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Phils Win Series, Despite Lidge’s 2 Blown Saves

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The bloom has definitely fallen off the rose; Brad Lidge is our fallen hero who gave us perfection in 2008 and now nothing but headaches in 2009.  Sorry Brad, but it is time to surrender your cape.  With a 2-run lead in yesterdays’ game, Lidge gave up 3 runs in the 9th and handed over the win to the Yankees.  Tonight, he gave up 1 run in the 9th to tie up the game, but Clay Condrey emerged as the unlikely hero to bail him out.  Condrey managed 2 scoreless innings and the Phillies won 4-3 in 11 innings.

But what has happened to Lidge?  He swears he is not injured, so what are we to think?  I know what I thought in the 9th today – that I was going to leap out onto the field, grab him by the shoulders and shake him violently until the sludgy alien-oil that has obviously taken over his brain came oozing out and gave us our hero back.  It really is an X-Files kind of mystery what has become of Mr. Perfect these days.

But a win is a win and 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.  Shane Victorino gave CC Sabathia fits today at the plate; both he and Carlos Ruiz had a 3 hit night.  And Ryan Howard shocked the crowd when he laid down a slap-bunt towards third base for a hit; there’s something you won’t see every day.  Hey, whatever works!

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had it working too through 6 innings of 2-run ball.  He did fall behind in counts quite a bit, but recovered nicely, although you could tell he wanted to smack Eric Bruntlett in the 4th after an error that extended the inning.  Hamels smack his fist into his glove as he arrived at first base and realized Bruntlett would not be throwing over as he dropped the ball.

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And here is my “Shame On You” for the day:  after striking out rookie John Mayberry in the 8th to end the inning, CC Sabathia hollered and pumped his fist as the strode off the mound, as if he had just won the game in grand fashion.  His showboating was less than appropriate for several reasons; he had just struck out a rookie in his 2nd major league game and, the Yankees were losing the game 3-2 at that point.  Much ado about nothing?  I’d say so.

So how was my first, and probably my only visit to new Yankee Stadium?  Pretty good.  It is a very nice stadium; almost identical to the old one, only bigger, nicer seats and it doesn’t smell like cat pee :O)  The seats in the lower level from foul pole to foul pole have waiter service, which was convenient, but they could certainly benefit more from lowering the cost of those seats and skipping the waiters.  A bit excessive, I thought.  Loved the padded seats, Monument Park was nice, huge team store with a great variety of stuff and TONS of employees everywhere you turn to direct people and answer questions.  The concourse even had a fresh fruit stand.  I was not impressed with the murky, drab gray underground tunnel system which you have to walk through to get to Monument Park and the centerfield gate.  It reminded me of Veterans Stadium; dark, creepy and nothing to look at.  Literally…nothing.  Blank, gray walls.  But overall, it is a very nice place; just WAY overpriced and excessive in a lot of areas it does not need to be.

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More game and stadium photos are coming!  I will post those tomorrow at some point, but for now, I am nursing a wicked bad sunburn (ouch!) and dragging after a long 3 ½ hour drive home.  So, off to bed for me!  Must find the aloe…

UPDATE: Here is the PHOTO ALBUM from the game including photos of new Yankee Stadium!

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Nothing But Air

Much like the winter season, the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas are creeping along slowly for the Phillies.  A whole lot of hot air and that’s about all.  GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has disclosed that he and his team have met with Derek Lowe and his agent.  That’s the good news.  That bad news is that the other leading suitor for Lowe is the NY Yankees, who have already signed CC Sabathia for 7 years, but seem to still be interested in Lowe.  With the Yankees seemingly unlimited payroll, the Phillies will likely be outbid if this is the case.  Sabathia AND Lowe – that’s just plain greedy!

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In other news, Pat Burrell’s agent came out and told the Courier Post that he believes the Phillies are not at all interested in retaining Burrell.  Agent Ed Hayes was quoted as saying, “I’m hopeful but I’m also a realist, and I’d be surprised…I have not heard anything that would lead me to believe the club wants to have him back.”  Sad news there for Phillies fans everywhere – the GQ Handsome quotient of the team is about to be significantly lowered.  Nothing has been decided yet, but reports are that Burrell wants three years and there is no way Amaro is going to offer that.  Unless Burrell settles for a 1 or 2 year deal, it looks like he’ll be telling the Phils to stick it and move on.

