March 7, 2016 |
As preparations for this year's Philadelphia Flower Show ramped up this month, its theme - the National Parks - was cause for some head-scratching. With floral designers tasked with evoking national parks such as the Muir Woods National Monument (known more for towering redwoods and less for flowering plants) and Arches National Park (a literal desert), attendees couldn't be faulted for wondering where on earth they were going to put all the flowers. But the Flower Show's 188th incarnation, hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and opened to the public on Saturday morning, was, for many visitors, a welcome exercise in creativity.
September 29, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals season began to unravel around the time they acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies and pushed Drew Storen to the setup role. On Sunday at Nationals Park, the Phillies happened to witness the ugliest moment of this disastrous Nationals season. Not surprisingly, it featured the Phils' former closer. In the eighth inning of the Phillies' 12-5 win, Papelbon and star Bryce Harper fought in the Nationals dugout. Papelbon had words for Harper when the National League MVP front-runner returned to the dugout after flying out, and when Harper chirped back, Papelbon shoved him against the wall by his neck before teammates separated them.
September 28, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When Pete Mackanin and the Phillies arrived at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, they had the chance to take part in the conclusion of the National League East race before the end of the weekend - and possibly as early as today. The New York Mets' magic number to clinch the division was 3, meaning that any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses that totaled three in the coming weekend would crown New York the champ and eliminate Washington from playoff contention.
September 28, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Three extra innings were needed to decide the penultimate meeting of the season between the Phillies and Washington Nationals. But 48 minutes before the conclusion of Washington's 2-1 win in 12 innings on Saturday, the preseason National League East favorites were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It was about 7:15 p.m. when the out-of-town scoreboard at Nationals Park reflected that the New York Mets had won, 10-2, in Cincinnati, to clinch the division. With the Phillies' fate decided long ago, the game had officially been rendered meaningless.
September 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Aaron Altherr slowed as he neared first base, almost stopping as he watched his hit fall to shallow center field on Friday night in the third inning of an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals. He then saw the ball blitz past a diving outfielder and skip toward the wall at Nationals Park. It was time to run again. Altherr sprinted around the bases and slid safely into home without a throw. It was the 14th inside-the-park grand slam in Phillies history and first since Ted Kazanski in 1956.
August 27, 2015 |
In recent years, Philadelphia Flower Show themes have whisked visitors to far-flung destinations from Ireland to Hawaii and the fictional Arendelle (the kingdom in Frozen , as part of last year's blockbuster "Celebrate the Movies" show, featuring a Disney partnership). But the 2016 show, from March 5 to 13, will draw inspiration from closer to home. As an ornate, national parks-theme cake melted under the afternoon sun on Tuesday - Founders' Day to the National Park Service - officials from the Park Service and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society gathered on Independence Mall to unveil the theme, "Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service.
June 27, 2015 |
The National Park Service is removing all Confederate flag items on sale throughout the federal park system. The action, announced Thursday in the aftermath of the shootings of nine African Americans in Charleston, S.C., applies to merchandise in bookstores and gift shops, said Jonathan B. Jarvis, park service director. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," Jarvis said. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park.
September 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels has dominated many hitters, but Washington journeyman leftfielder Scott Hairston isn't one of them. Hairston proved to be a nemesis again Sunday by belting a game-deciding sacrifice fly that almost left the park in the sixth inning of Washington's 3-2 win over the Phillies at Nationals Park. "I thought it was a homer," Hamels said. For his career, Hairston is 18 for 48 (.375) with five home runs and 10 RBIs against Hamels. "When he played for the Padres and Mets, he put up some pretty good numbers," Hamels said.
September 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - All of a sudden, the Phillies and Washington Nationals appear as though they have reversed roles. The Phillies are playing like a team gearing up for the postseason, while the Nationals, at least against the Phillies, haven't resembled the team that began Saturday with the National League's best record. A.J. Burnett allowed just one run in seven innings, as the Phillies beat the Nationals, 3-1, at Nationals Park. The Phillies have won 12 of their last 17 games. With Burnett's win, they clinched the season series against the Nationals for the first time since 2010.
August 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett has encountered his share of trouble in the first two innings of games this season, but this time there was a twist. His slow start was followed by a quick exit. One pitch after allowing a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon, Burnett was tossed, and the Phillies went on to lose, 11-0, to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Saturday night. After throwing a first-pitch ball to Jayson Werth, Burnett exchanged pleasantries with home plate umpire Chris Guccione.