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Where Did All the Fun Go?

After watching Cliff Lee walk off the mound last night in pain with another elbow injury, I was pretty depressed.  I was depressed earlier in the day after the Phillies did absolutely nothing at the trade deadline.  But this was a whole new level of sadness.  Because at that moment, I realized something; watching Phillies baseball just isn’t fun anymore.

Phillies TombstoneBaseball is supposed to be fun.  Remember when Roy Halladay said, “It’s only gonna get funner”?  Ah, memories…  Because where did all the fun go?  Even when the Phillies sucked back in the early 1990’ and early 2000’s, it was still fun to watch.  And on those teams, the players had fun playing, even when they were awful.  Remember in 2003 when a bunch of players dyed their hair bleach blonde?  They sucked…but it was fun!  I still had a good time going to those games.  But now, it feels like going to a funeral.  So why is it so different now?

I have come up with two reasons: 1) There was hope back then.  2) The 2008 World Series changed the landscape of Phillies baseball.

Phillies fans have lost hope.  Why?  Because the current incarnation of this team and their management have made the same mistakes over and over and over.  They refuse to make big changes and when they do make changes, the results are bad.  Go back to the Cliff Lee trade.  You know what the Phillies got for him…nothing.  Ok, count Phillippe Aumont if you must, but he is a head case who is going nowhere.  They traded Hunter Pence and got nothing.  Here are a few other not-so-fun names to remember…Freddie Garcia, Adam Eaton, the contracts of Ryan Howard, Jonathan Papelbon and others, no trade clauses, etc. And the list goes on…

When you do the same thing repeatedly, how can you expect different results?  You can’t.  And therein lays the total lack of hope.  As long as the same people are in charge and the same scouts are making bad decisions, nothing will change.  And that is truly depressing.

And about that 2008 World Series…the Phillies have been on a steady decline since they lost the series in 2009.  Phillies fans got a short taste of success and now, we expect it.  Maybe that is not fair, but such is life.

Frankly, the way they Phillies have raised ticket prices every year and cancelled events (like the Phan Fest at Spring Training), giving us less access to players, is also a sore spot for fans.  If you are going to take away some of my season ticket holder benefits, charge me more and give me less, then I EXPECT a superior product.  And in that way, I feel fans are justified in their rage.  Now that the team is awful, do you think ticket prices will go down?  No way…because they have to PAY for all of their mistakes and ridiculous contracts.  Or should I say, we the fans will pay?  Or we will just stop coming to games as many have done already.

Because why should I have to pay to attend a funeral?  Why should I pay to see players who are just as depressed as I am?  And there you have it…NO FUN.

If the Phillies want to bring back the fun, they need to fire everyone in the front office and all of the scouts and start over.  Give us something to look forward to.  Give us a little hope.  It is either that, or prepare to play to an empty stadium.

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Getting Back on Track

After two blown saves Friday and Saturday, the Phillies rebounded last night while riding the back of rookie pitcher, Antonio Bastardo.  Although they should have swept the 4-game series against the Dodgers, coming away with a split is a relief after the drama of the last several days.  And Bastardo must be relieved as well to get a 2nd major league start, and 2nd win, under his belt.  Bastardo, who threw mostly fastballs in his first outing, calmed down a bit last night and began to mix in a change-up and a slider.  He allowed only 2 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.  Not bad, especially considering he faced the team with the best record in baseball.

But the Phillies have the 2nd best record in all of baseball, and the offense finally showed everyone why that is last night.  Three home runs led the way; a two-run shot from Carlos Ruiz and solos from Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard in a park that many consider to be unfriendly to the long ball.  Jimmy Rollins was moved from the lead-off spot to #6 in the line-up and it worked.  Rollins went 2 for 4 in the game.  Charlie Manuel will likely not keep him there, but the change seemed to make him concentrate more on getting his swing back in line.

