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It was a scorcher last night as Jamie Moyer got out his bug zapper and whacked the Nats, sending them to bug heaven by a score of 8-5 and putting the Phillies back in first place in the NL East. The rest of us in the stands whacked the actual gnats buzzing about our faces in the 90 degree humid temperatures so we could see the game through the haze of sweat, thick, hot air and nasty little creatures. How a 45 year old man can pitch in those conditions is beyond me. I could barely sit through it. And yet, Moyer managed to go 6 innings with only 3 earned runs, all in the first inning, on 6 hits and 3 walks. He made a few adjustments after the rough 1st inning…perhaps a different brand of bug spray? …and then went on to pitch 5 scoreless innings.
The Phillies offense was steaming hot as well! Chase Utley hit home run #27 last night, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and looked great in the field as well. Here is a nice shot of him and Jimmy Rollins turning a double play last night.
Shane Victorino, obviously pumped up over all the buzz about trade rumors, went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and a solo homer. Even Carlos Ruiz and Geoff Jenkins, who have been struggling lately, both had 2 hit nights. But what was really most encouraging was not only to see the Phillies jump on a pitcher in the very first inning and score 2 runs, but that pitcher was Tim Redding whom they had not scored on AT ALL in their last two games against him. This is a great sign that the offensive funk may be well behind us…
And how about Pat Burrell with his league leading 11th outfield assist, throwing out catcher Jesus Flores at 2nd base trying for a double? And what happens later in the game? Charlie Manuel takes him out, yet again, and puts in a “defensive” replacement as part of a double switch, which, yet AGAIN, backfires on him. Now, I understand the double switch and moving the pitchers spot in the line-up, yadda, yadaa… And I still LOVE Jayson Werth and feel very bad for the guy, because really, it is like a jinx at this point. Whoever gets put in for Pat is just going to suck. Period. The first big play Jayson gets to make, a long fly ball, and instead of catching it, he slips and falls right on his rear! Poor thing. But, just one more reason for Pat (and me) to yell…quit taking him out! And that is all I will say about that, AGAIN, for today J
And a few quick notes about the new Washington Nationals stadium for anyone who has not been or is thinking of going… First, the scoreboard:
WOW! It is by far, the most impressive, clearest, biggest and most amazing one I have EVER seen! Here is a shot of it for you. Next, ticket prices: outrageous! In fact, I compared them to Philly and they are, on average, 50% more than the price for the regular seating areas; the Diamond Club seats are more than double the price, and are further back from home plate. Actually, where I usually sit in Philly, if I sat in the same seat in DC (considered the “Presidents” area), I would have to pay $250.00 MORE for one seat to one game (I am usually in row 14 in the DC section). Can you say hell no? Are they nuts? Ok, and then there is the parking…$40, pre-paid only. Or, you can walk like 10 blocks through some really not nice areas and pay $20. Or, you can leave your car at the old RFK Stadium for free and be at the mercy of their bus transportation. Scoreboard envy aside, all this makes me SO happy to be a Phillies fan!
Here are a few more fun photos for you:
This one of the number 10 is in Centerfield near the scoreboard. Are they trying to count the number of actual Nationals fans in attendance? Hee! And then here is a ball I snagged during BP. They are specially marked for the inaugural season of the ballpark. Guess that makes up for the $40 I blew on parking… J Oh, and I caught a tee-shirt tossed out by President Lincoln (the racing mascot). Also got an autograph from Chris Coste before the game. I never get this lucky in Philly. Go figure.
A bit off topic here, there was a woman last night a row behind me who got hit right on the top of the head in the 7th inning with a foul ball while standing in the aisle. She hit the ground like a ton of bricks and without giving the gory details, I can tell you, it did not look good. I am just wondering if anyone reading this knows how she is doing, I would like to know if she is ok (sec. 113/114). Please e-mail me; I’d appreciate it. I looked all over the internet and could not find anything about it. I just felt very bad for her and wanted to make sure she was ok. The paramedics did a great job getting to her quickly but you just hate to see those things happen. Sorry for the bummer, but just wanted to see if anyone knew anything…thanks!
So, that’s all for now. Let’s see if the Phillies can sweep a series tonight! 7:10pm start…Kyle Kendrick gets the start…Go Phillies!
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 players 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 with 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!
Someone grab the life preserver! This ship’s a-sinkin’! Yesterday, the Phillies were sunk by the Fish after a terrible performance by Kyle Kendrick who only managed to go 4.1 innings and gave up 7 runs on 10 hits and a walk. Today, with the series tied one a piece, everyone expected
Cole Hamels to keep the ship afloat and give his team a shot to win. As usual, he did not disappoint. Unfortunately, as has been the case many times of late, the offense did, and the Phils fell to the Fish, 3-2.
