still made you think he was as strong as his opinions. His ego was so immense that it became one of his nicknames – "Ego" instead of "Frego" - and still, he was a human magnet. Fregosi, 71, died Friday morning in a Miami hospital after suffering multiple strokes Sunday during a Caribbean cruise.
February 13, 2014 |
I AM A sporadic pack rat. Which is another way of saying I tend to throw out valuable things and hold on to things of dubious worth. Near or at the top of this list would be drawer No. 4 in my attic, which houses every Phillies media guide since my hire in 1992. Back then it was a good idea to hold on to the damn things for historical purposes, but those were the days when the Internet was a futuristic rumor not taken seriously, and the public library was a valued institution and not the focus of a cost-cutting debate.
December 19, 2013 |
WHEN NEWS came that Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell 's character in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" was based on former Philly news anchor Mort Crim , the interview requests started rolling in for the Jacksonville-based television personality: "Good Morning America!" " Piers Morgan Live!" He'll be on "Fox & Friends" today. Philadelphia magazine even had Crim read Ron Burgundy quotes. So how will the former KYW anchor leverage his re-found fame? "That's an interesting question.
November 5, 2013 |
APPARENTLY MITCH Williams and Lenny Dysktra aren't teeming with love for one another. The former Phillies were attending autograph-signing events at the Granite Run Mall - along with former teammate Darren Daulton - on Saturday when they ran into each other. According to several online reports, Dykstra and Daulton were chatting when Williams walked up. Several Twitter witnesses reported that Dykstra extended his hand to Williams, but that Wild Thing pushed it away. A tweet from @realphillyink reported that "Mitch slapped his [Dykstra's]
October 31, 2013
PERHAPS it's only fitting that Darren Daulton's next step in his fight against brain cancer takes him to a favorite stop of Philadelphia's most popular fictional fighter. Daulton, the former Phillies catcher who was diagnosed with brain cancer this summer, will be in town Sunday to participate in the Race for Hope, a fundraising run and walk that benefits the National Brain Tumor Society. Daulton is scheduled to fly in from Florida this weekend and address the race participants about his own battle with brain cancer before Sunday's race.
August 13, 2013 |
When sports fans started referring to players as "pieces," things were never quite the same. It has something to do with fans taking a more sophisticated view of the teams they follow. Everyone thinks he or she can do a better job than Ruben Amaro Jr. or Howie Roseman or Paul Holmgren or other general managers. In some cases, everyone may be right. In most cases, probably not. Somehow, transactions became more interesting to many fans than the actual games: Draftniks and salary cap aficionados and advanced stat advocates and fantasy gurus have elbowed out the guy who just wants to have a beer and watch a ball game.