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.
October 19, 2015 |
EVEN WHILE the Flyers were preparing to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Wednesday night, some players found a few moments to get in front of a television to see the tail end of a wild seventh inning going on in Toronto. Brayden Schenn said he was watching with Wayne Simmonds and Jason LaBarbera. There were also a group of Flyers players not watching, warming up in the open area on the event-level of Wells Fargo Center, kicking a soccer ball around.
August 7, 2015 |
Made a meme and dissed by rappers, politicians, and Rosetta Stone, Meek Mill, Philly's own prodigal son, returns to the area Thursday night. But will it be to open arms? The Philly rapper, 28, is slated to perform at the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint Tour. Or, as Canadian rapper Drake called it, "his girl's tour. " If you've been anywhere with WiFi connection, you know we're in the center of a beef between the Philadelphian and the Canadian.
August 2, 2013 |
THE BIRTH of the best big-game pitcher of the last quarter-century took place two decades ago in South Philly. The Phillies entered the day facing elimination and were three outs away from taking the World Series back to Toronto when Curt Schilling took the mound for the ninth inning at Veterans Stadium. He was working on a five-hit shutout. "I remember kind of feeling the stadium moving," Schilling said. With 62,706 people about to go berserk in the ballpark, Schilling made quick work of the only three batters he faced, including two guys who would finish in the top three of the American League MVP voting that year (John Olerud and Paul Molitor)
April 22, 2013 |
It has been 20 years since Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Hollins, Mitchy-Poo, and Schilling captivated the city with an improbable worst-to-first run that did not end until Toronto's Joe Carter launched a World Series-ending home run into the left-field seats at the SkyDome. Throughout this season, The Inquirer will profile one of the cast of characters from that unforgettable 1993 team. This week's profile: John Kruk. Age: 52 Last game: July 30, 1995, with the Chicago White Sox. Current job: Baseball analyst at ESPN.
October 22, 2008 |
"Joe has had his moments. Trying to lay off that ball, low to the outside part of the plate - he just went after one. Two balls and two strikes on him. Here's the pitch on the way. A swing and a belt! Left field! Way back! Blue Jays win! The Blue Jays are World Series champions as Joe Carter hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning, and the Blue Jays have repeated as World Series champions! Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!" - Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek's call of Joe Carter's home run Oct. 23, 1993 Even now, almost exactly 15 years later, those words, that moment, remain painful for Phillies fans to recall.
January 6, 2004 |
Paul Molitor had more than 3,300 career hits. He had a lifetime batting average of .306. He made seven all-star teams, was a top-10 finisher in American League most valuable player voting four times, and was a World Series MVP. All this makes Molitor a virtual lock for election to the baseball Hall of Fame when results of voting for the Class of 2004 are unveiled today. Molitor, who played 21 seasons, is one of 15 former players on the ballot for the first time. Other first-timers include Joe Carter, Dennis Eckersley, Danny Darwin, Doug Drabek, Jim Eisenreich, Jimmy Key, Cecil Fielder, Dennis Martinez, Kevin Mitchell, Randy Myers, Terry Pendleton, Juan Samuel, Dave Stieb and Bob Tewksbury.
June 13, 1998 |
Joe Carter had only one concern in his return to SkyDome. "I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be but it took a while to make sure I didn't run into the wrong dugout after the third out. That's what I was really concentrating on, so I wouldn't make myself look stupid out there. " Carter drove in three runs in his first game back against his former team as Baltimore beat host Toronto last night, 9-5. Mike Stanley hit two home runs for the Blue Jays. Carter, who left as a free agent after spending seven seasons with the Blue Jays, drove in two runs in the third on a gift triple.
August 29, 1997 |
Roger Clemens pitched well enough to get his 21st win. And he would have gotten it if not for a pair of unearned runs. "I kept the game close, and guys did some late damage and got us a win. That's what counts," Clemens said after the Toronto Blue Jays won for the fifth time in six games, 3-2 over the visiting Chicago White Sox in 11 innings yesterday. Clemens, the only 20-game winner in the majors, allowed seven hits in nine innings, struck out seven and lowered his league-leading earned run average to 1.73.
June 15, 1997 |
Take one guess which Toronto Blue Jay beat the Phillies with a home run last night. That's right, Joe Carter. The man who gave Philadelphia bitter beer face with one swing on October 23, 1993, was up to his dastardly tricks again. His two-run shot off Ryan Nye in the seventh inning propelled the Blue Jays to a 3-2 win in an interleague game at the Vet. The home run was Carter's 1,999th career hit. If he gets his 2,000th in the series finale today, it won't be the first milestone he's reached in Philadelphia.