Phillies Win A Wet One & J-Roll Smurf Tours The Stadium
Well, I drove through a very scary hail storm and sat through a nearly 2 hour rain delay, but eventually, the Phillies pulled out a win for me. Jamie Moyer logged another quality start today in this water-logged event, going 6 innings of rain-filled fun and giving up 3 runs. But the highlight of the day was watching the 45 year old Moyer take out umpire Randy Marsh on his way to second base after a throwing error by the Pirates in the 3rd inning. And when I say he took him out, I mean seriously, he pushed with both arms and THREW the man to the ground to get him out of his way! And then another throwing error on the same play landed Moyer on third base. The next batter, Jimmy Rollins, hit a sac fly to left to score Moyer who exhaustedly ran straight from home plate and directly into the dugout to sit down. After the game, Moyer joked, “There was no oxygen on first or second. They had the oxygen tank at third.”
Another highlight tonight was watching Greg Dobbs break a record that has stood for 95 years when he hit his 21st pinch hit of the season in the 7th inning. That double scored Carlos Ruiz and tied the game. Later that inning, Chase Utley hit a 2 run home run to give the Phillies the lead. And I am sure he felt a lot better, as earlier in the 5th, he hit into a double play with the bases loaded to end that inning. Speaking of double plays, Eric Bruntlett is still on a roll; in his 0-4 performance tonight, one of those managed to be a double play, all of them were easy ground balls and NONE of them left the infield. I’ll say it again…PLAY GREG DOBBS! Geez! And to make matters worse, Charlie Manuel is batting Bruntlett in front of Ruiz…?? All I can say is, they won today, despite this and thanks to the pinch hit of Dobbs, home run by Utley, and pitching. But how many more games should we have to overcome this error in judgment? Just a thought…
And here is the moment you have all been waiting for! J-Roll Smurf also had a super day at the ballpark, as did everyone who encountered him. I have never had so many people ask me questions…everyone wanted to know where I got him and how they could get one. All I can tell you is…E-Bay. And the clothes are by Build-A-Bear Workshop. Of course, the players name and number are a “custom” at home job. J-Roll Smurf got lots of hugs today! And as I wandered the park, pimping out my stuffie, I took a few PHOTOS J Below you will see J-Roll Smurf finding things to do during the rain delay, like check out his beloved 2007 NL MVP Award. In the second photo, he was attempting to save other Smurfs from a blue, fluffy death in those plastic tubs…I explained the joys of cotton candy to him, and he felt better…
Finally, the rain ended, and it was on to the game where J-Roll Smurf helped to keep score. He was very excited to see the Phillies win today and even participated in the wave as it rounded the stadium.
If you would like to see the rest of J-Roll Smurfs tour of the stadium, please CLICK HERE to go to my photobucket page and see what other mischief he got into. There were a few odd incidents with ketchup packets, strangers on elevators and romp in the fluff with multiple Phanatic stuffies… Worth a look J
Well, that’s all for now! Oh, FYI…the Alumni Batting Challenge was cancelled today due to the rain, in case anyone was unaware, thus no photos of that. I know, bummer :o( Anyway, on to LA to face the Dodgers…10:10pm EST tomorrow…yuck! We are in for some late nights here….Go Phillies!