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Ibanez Rocks New York

Raul Ibanez brought the pain to the New York Mets last night with a 3-run shot into the bullpen in the 10th inning.  The Phillies win the series in New York, 2 games to 1 and come home with a 7-3 record on this most recent road trip.

Ibanez has been the biggest surprise of the year for this team, bringing the defense to match his offense.  In the 4th, Ibanez played a hot shot off the wall and nailed David Wright at 2nd who was trying for a double.  From all the way back on the warning track, not only did Ibanez get the ball to Chase Utley without a hop, he placed the toss perfectly so Utley could make an easy tag. 
Thumbnail image for Ibanez Hulk.jpgThis guy has been like the Incredible Hulk for the Phillies (or the Ibanez Hulk), tossing opponents around as if they were small woodland creatures instead of professional ball players.  While leading the majors with 58 RBI’s, slugging percentage (.674) and he is also second in homers with 21, Ibanez has put this team on his back and intends to carry them to the promise land.  Could chants of “MVP!” from the fans at the ball park be far behind?  Just wait; it’s coming.

And the starting pitching continues to improve as well.  Jamie Moyer had another quality start against the Mets, going 6 innings with 3 runs on 8 hits and did not walk anyone.  He looked a bit frustrated at times, but he is the master at buckling down and getting it done.  The bullpen had another great outing too.  Clay Condrey continues to turn heads with his 2.27 ERA and last night he pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre took care of business in the 9th and Ryan Madson saved the game in the 10th.

But just when everything is about to click….the Phillies are getting ready to butt heads with the Boston Red Sox who are coming off a 3-game sweep of the Yankees.  The Phillies have been extraordinarily bad in inter league play historically; will 2009 be different?  Or will the Sox derail the train in Philly?  We shall see…

Save A Pet


Thumbnail image for utley_150x180.jpgIf you are going to the game tonight, stop by the Save A Pet charity booth which will be located at the first base gate and run by the Phillies Wives.  You can adopt an animal in need, donate toys and blankets, and/or purchase a calendar for which the proceeds go to benefit the SPCA.  Phillies players were photographed with either their own animals or adoptable pets from the SPCA and the result is a very adorable calendar.  You can also
buy the calendar online if you are not able to get to the game.  I may need to get about 10 copies… :O)

“Minor” Steroid Issue

Pablo Ozuna signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies on Jan. 22 and has since been playing 2nd base for the AAA Iron Pigs.  Yesterday, he was suspended 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy with an elevated testosterone level.  Prior to this year, he spent a short time with the Dodgers in 2008 and 3 years with the White Sox before that.  The Phillies are the 5th team he has played for.

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Win Streak Down The Toilet

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The Phillies lost the game tonight after 5 wins in a row, but at least Jamie Moyer had a quality start.  He did give up 3 runs, but went 6 innings and this was a huge improvement over his last several outings.  And although Moyer kept them in the game, the offense did not score and Chad Durbin gave up another 2 runs in the 7th inning.  That was pretty much the nail in the coffin.

The only score of the day for the Phillies was a solo home run by Raul Ibanez, his 14th of the year.  But while Ibanez continues to hit consistently, the rest of the line-up took a nap today.

Since this game was a tad depressing, here is some comic relief:  According to the New York Post, a Mets fan got her hand stuck in a toilet bowl at Citi Field on Tuesday.  Perhaps she thought David Wright was down there?  Either way, there would be plenty of flushing in Flushing that day.  No one is sure how long she was left screaming for mercy before the plumber arrived to “relieve” her, but the action drew a crowd of curious fans around the bathroom. 

As it turns out, the Mets fan had dropped her gold tooth into the toilet and reached in to try to recover it.  Seriously?  Would you ever actually put that thing back in your mouth after it had been in a public toilet?  All I can say is, it was a Mets fan. :O)

So tomorrow afternoon, the Phillies will try to get a series win against the Reds.  Game time is 12:35pm and Joe Blanton will pitch; he will also try not to totally suck like he did the last time out!  Fingers crossed…

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Spring Training Photo Fun


Since the Phillies have the day off today, I thought I would share some more Spring Training photos with you.  These fall under the categories of weird stuff, accidents and a whole lotta Shane Victorino.