Now the real question is, could the rookie Bastardo be to 2009 what Kyle Kendrick was in 2007?  Kendrick was called up to temporarily fill a hole in the rotation after an injury to Freddie Garcia.  He did so well though that the Phillies kept him and Kendrick helped get them to the playoffs that year.  P9119563 Kendrick Eaton.jpgBut in 2008, Kendrick struggled and has since been sent back to the minors.  Bastardo is now filling in for the injured Brett Myers.  Could this kid be the answer for 2009?  So far, he looks good; but then again, so did Kendrick.  We will have to wait and see…

And if you really want to know what went wrong with Kendrick, here is my theory.  He took one too many pitching lessons from Adam Eaton.  By the way, after being released by the Orioles last month, Eaton singed a minor league contract on 6/6/09 with the Rockies.  Good luck to them!

So, after travelling to New York, the Phillies will have the day off today to rest up for a 3-game series with the Mets.  Going back to a normal East Coast schedule (thank goodness!), the game will begin at 7:10pm on Tuesday with JA Happ facing Johan Santana.

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Myers May Have Surgery

Comcast Sportsnet reported today that Phillies pitcher Brett Myers may need to have surgery for a frayed labrum in his hip.  Translation:  We are SO screwed.  UGH!  In fact, when the news was announced, here is what happened:

The frog is obviously a Phillies fan.  Poor little guy.

Myers will get a second opinion, but either way, this is NOT good.  He has been the Phillies best starter next to Cole Hamels and even has 2 more wins than Hamels.  This constitutes a huge disaster for the Phillies who will now either have to pay a large price to replace Myers or go fishing in the farm system and cross their fingers.  Kyle Kendrick does not appear ready to return to the majors and Carlos Carrasco still needs work.  What should they do?  Here are a few suggestions:bad pitching.jpg

No?  Ok, back to the drawing board then.  I’ll let you know when I come up with the answer…I mean, besides actually having to pay someone Adam Eaton-type money.  What a thought…yikes!

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Phillies Walk Away With Rings And The Win

I suppose I had better run out and buy a lottery ticket.  Yesterday, I predicted that Phillies would need to score exactly 12 runs to win today’s game; the final score?  Phillies 12, Braves 11.  Yes, all bow to the great, powerful and all-knowing Jenn; she is a genius.  ;O)  Now, in order for my prediction to be totally accurate, the score had to be 12-11 thus, necessitating 12 total runs for the Phillies.  But by the 9th inning, the score was 12-10 and Brad Lidge was in to close the game; after 1 out was recorded,  I told the guy next to me that Lidge was about to give up a home run to make the final score 12-11 and BAM!  Matt Diaz sent Lidge’s offering over the left field wall.  Lidge got Garrett Anderson out swinging and voila!  Clearly, I am psychic. ;O) 

And yet, this off-the-wall foretelling was not the strangest thing to happen today.  The Phillies were losing the game 10-3 by the seventh inning stretch.  Shane Victorino started the bottom of the 7th by grounding out and it looked like that might me the nail in the coffin for the Phils.  Apparently not.  A series of small miracles occurred for the Phillies starting with a Chase Utley bloop single that fell into no-man’s land and then Ryan Howard was hit by a pitch.  After that, the weirdest string of event I have even personally witnessed in a game, turned a 10-3 deficit into an 11-10 lead.  The Braves bullpen helped out with 5 walks plus the Howard hit-by-pitch; 4 runs scored off those walks.  The other 4 runs were the result of 3 singles and a fielder’s choice.  The Phillies advanced slowly along the base path in 90 foot increments until all 8 runs were in and the inning ended on a Jayson Werth fly ball.  Several words come to mind here:  Unbelievable; incredible; mind-boggling; implausible.  Call it what you will, but in the end, it is the greatest come from behind victory I have ever had the pleasure to witness.

