August 19, 2016 |
CHASE UTLEY'S homecoming ended much like it began: Most of the 29,187 at Citizens Bank Park rose and applauded when Utley led off the first inning for the Dodgers. He struck out Tuesday before hitting two homers, and his leadoff single Thursday sparked a three-run rally. And then Utley rose into the heavens (on the team plane to Cincinnati), his mythical powers manifested again. Really, this return was unlike any other; unlike anything imaginable. It was almost messianic, with a distinct Easter-ly feel about this visit, complete with a three-day element and Utley's infallibility.
March 28, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pete Mackanin and his staff sent Aaron Nola to a back field on Saturday morning as they entered the final process of one of their pressing roster decisions. The Phillies used nine relief pitchers in their 6-5 Grapefruit League loss against Detroit, which was made possible by Nola's appearance in a minor-league game. Each reliever tossed one inning as they made their pitch for a role in the bullpen. The team will use the rest of this week to select seven relievers before finalizing the roster Sunday.
March 4, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Happens all the time, Mickey Morandini said. He'll be walking down the street, and it could be anywhere. Philadelphia, of course. That's easy and obvious. But elsewhere, too. Maybe in Williamsport, Pa., where he was the manager of the Phillies' single-A affiliate there in 2011. Maybe in Lakewood, N.J., where he managed in 2012 and 2013. Maybe in suburban Allentown or in downtown Reading. Morandini coached in both of those places the last couple of years. Maybe here, now that he's the Phillies' first-base coach.
November 23, 2015 |
The familiar sounds of a victorious team belting out "High Hopes" wafted through the ceiling vents from Temple's locker room next door. Where did that song come from? "I have no idea," Owls tailback Jahad Thomas admitted during a news conference, and that's no great surprise. Harry Kalas and the Phillies themselves singing the old tune favored by Kalas in celebratory moments is from a different era in this city's sports history. Hard to believe that Temple's 31-12 blasting of Memphis on Saturday could confirm that this Owls season has its own smaller place in local sports history.
November 2, 2015 |
Only once did I ever worry for my safety as a Mets fan in Philadelphia. It was the day of the Phillies' 2008 World Series parade. Oblivious to the citywide party kicking off outside my front door, I wore, as I always did, my Mets ski cap on my way to work. Across the street, a big guy in Phillies gear with a woman on each arm spotted me. I'll never forget the look on his face - shock, turned to horror, turned to fury. He left the girls behind, sprinted through traffic to cross the street, and pointed his finger in my face.
August 21, 2015 |
EVERYONE KNOWS Chase Utley has uttered some memorable lines: "World [bleeping] champions," was the way he described his team to the tens of thousands who gathered at the parade for the Phillies in 2008. "Boo? [Bleep] you!" was his response to the jeering welcome he got at Yankee Stadium at the 2008 All-Star Game. But there have been some great quotes about Utley too. No one will ever top Harry Kalas' "Chase Utley you are the man!" But here are some other noteworthy quotes that have been said about Utley over the years: * Charlie Manuel: "You try telling Chase to take a day off and he has this look like you just killed his mother.
July 28, 2015 |
PHILLIES FANS have on occasion stopped in their tracks and pointed to Chris Wheeler. They hesitate, then say: "Hey . . . hey, you're Harry Kalas!" To which Wheeler replies, "Now, that would be a big story. " Wheeler, a/k/a "Wheels," is recounting this yesterday, somewhere around the eighth hole at Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County, where he's playing a round of golf. He did color commentary and called play-by-play action for 37 years until 2013, when Comcast, in a $2.5 billion TV deal with the Phillies, dropped both Wheels and Gary "Sarge" Matthews.
April 21, 2015 |
NEW YORK GIANTS offensive tackle Justin Pugh , originally of Bucks County, returned to the Keystone State this weekend to give some love back to his hometown. The 2013 NFL first-round draft pick, standing at 6 feet 4 inches and hailing from Holland, Pa., donned his best black tie for the Autism Cares Foundation's sixth annual Gala and Silent Auction. It was Saturday at the Spring Mill Manor, in Ivyland, about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. "I am fortunate life has been good to me, and I would like to give back to the Bucks County community that has always supported me," Pugh said.
March 16, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur had taken his final swing during pregame batting practice exactly at 10:30 Wednesday morning, and he was already jogging out to right field when Bright House Field opened to the public for the Phillies' 1 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Whenever the Phillies sling open the park's gates, a recorded greeting narrated by Harry Kalas welcomes fans, and Randy Newman's soaring overture from the film The Natural kicks on over the sound system.
February 26, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There's not a player or coach in Phillies camp, Ben Davis said, who does not think the team can be successful this season despite being widely predicted to finish last in the National League. "Baseball players are just built differently," said Davis, who is entering his first season as one of the team's broadcasters. The former second overall draft pick from Malvern Prep makes his broadcast debut March 3 when the Phillies host the New York Yankees in the Grapefruit League opener.