Let’s start with Shane!  1st photo: Note that his glove has a special engraving, “Kaipo” – in Hawaiian, this means “Sweatheart.”  How cute is that?  2nd photo: A Yankees fan taunts Shane after catching a home run ball:

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Fans with possible brain damage – This first one is what happens when you have had one too many beers and a home run ball decides to visit:

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And this one is not so funny; good news though, after getting beamed with a foul ball, this kid was ok!

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YMCA Oddity:  Apparently, the ground crew at Yankees Spring Training are required to do the YMCA for the fans between innings.  The music started and here is what happened next:

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And as soon as Victorino got on base after witnessing the YMCA insanity, here is what happened after that:

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So how many of you are singing “YMCA” right now?  :O)

Another fun baseball event; the breaking of the bat.  Adam Dunn, Team USA, demonstrates.  Note the bat handle in the first shot:

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Thumbnail image for P3035904 Jeter Wright.jpgAnd finally, Derek Jeter and David Wright, brought together by the weirdness that is the World Baseball Classic.  After a game win, the two were caught fist bumping; but not without a safety divider.  Adam Dunn steps in to keep the weirdness from getting out of hand.

I hope you enjoyed the photos!  The Phillies will be back on the diamond tomorrow at 1:05pm to face the Yankees.

 

 (All Photos by Jenn)

 

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Phillies and Mets Unite!

Ok, well not really.  But Phillies Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino did participate with David Wright of the Mets yesterday to advance Team USA to the semi-final round of the World Baseball Classic.  In fact, all three Phillies that were still involved with the Classic had a hand in the victory along with Wright.  JC Romero, playing for Team Puerto Rico, did not exactly get the outcome he wished for, but he did play a role in this very exciting game.

By the bottom of the 9th inning, Team USA was losing by a score of 5-3 to Puerto Rico.  Enter, Shane Victorino; Victorino smacked a single down the 1st base line off his own Phillies teammate, Romero, to start the comeback.  Victorino played a huge part in the entire game, going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Next up, Brian Roberts singled; Victorino then tagged on a Jeter long fly ball to move to 3rd base.  Enter Rollins, who was issued his 2nd walk of the night to load the bases.  Romero was lifted from the game, shaking his head as he walked off the mound, having given up a hit and a walk to his own Phillies teammates.

Fernando Cabrera came in to relieve Romero, but then proceeded to walk a run in (Victorino), making the score 5-4.  Wright then took over, whacking a 2 run walk-off single, on which Rollins and Roberts scored.  Game over – Team USA wins, 5-6.  See video of the final hit and celebration HERE.

But the most fascinating part of the win for me was seeing Wright, Rollins, Victorino, and even Mike Schmidt, not only get the job done together, but then watching them celebrate together afterwards.  As heated as the Phillies – Mets rivalry has become over the past several years, you never would have known it watching these NL East opponents working together to attain a common goal.  Here is a still shot from the video of the last hit and the celebration:Team USA.jpg

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?  Ok, well, perhaps that is going a bit far… ;o)

Team USA will travel to the west coast after tonight’s game against Team Venezuela, which will determine the top seed.  Team Korea will join them in Los Angeles as well, to prepare for the next round of the Classic.  The final team has yet to be decided; Japan and Cuba will battle tonight for that remaining spot.