Here are a few game shots; Raul Ibanez scores as Chris Coste tells him not to slide; Rollins tries to knock Feliz in; Utley makes a running grab:040809.jpg

Perhaps the donning of the World Series rings prior to the game had a bit to do with the unorthodox come-back win?  The biggest ring I have ever seen holds 3.84 karats of diamonds; 103 in total, to represent the Phillies 2008 win total.  The base is 14-kt white gold crowned with a Ruby inlay, topped with the Phillies “P” logo.  Take a look:

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Each player was called up one by one to receive their ring, including ex-Phillies Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins and yes, even Adam Eaton.  Burrell received a huge ovation and Pat Gillick, formerly known here as Grumpy Gillick, broke down and cried as he hugged Burrell.  Jenkins received a warm welcome also but Eaton was booed mercilessly with chants of “Give us our money back!” heard around the stadium.  Taking it in stride and obviously expecting the greeting, Eaton smiled and waved both arms around in the air in a sarcastic and unaffected manner.  Below, you will see Eaton waving to the crowd; Burrell & Gillick hugging; Chase Utley getting his ring:

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In the next few days, I will put together a photo album with all the Ring Ceremony pictures and a few shots from the game and post it.  I have pictures of ALL the players getting their rings!  Right now, I need to get some sleep :O)  But stay tuned!  More to come…

And now for the Photo(s) of the Day; Shane Victorino was goofing around during his pre-inning catch with Ibanez and nearly whacked himself with the ball in, um, well…I think the picture tells the story:

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Off day tommorow; Phillies take on the Rockies Friday at 4:10pm EST.


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Eaton’s Outta Here

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Dumb Luck

The Phillies released Adam Eaton today, still owing him $9.15 million dollars.  No other teams will likely be dumb enough to sign him before he clears waivers, avoiding having to pay his huge, ridiculous contract.  If anyone does pick him up after that, they will only be required to pay the Phillies $400,000.  Ouch.  But what would be more painful, is having to keep Eaton around any longer.

Eaton has got to be the luckiest idiot on the planet; he’s a millionaire, he gets a World Series ring and what did he do for it all?  Nothing.  Perhaps he could teach that trick to a few of us?  It’s the least he can do for the two years of pathetic baseball he pitched for the Phillies fans.  Glad as we are to end the Eaton-era, my question is, who will we pick on now?? :O)

Team USA

A Blue Jays fan asked me at the game on Thursday if Shane Victorino was going to play for Team Hawaii.  No kidding; he was very serious.  I calmly explained to him that Hawaii was part of the United States and that, at that time, only Jimmy Rollins was scheduled to play for Team USA.  I was tempted to see if he had ever heard of the state of Delaware, but was afraid I’d get the “Dela-where?” question.  Canadians are fun.  Anyway, it was announced today that Victorino would play for Team USA after all, replacing Grady Sizemore who is nursing an injury.  Nice of them to include Shane as a real American :O)

Phillies Lose To Reds

The Phils went down to the Reds today, 10-3.  However, the bats are beginning to wake up; Victorino went 2 for 3; Raul Ibanez and Greg Dobbs each went 1 for 2 with 1 RBI apiece; and former LA Dodger, Pablo Ozuna went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.  JC Romero pitched 2 solid innings and Ryan Madson pitched 1 scoreless.  The loss went to rookie Andrew Carpenter who gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks to start the game without recording an out.

The Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow at 1:05pm in a World Series reunion.  Pat Burrell has chosen to make the trip to see his old teammates.  Pictures to come!  The game is sold out and should be the highlight of 2009 Spring Training to date.

 

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Strange Baseball Injuries

In part 2 of my off-season “strange baseball” series, I give you the most entertaining baseball injuries of all time:

·         We’ll begin with my personal favorite:  Adam Eaton, when he was with the Padres:  Adam accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife while trying to unwrap a DVD in 2001.  And the Phillies later signed this genius to a three-year deal worth $24 million because…???

·         Relief pitcher, and former Phillie, Larry Anderson strained a rib muscle getting out of a Jacuzzi.  I am guessing because he did not want to sit down his beer first… J

·         John Smoltz burned his chest while ironing a shirt that was ON him at the time.  Who irons clothes while wearing them?  Wow.

·         Chris Brown missed over 250 games between 1984 and 1988 due to supposed injuries.  He once claimed that he slept on his eye wrong and could not play as a result.  He also used the “bruised tooth” excuse once as well.  That’s his story and he’s stickin’ to it.

·         Wade Boggs injured his back while trying to put on cowboy boots; he apparently lost his balance…and his dignity.

