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May 22, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Terry Mulholland doesn't have any trouble with location when he pitches - as long as the location isn't Veterans Stadium. Making his first clean-shaven appearance of the season, Mulholland improved his road record to 3-1 last night by beating the first-place San Diego Padres, 5-4. "He's our road warrior," said manager Jim Fregosi. "He pitched good. He did a much better job of keeping the ball down. His last few starts, he's been overthrowing the ball. His arm feels good for the first time in years, and he's trying to overthrow it. " Mulholland pitched 6 2/5 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.
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July 10, 1996 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's safe to say that Ricky Bottalico got his first standing ovation for retiring a team in the fifth inning. It's safe to say that Bottalico's heart was beating, oh, about 500 miles a minute when he faced the legendary Cal Ripken in that same fifth inning. It's also safe to say that Bottalico, the lone Phillies' representative on this year's National League all-star team, never had a more rewarding one-inning stint in his brief major-league career. Bottalico pitched a scoreless fifth inning to help the National League defeat the American League, 6-0, before a lively crowd of 62,670 at Veterans Stadium last night.
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April 1, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Thomas Jefferson had invented baseball, then all innings might have been created equal. He didn't. So you can hold this truth to be self-evident: There is one inning like no other, one inning that stands out from the crowd like Shawn Bradley in Lilliput. The ninth. Pitching the ninth inning is different for one reason. "The game ends when you're done," Ricky Bottalico said with a shrug. But it's not that simple. Bottalico, whom the Phillies are counting on to pitch a lot of ninth innings this season, knows that.
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September 21, 1998 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The starting pitcher began the year on the bottom and finished on top. The closing pitcher began the year on top and finished, well, nearer to the bottom than anyone could have imagined. Paul Byrd and Ricky Bottalico were the bookends yesterday for the Phillies' home finale, a 6-3 win over the Montreal Expos. Byrd pitched well enough to earn his fifth win since the Phillies rescued him from the Atlanta Braves' waiting room. Bottalico worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. The Phillies closed their Veterans Stadium schedule with a 40-41 record, two wins better than last season.
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August 23, 1997 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the tension-filled top of the ninth inning unfolded last night, Curt Schilling, fresh from pitching 8 1/3 dominating innings, sat in the Phillies' dugout and nervously placed a towel over his head. The gesture was similar to what he did when the Wild Thing was in town. And why not? Out on the mound, reliever Ricky Bottalico was Mitch Williams-like, walking two Los Angeles Dodgers to load the bases and increase the drama. Then Greg Gagne ended it. With his team one out away from a 3-2 defeat, the shortstop cracked a 3-2 pitch off the bottom of the right-center fence for a three-run double.
SPORTS
June 11, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The growing pains of a young team come in varying degrees of intensity. Classify the ones the Phillies experienced last night as excruciating. In quite possibly their most difficult loss of the season, the Phils' bullpen blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning and succumbed to the spirited Montreal Expos, 8-5, in front of a foot-stomping crowd of 27,823 at Olympic Stadium. One inning before the Expos' decisive four-run rally, the Phils quieted the noisy crowd by taking a 5-4 lead on Kevin Jordan's pinch two-run home run. With one out in the eighth and a man on third, the Phils entrusted the lead to closer Ricky Bottalico.
SPORTS
July 1, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, in June the Phillies were a bust all over. Chicago and Houston, Colorado and St. Louis, Cincinnati and, finally, right here in Philadelphia - the Phillies played 27 games in June and they lost 21 of them. Not one of those 21 losses was any harder to take, or to watch, than yesterday's 6-5 loss to the Montreal Expos. "You would think we could seal this with a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning and our closer in the game," said catcher Mike Lieberthal.
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August 28, 1997 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Again, Curt Schilling was a strikeout machine. Again, it didn't matter. Again, Ricky Bottalico, closer, couldn't close the deal. And it cost Schilling - but not the Phillies - a win. The Phillies overcame Bottalico's ninth-inning struggles yesterday afternoon, using Kevin Stocker's 12th-inning, run-scoring single to outlast the San Diego Padres, 7-6, before a sparse crowd at Veterans Stadium. The game was played in 4 hours, 19 minutes - the Phils' longest of the season.
SPORTS
August 1, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ricky Bottalico was watching ESPN late Wednesday when he noticed the Seattle Mariners' bullpen had blown a 7-2 lead late in the game en route to an extra-inning loss to the Red Sox. Bottalico sighed and turned to his wife, Lisa. "Be ready to go," he told her. "I think I'm out of here. " Bottalico figured his oft-rumored trade to the Mariners would come down yesterday. Surprise! It didn't. The Mariners finally took the handcuffs off prized hitting prodigy Jose Cruz Jr., but when the deal was announced about two hours before today's 12:01 a.m. deadline, the Mariners had opted for a pair of Blue Jays relievers instead of Bottalico.
NEWS
September 30, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will share their whoop-de-doo with a rolling rally looping around Center City early this afternoon. On board a 33-foot trolley, bearing a city promotional slogan "With Love, Philadelphia XOXO," will be the Phanatic, ballgirls, broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Larry Anderson, as well as various officials and media notables, including ex-Phils pitcher Ricky Bottalico. They'll be stoking up fans in anticipation of the playoffs, which begin Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. game at Citizens Bank Park.
