August 8, 2016 |
MAYBE IT'S because our professional sports teams have been so bad for so long. Or maybe it's because the actuary tables tell me that if I am going to see a championship, it better be soon. Or maybe it's because I tend to look at our teams through rose-colored glasses. But I'm feeling incredibly optimistic about the future of our Philadelphia Phillies. When the Phillies started unloading the stars who brought us so many division titles and a World Series victory, I thought it was the right move, but I was a little despondent, because I thought the rebuilding process might take five or six years.
July 22, 2016 |
I probably don't have to tell you what a huge relief it was this week to learn that plagiarism is finally all right. Man, that took long enough. It is so easy to accidentally slip when writing about Philadelphia sports. Sometimes, particularly when the local landscape is outlined against a blue, gray October sky, the Four Horsemen occasionally ride again. As you well know, in dramatic lore, they are Famine, Pestilence, Destruction, and Death. But those are only aliases. Their real names are Eagles, Flyers, Sixers, and Phillies.
July 16, 2016 |
The best part about minor-league baseball? It's half game, half game center. Minor-league baseball is more than a training ground for future big-leaguers - it's also a great value for families looking for a day or night out. Consider the experience of Timothy Field from Palmer Township, in the Lehigh Valley: He brings his 8-year-old son to games in Allentown when the boy visits during the summer. "I love the time here," Field says, adding that, while attending any sporting event with his son is special, there's something even more special about being together at a baseball game.
August 4, 2015 |
In his first rehab outing, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2 for 3 with a walk as a designated hitter for the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 4-0 loss Sunday to visiting Norfolk. Both hits were singles. Utley, who is hitting .179, was placed on the disabled list June 23 with right ankle inflammation. Over his last five games he was 2 for 20. "Overall, the ankle is feeling the best that it has felt all year," Utley said in statements distributed by the IronPigs. Utley thought he fared well at the plate.
July 6, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have worn jerseys that resemble the silks of a jockey and those that look like hockey sweaters. There have been Star Wars jerseys, Batman jerseys, and Halloween jerseys. They once suited up in police-themed uniforms while their opponents dressed as firefighters. Novelty jerseys have been a staple for the IronPigs since their 2008 inaugural season, which is also around the time that the whacky-jersey craze started sweeping through the minor leagues.
April 19, 2015 |
Coming soon to a minor-league ball game near you: Broccoli. Days after a national physicians group renewed its push to get the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, to include vegetables on its pork-laden stadium menu, the team has agreed to add the green stalk. But there's a catch. Bacon is involved, and, it turns out, some national publicity as well for the IronPigs' response. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit based in Washington, asked the team Monday to go easy on the bacon and other processed meat, which the group said is unhealthy, and get some vegetables on fans' plates.
April 15, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Matt Caton maneuvered around the wood skewer impaling a thick slice of maple-coated bacon. He took a bite. "Awesome," he said, chewing happily Sunday on the newest offering at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs' stadium. Caton knows that a health-focused organization tried to get the team, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, to ban bacon last year. He didn't know that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is back again this season. "Stop complaining and enjoy it with a baseball game," Caton said as the IronPigs battled the Pawtucket Red Sox. That's easy to do in a bacon-infused ballpark that features a mascot named Chris P. Bacon, and sells chocolate-covered bacon and bacon-scented T-shirts.
March 27, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's the best thing you can say about Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Cuban import to whom the Phillies gave a 3-year, $12 million contract two Augusts ago: He's healthy. The first year of Gonzalez's deal wasn't a very productive one for the player or his new team. He had shoulder pain from the start in the spring, was shifted to the bullpen in the summer, and got virtually no experience that will aid his mission in becoming a pitcher in the Phillies' rotation sometime soon.
August 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Lefthander Cliff Lee, who suffered a reoccurrence of his left elbow strain in Thursday's 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals, will be seen by Phillies team doctor Steve Cohen on Saturday in Washington. Before Friday's game, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he doesn't expect any scans or MRIs to be done on Lee until the team returns from this current road trip that ends Sunday. Lee spent more than two months on the disabled list with a left elbow strain before being activated on July 21. Thursday was his third start upon his return and he threw 22/3 scoreless innings before departing.