As for an additional infielder, the Jake Peavy / Mark DeRosa rumors have progressed.  The MLB Hot Stove reports that the trade may involve moving Phillies prospects JA Happ, Jason Donald and/or Carlos Carrasco.  Any combination of these players would wind up going to the Cubs, the moved to the Padres with a few other Cubs in exchange for Peavy.  Is your head spinning yet?  I really do not like the idea of losing young players with big potential.  Is DeRosa worth it?  Last year he hit 20 homers with an average of .285 and 87 RBI’s.  He has a lifetime .976% fielding percentage.  Knowing Burrell was going to be a free agent this year, if they intend to sign DeRosa, based on these numbers, the Phillies may as well have kept Aaron Rowand.  They may have saved some money.  DeRosa will not be cheap and may cost us some great young talent.  I’ll be keeping an ear to the ground to see where this goes.

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Best Moments of the 2008 World Champs!

In chronological order, here are my Best Moments of the 2008 season for our World Champion Philadelphia Phillies:

·         April 17 – 21:  Chase Utley goes on his first of two 5 game home run hitting streaks, hitting 6 homers in 5 games and earning the National League’s Player of the Month Award for April.

·         Jayson Werth hits 3 home runs in one game on 5/16/08 vs. Toronto, tying a Phillies record with a career-high 8 RBI in one game.

·         Phillies score 35 total runs between two games from 5/25-5/26.  They beat the Astros 15-6 and then followed it up with a win over the Rockies by a score of 20-5.

·         5/28 – 6/2:  Chase Utley goes on another 5 game home run hitting streak and he also hits 7 homers total in 8 games (5/25-6/2).  Utley won the National League Player of the Week Award during this run.

·         Phillies send 2 players to the All-Star Game in mid-July:  Chase Utley and Brad Lidge.

·         After a bad start to the season, Brett Myers returns from a voluntary stint in the minor leagues on 7/23/08.  He goes 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA for the rest of the regular season after getting off to a 3-9 start with a 5.84 ERA.

·         Greg Dobbs sets the all-time Phillies single season pinch hit record on 7/26/08 with 21 total pinch hits.  The last person to do it was Doc Miller in 1913, almost a century ago.

·         After being swept by the LA Dodgers in a four game series in early August, the Phillies come back and return the favor later that month.  They sweep the Dodgers in their four game series at home in Philly.

·         Phillies Complete a Road Season Series Sweep of the Braves in Atlanta on 9/18/08.

·         Phillies win the NL East, ending the game on an amazing double play to preserve the save for Brad Lidge.  Jimmy Rollins makes a diving grab for the ball, flips to Chase Utley and then Utley completes the throw to Ryan Howard at first base to end the game.

·         Ryan Howard becomes the first Phillie ever with 3 consecutive 40 home run seasons.  Howard is also now the 3rd player ever for the Phillies to have at least 120 RBI’s in one season; the last time it happened was 1933.

·         Shane Victorino hit the first Grand Slam in Phillies post-season history during Game 2 of the NLDS on 10/2/08 against CC Sabathia of the Brewers.

·         Brett Myers’ batting performance in the same game, Game 2 of the NLDS, against CC Sabathia of the Brewers – Myers went 1 for 2 and also had a key 9-pitch walk in the 2nd inning to help set up the Victorino Grand Slam.

·         10/15/08:  Phillies beat the LA Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the NLCS behind the rocket arm of series MVP, Cole Hamels.  They clinch their 6th opportunity ever in franchise history to compete in the World Series.

·         Jamie Moyer pitches Game 3 of the World Series on 10/25/08 while sick with the stomach flu.  His wife says he was up all night getting sick and sweating through a fever.  Despite this, he pitches 6 1/3 innings of 3 run ball.  The Phillies go on to win the game.

·         Brad Lidge gets the final out, striking out Eric Hinske of the Rays, to clinch the 2008 World Championship!  He goes 48 for 48 in save opportunities this year.  And all this came after injuring his knee on the very first pitch he threw in Spring Training. Lidge comes back from surgery and has the perfect season.