·         Aaron Rowand hurt his left shoulder while playing tag with his kids.  Really, I could think of more interesting ways to accomplish this…and it does not involve children. J

·         Glenallen Hill, plagued by nightmares, once fell out of bed and onto a glass table after dreaming that he was covered in spiders.  Serious arachnophobia gone wrong.

·         Bret Barberie missed a game after accidentally rubbing chili juice in his eyes.  A budding chef, no doubt.

·         Kevin Mitchell strained a muscle while vomiting.  No more drinking games for him… J

·         Phil Niekro injured his hand after shaking his hands too hard.  What??

·         Jose Cardenal missed a game in 1972 because he tired.  He said the crickets chirping in his hotel room kept him awake all night. He also missed a game 2 year later after claiming to have slept funny and, as a result, his eyelid was stuck shut.

·         Nolan Ryan was once bitten by a coyote pup that he tried to take home with him after finding two of them wandering the countryside.  Lesson?  Leave Mother Nature alone.

·         Cal Ripken Jr. broke his nose while posing for an All-Star Team photo.  He was “accidentally” elbowed in the face by Roberto Hernandez. 

·         Sammy Sosa went into back spasms after sneezing too hard.  Benadryl anyone?

·         Brandon Inge strained his oblique while trying to move a pillow for his son.  Was the pillow made of bricks?

·         Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to rip a phonebook in half.  The Incredible Hulk would have been impressed. 

·         Ricky Henderson missed several games in August of 1985 because of frostbite.  He left an ice pack on his foot a tad too long.  Another genius.

·         Ricky Bones injured his lower back trying to get out of a chair while watching TV in the clubhouse.  A real “bone” head move.

And now for the truly sick and “twisted” – The Bad Balls Club (warning: men should not read if you have a weak stomach) –

·         Felix Pie missed time during 2008 spring training with a twisted testicle.

·         Chris Snyder was on the 15-day DL in July 2008 with a fractured testicle after getting hit with a foul ball.  Foul balls, indeed.

·         And last, but not least, Ken Griffey Jr. missed a game after he pinched his right testicle between his leg and his cup.

Feel free to add your own favorite baseball injuries in the comments section below.  And please, do not try any of these feats at home.

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A Solid Win

The Phillies beat Ben Sheets and the Milwaukee Brewers last night, 6-3 thanks to some clutch hitting by Ryan Howard and another great outing by Jamie Moyer.  Except this time, Moyer pitched on only 3 days rest.  He became the oldest pitcher to accomplish that feat since 1986 when Phil Niekro did it.  Moyer went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 5.  I think Moyer must have found the fountain of youth and went for a swim.  Whatever it is that keeps him going at 45 years of age, I wish he would share the secret with the rest of us!

The Phillies were off to a great start when Howard hit a 2-run homer in the 1st.  It was his major league leading 43rd of the year.  He just barely missed #44 later in the 4th inning, as the ball hit directly on the top of the padded wall in front of the Phillies bullpen…missed it by about 2 inches!  It did wind up as an RBI double, with Chase Utley scoring on the hit.  Every member of the starting line-up had a hit in the game, except for poor Pat Burrell who continues to look totally confused at the plate. The bullpen did NOT blow the lead in this game for a change…Ryan Madson pitched 2 scoreless innings; Chad Durbin came in to end the 8th inning on 1 pitch and Brad Lidge recorded save #36 as he set the Brewers down in order in the 9th.  Overall, a nice, solid team win for the Phillies over a very tough pitcher in All-Star Ben Sheets.  Makes you wish they looked this good every night!

Here are some fun pictures from the game last night…let’s start with Cy Young candidate CC Sabathia, who apparently loves the Phillies!  Especially Chad Durbin:P9119589_cr_2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have finally figured out what is wrong with Kyle Kendrick! He is taking pitching lessons from Adam Eaton:P9119563_cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carlos Ruiz, Howard and Moyer go for a foul ball pop-up…the biggest man wins!P9119783_cr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Game 2 is tonight at 7:05pm…Cole Hamels will try to earn LUCKY win #13!  Go Phillies!

