July 24, 2011 |
Roy Halladay spent all those years in Toronto, watching big-market, big-money American League East rivals make bold moves. "It was frustrating to watch Boston and New York do that when we were close at the [trade] deadline," Halladay said Sunday after winning his 12th game of the season. "The teams that win, they do those things. They are aggressive. " Put another way, Halladay the Blue Jay knew firsthand what it felt like to be a Phillies player and fan for about two decades (not to mention the century before 1976)
August 25, 2011 |
At times, it takes something a little ugly to remind the followers of a baseball team how fortunate they've been to watch someone field his position as exquisitely as Jimmy Rollins has for the last dozen seasons. Like many athletes who have plied their trade in this town, Rollins probably won't be fully appreciated until he's gone, which may happen following this season, the final one on his contract. And if the 33-year-old shortstop moves on and signs with another club, only then will Phillies fans fully realize they've lost the best this club has ever had at manning the most important position in the infield.
August 13, 2012 |
Silver linings and gray hairs have a lot in common. You never really want to be looking for either one, but sometimes that's all you have, so you pull them out and examine them. In this, the season of mounting losses and unmet expectations, the Phillies have found their silver linings from some guys who were not even here at the beginning of the year. One of them came through with a game-tying home run Sunday afternoon, and the other picked up his first major-league victory as the Phillies finished a nine-game homestand with an 8-7, 11-inning victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
May 23, 2011 |
IN THE LAST few years, almost no one left early. The Phillies had everyone very well trained that way. They were built to score runs, especially at home, and no deficit was too deep. They came back too many times, occasionally with a trickle but often with the damnedest flood. You stayed because, with this team, you never knew. It isn't like that anymore - and the thousands who fled Citizens Bank Park after the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday were quite prescient, as it turned out. They missed nothing, other than this Halley's Comet moment: Ryan Howard fouling off a bunt attempt to lead off the ninth inning.
April 2, 2011 |
Before the fans at parking-lot tailgates spilled into Citizens Bank Park to begin the most anticipated season in Philadelphia's baseball history, John Mayberry Jr. found a pair of scissors to cut the bottom of his pant legs so they'd look more stylish. Placido Polanco unwrapped some new bats and swung through air. Wilson Valdez attempted to put his uniform pants on over his head. Friday's dramatic 5-4 win over Houston was another game, the first of at least 162 in the next six months.
March 23, 2012
DUNEDIN, Fla. - We interrupt this spring to bring you some positive news. Carlos Ruiz is playing like it is October. Granted, it is only March, when the games behing played are about as meaningful as a Kim Kardashian marriage. But in a month that has played out like an upcoming season of the Walking Dead, we are determined to sprinkle in some sunshine. And as is often the case, Ruiz is a good place to turn. Not only are his Achilles' intact, his knees and fingers healthy, and his feet fracture-free, but his swing looks ready for any pitcher in the National League.
August 13, 2012 |
Silver linings and gray hairs have a lot in common. You never really want to be looking for either one, but sometimes that's all you have, so you pull them out and examine them. In this, the season of mounting losses and unmet expectations, the Phillies have found their silver linings from some guys who were not even here at the beginning of the year. One of them came through with a game-tying home run Sunday afternoon, and the other picked up his first major-league victory as the Phillies finished a nine-game homestand with an 8-7, 11-inning victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
April 15, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Heading into yesterday's games, the Phillies were the only National League team with at least seven players who had appeared in every game. Among the team's eight regulars, only second baseman Wilson Valdez and catcher Carlos Ruiz have been given a day off. (Shane Victorino missed a start, but only because of some tightness in his calf, and he later pinch-hit and stayed in the game.) None of that should come as a surprise: Charlie Manuel prides himself on his belief in the importance of each game, and yesterday afternoon he launched into a familiar speech about the need to put his best lineup on the field as often as possible.
August 23, 2011 |
Jimmy Rollins grimaced after he completed a slick defensive play by pivoting and throwing out Jesus Flores Sunday in Washington. But the Phillies shortstop said that particular play was just "the final straw" in a sequence that left him with a Grade 2 groin pull on the right side, so the Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Monday. Rollins said he hopes to return Sept. 6, the first day he can be activated, but that he can't be certain, because groin injuries can be a tricky business.
April 2, 2011
JAYSON WERTH was an excellent player in these parts over the past few years. Not only that, as English poet, songwriter and dramatist Thomas Haynes Bayly so shrewdly observed, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Thomas Haynes Bayly would have been a Phillies fan. As everyone knows, Werth doesn't live here anymore. He was lured into a Washington Nationals uniform by the guarantee of $126 million over the next 7 years and, honestly, who among us wouldn't have done the same?