August 25, 2010
A perfect gift One by one, the Phillies players walked up to Roy Halladay before Tuesday night's game and shook his hand. Halladay's smile was the widest it has been since he joined the team. The righthander purchased around 60 Swiss-made Baumé & Mercier watches to commemorate his perfect game May 29 against the Marlins. He gave out the watches as gifts to everyone in the clubhouse - all of the players who were on the active roster then, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel (including batboy Rob DiClementi)
April 1, 2012 |
It was a Friday. Oct. 7. A grave-digger kind of night, cold and foreboding, ominous and haunted, rife with the chilling premonition that nothing good was going to come of it. And sure enough, on the last pitch of the last out of the last game of the first round of the 2011 National League playoffs, the massive Ryan Howard, the Big Bopper, first hopped, then limped, and, finally, his Achilles tendon rupturing, gave way completely, and part way...
April 29, 2014 |
PITCHING AND DEFENSE has been the message that they've preached, and as Freddy Galvis fired a strike to first base from his knees for the first out of the ninth inning, you could almost sense Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Amaro Jr. nodding contentedly. Both men are convinced that this Phillies team can win enough games to keep things interesting, and if they are proved correct, it will be performances like yesterday's that do it. A.J. Burnett turned in his most dominant outing of the season, striking out eight without issuing a walk in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
September 18, 2006 |
PHILADEPHIA is once again in the national sports-related spotlight, with the "Rocky" statue flap and moviegoing football fans flocking to see "Invincible. " The Disney movie, as we all know by now, was inspired by the real-life story of Vince Papale, the 30-year-old Delaware County bartender who, in 1976, against all odds tried out and made the Eagles as a special teams member. "Invincible" - just like "Rocky" - is an uplifting story about a working-class grunt who makes it. And, as with "Rocky," Philadelphians really relate to Papale's story.
October 22, 2014 |
FIVE THOUGHTS about this year's World Series, which begins tonight with the Giants' Madison Bumgarner squaring off against the Royals' James Shields: 1. The postseason is the ultimate in small samples. This is the first World Series in history to feature two teams who failed to reach 90 wins in a 162-game season. The Giants finished the regular season 45-53 in their final 98 games, while the Royals had two players finish the year with an OPS+ above league average (Lorenzo Cain at 108 and Alex Gordon at 117)
August 15, 2016 |
The Phillies have 43 players on their 40-man roster - two on the 60-day disabled list and one suspended - and all but three have appeared in the majors at some point in their careers. A new front office billed this season as a chance to evaluate the talent it inherited before making the next wave of decisions in the rebuilding process. That phase is almost near. The overturn on the 40-man roster, starting in a few weeks when rosters are expanded for September, will be immense.
September 7, 2011
DURING ONE uncommonly inclement spring training in Arizona many years ago, the Milwaukee Brewers' manager was asked how badly the team's preparation would be compromised if still more precipitation interrupted the following day's workout. Replied plain-spoken Harvey Kuenn: "If it bleepin' rains, we're bleepin' bleeped. " The Phillies are getting to know that feeling a little too well. Charlie Manuel wasn't quite as blunt last night while waiting out the latest delay, but there's no doubt that all the rotten weather lately is starting to take a toll.
July 5, 2012 |
Outlet: Philly Fresh We went: Pregame, 6:35 p.m. Wait: None. Order: Philly Salad. Cost: $8. Let's cut to the chase: Not only is the Phoodinator a carnivore, he believes that serving salad at a ballpark goes against everything for which baseball — and America — stands. But Tolerance is our middle name. So, during the last (dreadful) Phillies homestand, we sucked it up and visited this outlet behind Section 138 at Citizens Bank Park. Rating the rabbit food: Philly Fresh has a limited menu — wraps, salads, fresh fruit and parfaits.
February 13, 2012 |
FEW PLAYERS IN the game of baseball inspire such divergent opinions as Ryan Howard, particularly in light of the 5-year, $125 million contract extension that begins this season. But general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said definitively this offseason that he has no second thoughts about the deal, which Howard signed in April 2010, and such hindsight is irrelevant at this point anyway. Whatever your opinion of the first baseman's monetary worth, the fact is that the Phillies as currently constructed are a far less potent team without their marquee cleanup hitter in the lineup.
September 21, 2012 |
NEW YORK - In the four seasons since Citi Field opened its doors, a time that coincided with the Phillies' rise to the top of the National League and the New York Mets' descent to making regular appearances in late-night talk-show hosts' monologues, Charlie Manuel and Co. haven't exactly steamrolled over their sad-sack division foes. The Phils had even suffered through two of their lower moments in the last three seasons in Flushing. Two years ago, they failed to score a run in a New York sweep.