July 25, 2014
COLE HAMELS vs. Shane Victorino on Opening Day in South Philly? The Phillies are slated to begin the 2015 season at home on April 6 against the Boston Red Sox, according to a team source. The current, preliminary schedule likely will become official at some time in the next 6 weeks. It will mark the first time the Phillies open the season at home in 4 years. The most recent season opener at home came in 2011, when Roy Halladay squared off against Brett Myers and the Houston Astros.
July 9, 2009
We know much of the country has been distracted by Larry King's marathon coverage of all things Michael Jackson, but a local election needs your very brief attention. The race involves the final spot for the National League All-Star Team. Unlike most elections that drag on forever, this one began Sunday and ends at 4 p.m. today. Five players are vying for the final NL All-Star spot, including Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino. In a first, The Inquirer Editorial Board endorses SHANE VICTORINO as the final NL All-Star.
October 13, 2008 |
TALKING POINTS What we're talking about following the Phillies' loss to the Dodgers: -- Apparently the Dodgers think the pitch that Phillies righthander Brett Myers sailed behind Manny Ramirez in Game 2 wasn't an accident. In the top of the third last night, Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a pitch over Shane Victorino's helmet and the Phillies centerfielder immediately pointed, gesturing that if Kuroda wanted to throw at him he should aim for his body, not his head. And after Victorino grounded out to end the inning, both benches emptied and a brief scuffle ensued.
April 3, 2015 |
AH, SPRING. That wondrous time of renewal, for naturalists . . . and recriminations, for baseball fans. Not all baseball fans, certainly. Just the ones whose teams used to be good, and are not good anymore. You know, Mets fans. And, lately, Phillies fans. There was a brief and rare span for the Phaithphul when April showers brought May winning streaks; when Chase Utley made his All-Star bid; when Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins started to warm with the weather. Now, the biggest name in the Phillies Nation is Ruben Amaro Jr., which seldom is uttered without colorful modifiers.
July 13, 2009
Philadelphia has been found guilty of Major League ballot stuffing. But in a good way. With the rallying cry, "Vote early, vote often," Mayor Nutter and Gov. Rendell led a four-day campaign last week to drum up Internet votes to elect Phillies' outfielder Shane Victorino to this year's National League All-Star Team. Victorino got 15.2 million votes, a record for the 8-year-old Final Vote competition. He will be on the roster for tomorrow night's All-Star game in St. Louis.
August 1, 2007 |
CHICAGO - Charlie Manuel, sitting on the bench, peered warily to his right. "I keep looking at those dugout steps, afraid somebody is going to fall going up or down them and get hurt," the Phillies manager said. He was only half-kidding. The Phillies had been crossing their fingers, hoping that outfielders Shane Victorino (strained right calf) and Michael Bourn (sprained left ankle) wouldn't need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after each was injured during Monday night's game at Wrigley Field.
October 23, 2008 |
Hey, if you're a Phillie, you never know what can make the difference in the postseason. It might be a clutch home run by a 40-year-old guy with a gut. Or, you know, it might be a little honey on your tuna-fish sandwich. That's what Ryan Howard eats on game day, according to team cook Joe Swanhart. "That's just the way he likes it," Swanhart says. It might be peanut butter and jelly, the sandwich of champions for Chase Utley and So Taguchi. "Smuckers strawberry is actually Chase's favorite," says Swanhart, who explains Utley's pregame preference as a combination of superstition and habit.
May 15, 2009 |
After batting fifth in back-to-back games, Jimmy Rollins returned to his customary role as leadoff hitter yesterday in the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Phillies shortstop was pleased about it, he didn't say so. In fact, he said nothing because he brushed off reporters for the second time this week. Anyway, the day couldn't have started much better for Rollins, who ripped Chad Billingsley's first pitch for a double, went to third on Shane Victorino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. In that at-bat, Rollins was the leadoff hitter that manager Charlie Manuel has come to expect.
July 8, 2011 |
The fans have voted Shane Victorino into the All-Star Game, but it remains to be seen if he'll actually play for the National League in the 82d midsummer event in Phoenix. Victorino has missed the last three games with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb, an injury that prompted him to leave the team for an appointment with a hand specialist. The Phillies have offered no update on Victorino's injury status. If Victorino does not play at all this weekend against the Braves, it's unlikely he goes to Arizona to play in the All-Star Game.