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October 24, 2012 | By Dan Gross
CHERRY HILL-NATIVE actor Daniel Amerman will appear on Thursday's episode of "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC). Amerman, 24, plays a singer from Cornell University's a cappella troupe Here Comes Treble, in which Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) used to perform. The role wasn't a stretch for Amerman, who sang in the Yale Alleycats while studying theater and English at the Ivy League school, from which he graduated in 2010. Amerman got out of Cherry Hill East in 2006. We wouldn't recommend making fun of Amerman for being a drama or choir geek.
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July 3, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Fifteen years ago Monday, the Phillies lost for the 58th time in 81 games. Curt Schilling screamed at Mike Lieberthal, first-year manager Terry Francona lashed into his appalling team, and Ricky Bottalico threw a bad pitch. "I'm just stupid," Bottalico said that night. These Phillies are not nearly as dreadful as the 1997 edition, yet it's been 15 years since Philadelphia has seen a worse first half of baseball than this. There was no yelling or screaming Sunday after a 5-2 loss to Miami completed a Marlins sweep and dropped the Phillies to 36-45 and 11 games out of first place.
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October 7, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phanatic, ballgirls, broadcasters, former players and some media notables will be touring downtown in a trolley today, pumping up Phillies fans and handing out thousands of rally towels and cheer cards. The excursion was to begin by noon at Citizens Bank Park, head up Broad Street, loop around Rittenhouse Square, then take Chestnut toward Old City, before hitting Front and Broad Streets on the return trip home. It's all to build excitement for the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
NEWS
September 30, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will share their whoop-de-doo with a rolling rally looping around Center City early this afternoon. On board a 33-foot trolley, bearing a city promotional slogan "With Love, Philadelphia XOXO," will be the Phanatic, ballgirls, broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Larry Anderson, as well as various officials and media notables, including ex-Phils pitcher Ricky Bottalico. They'll be stoking up fans in anticipation of the playoffs, which begin Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. game at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
January 31, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Phillies reliever Ricky Bottalico has agreed to a minor league contract with Arizona and will be invited to spring training. Bottalico, 33, was 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA in 30 appearances with the Phillies before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery June 28. He will earn $500,000 if he makes the big-league roster and could make an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses. The Phillies offered Bottalico arbitration, but he declined. Before signing with Arizona, he also worked out for Atlanta.
SPORTS
June 23, 2002 | By Bob Ford INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies, who seem destined to play their games one half at a time this season, turned in another partial effort last night. On this occasion, they were able to pitch. That, of course, meant they couldn't hit - and didn't. Getting just four hits, the Phils went quietly against the Minnesota Twins at Veterans Stadium, losing, 4-1, in 11 innings and wasting an effective, if unpretty, starting performance by Terry Adams. Mike Lieberthal provided all the offense, with a solo home run in the eighth inning that tied the score.
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May 2, 2002 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More than a month into the season, the Phillies are still looking for their 10th win. They might have gotten it at Pacific Bell Park yesterday if not for a litany of little things that piled up and became the team's 19th loss in 28 games. The biggest little thing to bring down the Phillies and send them home with a 2-1 loss against the San Francisco Giants was Reggie Sanders' tiebreaking home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sanders' homer came off Ricky Bottalico, after the struggling righthander had struck out Jeff Kent and J. T. Snow with some of the best pitching he had done all season.
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March 3, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Blown away. Literally, figuratively, decisively. That's the best way to describe the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener yesterday at Jack Russell Stadium. With winds gusting at nearly 40 m.p.h., seven Phillies pitchers surrendered 25 hits, including three home runs, as the Pittsburgh Pirates coasted to an 18-7 exhibition victory. A modicum of good news did accompany the Phillies' beating. Third baseman Scott Rolen was well-received by the crowd of 4,067 in his first game since telling the world he did not want to sign a long-term deal with the Phillies because he does not believe ownership has made a long-term commitment to winning.
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January 9, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After mulling a three-year contract offer from the Cleveland Indians, reliever Ricky Bottalico opted to re-sign with the Phillies late last night for one year and $1.5 million, the same base salary he made last season. Had Bottalico not agreed to a deal before midnight, he would not have been able to sign with the Phillies until May 1. Bottalico, who was a free agent, seemed mildly disappointed that he did not receive a raise from the Phillies after going 3-4 with three saves and a 3.90 earned run average last season.
SPORTS
September 24, 2001 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ricky Bottalico didn't get much appreciation on Fan Appreciation Day at Veterans Stadium yesterday. The righthander entered the game with the Phillies leading the Florida Marlins, 3-2, in the top of the eighth inning. He got two quick outs before surrendering home runs to Preston Wilson and Mike Lowell as the Marlins took a 4-3 lead. Manager Larry Bowa lifted Bottalico after Lowell's homer and the reliever walked slowly off the mound, soaking up every last boo from the crowd of 29,109.
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