Another great outing by Hamels wasted again. How many of these are we going to see this year? I know I am sick of it…I can only begin to imagine how poor Cole must feel. He went 8 full innings and gave up only 2 runs while striking out 7 and never looked rattled. In short, he was awesome! As for the offense, just pathetic. Ryan Howard had the only 2 RBI’s in the game, but also left the bases loaded with 2 outs and the game tied. But really, what can you say about that when he is one of the only guys producing? You can’t expect him to get a hit every time up. Chase Utley and Pat Burrell each had a hit and a walk. Jimmy Rollins, with one hit on the day, is just not getting on base enough and the bottom of the line-up is not producing at all. Geoff Jenkins, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth and all pinch hitters today all combined for 1 hit TOTAL today and 2 base runners (both Ruiz). This is NOT going to win games and not going to keep this team in first place.
The Phillies have an off day tomorrow to prepare for a big 3 game series against the New York Mets in a battle for first place in the NL East. Joe Blanton, the Phillies new acquisition is expected to make his team debut, followed by Brett Myers who will return to the team on Wednesday after his stint in AAA. Should be a VERY interesting week. Bust out the Tums people! It’s going to be a tummy-turner of a week! Go Phillies!
The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins tonight by a score of 4-2, putting them in sole possession of first place in the NL East. Jamie Moyer put forth another quality start for the team, going 6 full innings with only 2 runs allowed on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Moyer, despite his advanced years, continues to amaze and show that age is just a number. This is a man who loves him some Fried Fish – record lifetime against the Marlins now is 10-0. Pass the tartar sauce, please. Yum J
Chase Utley looked like he was on a mission tonight, going 2 for 3 and driving in a run. Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins each hit home runs with Jenkins also going 2 for 3 and looking as if he may snap out of the slumber he has been in. There was not much else to talk about offensively, but what did happen got the job done. The big story of the night was Adam Eaton being sent to the bullpen as a result of the trade for starter, Joe Blanton. You have to wonder how Eaton will react the first time they throw him out there in a relief situation. I for one, am not anxious to find out.
Ok, as promised, more PHOTOS are now available from my All-Star Week excursion, complete with captions. Feel free to browse. Just click on the word PHOTOS or follow the link which I have set up along the right side of the home page under “Photo Albums.” Have a great night!
So besides a valiant effort by Jayson Werth, can anyone tell me where the bats have gone? Hiding under a rock somewhere, perhaps? Trapped under a heavy object and they can’t get out? Can we hire a detective to go solve the mystery? I hear Scooby-Doo is not too busy these days…let’s put him on the case! He works pretty cheap…just toss him a Philly cheese steak and he’ll be happy to start sniffing around for us J Only 4 hits in last night’s game and then 10 hits tonight (in 12 innings), including the amazing 2 run homer by Jayson Werth, which temporarily tied up the game and gave the Phillies a shot at redemption.
However, tonight the Mets completed the total deconstruction of the Phillies bullpen. The only “virgins” left in the pen after last night’s horrid attack were Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin, who appeared untouchable. Not so, I am afraid. Both gave up runs today; Lidge gave up one and Durbin gave up two on a 2 run homer in the 12th inning to un-tie the game and give the Mets back the lead. But you really can’t complain about that. The pitch Durbin made was low and out of the zone and Fernando Tatis just reached down and golfed it out of the park. Besides that, both Durbin and Lidge have been outstanding all year and can’t be expected to perform miracles every night. Our offense should be expected to get hits in key situations, and this, they have not done.
So I say, Scooby Dooby-Doo, where are you? We need some help from you now! Won’t you please, please find the bats? I promise to throw in extra cheese with that Philly steak! And hey, just a suggestion for Charlie Manuel – STOP taking Pat Burrell out of the game! This continues to hurt the team late into games and almost never helps on the base path! Today, he replaced him with Geoff Jenkins in a bases loaded situation with 2 outs. First off, Jenkins runs almost as well as Burrell! DUH! Second, the bases are loaded! Aren’t we more concerned with the runners on 2nd and 3rd? Why waste Burrell’s bat? We REALLY could have used him later in the game, but instead, we were subjected to watching Jenkins do NOTHING at the plate, as usual. You cannot use his defense as an excuse as Burrell is the only Phillie who has NOT committed an error ALL year! SOOOOOOO…leave him in there!
Speaking of Pat, remember to keep voting! Here is the link for you….let’s get Pat to the All-Star game; we have until Thursday at 5pm! Get those fingers clicking people!
