October 30, 2008 |
After 25 years of drought and two days of too much rain, Philadelphia has its championship. It felt like a dream, but it wasn't. You are wide awake and the Phillies really are World Series champions. They beat the weather and the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, to earn just the second title in franchise history. Philadelphia's quarter-century without a major sports championship is over - outta here - thanks to a gritty, talented team that won two games in one day and one game that took three nights.
October 28, 2009
WHATEVER YOU think about the hated New York Yankees, you can thank them for one of the most fortunate transactions in Philadelphia baseball history. And, no, I'm not talking about taking Bobby Abreu off our hands. In 1955 - 5 years after the Bronx Bombers swept the Phils in their only other World Series matchup - the Yankees sold us their giant scoreboard. That's right, the Ballantine Beer scoreboard - the famous 50-foot-tall behemoth that towered in right-centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium at 21st & Lehigh.
May 9, 1995 |
Almost anyone can be a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Go to college, get good grades, go to graduate school, and you're there. But maybe you love acting or playing the guitar or playing hoops and want to become a movie star or play in a rock band or in the NBA. And maybe you know that's not going to happen anytime soon. There are still some great jobs out there that will you bring you close enough to the action. Maybe you want to be a model, but you don't look like one and even Barbizon can't help you. But you could be a stylist and arrange the model's look.
April 5, 2001 |
In June, thousands of people will sport hairy-looking masks and bay - or boo - at the full moon. It's not a Halloween party for the calendar-challenged. It's another fun stunt from a group with one of the toughest jobs this side of Saddam Hussein's food taster: promoting the Phillies, that Charlie Brown of baseball teams, which has had only one winning season in 14 years. "Our challenge obviously is to create a fresh, entertaining fan experience," says Kurt Funk, 39, the director of events who oversees the creative crew - including the Phanatic's alter ego, and a "director of fun and games" - that cooks up ways to lure fans to the park.
November 7, 2000 |
Woof! America's pro teams are going to the dogs. That's, well, the sound of things anyway. Sports fans everywhere - from baseball to hockey, football, and now basketball - are bark, bark, barking to the island/hip-hop beat of the Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out. " The pop sports anthem is scoring with fans (and the charts) like Allen Iverson on the courts. Who let the dogs out?/Woof! Woof! Woof! is the latest rallying cry for a team on the move. Six-year-olds are growling the tune.
October 21, 1993 |
If the Phillies had a lot of down time at Veterans Stadium on Tuesday night, so did their veteran organist, Paul Richardson. You'd think Richardson, in his 24th season as the ballpark's crowd pumper, would have been more in demand during such a dull and soggy night. But even though the organist was raring to rouse the crowd with the Latin tune "Hot, Hot, Hot," - or supercharged drum rhythms programmed on his Yamaha EL-90 - obstacles got in his way. "I'm handcuffed," Richardson said during the first inning as Lenny Dykstra came up to bat. And he was fretting as midnight approached: "I can't even blow the charge!"
October 24, 2002 |
The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society will host its annual reunion event this weekend, with a star-studded breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Williamson restaurant in Horsham. Leroy Wheat, a hurler from the last A's team in town (1954), will make his first-ever hobby appearance and will sign autographs (for which there is an extra cost). Among other former A's expected to attend are Eddie Joost, Bobby Shantz, Vic Power, Irv Hall, Lou Limmer, Lou Brissie, Bob Savage, Randy Gumpert, Joe Astroth, Spook Jacobs, Bill Hockenbury, Allie Clark and Al Brancato.
October 26, 2008 |
Only Eric Darrenkamp came to Citizens Bank Park last night entirely dressed for the occasion - wearing his inflatable duck inner-tube over his swim trunks, snorkel mask and official Phillies fishing hat. He had no shirt, and no worries as he booed the Tampa Bay Rays during pregame introductions. "Whatever you do, don't run on the field," Sandy Muir, the hostess in charge of Section 138, told the 23-year-old when he first showed up. As Darrenkamp booed the Rays, a middle-aged man wearing a Ryan Howard jersey tapped him on the shoulder so he could move by, not giving the inflatable raft or the snorkel mask a second look.
April 25, 2002 |
It appears as if Harry Kalas will not be the Phillies' lone representative at the July 28 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. There are strong indications that another famous member of the organization will join Kalas for the broadcaster's special moment in Cooperstown, N. Y. Barring any unforeseen developments, the Hall of Fame also plans to honor the Phillie Phanatic, the team's furry green mascot who, according to the Phillies' media...
April 19, 2010 |
As the Phillies embark on another defense of their National League crown, let us pause for a scientific analysis of their firepower. We speak not of the mighty bats of Howard and Utley, but of actual firepower: The hot dog launcher. The curious propulsion device, wielded at select home games by the Phillie Phanatic, got its annual tuneup last week and was in action for the first time this season. A tank of compressed nitrogen. Projectiles of processed protein. A shaggy, green creature smacking the "fire" button.