August 21, 2016 |
This was mid-January, a freezing day in a freezing month, but already Nick Williams was thinking warm thoughts. The Phillies had brought him to Citizens Bank Park, with several other young players and prospects, for a tour of the place, and in walking the concourse Williams began eyeballing the right-field wall and its alluring distance from home plate. Just 329 feet down the line. Just 369 to right-center. September, he said. He wanted to be in the Phillies lineup by the end of September, to take some shots at that short porch.
August 15, 2016 |
Maikel Franco glared toward the pitcher's mound Saturday night and for a moment it looked as if emotions were ready to boil over during the hottest game of the season. The dugouts emptied. The bullpens did, too. But the fourth-inning drama ended there in a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. Franco was upset after being hit by a pitch on the left knee by Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson, who was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Eric Cooper. The pitcher tried to explain himself to Franco, who stood near home plate and stared through Anderson as he removed his equipment.
May 17, 2016 |
Once Cameron Rupp hobbled back to the Phillies clubhouse Saturday night after his incredible collision at home plate that will be replayed and replayed, the catcher found concerned teammates. His friends and family texted to see if he was OK. They all asked the same first question: "How's your head?" "My head?" Rupp said. "My head's fine. Did you see what my leg did?" Rupp's left leg crumbled under the weight of Eugenio Suarez crashing into him at the end of the 4-3 win over the Reds.
May 16, 2016 |
Pete Mackanin hoped Tyler Goeddel would launch the perfect throw. The outfielder did. Goeddel fired a strike from left field to home plate on Saturday night with two outs in the ninth inning. Cameron Rupp hoped he would be able to keep his grip on the ball and seal a 4-3 win over Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park. Rupp certainly did. The catcher nabbed Goeddel's throw and survived a nasty crash at home plate to finish a wild win. The throw brought Rupp a shade to his left and into the path of Eugenio Suarez, who had tagged up and was sprinting from third base.
May 12, 2015 |
ERIE, Pa. By the look of the box score, it was another grim day for baseball back in Philadelphia. A couple of early leads disintegrated and a late rally fell short, leaving the last-place Phillies nearly 10 games out of first place two weeks before Memorial Day. If you were fortunate enough to be in Pennsylvania's fourth-largest city Sunday afternoon, you would at least feel better about the organization's future. That's because it was Aaron Nola's day to pitch at cozy Jerry Uht Park.
April 26, 2015 |
The Phillies batboy plucked Freddy Galvis' batting helmet from the dirt near home plate as the team celebrated near first base. The helmet had been spiked by Galvis after he leaped to his feet following his slide into home for the winning run of Friday's 1-0, walk-off win over Atlanta. It was left behind as he sprinted to grab Ben Revere, who ignited the celebration with a grounder to first base. Galvis reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Hernandez. With Revere batting, he moved to third on a passed ball.
April 1, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
February 23, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball is making some changes designed to speed games, but won't implement more radical proposals this year. The league and the players' union announced an agreement yesterday to enforce the rule requiring a hitter to keep at least one foot in the batter's box in most cases. MLB also will post stadium clocks timing pitching changes and between-inning breaks. MLB did not institute many of the ideas experimented with during the Arizona Fall League, such as a 20-second clock between pitches, a limitation of pitcher's mound conferences involving catchers and managers, and no-pitch intentional walks.
September 30, 2014 |
T HIS SEASON, the Phillies struggled just as much in the stands as they did on the field. The Phightens drew 2,423,852 fans to Citizens Bank Park, an average of 29,924 per game. That was over a half-million fewer than last year - 588,551 to be exact - and marked the fourth straight season there was a drop in home attendance. The Phillies' year-by-year home attendance figures since they moved to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 are on Page 57. My bad High-five to Jets quarterback Geno Smith for apologizing after cursing at a fan while leaving the field following a 24-17 loss to the Lions yesterday.
August 21, 2014
WITH ALL the tempting choices out there, most, if not all of us, struggle with cooking at home. Home-cooked meals from scratch are likely more nutritious and better for overall health. But these days, with our mainly sedentary, round-the-clock lifestyles, it is increasingly difficult for people to carve out the time to plan, shop and prepare nutritious meals at home. Budgeting, planning, shopping and preparing healthy meals can be particularly challenging when resources are slim and money is tight.