 

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Team USA Beats The Phillies

Watching Team USA with Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino playing against the Phillies was strange, to put it mildly.  Although, who to root for was easy – both!  Yet, the sight of Victorino sliding into base with a Phillies glove coming at him did feel wrong somehow; but even more confusing was watching Victorino and Rollins team up with rival New York Met, David Wright, Atlanta Brave, Chipper Jones and Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia.  Here are 4 of them celebrating after a Jones homer run plus, Victorino sliding into second and Rollins letting everyone know that he is working hard:

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Victorino and Rollins each had one hit for Team USA today and minor league Phillie, Joe Bisenius pitched for Team USA, giving up 1 run on three hits in his one inning of work.  Also for Team USA, Derek Jeter went hitless in his 6 innings, but showed off defensively, as usual.  Chipper Jones and Red, Adam Dunn led the charge against the Phillies, collecting 3 RBI a piece.  Below, see Jeter make a great leaping throw; Mike Cervenak slides into second trying to break up a double play, forcing Pedroia to jump over him; and J-Roll swings and misses:

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On the Phillies side, Eric Bruntlett and Cervenak each earned an RBI and Jason Donald woke from his slumber, hitting a solo homer in the 6th.  Catcher Lou Marson was the only Phillie with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4.  The big score came from Ryan Howard, who knocked a 3 run homer in the 5th.  However, Howard had a very strange day.  In the first inning, Howard dropped a routine feed from Donald, allowing the runner to reach base.  Then, in the third inning, he got whacked in the helmet with a pitch, but appeared to be fine.  Later, Howard dropped a routine pop-up off the bat of Victorino and then also dropped a pick-off toss to first as Victorino slid back in safely, although, that looked to be a bad throw by Kyle Kendrick.  Here are a few photos of the events at hand; note where the ball is in the top 2 photos; the bottom photo is the home run shot:

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Aside from Howard’s fumbles, the big story of the day appears to be Kyle Kendrick who did not look good.  In 2 2/3 innings, he surrendered 5 hits and 4 runs, including the 3 run shot by Jones, which, by the way, I called as it happened.  As shaky as Kendrick was and seeing he could not keep the ball down or his emotions in check, once Chipped stepped to the plate, I told my neighbor what was about to happen and, wham!  3-run home run.  Kendrick has a lot of work to do if he is going to compete for the 5th starters’ position. 

Equally unimpressive was the outing of Antonio Bastardo, who gave up 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Regulars Clay Condrey and Ryan Madson got some work in also and each looked ok, although Madson did walk 2.  In the end, the Phillies went down by a score of 9-6.

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The Phillies have both an A and a B game tomorrow against the Blue Jays; the B game is at 2pm at Bright House field and the A game is in Dunedin at 7pm.  Sadly, my time in Florida has come to a close and I will be hopping a plane back to the deep freeze of the Philadelphia area tomorrow.  I will continue my coverage from home, although be terribly depressed about it :O(  I know, I know…poor me.  Hee!  It was fun while it lasted!

 

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Hamels Falters Against The Mets

This was a very disappointing loss tonight for the Phillies.  A win would have put them in a tie for 1st place; instead, they are now 2 games back with only 19 games to go.  And you figured with Cole Hamels pitching, they had a good shot at leaving NY with a sweep.  But, Hamels apparently does not handle pressure too well.  It started going bad right from the first inning, even though the Phillies jumped ahead with a 1-0 lead.  Hamels pitches to David Wright, Chris Coste is called for catcher’s interference on what should have been an out; but instead, Wright gets 1st base.  Now there are 2 men on base and Charlie Manuel, upset over the call, gets himself tossed from the game.  Obviously, he made a big deal of it because he knew Cole was upset and probably just wanted to show his pitcher that he was willing to stand up for him so that maybe, Cole would calm down and take care of business. 

So, did Cole rise to the occasion?  Nope.  He gave up a single to Carlos Beltran that scored 1 run; Wright went to third base on the hit and was called safe my the umpire, even though Pedro Feliz tagged him out – the replay showed the ump blew the call.  Next, Hamels gave up another single to Carlos Delgado which scored 2 more runs, one of which was Wright who should not even have been on base.  Later, in both the 3rd and 5th innings, Hamels would give up solo homers to Delgado.  Now they are down, 5-2.  Hamels left after the 5th inning; final stats, 9 hits surrendered and 4 earned runs.  Ugly.  It looked like Cole allowed himself to get upset over the Wright debacles’ and he just couldn’t get control of his emotions.  It was downhill from there.

