April 5, 2016 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The rain fell harder, delaying a fake baseball game in a make-believe town, and there was nothing else to do on the Phillies' radio broadcast but open the phone lines. A barefoot Scott Franzke fiddled with a baseball, always stowed in his backpack for emergency joke purposes. Larry Andersen, who dipped into a red plastic cup, scanned ominous weather radar images on his iPad. The diehards listening back home on WIP-FM (94.1) were rewarded. A rare direct line to Franzke and LA. Up next, Dave from Downingtown.
February 26, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Since the Phillies completed their second consecutive 89-loss season in September, the whispers of clubhouse discontent grew louder with each passing month. Manager Ryne Sandberg acknowledged last month there were issues, and veteran outfielder Domonic Brown brought it up on Monday. Yesterday, the first day of full-squad workouts in Clearwater, the second-year manager did what all major league managers do before the official start of a season. He gathered the team in the clubhouse for a meeting at 9:45 a.m. and delivered a speech about what he expects this spring and summer.
January 10, 2014 |
SCOTT FRANZKE juggled one newborn as he handled a midafternoon phone call yesterday afternoon, while his wife, Lori, was nearby with the other. The Franzkes, who also have a 3-year-old son, welcomed twin girls to their household last month. The Phillies radio play-by-play man welcomes the challenges of caring for two babies and a toddler like any proud father. Professionally, Franzke has had hurdles to overcome, too, perhaps none greater than arriving in the rabid sports city of Philadelphia in 2006.
January 10, 2014 |
The Phillies broadcasters share a small office nestled behind the booths on the press level at Citizens Bank Park, and the loudest laughter before a game is found there. The seven men trade stories and jokes. The longest-tenured among them, Chris Wheeler, was the only one raised as a Phillies fan. "He has lived and died with this team for his entire life," Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy said. "Being able to do these games was a special treat for him. " Wheeler, after 37 years, was removed from the Phillies broadcast booth Wednesday by Comcast SportsNet.
March 23, 2013 |
This weekend's "Pup Rally" and a 5K with a post-race party mark the start of Paint the Town Red Week, the Phillies' annual build-up to the first games at Citizens Bank Park. Leading this crimson tide of enthusiasm will, of course, be the Red Phanatic, who's expected at every event. Note that Thursday is the deadline to buy tickets for Friday's On Deck With the Phillies Reception. Phillies Charities 5K, Saturday. It's too late to sign up to be one of the 5,000 runners, but fans on hand at 9 a.m. on Phillies Drive at the park will get to see former pitcher Tommy Greene, ballgirls, Phoebe Phanatic and broadcaster/event emcee Jim Jackson, and pick up "Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last)
February 14, 2013
Clearwater, Fla., was not the only place the Phillies made a splash Wednesday. While the players opened spring training at Bright House Field, Paula Bryan of Wallingford was first in line at Citizens Bank Park as Phillies single-game tickets went on sale. Although the ticket office was not scheduled to open until 8:30 a.m., Bryan - with her lawn chair and bundled up in a heavy coat, scarf, and gloves - staked out her spot at 7 p.m. Tuesday. By 8 a.m. Wednesday, about 50 people had lined up behind Bryan, and the Phillies provided a few surprises.
June 1, 2012
ONCE, IN A simpler, less litigious time, fans at a baseball park could turn to their left, turn to their right, and someone would be sitting nearby listening to the game on the radio. It enhanced their enjoyment of the game even if their vision was 20/20, the on-air banter keeping them company through the slow but pleasurable pace of a summer game. And if they were visually impaired? It allowed them, for those 2 or 3 hours, to share an experience with their sighted friends or, in the cases of people such as my wife, with their husbands, sons and daughters.
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.
October 3, 2011 |
WAY BACK on April 1, on the road to their 102-win season, the Phillies played their home opener. It was a game in which they hit the ball - but always right at the Astros and often for easy outs. And, until the final inning, the game lacked the anticipated energy of a home opener and that of a team picked by most to be in the World Series. Down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, they put together a come-from-behind win with a John Mayberry walk-off single that confirmed what we all expected - that our team would be playing for a World Championship and that they would, in the end, be able to do what it takes to win. For me and countless other fans, that first win - and this entire season - has been transformative.
April 18, 2011 |
Editor's note: Inquirer staff writer Mike Jensen doesn't blog, doesn't tweet, doesn't Facebook. If he's got something to say, he'll think out loud on Page 2. Rain helps Philly fans With the Sixers and Flyers both playing crucial first-round playoff games Monday night, it raises the question: Didn't the NHL and NBA use to cooperate on this stuff for playoff games, trying to avoid forcing viewers in a city to choose? It's just good business sense for the leagues not to divide markets.