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Phillies Phestival 2008

It was a beautiful, sunny day yesterday for the Phillies Phestival, the annual charity event held at the ballpark with all funds raised going to towards fighting ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”  This year, the event raised a record-setting $758, 540 in its 19th year running.  I have posted some PHOTOS here on my photobucket site from the event and have a few to share with you here as well.  I apologize for the grainy ones…combo of a very bad back lit situation and the wrong setting on my camera…oops!  Oh well…it was hot and my brain was fried.  Anyway, first I have a collage I threw together with Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Chad Durbin, Chase Utley and right in the middle, Jimmy Rollins with your favorite web site voodoo mascot and mine, J-Roll Smurf!  And figuring we’ve all seen enough photos of me, I was kind enough to cover that part up J  I have a fun story about that photo though…

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So I walk over to Jimmy for the picture and he is already cracking up over the Smurf and starts telling me, “You know, I like smurfs too…” And I start telling him I knew that, and that is why I dressed him up like that…  Then he proceeds to tell me with a huge grin on his face, “You know what they used to call me, back in the day?  Papa Smurf.”  Now I am cracking up!  I showed him the back of the uniform where I had ironed on his name and number and he was very impressed.  He said he liked it and that it was “very original.”  So, I think J-Roll Smurf will be attending a few more games for luck J  I don’t mind making a fool of myself; it’s all in good fun.  J

P7286281.jpgHere’s another fun photo for the ladies!  Should we play the “Guess Who’s Better Side This Is?” game or should I just tell you?  Hee!  Well, I shouldn’t say “better side,” the man doesn’t really have a bad side.  It’s all good.  Ok, ok, I won’t keep you in suspense…it’s Chad Durbin.  And probably 50 or 60 people cracked up laughing while I took this picture as I turned to the line of people waiting for his autograph and said, “Ok, you know I have to do this, right?”  Sorry, couldn’t help myself…he bent over right in front of me…it was like a bulls eye!

Wound up getting 14 autographs by the end of the day and an odd assortment of pictures.  I would have done better, but the Chase Utley line alone took me an hour and a half!  And what an ordeal that was too.  The guy in front of me kept making trouble by trying to let someone cut in; he got caught so then he tried to take that guys stuff for him to get it signed and the ushers wouldn’t let him do that either so he got in trouble again and this time, they pulled him out of the line!  And all this happened right as it was my turn at the front of the line so I was already a frazzled mess and then to make it worse, the usher standing next to Chase yells at ME!  He points at my camera and says, “Make sure YOU don’t hold up the line by stopping to take a picture.  Take it while you are moving!”  WHAT???  Mind you, I have been standing by quietly, smiling and behaving the entire 90 minutes and now this guy has the nerve to YELL at me for no reason?  I was SO upset I nearly cried and forgot to take the picture at all.  Poor Chase saw the look on my face and asked how I was and I was like, “Ok I think” and he signed my photo and gave me one of those “oh you poor thing” smiles.  He was already annoyed with how things were going…I had seen him “correct” the ushers a few times before that while I was waiting in line.  Earlier, the ushers were telling people they couldn’t take photos at all and Chase looked right at them and said “Yes they can.”  By the time I slid over to Jimy Williams (sitting with Chase), I was shaking like a leaf and couldn’t pull his photo out of the sleeve and he was trying to calm me down!  He said, “It’s ok, take your time, there’s no hurry.”  He’s such a nice man.  J  Finally, I was out of that line and every other line was fine…no problems at all.

Now, for anyone who has not been to the Phestival, don’t let what you just read discourage you from going.  This is NOT typical.  I’ve been going every year for 8 years and have NEVER seen this happen or been treated this way.  Usually, everyone is very nice and friendly and the event is lots of fun.  I have no idea what happened in that one line, but whoever was in charge over there simply blew it.  They obviously panicked because they knew there was a high demand for Chase’s autograph and tried to change how things are usually done to try to get the line to move faster.  But you can’t tell people not to take pictures or HOW to take them and you certainly shouldn’t be yelling at them.

So, I have certainly not had a lot of luck in the Utley department this week!  First the picture that didn’t come out on Photo Day and now this!  Geez, when will MY streak end?  In other news, the team has officially announced adding JA Happ back to the roster to take Adam Eaton’s spot now that he has accepted a minor league assignment.  Do I smell a trade in the air though?  Guess we will just have to wait and see…  On to DC tonight!  Go Phillies!

