October 5, 2012 |
BOSTON - Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski thinks that being in a pennant race will help Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in his attempt to win the Triple Crown. And Yaz should know: He's the last player to lead his league in batting average, homers, and RBIs in the same season. "In '67, the Triple Crown was never even mentioned once," Yastrzemski said last week. "We were so involved in the pennant race, I didn't know I won the Triple Crown until the next day, when I read it in the paper.
September 22, 2010
THIS WAS IT. This was why Roy Halladay came to the Phillies. A game like this, in late September when the stakes were high, was what he never pitched in during his decade as the ace for the Toronto Blue Jays. A night like this night, when the air was changing from summer to fall, when the baseball maniacs filling the stadium were on the edge of their seats, was the thing Halladay had never experienced. Individually, Halladay has won a Cy Young Award, been a 20-game-winner.
September 8, 2010 |
It isn't a long season. Not anymore. For months, baseball people dismiss all mishap and misfortune by invoking the grueling marathon of the schedule. Slumps, injuries, bad plays and questionable managerial moves ? they're all swept away with those four words: "It's a long season. " In April and May, June and July, it's true. There's time, always time. But now, a week into September, the long season is down to 22 games. The Phillies, facing the twin challenges of reaching the playoffs and setting themselves up to make a strong run, played Tuesday night with September urgency.
August 27, 2010 |
Comment From Marshall Mathers : Why am I not worried about the Phillies? They never beat the Astros this time of year, and I know they didn't gain on the Braves, but they didn't lose ground, either. Gonzo: I watched the Phils-Mets rivalry show on Versus the other day. Shane Victorino had a lot of face time. He kept saying, and I'm paraphrasing, that the Phils have shown that they're a late-season team and they never give up. And he's right. Same goes for this year. They should have performed better against the 'Stros, sure, but I'm not worried about it. They always play better down the stretch when the pressure is on. Comment From Ryan : Do you think you made an enemy today?
August 25, 2010 |
You're in or you're out The Giants are trying to keep up with the playoff chase. "Right now we are under fire in a pennant race," San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval said. "Forget the pennant race. We need to win games right now. " The Giants knocked off the Central division-leading Reds, 11-2, Monday night. "It's a definite momentum builder for us," pitcher Matt Cain noted. "We had a bad road trip, not something we wanted. It put us in a bit of a bind. We've got a couple people we're chasing.
August 15, 2010
The hotter the pennant race, the more my ballpark beer needs to quench the swelter of serious Phillies fandom. With a big two-week homestand beginning at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday, rest assured I've done my "research" part to help. After an extensive investigation of CBP's serious beer selections (no Michelob Ultra, thanks), my test-sipping trials in the left-field stands have uncovered a new favorite: Sly Fox Royal Weisse. New to the park this year, this Bavarian-style wheat beer on draft at the kiosk in Section 137 delivers a seamless double play of quaffability and flavor, with hits of banana and clove, plus a light curve of tangerine on the finish.
August 26, 2009 |
Billy Wagner is on his way to the Boston Red Sox, leaving the Mets for the chance to pitch in a pennant race as a setup man for All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a few days of back-and-forth talks, the Mets traded the lefthanded reliever yesterday for two players-to-be-named. The AL wild-card leaders had claimed Wagner on waivers, and the teams worked out a deal that persuaded the former Phillies closer to waive his no-trade clause. Wagner's main motivation, according to agent Bean Stringfellow, was his "overwhelming desire to pitch in a pennant race.
July 10, 2008 |
Armed for the pennant race? The Phillies and others looked on as the Milwaukee Brewers landed CC Sabathia and as the Chicago Cubs worked out a six-player deal for Rich Harden. Twenty-one days are left until the non-waiver trading deadline, so other clubs have plenty of time to acquire talented arms for the stretch run. That search may stay centered on the American League. Here are a few other AL hurlers rumored to be available for the right price: Huston Street, Oakland A's. The closer could make some team a pennant contender.
September 20, 2007 |
Rod Barajas squatted behind home plate at Citizens Bank Park on opening day. He is the team's No. 3 catcher today. But Barajas, who has been booed heavily in Philadelphia since he avoided a collision at the plate in a loss to Florida on May 23, came up big in Tuesday's crucial 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. His pinch single up the middle with runners on first and second and two outs scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning. "We're in a pennant race," Barajas said.
December 24, 2006 |
One of the sadder developments of Major League Baseball in the 2000s is how the ascent of Ken Griffey Jr. to the ranks of the true greats has slowed to worse than a crawl. Once the presumptive heir to Henry Aaron's home-run record, Griffey - "Junior," "The Kid" - was the player once thought the most likely to carry the game into this century on the magnificent twin forces of his talent and his personality. Yet as we approach 2007, Griffey is in danger of once again receding to the backwaters of baseball's consciousness by yet another confounding injury.