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 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.
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 2016 |
"I HOPE you're ready for a whole lot of nothing," Mike Boekholder said as he passed the mouth of Citizens Bank Park's rightfield tunnel. Gray clouds peeked over the scoreboard and a white tarp covered the infield. Boekholder, director of field operations, credited the ominous skies for the expected slow day. To the groundskeepers who work in the belly of the Phillies' ballpark, weather is king. They receive three different radar models, emailed directly to their respective smartphones every half-hour, and they're looking to add another.
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.
September 28, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - The Phillies and their fans were as ready to burst as the thick black clouds that hovered over Nationals Park on Monday night. The thousands of Philadelphians, gathered in joyful little red-and-white clusters, got noisier as the game progressed and as the reason they came south drew tantalizingly closer. The Phillies, meanwhile, with Roy Halladay overwhelming the Nationals, raced through the game at an unusually swift pace, determined, it seemed, to complete their clincher before a predicted storm could rain on its parade.
October 4, 2007 |
No one could have predicted that Kyle Kendrick would become the pitcher he became this year. He had made just 12 starts in double-A Reading this season when the Phillies unexpectedly promoted him to the majors to start June 13 in place of injured righthander Freddy Garcia. But a long-term solution for the Phillies' rotation? The starter today in Game 2 of the National League division series against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park? No one could have predicted it. "If we don't feel the internal solution is enough for the long term, then we're going to have to go out there and find a starter," Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said June 11. "That's pretty simple math.
October 10, 2010 |
CINCINNATI - Now, the Phillies send out their most experienced postseason pitcher with a chance to close out their National League division series with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday night at Great American Ball Park. At 26, Cole Hamels had already pitched in more postseason games than Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt combined when this series began. It helped that Halladay had never pitched in the postseason before his no-hitter in the series opener, but it's easy to forget that Hamels was the young ace of the staff when this string of four straight playoff runs started for the Phillies in 2007.