April 7, 2013
A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order) By Joe Peta Dutton. 368 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Chris Erskine For years, Joe Peta was like millions of die-hard baseball fans: a little sappy about his beloved pastime, over-chewing the delicious parts, over-crunching the numbers to a seriously nerdish degree. Then disaster struck, and baseball gave the Stanford University MBA more than he'd ever dreamed. Peta was a successful hedge-fund stock trader when an ambulance mowed him down while he was hurrying to his Manhattan office, pretzeling his right leg. Lucky to be alive?
October 9, 2012 |
WHAT THE PHILS WILL DO: Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel love Freddy Galvis. They gush over his defense and baseball acumen. They wanted him in the field enough that they endorsed Chase Utley taking ground balls at third base in a monthlong experiment that was eventually shut down. With Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins healthy, the only hole the Phils should have is third base and it says here that Galvis will be given the job this spring after adjusting to the position just as easily as he moved from shortstop to second base last spring.
August 12, 2012
He considers himself a golfer these days. A zero handicap at the moment, but shooting for plus-two. It is another career for him, or at least he has made it that way, spending 6 hours at the course, every day, working toward what he hopes will end up being a spot in the United States Amateur. When Mike Lieberthal says he is happy, you believe him. "It wasn't difficult at all," the former Phillies catcher said Friday night just a few minutes after he was officially added to the Phillies Wall of Fame.
February 27, 2011 |
TAMPA, Fla. - It was more than a little disorienting, arriving in Clearwater as the 2011 Grapefruit League schedule began. Picking up 40 degrees on the thermometer was nice, but that wasn't it. Neither was treading carefully to avoid immaculately manicured infield grass instead of patches of black ice, although that was a welcome change. Oh, and we can safely report that the sun is still working just fine. It will find its way north, honest. But that stuff has always come standard with the change in latitude.
April 15, 2010 |
Why players like Terry Francona Boston manager Terry Francona rarely rips into a player in public, ala, say, Lou Piniella. And he gives his stars big-time respect when it comes to working out problems. David Ortiz, off to a horrible start for the second straight spring, struck out twice against Minnesota on Wednesday before doubling in the ninth. He walked in the third but ended the inning when he was caught trying to steal second. And this season the once-feared slugger is hitting .154.
November 2, 2009
WITH ALL THE excitement of the World Series, I'm writing with a little fantasy and a whole lot of hope. Baseball in Philadelphia is most exciting, especially when we're winning. But something is seriously missing. A few hints - New York: Yankees and Mets. Chicago: Cubs and White Sox. Los Angeles: Dodgers and Angels. Bay Area: Giants and A's. Washington area: Orioles and Nationals. We should have an American League team in our city. The perfect choice would be the Tampa Bay Rays.
September 6, 2008 |
New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka alleged yesterday that Washington Redskins tackle Chris Samuels made a dirty play when he fell on the back of his ankle after being beaten on a pass rush on the final play of the NFL season opener. Kiwanuka hurt his left ankle on the play. X-rays were negative, but the ankle was still sore yesterday, and so was Kiwanuka. Replays showed that Kiwanuka beat Samuels to the outside on a pass rush and started moving toward Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell in the waning seconds of the Giants' 16-7 victory.
August 29, 2008 |
A .500 record might win it In case you hadn't noticed, they are holding The Race That No One Wants to Win in the National League West. Exhibit A: First-place Arizona, loser of five of its last six games, including the last four. Exhibit B: Second-place Los Angeles, loser of six straight heading into last night. Well, at least one of the teams will get some wins over each of the next two weekends. That's because the Diamondbacks - who are atop the division despite a 68-65 record - and the Dodgers will play a three-game series against each other during that time.
April 25, 2008 |
Mike Flannery just returned from a week in Lakeland, Fla., getting ready for his first season in the Atlantic League with the Camden Riversharks. Although he was standing in front of the home dugout yesterday during media day at sun-drenched Campbell's Field, he is still on cloud nine. Flannery, 28, a righthander and graduate of Audubon (N.J.) High School, got himself back into the game after a bum throwing shoulder led to surgery and nearly ended his baseball career. But all it took was a simple phone call recently to David Keller, director of baseball operations for the Riversharks, to get him back where he craved to be. Flannery will be in the bullpen tonight when the Riversharks host the York Revolution in the season opener.
April 18, 2008 |
Cole Hamels certainly understands the hype that surrounds his start tonight at Citizens Bank Park. It's not necessarily Hamels vs. the New York Mets, although it is. It's more Hamels vs. Johan Santana. But Hamels said he just doesn't care that much about the matchup. "That's for the fans, and I'm appreciative the fans are excited about it. But for myself, it's not a big deal," Hamels said. "I'm not pitching against him. I'm pitching against Jose Reyes, David Wright, [Carlos]