October 24, 2012 |
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.
July 3, 2012 |
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.
October 7, 2011 |
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.
September 30, 2011 |
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.
January 31, 2003 |
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.
June 23, 2002 |
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.
May 2, 2002 |
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.
March 3, 2002 |
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.
January 9, 2002 |
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.
September 24, 2001 |
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.