Add to this, the Phillies scored only 2 runs off of Johan Santana before he exited in the 8th inning.  Normally, this is not so bad considering who they were facing; but with Hamels totally off his game, it turns into a very long night for the Phillies.  Hair_pulling_2 The only player who looked like he had any gas left in him after the day game was Ryan Howard.  He accounted for both Phillies runs; one he drove in on a single in the 1st and the other was a solo homer in the 3rd.  Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Jayson Werth each had one hit apiece, all off Santana.  In the 9th, Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs each had hits which combined to score one run, but that was IT for the offense.  Done.  7 hits total.  I am so ready to pull my hair out!

Now the Phillies have to face the Marlins for 3 games, then the Brewers for 4.  And the Mets?  Their schedule is like a vacation…a day off, 2 against the last place Nationals, another day off, then the Braves for 3 games.  And then, it just repeats!  Nats again for FOUR games!  And the Braves again for 3!  Merry Christmas New York!  The Phillies are in big, big trouble…

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All-Star Bloopers

PHOTOS from mUtley Uggla.jpgy All-Star Week excursion have been posted, but I thought I would highlight a few fun ones for you here as well.  Let’s begin with my favorite of the week!  As you may know, Dan Uggla committed like 3 errors in the All-Star game on Tuesday.  Well, I am calling this one “UGGLA ALL-STAR ERROR #4″ and you will see why.  Yes, this is Dan Uggla grabbing Chase Utley’s butt as he walks back to the dugout after getting his award at the Home Run Derby for earning the most All-Star votes in the NL.  He totally gooses him!  Utley uggla long shot.jpgAnd then, check out the on-lookers, who are horrified by what they are witnessing!  Thank goodness it looks like Uggla’s son is sleeping through the ordeal J


Next up….Brad Lidge thinks about whacking David Wright with Chase Utley’s 
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bat…but really, haven’t we all had that thought at one time or another?  Who can blame him?

Red Sox Blooper…Manny Ramirez’s son was running wild on the sideline…  He decides to tackle Kevin Youkilis and, whoops!  The kid knees
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More Utley…I’m calling this one, “Diggin’ For Gold.”  Did he not realize that I was RIGHT THERE!  I mean, if he needed help with this, all he needed to do was ask me.  Geez.  Another opportunity passed me by… 
J  But seriously, what the heck??  He couldn’t go in the dugout which was like 1 foot away to handle this??  OMG.


Utley all-star.jpgParade Blooper – Barrel man:  What is this about anyway?  A man runs out in the middle of the parade wearing a barrel.  Then he gets arrested.  Well, he was a Mets fan…I guess that explains it.


Barrell.JPGAnd finally, we have all heard about the Chase Utley expletive before the Home Run Derby at the introduction Utley Boo.JPG(the “Boo, @#@# You!” remark)…well, here is a photo I took right as he said it.  You can see Dan Uggla’s reaction…he was quite amused
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Hope you enjoyed…have a happy day! J

All-Star Week Update

Where to begin… First let me say what a thrill it was to return to Yankee Stadium again! I still can’t believe they are going to tear it down. There will never be another one like it. Anyway, as for today’s report, no photos yet as I am far too exhausted to lift the camera to upload them yet…will try to sift through the mess sometime tomorrow I hope. However, here is a recap of what I have done the last 2 days…

How about that Home Run Derby last night? Wow! Josh Hamilton put on a show unlike anything I have ever seen before and, I imagine, will ever see again. 28 home runs in one round, with the longest going 518 feet. From inside the stadium, many of them appeared to leave the park, but after further review (a’la cell phone call home to get the TV call), it was determined that they bounced off the white fencing and did not quite clear the stadium. None the less, it was an eye popping event. The chants of “Ham-il-ton!” echoed throughout the stadium and everyone was on their feet cheering. It was disappointing that he did not win; apparently, by the last round, he had just run out of gas. Pretty understandable after what he did in the first round, but still sad that he could not pull out the win.

