Welcome Back Offense…

So, the Phillies offensive finally defrosted today under the warm Philadelphia sun.  Most starters had 2 hits today except Bruntlett who is still not producing and came up empty.  Even the pitcher Myers managed to work a walk.  Chris Coste walked away with the outstanding performance of the day going 4 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI’s.  I think he has more than earned himself a few more starts with Ruiz struggling at the plate lately.  Also joining the home run parade today were Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Pat Burrell.  In fact, Pat’s home run, his 6th of the year, puts him at 224 for his career and officially moved him into 4th place overall on the Phillies all-time home run leaders list, passing Greg Luzinski.

Speaking of Pat Burrell, I was sitting in the lower level corner section of left field today for the game where I had a great view of Pat all day.  I have to say, the crowd reaction to him today was something I have not seen before and I know it certainly amused him as well.  Every time he made a play, the fans in the outfield sections went absolutely nuts!  Then, when he took the field after his homer in the 6th inning, the outfield fans, in unison, all chanted “MVP! MVP! MVP!” as he ran out to warm up!  And they did it every inning after that as well…  Pat just grinned, shook his head a bit and tossed the ball to Taguchi.  He had to be thinking about how not a year and a half ago, these people HATED him and were cussing him out.  And now they are chanting MVP?  Wow!  Unbelievable.  I mean, not that he is going to complain about it, but funny how that works, right?

So, in other fun news, I was watching the Astros take batting practice from the stands today in centerfield and trying, to no avail, to get one of their pitchers in the outfield to toss me a ball.  They just sorta grin at you and then ignore you…  Well, to hell with them, I caught one myself!  Lance Berkman smacked a line drive home run right at my head!  I threw my hand up and, bam, right in the glove!  Whoo Hooo!  Threw my arms up in the air and celebrated and everything…I was totally psyched!  And I think at least half the Astro’s pitching staff saw the catch too cuz they were all staring at me sorta bug eyed.  I guess they don’t see too many chicks catch home run balls… :o)  Or they just assume we will all scream and run for cover…

So, that was especially funny to me because last year I caught a Pat Burrell homer there standing in the same place but had forgotten my glove…caught it barehanded!  And nearly broke my hand!  I had the nastiest bruise you ever saw… So, I was glad I got a shot at one WITH the glove :o)  That was WAY less painful…

So the other fun at today’s game was seeing all the ex-Phillies…I said hello to Geoff Geary at batting practice.  He was always very friendly to me and so I was sad to see him go…  Saw Michael Bourn of course, and then Tomas Perez, ex-funny man :o)  So many stories about Tomas, so little time… Maybe another day…  So, here is my photo of the game for today…our “new” Geoff with a “G”, Geoff Jenkins, mid-air, as he slides into second:
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