·         And my #1 moment:  Phillies win the World Series and become “World F*#@ Champions!”  Well spoken, Mr. Utley. J

So that’s a wrap!  Please add any of your favorite moments in the comments section below to share with everyone.  Phillies are World Champions!!!!!!!!!!  Celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Phillies Sink Sabathia

Brett Myers was amazing in his post-season appearance; both while pitching and at the plate.  He pitched 7 innings and gave up only 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.  His first inning was very shaky again, but he escaped with only 1 run scoring.  And at the plate, he drew a walk off of CC Sabathia with 2 outs in the second…it was a NINE pitch at bat as Myers kept fouling them off and made Sabathia work.  Myers also had a hit in the 5th also with 2 outs, which loaded the bases.  Sadly, Jimmy Rollins lined out and ended the inning, but the Phillies we ahead at that point 5-1, thanks to Shane Victorino.

Victorino whacked the very first post-season Grand Slam in Phillies history with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, after Myers drew the walk and Rollins also walked.  It was also Shane’s first career Salami and in front of the largest crowd in CBP history – 46,208 fans! People were so happy, they were hugging and high-fiving complete strangers!  I know because I was attacked by multiple drunken males who were a tad over-zealous.  But who could blame them, really?  So at that point, Sabathia was in shock.  In fact, as far as the Brewers were concerned tonight, here is a list describing their evening:  You know you are having a bad day when…

·         The entire crowd of 46,208 fans are screaming your name, and it is not because they are showin’ you the love (CC Sabathia; chants of “CC, CC, CC…”).

·         You walk the opposing pitcher and he eventually scores on a Grand Slam.  The Slam came after you were ahead of the batter by a count of 1-2.

·         That same pitcher is so comfy at the plate, he gets a hit later in the game.

·         You walk Shane Victorino intentionally to bring up Chase Utley, and then proceed to unintentionally walk Utley.

·         Your first baseman is more concerned with the hot dog wrapper blowing around the field than he is in fielding his position (Prince Fielder chased down a wind-blown wrapper and after multiple attempts, finally stepped on it, picked it up and put it in his pocket!  There was a man on first base at the time.)

·         You have 98 pitches after only 3 2/3 innings.

·         You are sweating profusely while it is a chilly 61 degrees, dark and cloudy outside.

·         The Sausage Racers are more productive than your offense.

·         On your way back to the dugout, after being pulled from the game, you ask a Phillies fan to borrow a Rally Towel so you can cry into it.

And on that note, here are some fun photos from the game:  Top row – Myers fouls off another pitch; Sabathia prays for the 2nd inning to be over.  Bottom 3 – The Phanatic beats up a fan for stealing his foul ball; J-Roll gets caught stealing 2nd; Victorino hits a Grand Slam.
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The Phanatic tackles the Milwaukee Sausages; Brett Myers watches the attack and is shocked!
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Brad “Lights Out” Lidge gets the job done right!; Rollins and Pedro Feliz are about to collide while chasing a foul pop-up…all is well though; no one was hurt & Feliz caught the ball.
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And on the 3rd day, they rested…  Well, actually, they will be travelling to Milwaukee.  Game 3 will be Saturday at 6:30pm on TBS; Jamie Moyer gets the start.  Go Phillies!

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Playoff Starters Set

The starting pitchers for the first 3 playoff games will be Cole Hamels, Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer, in that order.  Tomorrows’ game time is 3:00pm in Philly; Thursday, 10/2 will be at 6pm, also in Philly and Saturday, 10/4 is at 6:30pm in Milwaukee.  If necessary, game 4 will be on Sunday, 10/5 in Milwaukee and game 5 would be Tuesday, 10/7 back in Philly.  And in other news, Ryan Howard has been named Player of the Month for September.  No surprise there…he was dominant all month.  Howard hit .352 and had 11 homers; this is his 3rd Player of the Month honor.  Congrats to Ryan!


P4208362 Hamels.jpgAs for tomorrow, I imagine Hamels will give us a quality start.  It seems his only goal in life is to win awards; oh, and occasionally annoy the media with his whining.  So, this is exactly the set-up he has been waiting for.  No worries about Moyer, which leaves the only question mark being Myers.  He was fantastic when he came back from the minors, but his last 2 starts have been horrendous.  He gave up 14 runs combined in those 2 games in only 8 1/3 innings combined.  Hopefully, the extra rest this week will get him back in top shape to get the job done.  He has to face Cy Young candidate, CC Sabathia on Thursday so the Phillies really need the Brett Myers of 3 games ago to show up.  Incidentally, 3 games ago was a complete game, 2 hitter against the very same team – The Brewers.  Now THAT is what we need to see.