As for our boy Chase Utley, he did not make it past the first round, but did hit 5 homers and as always, looked good doing it :) Although he of course defended his man Mick Billmeyer afterwards, I can tell ya, a lot of the pitches he threw to Chase were very low and inside and he was getting jammed. Of course, you don’t have to swing at all of them, buy you can’t just stand there all night either. Poor Mick looked a bit nervous. Actually, Evan Longoria ran into a similar issue as his pitcher kept throwing at his head! Honestly, I did not see Chase winning this thing, but I think he could have gone a bit longer with some better pitching, so that was a shame.

Some other fun at the Derby was the batting practice before the actual contest and just watching the players interact on the field with each other. Manny Ramirez brought his kids and his son kept trying to tackle other players…another Manny in the making. Mariano Rivera’s kids shagged balls in the outfield. David Wright followed Chase Utley around like a lost puppy. Well, to be fair, everyone wanted a piece of Utley! He was very popular and kept getting dragged from one person to the next, but smiled the whole time in very un-Utley like fashion and for once, did not seem to mind the attention.

Earlier that day, I went to the DHL Fan Fest at the Javits Center and took in as much as I could, but there was definitely enough to do that I could have stayed for several days. With limited time though, I chose to do whatever had the shortest lines :o) For instance, there were free autographs from Hall of Famers like Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage and Paul Molitor; but the line for that was FIVE hours long…NO exaggeration. So, I was totally skipping that. Instead, there were some very nice ladies from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (remember the movie “A League of Their Own?) also signing in another room…no line in there! Got two autographs and a free picture from Dolly Brumfield White and Shirley Burkovich. The line to have yourself put on an official Topps baseball card was VERY long, but to get your photo on the not-so-official Taco Bell baseball card was empty…guess which one I got? Mmmmm…taco’s! Also got a free photo of myself with a Derek Jeter stand-up for signing a pledge to wear my seatbelt. Picked up lots of other freebies along the way….a DVD of the history of Yankee Stadium, buttons, posters, etc…

There were a lot of interactive displays too…computers, video games, batting cages, pitching cages, trivia centers…too many to mention…I’ll post a photo later of the event board. There was an awesome display of the All-Star Clubhouse as well, with uniforms of many of the players on display. I managed to get a photo of Utley’s locker which I will also post later. I also attended one of the many clinics held at Fan Fest. This one was a Pitch, Hit and Run Clinic hosted by Yankee captain, Derek Jeter. Now I love Mr. Jeter as much as the next girl, but I have to say, I have never seen so many grown women go nuts like that in all my life. Wow. You’d think they had just seen Elvis, back from the dead. So aside from the screaming, the clinic was well done and the kids all had a good time. In all, Fan Fest was well worth he price of admission…I only wish I had more time and shorter lines!

The Red Carpet Parade today was a blast, aside from the scorching heat and having to stand for 4 hours straight :o) Seriously, it was worth it to see all those Hall of Famers in one place…a truly historic event. The highlight for me though was when Chase drove by, doing his generic smile and wave but, when he spotted me in the front row, the only Phillies jersey in a sea of Yankees with my #26 hat on, he lit up, pointed to me and yelled out, “Hey! How are you?” Got a great photo of him saying hi to me. Everyone around asked if he knew me…funny stuff. Actually, whenever I see Chase, he gives me that same greeting and the same big-eyed look…I figure at this point he probably does recognize me as he sees me so often with the camera in his face. I am like his own personal stalker…and I mean that in the nicest possible way :o) I yelled out to Brad Lidge too and got the wave from him as well. He looked very happy to be there.

Ok, I think I am all typed out for now…I need sleep! Soooooo tired! Did not get to bed until 2:30am yesterday and got up again to go to the parade at 7am. So, I apologize if my writing is not as sharp as usual…I am still a bit fuzzy and exhausted :o) Well, going to watch the game now…hoping to see Chase have a good game and maybe see Brad get some action!

