February 16, 2015 |
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
September 13, 2014 |
In the dead of a spring night in 1991, Lenny Dykstra left a bachelor party, slipped behind the wheel of a luscious-lips-red Mercedes-Benz, and - with Darren Daulton sitting next to him, with Dykstra's blood-alcohol level already having left Pennsylvania's legal standard for drunkenness in the dust - crashed the car into a pair of trees. Teammates on the Phillies at the time, Dykstra and Daulton were lucky to have walked away from the accident, let alone to play baseball again, and the incident created a dilemma for the man charged with determining Dykstra's fate in the sport.
July 3, 2014 |
THE YEAR was 1996. The first full season after baseball's debilitating strike. The Philadelphia Phillies, the last full 162-game season National League champions, sent out a roster of well-regarded thirtysomethings - some holdovers from '93, some not. It was hoped that Benito Santiago, Gregg Jefferies and Todd Zeile would refresh the team that had stumbled in the two previous seasons pockmarked by a baseball strike, a team that still included Darren...
February 13, 2014 |
I AM A sporadic pack rat. Which is another way of saying I tend to throw out valuable things and hold on to things of dubious worth. Near or at the top of this list would be drawer No. 4 in my attic, which houses every Phillies media guide since my hire in 1992. Back then it was a good idea to hold on to the damn things for historical purposes, but those were the days when the Internet was a futuristic rumor not taken seriously, and the public library was a valued institution and not the focus of a cost-cutting debate.
November 6, 2013 |
PRO ATHLETES used to thank God it was Friday or any other day when they could do whatever they wanted in watering holes without some guilty bystander whipping out an iPhone and posting Instagram improprietries on Disgracebook. Those were the days when Cro-Magnon men and Neanderthalism were protected by media and fans alike. The playing field has changed. Cagey athletes think twice now before letting groupies append themselves under each arm. How tweet it ain't. Cats playing pianos wear thin in the annoying age of Internet suffocation, but there's a perverse charm to repeatedly watching Lenny Dykstra on YouTube compare himself to Gandhi while referring to him as "that Indian dude.
August 31, 2013 |
Valerie Harper , 74, who revealed in the spring she had brain cancer, may be seeing some hope. "I'd say that we're getting pretty close to a remission," her doc, Jeremy Rudnick , told her on-camera in a segment shot for NBC's Today . "It defies the odds. " But any remission is going to be temporary, Rudnick added. Harper's type of cancer develops resistance to therapy. "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," he said. But a remission buys time, he added. The Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda star took Meredith Vieira - and a camera crew - to her appointment with her doctor as part of a Today special about Harper to air on Sept.
August 2, 2013 |
THE 1993 PHILLIES had a bottle of beer in one hand and a bottle of lightning in the other. They were unshaven and not particularly hygienic, but boy could they play baseball. The season ended with Joe Carter's walkoff home run, but the legacy is the dirt on Lenny Dykstra's chest, John Kruk's ripped pants and Mitch Williams' high-wire acts from the bullpen. "Who's Ugly Now," the Daily News headline wondered after the Phillies had taken care of the pretty-boy Braves to reach the World Series.
July 26, 2013 |
Last of two parts LENNY DYKSTRA says going to jail for bankruptcy fraud was "rock bottom. " Says he gave former teammate Pete Incaviglia a job at his car wash when Inky was having "some problems personally. " Believable? Who knows? On Tuesday, Dykstra revealed those things and more in an interview with "FYI Sports Talk," a part of the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. Nails talked to show hosts Robert Fick and Dmitri Young, both former major leaguers, about a wide range of subjects.
July 26, 2013 |
First of two parts LENNY DYKSTRA gave his first interview since coming out of prison. And, as you might expect, it was classic Nails. Dykstra was released from the the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex in California in June after serving 6 1/2 months in for bankruptcy fraud. Yesterday, he chatted with former major league All-Stars Robert Fick and Dmitri Young on their show "FYI Sports Talk," part of the Jon Lovitz Vodcast Network. "It sounds so funny for me to say I was in prison," Dykstra said.
July 3, 2013 |
IN 1993, PHILLIES general manager Lee Thomas had the equivalent of a .400 season for a general manager. While other teams had spent lavishly on free agents during an insanely busy winter meetings - Barry Bonds, David Cone and Dave Stewart were among the players who switched teams for huge deals - Thomas held almost daily mini-news conferences in a hotel suite announcing what seemed at the time to be small trades and small free-agent signings. Pete Incaviglia, Jim Eisenreich, David West, Danny Jackson: All had career years or huge bounceback seasons in 1993.