The Brewers added fuel to the Phillies fire yesterday during their playoff rally when one teammate yelled out to the crowd, “We’re gonna go to Philadelphia and kick some butt!”  Even Jimmy Rollins is not bold enough to make such comments, and we all know how he loves to create a controversy.

Speaking of rallies, before tomorrow’s game, there will be a Phillies rally (originally scheduled for today) at 12pm on Citizens Bank Way, which is the west side of the ballpark.  I will be there and also at the game to bring you coverage from the first 2008 Phillies playoff game!  Go Phillies!

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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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Moyer’s Proposal / Trade Rumors

When, oh when, will the losing end?  I don’t know about all of you, but my poor brain hurts.  Ouch!  It does seem that Jamie Moyer had a well laid out plan for this game and was rolling along quite well, in fact.  And really, you can’t blame him at all.  3 runs for Jamie in 6.2 innings having thrown over 100 pitches is quite a feat.  He is amazing.  This offense simply let him down, yet again.  On Sunday afternoon, he even tried helping out Kyle Kendrick to prepare for his next start (which will be tonight) by either, proposing marriage (see photo)
P6222026 moyer kendrick cr.jpg, or what I should better assume is teaching him how to throw a change-up.  This is the one pitch Kyle still seems to have some trouble with.  The two worked on it before the game for over ½ an hour out on the field.  Moyer is such a team player and it really saddens me to see the rest of the team let him down like this.

Obviously, they are not happy about it either.  Having totaled only 6 hits against a very average pitcher last night, the Phillies offense were all left scratching their heads and wondering what has happened to the bats.  Perhaps it is time to pull out a copy of the movie Major League and summon the Spirit of Jobu? I don’t think the actor Dennis Haysbert is getting much work these days besides All-State commercials…maybe he can shave his head again and come play for the Phils?  And here’s a thought…can we try Greg Dobbs, who is batting .347, as the DH instead of Geoff Jenkins who is batting .244?  Hmmm?  And can anyone tell me the last time Carlos Ruiz got a hit?  Or the last time he did NOT hit into a double play when given the chance?  Just a few things that have been BUGGING me…

Sorry, had to vent for a few seconds there J  Ah, back to my happy place…  So, thanks for comments and feedback!  In response to the latest comment on the Shane Victorino trade rumors, here is my take on the situation.  First of all, I love Shane too and would be devastated to see him go, but keep in mind that rumors are rumors and this very same rumor went around last year as well and he is still here.  The trade deadline is not until 7/31/08, so until we are past the All-Star break and closer to that day, I would not panic just yet.  A lot of the talk is because the Phillies are looking to add a pitcher if they want to contend for a World Series title THIS year.  They believe they have they offense, present slump aside, to make it happen and are willing to sacrifice a few “future” possibilities to make it happen.  I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the right move.  Where Shane falls into that is they are looking to get a pitcher like a CC Sabathia from the Indians, but someone of that caliber will not come cheap.  It would have to be a package deal with say Shane plus a minor league prospect or two.  However, the Phillies have a LOT of really great minor leaguers that may be ready to go THIS year that a team may go for without someone like Shane in the mix.  Carlos Carrasco’s name has been tossed around a lot, as an example.  He would be a big loss to the Phillies system, but not necessarily so if it brings us a World Series Title.  Ya know?

Another thought on this is also that these rumors may be being tossed around to light a fire under both Shane Victorino AND Brett Myers.  Cruel as this may sound, I have heard several media type mention it now.  They are saying that the thought of Myers being “replaced” may force him into getting his act together.  And as for Shane, the idea that he is dispensable and maybe has not performed up to their expectations could get him back on track as well.  We also have the possibility of Kris Benson coming out of rehab in Clearwater soon to think about.  If he can get past all these injuries and prove to be a viable starter, all this trade stuff may go away…  Well, then again, you never can tell J  Whew!  If my brain didn’t hurt before, it sure does now!  How is that for a LOT to absorb at once?  I do hope that helps though.  We will know more as the deadline approaches.  As always, thanks for reading and for your feedback.  Have a great day!

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