Werth Wins It In The 12th

Jayson Werth won the game for the Phillies, knocking in the winningP4208136 Werth cr.jpg run with a single in the bottom of the 12th inning!  Final score was 6-5.  A very long, very strange game, indeed, full of wild pitches, stolen bases, pick-offs, dropped balls and Ryan Howard being unsure of the count on him, still standing at the plate waiting to hit after he had been walked.  Mike Cervenak got his first major league at bat; he slammed a ball out to far left field, but it was unfortunately right at the fielder.  A great at bat though for his first time up and he showed a lot of power.  In other offensive news, both Werth and Shane Victorino had 3 hit nights; Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had 2 a piece, with Howard adding yet another home run to the pile.

Kyle Kendrick still looks like he needs a lot of work against the left-handers.  He gave up 4 earned runs in 6.1 innings on 9 hits with 4 strikeouts.  Most of his trouble though was against the lefties.  Our bullpen was back in tip-top shape, giving up only 1 earned run between all 6 pitchers who appeared in relief.

And now for my rant of the day…David Wright of the Mets was announced today as the replacement for the open spot on the All-Star roster by Clint Hurdle, making me want to HURL!  No offense to Wright, but the man has committed 12 ERRORS so far this season.  I just don’t see that as being All-Star worthy, and I don’t care how long and luxurious his eyelashes are…get over it people!  He is not THAT cute.  So, guess how many errors Pat Burrell has made?  NONE.  Pat has a much higher Slugging percentage and On-base percentage than Wright; Also, Pat is nearly the same in total bases, even though he gets fewer innings with Charlie Manuel constantly pulling him late in games to run for him.  This was SO obviously the wrong choice.  SHAME on Clint Hurdle for holding a grudge against the Phillies for losing against them in the 1980 World Series.  Grow up already!

Well, I feel a tad better having vented there.  And after a Phillies win, who can be too sad J  Incidentally, I will be going to New York this weekend for the All-Star events and am looking forward to that!!  Going to check out Fan Fest, the Home Run Derby with CHASE UTLEY!!!, the Red Carpet Parade on 6th Ave.  and then watch the game on TV (had to pick one or the other…decided HR’s would be more fun!).  So, stay tuned for photos after those events which I’ll try to post as soon as I recover from all the hoopla and trying to figure out the subways again which I have not had to do since high school.  Yikes!  Hey, anybody else going?  Feel free to E-Mail me!

2 more games to go with the D-backs!  Go Phillies!

Utley Starting A New Case For MVP

Rollins drove the team last year with Utley on the DL, now this year, Utley will drive the team with Rollins on the DL.  And had Utley not had his hand broken by a stray pitch, he probably would have made a strong case for the 2007 MVP.  Could 2008 be his year?  Too soon to tell maybe, but so far, he is hitting .351, has 17 RBI’s, is leading the majors with 8 home runs and has hit 5 of them in his last 4 games.  David Wright of the Mets is certainly giving him a run at it.  We simply could not get this guy out all series long!  He finally popped out in foul territory to Ryan Howard in the 9th last night, but even that looked terrifying.

And speaking of last night, congrats to Eric Bruntlett who may finally have redeemed himself with an amazing game ending play on the final out in the 9th!  A diving grab and one hop throw to first to get Brad Lidge out of a very hairy inning.  Nice.  Now, if the guy can start hitting, maybe I’ll really get off his back… :o)

And go Pedro Feliz with the game winning pinch hit homer!  Also, he was nice enough to stop only for me before the game and sign one of my photos of him :o)  So, he gets bonus points for that as well.  But another night where all position players got a hit….gotta like that.  Sure helps the momentum going into Colorado tonight where bad, bad memories of an ugly playoff series are lurking in the shadows…

I had a lot of great shots from last night and had trouble choosing, so I went with the MVP theme.  Here is one of Chase Utley not quite tagging out David Wright who stole second base…  Enjoy!
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