May 9, 2001 |
The Phillies spent $3 million on closer Mike Jackson before the 2000 season and received nothing but medical bills in return. It was just another trip on the wheel of misfortune for a team that may well have inspired the cliche about bad luck and no luck at all. This season, however, has been different. This year's closer, Jose Mesa, is healthy and effective, if not always economical. This year's bullpen is efficient. This year's free-agent signings have been fruitful. And, now, even Jackson has helped the first-place Phillies win a game, albeit in the uniform of the opposing team.
June 23, 2001 |
The main plot was the first-place Phillies against the second-place Florida Marlins, a matchup of two surprising teams trying to win the National League East. The subplot was not bad, either. In a battle of little men who have had a big impact on their teams, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo were trying to steal the show. "It's kind of like Sammy and Mark," Rollins said in reference to the 1998 season-long home run contest between the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire.
November 23, 2011 |
Baseball announced its new five-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday, and the ramifications for the Phillies were mostly positive. The new deal includes blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH) that is scheduled to begin in spring training next year. Major League Baseball will become the first North American professional league to test for HGH. Baseball already had testing in place for other performance-enhancing drugs. Testing positive a first time would result in a 50-game suspension, which is the same first-time penalty for other performance-enhancing substances.
October 4, 2009 |
There were times in the first half of this season when Jimmy Rollins would be loosening up a few hours before a game. His eyes would shift toward the dugout, where manager Charlie Manuel was answering questions from a pack of reporters. Rollins had been mired in a hellacious slump, so his intuition told him that the questions were about him. "I'd say, 'What did they ask you today, Charlie?' " Rollins said. "And he'd say, 'Please start hitting, son. I'm tired of answering these questions.
July 23, 2008 |
So, chew on this one for a moment: So Taguchi. Yeah, So Taguchi. The guy who has been buried so deep on the Phillies' bench that he might as well be the 26th man on a 25-man roster. Taguchi came up with a clutch double in the top of the ninth inning last night that helped the Phillies record an improbable 8-6 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and gave them a one-game lead over their rival in the National League East. "I just had this feeling," said closer Brad Lidge, who picked up his 22d save.
September 11, 2005 |
It feels like another one of those back-against-the-wall moments for the Phillies, doesn't it? "No, not yet," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said after last night's 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The loss dropped the Phillies to 2 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the National League wild-card race, and two games behind the Marlins. The Phillies need to beat the Marlins this afternoon or they will have lost their third straight series, and fourth of their last five.
April 6, 2003 |
An optimist would point out that Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell - four Phillies who entered yesterday batting a combined .156 - keyed a 19-hit attack that highlighted a 16-1 shellacking of the Pittsburgh Pirates at chilly Veterans Stadium. A pessimist would note that the victory wasn't nearly as important as the loss of ace Kevin Millwood, who left the game after three innings because of a strained right groin. An optimist would point out that Rollins had five hits, including three doubles, and bounced his batting average from .158 to .320 as the Phillies handed the Pirates their first loss of the young season.
August 4, 2005 |
It couldn't happen again. The Phillies had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning last night at Citizens Bank Park, just as they had Tuesday in a one-run loss to the Chicago Cubs. The Phillies came up empty Tuesday when David Bell and Tomas Perez struck out to end the game. But the Phils came through last night in a wild finish for a 4-3 victory. Pat Burrell stepped in with the bases loaded in a 3-3 tie - only after the Cubs intentionally walked Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu to face him - and struck out swinging for the second out. But the ball got away from catcher Michael Barrett on a passed ball and Jimmy Rollins started home from third base.
April 2, 2007 |
They are here because they are immensely talented. But it's their youth and potential that make people wonder just how much they can accomplish together. It's the swagger of the shortstop, the cocksureness of the two pitchers, the killer intensity of the second baseman and the big smile, laugh and power of the first baseman that make fans believe that something truly special can happen here. Jimmy Rollins. Cole Hamels. Brett Myers. Chase Utley. Ryan Howard. This homegrown and hungry pool of talent at the core of the Phillies oozes personality and appeal.
July 8, 2003 |
Everything collapsed so quickly. One minute the Phillies held a one-run lead, the next they trailed, the benches had cleared, and manager Larry Bowa had his fifth ejection of the season on their way to an 8-1 loss to the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium. "It seemed like everything turned into a hit," Phillies pitcher Brandon Duckworth said. Just his luck. The Phillies had looked to rebound after Florida swept them at Veterans Stadium over the weekend, killing the momentum they had built over the previous 16 games when they went 13-3 and dampening much of the excitement Phillies fans had started to feel.