It’s Raining Home Runs

After a nearly 2 hour rain delay today, the Phillies finally beat Atlanta by a score of 12-10 in a battle that included 7 home runs; 5 from the Phillies and 2 from the Braves.  Joe Blanton only pitched 2 innings before the skies opened up.  He allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk and saw his ERA jump to 5.13.  After the rain delay, both the Phils and Braves began to pour on the runs.

Adam Eaton gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in his 2 innings of work during his second appearance as a reliever.  Lucky for him, the offense came right back with a huge 5 run inning in the bottom of the forth led by home runs from Chris Coste and Shane Victorino.  As the battle of the bullpens continued, the Phillies continued to dominate.  Pat Burrell
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This game looked like a laugher by the 8th inning, but Rudy Seanez struggled, giving up a run and committing a fielding error; he was replaced by Ryan Madson who did not fare much better.  By the time Madson was through, 4 more runs would score and the Phillies now only led by 2 runs instead of 7.  But as usual, Brad Lidge came in and knocked them down for his 24th consecutive save.  Actually, I had forgotten to mention it, but Lidge had passed the old Phillies record yesterday for number of consecutive saves; it was 22, held by Billy Wagner.  Well, now it is 24 by Lidge.  Somewhere, Wagner is complaining and no one is listening…  Well, that is a daily event for him anyway J

Off day tomorrow for the Phillies Phestival to benefit ALS.  See you there if you are going!  Next up…The Nats in DC; 7/29 7:10pm; Brett Myers scheduled to start.  Let’s see if we can dig them a bigger hole into last place…Go Phillies!

Phillies Photo Day 2008

Yesterday, the Phillies held their annual Photo Day at the park where they allow fans on the field to take pictures of the players.  Occasionally, the players will also stop and take photos with you.  It is by far, one of my favorite events every year and one that I was really looking forward to.  I actually got 10 players to stop this year and pose with me, and probably could have gotten a few more but was busy snapping the camera.  9 of the 10 photos actually came out…the one that didn’t was the one with Chase Utley! UGH!  And he was SO nice and had a HUGE smile on his face for me too…I am SOOOO depressed, I cannot even tell you.  I just can’t even talk about it…too sad L

Well, let’s talk about the happy ones…I’ll post a couple of them here.  I am usually opposed to photo’s of myself, but the P7261023 5x7.jpgplayers look awfully cute, so I am going to go ahead and grin and bear it…no pun intended.  Please excuse my bad hair day and goofy smiles…I had been standing in the hot sun for hours and was melting!  First of all, this one of Brad Lidge is hysterical!  Does the man have no concept of exactly how tall he is?  Most guys bend down so they are on you level, but it was his first Photo Day so he is excused.  Now mind you, I am not short…I am 5’7″ which is average for a woman, and he is slouching in the picture.  Scary tall.

Here we have Chris Coste…just a cutie.  We make a nice couple I think J  Hee!  And then below that one, there is Jimmy Rollins withCoste Rollins.jpg his huge grin…he said something silly and I was trying not to laugh.  I also got pictures with Geoff Jenkins, JC Romero, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Eric Bruntlett and Adam Eaton…there was not a huge demand for poor Adam so I figured I’d bug him J  I almost got Pat Burrell but he just put his arm around me, pat me on the back, asked how I was doing and kept going.  I was happy with that though J  I have also posted a bunch of other photos HERE on my photobucket site for you to see just of the players, coaches and broadcasters as they were walking past me or saying hello.  There are a few pretty funny ones in there…some of these guys give you some really cheesy smiles at this event.  Check out the shot of Clay Condrey…he gets the prize for the most Cheese ever in a pose.

That’s a wrap on Photo Day!  The Phillies are currently in a Rain Delay with the Braves, down 2-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  It was Joe Blanton’s home debut which I assume now, will be cut short.  Hoping they will get the rest of this game in soon and of course, come away with the win!  More later…Go Phillies!

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