May 6, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Power is the thing that attracted the Phillies to Art Charles. "Charles is a guy who has big pop," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the day he acquired the 6-foot-6 first baseman from the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Michael Schwimer. "Whether he's going to be a major-league hitter at some point, we don't know, but we know he has a lot of power. " After watching Charles play for a month at low-A Lakewood, the Phillies are happy with their return so far because he has provided the advertised power and even more.
April 23, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My 14-year-old son, "Nils," recently joined a sport he really enjoys. His stepdad and I are at every practice, helping the coaches and coaching my son along. Nils recently commented to me that he would like it if his father could come and see him practice. I took it upon myself, as I usually do, to call my ex, "John," and suggest he make an appearance, because it would make our son happy. My husband, who has been a wonderful stepdad to Nils for 13 years now, told me I should leave it alone.
April 16, 2013 |
NOT OFTEN does a masked man take to the mound. We're not talking about a bank robber, a hazmat worker or even the Lone Ranger. We're talking about a catcher. That position was almost exclusively the one and only played last season by Eduardo "Cheese" Sanchez for Frankford High's baseball team. But now the 5-10, 220-pound senior is a two-spot guy and one is 60 feet, 6 inches from the other. Monday, in a career first, Sanchez spent his time at both as the visiting Pioneers downed George Washington, 7-3, in a Public A clash.
April 11, 2013 |
MICHAEL YOUNG has been in a Phillies uniform for only a few months. But he's played in more major league games than anyone else in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. And he's the oldest player on the roster, too. So when the question of the Phillies' offense arose on Tuesday afternoon - how its inconsistency has hidden underneath the struggles of the team top's two starters and middle relievers - Young was an obvious voice to seek out for an answer. The even-keeled veteran spoke with a calming voice at his corner locker stall.
April 1, 2013 |
As the unendurable monotony of the offseason ends, celebrate baseball's return with mental calisthenics. Everyone knows it was former Atlanta manager Dave Bristol who said, "Only trouble I ever had with chewing tobacco was that the orthodontist said my daughter was going to have to give it up because of her braces. " But do you know: 1. What pitcher in a 25-3 season had more complete games than home runs allowed? 2. What four players hit home runs in four decades? 3. What three players hit home runs as teenagers and after their 40th birthdays?
March 9, 2013 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No one is hitting for more power in the Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808. Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26), with six of those hits going for extra bases. "He's hitting, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did some real good hitting. That's big-time hitting. Big-league hitting off a big-league pitcher. " Frandsen was rewarded with an $850,000 contract for his strong showing in 2012.
March 7, 2013
* The word seder is Hebrew for "order. " The order of things for the Passover meal gets tweaked a bit as Ross M. Levy, Ken Ulansey's Whirled Music, storyteller Jos Duncan and magician Ran'd Shine, plus members of BalletX, headline The Philadelphia Seder March 17 at the Bellevue Hotel (Broad & Walnut streets) Master of ceremonies is Rabbi Eli Freedman, of Rodeph Shalom synagogue. Tix are $80 adults, $60 full-time students. 215-545-4400 or gershmany.org . * There's still room at the bountiful table - make that tableau - that is The Brewer's Plate, 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.)
February 19, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband eats lunch with coworkers every day. I joined them out recently and one of his single, female coworkers began eating off his plate. When I noticed, she snatched back her hand. My husband is pretty familiar with his coworkers, but I'm sure he would be livid that a single, male coworker was eating off my plate, especially if it appeared to be a habit. I'm not worried even remotely that he's cheating on me (and wouldn't read this as evidence he was)
January 15, 2013
KATHLEEN KANE is an Invader. Well, technically she's an Invader alumna. She was a cheerleader for the West Scranton High School Invaders. Oh, and a member of the National Honor Society. Tuesday, she invades again when she stands in the Capitol Rotunda to be sworn in as attorney general, the first woman and first Democrat elected to the post. Arguably, she then becomes the most powerful elected woman in Pennsylvania history - if you believe, as I do, that an attorney general has more clout than a state judge, a congresswoman, a state treasurer, auditor general or lieutenant governor.