June 25, 2013 |
It was six games against two division opponents. It was a chance to regain some momentum after a miserable 10-game road trip. It was another lost opportunity. And it was par for the course, according to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "If you watch us play all year long, the inconsistent part of it, that's kind of how we play," Manuel said after the Phillies completed a 3-3 homestand with a lifeless 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. "We've got to play better baseball if we're going to run off a streak.
June 23, 2013 |
When the speakers at Citizens Bank Park blasted Led Zeppelin, it signaled a moment for which Charlie Manuel longed. Nearing the halfway mark of 2013, his Phillies possessed their best roster thus far. Chase Utley returned Friday to a rock song. His teammates jumped to a three-run lead in the second inning. And Cole Hamels, the priciest player on an expensive and underachieving roster, could not contain a hapless New York Mets team from overcoming it. A 4-3 Phillies loss was but one microcosm in a season immobilized by averageness.
June 19, 2013 |
THE LOW POINT of that high-five for Jeff Baker is a trip to the 15-day disabled list. Texas placed the utilityman on the DL with a sprained right thumb yesterday, five days after an over-exuberant high-five from an unidentified teammate. "It's frustrating when something is out of your control and it's non-baseball-related," Baker said. "I couldn't really control what happened. Now I'm obviously hurt. But at the same time, it's kind of a delicate situation because it is a teammate and he feels terrible about it. It is what it is. " Neither Baker nor the Rangers have said who gave Baker the high-five on Thursday.
June 11, 2013 |
TERRY COLLINS and Sandy Alderson have seen enough. One day after watching the New York Mets lose to Miami in 20 innings, they saw them fall in 10 to the worst team in the major leagues. So after yesterday's 8-4 home defeat, the Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis to Triple A Las Vegas. And outfielder Mike Baxter. And reliever Rob Carson. "I do believe there's an honor to play here, there's a privilege to play here. It's not just, put the uniform on and be here," Collins said.
June 10, 2013
Fed up after being swept by the lowly Marlins for a second straight weekend, the 23-35 New York Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis and two other players to triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday's defeat. Before Davis, who had been making $3.125 million and was a staple at first base for the Mets since April 2010, was sent down, manager Terry Collins pinch-hit for him against the Marlins. But you can't fault Collins: Davis was hitting .161 with 66 strikeouts this season. Also bounced were outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson.
June 3, 2013 |
ALTHOUGH Marcell Ozuna's 16-game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday, Miami's 22-year-old rookie outfielder bounced back in a big way yesterday. Ozuna had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs to help the Marlins complete a three-game sweep over the visiting New York Mets with an 11-6 win. "I'm feeling great," Ozuna said. "Everything is going good. Whenever I cross the [white] line, I am trying to help the team. " Greg Dobbs hit a three-run homer, and Ed Lucas and Chris Coghlan each had four hits and two RBI for the Marlins, who tied a season high with 16 hits and swept the Mets in Miami for the first time since May 28-30, 2004, outscoring the Mets by 24-8 in the series.
May 28, 2013 |
DANIEL MURPHY emphatically flipped his bat to the ground while he ran to first on his RBI single to centerfield. Take that Brett Gardner. Murphy had the go-ahead hit in the eighth after being denied a homer by Gardner two innings earlier, and the New York Mets rallied to beat the rival Yankees, 2-1, last night for their second straight home win after losing eight in a row. "I was fairly angry after he took that from us," Murphy said. David Wright hit his first home run at Citi Field this year leading off the seventh.
May 22, 2013 |
The New York Yankees are combining with English Premier League power Manchester City as owners of a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015. The team, the 20th in a league that has doubled in size in two decades, will be called New York City Football Club. It has less than two years to find a temporary home while focusing on a permanent stadium. The expansion fee for the new team is $100 million. Manchester City, owned by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, will be the controlling owner.
April 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Time will tell whether the weekend was a respite against a rotten team or a springboard to a turnaround for the Phillies. Either way, they will take their three-game sweep of the New York Mets, a team that would be even worse off if not for the presence of young pitching star Matt Harvey in their rotation and the rancid Miami Marlins in their division. It can be said with certainty that the Mets are on the road to nowhere this season, even though their charter flight took them to Miami after Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field.
April 16, 2013 |
It's a good time to reflect on what's great about sports and athletics - how we are lifted up and reminded of the better part of our nature. So runners can challenge themselves to run 26.2 miles and we gather to cheer their acomplishment - and no murderous act, for whatever addled motive, can do anything other than redouble our appreciation and strengthen the resolve to strive for our best. So a baseball player can change his society by playing the game at the highest athletic standard, while gracefully dealing with racist vitriol and disparagement.