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.
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - After a full morning's batting practice, while her teammates were having lunch, Mo'ne Davis stood in a field at the Little League Eastern Region headquarters Saturday, calmly facing a cameraman for the Today show. It would be the second interview of the day, with several more to go, but Mo'ne neither complained nor seemed put out. After answering a series of now-familiar questions, she obliged the news crew by dipping into a basketful of baseballs and pitching them, perfectly, one after another, toward home plate.
August 10, 2014 |
BRISTOL, CONN. - The stage is set. The Taney Dragons, the upstarts from Center City who have advanced further than any other Little League team ever from Philadelphia, will play Newark National (Del.) - a power that appeared in the Little League World Series in 2013 - in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League final Sunday at 6 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2. Both teams won their regional semifinals Friday. Taney rallied to defeat Colonie (N.Y.), 6-5, in the morning, and Newark National sent Toms River home, 4-3, in the afternoon.
June 9, 2014 |
CINCINNATI - Ryne Sandberg darted toward umpire Tom Hallion in the sixth inning. "Do not argue!" Hallion yelled. He raised his right hand to stop the Phillies manager; it was a fruitless gesture. Hallion ejected Sandberg, and the mild-mannered Hall of Famer became enraged. "He blocked the [expletive] plate!" Sandberg screamed. He raised his arms and shouted some more. Then Sandberg retreated to the visiting manager's office at Great American Ballpark and watched the Phillies lose, 6-5, with a crucial run eliminated at the plate using a convoluted rule no one understands.
April 16, 2014 |
BONNER-Prendergast junior Nick Bralczyk sure isn't the new kid anymore. Truth be told, the 6-4, 195-pound transfer from Upper Darby hasn't felt like a newbie since the Friars' mid-March trip to Florida. However, when the righthander started in yesterday's Catholic League Blue battle of unbeatens at Archbishop Carroll, he was unproven. And when he threw a wild pitch that allowed Carroll to tie the game at 1-all in the fifth inning, the pressure was on. "As a pitcher, I'm thinking it's kind of my fault," Bralczyk said.