September 17, 1998 |
Jason Christiansen barely avoided being forever known as the pitcher who gave up homers 63 and 64 to Mark McGwire. McGwire, who hit homer No. 63 off Christiansen on Tuesday, flied out to the warning track in left against the Pittsburgh reliever last night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pirates, 4-0. The way Christiansen saw it, there was never a doubt the ball would end up in Turner Ward's glove instead of the stands. "I thought if that one went out, I was walking off the field," Christiansen said.
May 21, 2009 |
IT STARTED as a vague thought, nagging at the back of his mind. It began to come into sharper focus the first day of the California road trip when, jogging around the warning track at Dodger Stadium before the series opener, he hurt his back. Mike Schmidt was 39 years old, in a slump, playing for a Phillies team destined for another last-place finish. Nobody had a clue that within a week he would stun even those closest to him by abruptly announcing his retirement. Six days later, standing near third base at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, he was about to make one of the biggest decisions of his baseball life.
March 24, 2011
Here's a new one: Wednesday's Grapefruit League game was delayed for about two minutes while a stadium employee attempted to corral two children dressed as a lime and an orange. The kids were part of a between-inning race in foul territory from third base to first. But the lime kept running past the finish line and around the warning track. Players from the Phillies bullpen in left field kept waving the lime around as the stadium employee chased him. The orange followed. The lime made it all the way around the field, back to the Phillies dugout, where he high-fived Luis Castillo.
May 7, 2007 |
Freddy Garcia needs to find the man with the Freddy Garcia voodoo doll and pull the pins out. Or take him out. The Phillies righthander opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right biceps and is 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA in his first four starts. Then yesterday during batting practice at AT&T Park, he ran into a maintenance cart that had stopped unexpectedly on the warning track and suffered a bruised left shin. There is some doubt as to whether Garcia will make tonight's scheduled start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.
September 9, 1993 |
The ball came off the bat of Cubs pinch-hitter Kevin Roberson with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning last night and headed down the leftfield line. No problem, Pete Incaviglia calculated at first glance. Within the next few seconds, though, Incaviglia was crumpled on the warning track. Roberson was on third with a triple. And three runs scored to sentence the Phillies to their third straight defeat, 8-5, at Veterans Stadium. Instead of curling toward the corner, as a ball off the bat of a lefthanded hitter would normally do, this ball faded back toward fair territory.
April 7, 2001 |
A spectator at the Kansas City Royals' home opener yesterday was injured when he fell 12 feet from the left-field bleachers to the warning track. Nathan Michalski, 22, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was taken to a hospital with a compression fracture of the spine, a broken foot and abdominal pain, the Royals said. A friend said Michalski was trying to jump down to the outfield when he fell. Officers who reached Michalski tried to pull him to his feet, but he collapsed back to the track.
August 5, 1995 |
When the Phillies last visited Riverfront Stadium, during the second week of the season, the Reds were already listed in critical condition. They were well on their way to losing eight of their first nine. Since then, however, they have made a near-miraculous recovery. They have, in fact, built the best record in the National League on top of the ashes of that start. After beating the Phillies, 1-0, last night they are 57-32 and a season-high 25 games over .500. It is the Phillies who are flat-lining.
August 1, 1993 |
Lenny Dykstra was not on the field for the last two innings of the Phillies' 10-2 win over the Pirates last night. However, by the time Jim Eisenreich took over center field in the eighth inning, Dykstra had packed in at least a game's worth of highlights. He led off the first inning with a double and scored his 97th run in 105 games. He doubled in the team's fifth run in the fourth inning. Then he added an RBI single as the Phillies batted around in the fifth. Perhaps most significant, however, was his running catch of Kevin Young's screamer to the right-center-field wall in the top of the third.
October 11, 1993 |
It was one small step for Milt Thompson, one giant step for the Phillies. Thompson moon-walked, leaped and caught Mark Lemke's line drive before going splat against the padded blue wall to turn back one final Atlanta threat in a dramatic 2-1 victory that snarled the NLCS at two games apiece. Mitch Williams came on to pitch to Lemke in the eighth, with two men on. Lemke, who had bobbled Darren Daulton's grounder in the fourth to open the gates for two unearned runs, lashed a liner to left.
April 19, 1989 |
There was, at the time, no clear and present danger. The Phillies were up on the Mets by six, it was the bottom of the eighth last night at Shea Stadium, Jeff Parrett was just trying to get some work in. But when the Mets' Dave Magadan launched one toward the gap in right, Ron Jones didn't stop to think about those things. Instinct took over. He raced back to the wall and made a nice running catch on the warning track. In the dugout, the pride manager Nick Leyva felt was abruptly cut short.