October 24, 2010 |
Quick, name the most productive hitter in the Phillies' postseason history? No, not Mike Schmidt. No, not Ryan Howard or Chase Utley, either. It's Jayson Werth. No player in the 128-year history of the franchise has generated more homers, extra-base hits, and total bases in the most important games than the rangy, goateed outfielder. But the big question Sunday isn't whether Werth will ever add to his Phillies playoff totals of 11 home runs, 21 extra-base hits, and 82 total bases.
July 6, 2009 |
Suddenly, all has seemed to right itself in Phillie-land: Jimmy Rollins is once again the offensive sparkplug of your local nine. The defending world champions just finished feasting - at home, no less - on the New York Metropolitans. And Jayson Werth continues to chisel away at the Daily News' promotional budget. Werth's leadoff home run in the third inning of the Phillies' 7-2 victory over the Mets on Friday night won $1,000 in the Home Run Payoff Contest for Percy Brown, of South Philadelphia.
December 7, 2010 |
Excerpts from Monday's Ask Gonzo chat on Philly.com with columnist John Gonzalez: Comment From Vicks PO: [Will] Michael [Vick] fare well against the Cowboys [on Sunday]? Gonzo: He fares well against pretty much everyone, doesn't he? Joe Theismann said he doesn't think Vick is the MVP. He likes Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers a little bit better for the award. Manning and Rivers both lost on Sunday. Theismann might want to reconsider his position. Comment From Chris: Saw Rasheed Wallace on South Street Saturday night.
September 20, 2010 |
IT COULD HARDLY be set up better. The Phillies have won seven in a row. They won yesterday's game over the visiting Nationals, 7-6, with a four-run rally in the ninth, finished with a walkoff, two-run homer from their crucial righthanded bat. So, the second-place Braves enter the Bank tonight three games behind instead of two, which means they cannot overtake the Phillies in the NL East with a sweep of the series. While the Phillies rallied, the Braves were in the visitors' clubhouse at Citi Field in New York, where they had just completed a sweep of the Mets.
July 22, 2010
THIS IS NOT Jayson Werth's fault. It is entirely reasonable to expect that he will unfunk himself pretty soon and hit about .280 the rest of the way with reasonable power numbers from the right side. Even 24 hours ago, it made sense just to wait this thing out, this Great Phillies Malaise of 2010, and allow the law of averages to do its powerful work - on Werth, on all of them. No longer, though - not since Jamie Moyer grabbed his elbow in the first inning on Tuesday night in St. Louis.
September 14, 2010 |
MIAMI - Sometime around the seventh inning last night, the disembodied loudspeaker voice in the press box at Sun Life Stadium made a startling allegation. Somewhere, perhaps buried beneath the orange blanket of empty seats that circles the field, there were 20,616 people who paid actual currency to watch the Phillies defeat the hometown Marlins, 11-4, and maintain their one-game lead in the National League East. To the naked eye, there were barely enough witnesses to get the game notarized.
May 22, 2010 |
ALLENTOWN - A year ago, John Mayberry got the ultimate news for a minor-league baseball player: "Son, you're going to the show. " And what a show he put on May 23, 2009, at Yankee Stadium. The Phillies outfielder went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. His first major-league hit was a three-run home run off lefthander Andy Pettitte, a possible future Hall of Famer. Two innings later, he doubled off Pettitte. The son of a former major-leaguer by the same name made it look so easy that afternoon in front of a national television audience.
October 22, 2010 |
WITH a mixture of hope and fear, Broad Street Billy walked into Chickie's and Pete's on Packer Avenue near the sports complex, took a deep breath of the beer-marinated air, and felt that the joint was electric with high hopes. And when Brad Lidge got the final strikeout of the Phils' 4-2 win over the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS last night, the jam-packed bar exploded into a red sea of dancing, screaming, heartfelt joy. "I've got no more voice," said Joe Weber of Merion Station, "but I just want to say, players with heart never give up. Anyone who questioned the heart of this team never played ball.
October 9, 2010 |
LAST NIGHT at the Bank, Kelly Bloor, 29, a graphic designer from Fishtown, sat in the first row of Section 333 with her brother, John, just like they did for the Roy Halladay no-hitter. Bloor may have been the first of the 45,000-plus Phillies fans to sense that Doc was pitching himself into history because it was her third no-no! She saw Kevin Millwood no-hit the Giants, 1-0, at the Vet in 2003, and Jon Lester's no-no at Fenway Park against the Royals in 2008. "My brother and I started seriously thinking 'no-hitter' when [Jayson]
September 17, 2008 |
Ryan Howard loves to hit in September, and the Phillies love that he loves to hit in September. "Why even question it?" Howard said after he hit a game-winning home run in the eighth inning last night in an 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field to move the Phillies into first place in the National League East. "I don't know why it's a good month for me. Maybe it's the races heating up. " The races are heating up, and Howard is turning up the heat on the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.