April 9, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES and their equipment - balls, bats, helmets, etc. - arrived in Chicago in the early hours of Thursday morning, still more than 24 hours before they would play their first game at Wrigley Field. But as Chase Utley patrolled the front of the cramped visiting clubhouse in the 100-year-old ballpark on Friday, with a ski cap keeping his head warm in the early-morning cold, he couldn't find an important piece of equipment. He poked into one bag. And then another. "I can't find my bat," he said of his game bat. Utley eventually found it. Although the bat broke at one point over the weekend, Utley and his swing stayed in tune for the final half of a road trip that saw a couple of the team's key cogs in sync at the plate.
March 14, 2014 |
Years before winning over diners with dishes like chowder-poached oysters and gnocchi with snails, Fitler Dining Room chef Robert Marzinsky had a different artistic vision: He and a group of fellow art-school graduates made site-specific installations using ceramics and other materials. Since the works were temporary, he said, "We recognized that, to some extent, the real work was when you documented it. You'd come back with 500 slides, and spend $300 to process the film. " Today, in his kitchen at 22d and Spruce, Marzinsky is still making things that are ephemeral and beautiful - and he still acknowledges the impulse to document those creations.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg shared a dugout with Pete Rose when he made his major league debut 3 decades ago. Like Rose, Sandberg valued playing the game hard. When Rose ran over a catcher to score a run for the Phillies, Sandberg and anyone else in the dugout obviously would be thrilled, not only to see their team score a run but also because they respected a good, hard baseball play. Major League Baseball reportedly is set to ban home-plate collisions, something first discussed as a serious possibility at the winter meetings in December.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.
January 24, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL reconvened yesterday with a bevy of bills for members to consider, as 2014 is already a busy year. Perhaps what grabbed the most attention - at least from members of the public who testified - was an ordinance that creates a new set of rules for registered community organizations and developers seeking to build in their neighborhoods. RCOs get to weigh in on zoning and planning developments in their neighborhoods, but Councilman Bobby Henon said that Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's amendment last year to the zoning code was a "muddy process.
October 11, 2013 |
Two veteran caterers, tired of turning out food for 200-plus crowds over their 40-year careers, are downsizing considerably with the cozy-chic Park Plates , which opens Tuesday across from CreekSide Co-Op (7852 Montgomery Ave., Elkins Park, 215-782-3663, www.parkplatesrestaurant.com ). Culinary Institute of America grads Locke Johnston and Owen Lee will share cooking, though Johnston plans to be more customer-facing at their Mediterranean/Middle Eastern-leaning BYOB. (Lee had left catering 13 years ago to open Cibucan in Center City.)
October 10, 2013 |
WE KNOW that most of you haven't started shopping for Tattle's holiday gift yet - that means you, Bill O'Reilly - but in case you need some hints, the 87th edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is offering, for $1.85 million, a personalized 25-carat diamond ring with a trip to Africa so we can see where the diamond came from. If it's a blood diamond, the trip is unfortunately one-way. More to Tattle's liking: an outdoor entertainment system replete with a 201-inch television that rises out of the ground.
September 18, 2013 |
CLIFF LEE'S salary for 2013 is only half as large as the Marlins' $50 million payroll, but last night he was better than the whole team. In one of those games that sometimes happens this time of year, the Phillies' lefty sparked a 12-2 blowout on the mound and at the plate, striking out 14 over eight innings while going 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. "It was basically his show," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the Phillies improved to 70-80....
September 13, 2013 |
THE SCHOOL-FUNDING debate remains at a standstill even as City Council returns from its legislative break today with a lengthy list of to-dos. "The ability for everybody to be on the same page at the same time always maximizes the outcome," said Council President Darrell Clarke, who wants to give the school district $50 million in exchange for shuttered school buildings that the city would then resell. "But at the end of the day, it's about providing revenue for these schools in the city of Philadelphia and fixing up these derelict buildings.
September 8, 2013 |
WITH 21 GAMES remaining in the regular season, there is still plenty of time for Cody Asche to cast some doubt on the identity of the Phillies' Opening Day third baseman next season. At this point, though, it is difficult to picture the position with anybody other than the smooth rookie from the University of Nebraska. Last night, Asche was the principal reason for the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Braves, thanks to a two-run homer off tough lefthander Mike Minor in the seventh and a brilliant defensive play in the ninth, when he barehanded a chopper and threw out speedy centerfielder B.J. Upton by a half step at first base.