September 27, 2010 |
Rookie hazing At least there was one reason for the Phillies to laugh after a missed opportunity to clinch their fourth straight division title at home. Costumes hung in seven players' lockers, meaning it was time for the annual rookie hazing. Pitchers Vance Worley and Antonio Bastardo sat at their lockers, staring at the scandalous police outfits they had to put on. "Delaying the inevitable, gentlemen," Ryan Howard said as he walked by. Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Brian Bocock, Mike Zagurski, and David Herndon also donned costumes.
September 2, 2007
Despite their overall offensive prowess, the Phillies have received subpar production from the third-base position this season. Entering Friday, the Phillies had the lowest slugging percentage in the National League for third basemen - .378. The three best slugging percentages at the position belonged to NL East rivals Florida (.572), Atlanta (.529) and the Mets (.529). The Phils entered Friday with just 10 homers from their third basemen. Only Pittsburgh (eight) had fewer. Upgrading the production and power at the position is a must this off-season.
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...
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.
January 25, 2015 |
SIX MONTHS AGO, Jonathan Papelbon sat in his locker stall in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's Miller Park and held court with reporters. The subject: the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The summary of Papelbon's stance: Get me the heck out of here. Perhaps Papelbon finally will get his wish, and, coincidentally, find a new home in the city where he voiced his opinion last summer. Yahoo Sports reported early yesterday morning that the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have had "serious discussions" about a Papelbon trade.
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.
October 2, 2008 |
Forget batting averages and the Phillies' second consecutive National League East championship. The stats juicing the city's business and tourism community these giddy days of October baseball are more along the lines of sports-merchandise sales, number of tabs being run at local bars, and total minutes of television time Philly's skyline gets during game broadcasts. The economic benefit of the Phillies' home games for the National League Division Series that began yesterday with a 3-1 Phillies win is expected to amount from $5 million to $7 million, said Larry Needle, executive director of Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.
January 5, 2015 |
The easiest items to remove in the Phillies' offseason garage sale are gone. Jimmy Rollins' wheels may be old, but the engine still runs pretty well, and there was lots of value in the glove department. The $11 million price tag was minuscule for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the highest payroll in baseball. Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, has gotten better with age, and once the Phillies decided to eat $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds were willing to give up an upper-level prospect (pitcher Ben Lively)