September 24, 2011 |
BRANDON MORROW pitched seven scoreless innings and the Toronto Blue Jays further dampened Tampa Bay's playoff hopes, beating David Price and the Rays, 5-1, last night in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays have lost four of five and dropped 2 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race; the Red Sox were rained out at New York last night. A night after pounding out 17 hits in a 15-8 romp at Yankee Stadium, the Rays were limited to Matt Joyce's second-inning infield single until Casey Kotchman singled with one out in the seventh off Morrow (11-11)
June 8, 2012 |
Jim Thome and his 604 career home runs are back in the Phillies dugout. Just what that means for the team's sputtering offense, however, remains to be seen. The organization activated Thome from the disabled list Wednesday, putting him back in red pinstripes for the first time since he exited a game with tightness in his lower back on April 29. The slugger's return might provide a much-needed boost for an offense that squeaked out just five runs in its previous three games entering Wednesday.
July 24, 2003 |
As a child in Illinois, Phillies first baseman Jim Thome used to lay in bed at night holding a Chicago Cubs helmet in his hands and promising himself something that many boys promise themselves: "I'm going to play for the Cubs someday. I'm going to play in the big leagues. " Thome made it to the big leagues, and last night at Wrigley Field he fulfilled a lifelong dream. He went deep over the ivy. Thome crushed a 2-0 pitch off Cubs pitcher Matt Clement in the third inning and sent it onto Sheffield Avenue, the street that runs past right field, for a two-run home run. He teamed up with Randy Wolf, who threw a four-hit shutout, and Ricky Ledee, who hit a bases-empty homer in the second, to lead the Phillies to a 3-0 victory.
September 23, 2003 |
It's stand-and-deliver time for the Phillies. Today, the hometowners begin what really is the entire 2003 season, boiled down to three games: a crucial series against the Florida Marlins that likely will determine which team squeezes into the National League playoffs. Bet this: Phillies first baseman Jim Thome will be pivotal in this series, whether delivering one of his Ruthian home runs in the crucible of pressure or standing tall in the clubhouse with his winning presence.
May 3, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Cliff Lee's stay on the disabled list may not be much longer than the mandated 15 days. Lee threw what he termed a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday at Turner Field, taking the next step in his recovery from a strained left side. He is eligible to be activated Friday, but it won't happen then. Still, there is optimism. The lefthander said he is scheduled to throw another bullpen Saturday. If that goes well, he could be activated next week. "It's slowly gotten better," Lee said.
June 8, 2012
THE HOPEFUL offseason talk, of yoga classes and such, is long forgotten. Jim Thome's 41-year-old back cannot take the bending and the strain. More than 5 weeks on the disabled list were not enough to alter that reality. Thome will not play first base anymore. He is beloved in this town because he came here — the first time — before coming here was the fashion. He still has the hard hat that the union electricians gave him when Citizens Bank Park was a construction site. The bond between a man and a people is real.
June 24, 2012 |
Jim Thome and Charlie Manuel have always enjoyed a special relationship, and the slugger felt it was fitting that he and the manager shared more milestones together in an eventful afternoon in South Philadelphia. Thome's solo, pinch-hit home run to lead off the ninth inning off hard-throwing lefthander Jake McGee provided the Phillies with Saturday's 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park It was Thome's 609th career home run, tying him with Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list.
April 5, 2012
HE STOOD on the painted baseball that marked his 400th home run the other day, chatting up fans as part of the Phillies' On-Deck Series of games designed to add a little revenue for a payroll that is now beyond anyone's imagination, a payroll absorbing another $1.25 million so that the man who started it all could have one last stab at the ultimate prize. Jim Thome smiled and shook a hundred or so hands and told and listened to stories as more of the early crowd wandering around Citizens Bank Park found him and flocked toward him. I told him later it was like watching a family greet a beloved relative they rarely see, which is kind of what Thome has been since leaving Philadelphia after the 2005 season.
November 7, 2011
JIM THOME is not the first Hall of Fame-level first baseman to return to Philly for an end-of-career cameo. Jimmie Foxx, the greatest hitter in Athletics history, finished his career with the lowly Phillies in 1945. He was just 37. Maybe young owner Bob Carpenter thought the righthanded slugger who rivaled Babe Ruth's numbers during the great middle years of his career could put a few extra fannies in Connie Mack Stadium's empty seats. He didn't. The Phils drew just over 285,000.
September 2, 2014 |
Baseball is a game of timeless, repeating patterns, which is part of its charm. A fan from 100 years ago would still recognize the choreography of a double play and still know how well a ball has been hit by listening to the sound of the bat. He would wonder why the game takes so long, but otherwise, baseball is baseball. Ryan Howard, as he endures the downside of a great career, is repeating another pattern that he went through a decade ago from the other side of the looking glass.