There they are! Those pesky little wooden sticks were hiding in the peachy state of Georgia! 14 hits, 2 home runs and 6 walks later and the Phillies wander off tonight with an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Kyle Kendrick did a nice job, going 6 innings and giving up 3 earned runs, 2 walks and striking out 2. Shane Victorino had a huge night with 4 RBI, 2 of which came off a home run in the 3rd inning. He was so scary, in fact, that Bobby Cox, Braves manager, intentionally walked him in the 8th inning to load the bases for Chase Utley! It paid off actually, as Chase struck out, but wow, what a move. The Phillies, although coming away with the win, still left 13 men on base. They also left the bases loaded twice with 1 out, without scoring. Now, although I am always elated by a Phillies win, I do have a small rant to go off on…
I just can’t hold it in any longer! I was hoping by the half way point of the season to see some really defined leadership on this team, but it just has not happened. You see, the one area I think all major league clubs tend to ignore when making decisions is spiritual and emotional leadership. They don’t see it as an important factor and therefore, it never enters into business decisions. But team chemistry can make or break a team, and one or two people in a clubhouse need to serve as the glue that hold that bond tightly together. We saw it last year when the Phillies thrived, despite being riddled with injuries. It was the bond between teammates and the chemistry in the clubhouse that kept them motivated. We saw the Mets self-destruct, because they did not have that special ingredient. And it shows again with their team in 2008.
This year, the Phillies let Aaron Rowand go, which many saw as a good business decision. Personally, I saw it as a huge mistake for all of the reasons I outlined above. I agreed with the business end of it; however, he was the glue that held this team together and no one else has stepped forward to take over that role. You know a bright light when it enters the room; he is one of those people and the Giants are now the beneficiaries. Can’t dwell on what is done though, but who will be the next leader for the Phillies? I thought maybe Jimmy Rollins would have stepped up, but at this point in the season, it has become clear that his role will be limited. When a major slide happens as it did the last 6 series, someone needs to step up and hold these guys accountable for their own actions, like Aaron did last year. I don’t want to see interviews the next morning where multiple players are saying things like, “Well, we ran into some good pitching…” After 4, 5, 6 games, that gets old fast. Not to mention, it is not stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility, like they would have in the same situation last year. That is where I see a major difference between the 2007 and the 2008 team right now, and it is a little worrisome.
We do have a lot of guys who can lead in smaller ways….Chase Utley leads by example; Shane Victorino leads with attitude; Pat Burrell seems to lead behind the scenes quietly; but we need someone who will not be afraid to grab hold of a guy and shake him when he does something stupid! Who is going to throttle Geoff Jenkins for swinging at a pitch today with a 3-0 count, bases loaded, 1 out that was NOT right down the middle of the plate? Incidentally, he popped out and that was one of the 2 times the Phillies left the bases loaded with 1 out today. Someone needs to say something to him and hold him accountable.
Ok, ok, so many will not agree with me on this, I know. Such is life. I just see such potential for this team this year, you hate to see it go to waste. Especially if a guy like Brett Myers can get his act together and take one for the team like he did today! Kudos to Brett for accepting the assignment to AAA J That took a lot of guts and we should all be proud of him! It was the best move for the team and very selfless on his part. Now, let’s get this clubhouse in order so when he comes back, all will be well! Another sweep of the Braves would certainly be a nice start to that…
Working on their 5th straight series lost and only one win out of their last 9 games, the Phillies look like they are lying bleeding on the ER table, having severed a major artery. The blood spatter is enough to make the toughest CSI want to vomit. Brett Myers arrived on the mound last night DOA. No amount of resuscitation was going to help his cause as he began the game, giving up a home run on pitch #2. Pedro Feliz, thinking he may have caught a course or two in brain surgery during his college years, popped an awesome grand slam in the 3rd inning and I am sure assumed that he had, in fact, sutured the damage done by Myers and had the Phillies on their way to a win. But no…like a slasher in a bad movie, Myers took out his scalpel, stabbed it straight through the hearts of his teammates and gave all those runs right back again! Two plus innings of work, 5 walks, 5 earned runs on 5 hits and a homer…a blood bath, indeed.
After the 3rd inning slaying, the Phillies offense could do nothing, yet again, to repair their broken bats, which were also left lying on the operating table in shambles. Ryan Howard continues to hurt this team with his blind swings, incessant arguing with umpires over balls and strikes and basic attitude (see my rant in previous blog). I am so sick of it right now I may suffer a brain aneurism… Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Ruiz have not had hits since the Dark Ages… I do believe they have given new meaning to the term “flat-lined.” Love Eric Bruntlett in the field, but we know he still can’t hit, so why isn’t Charlie pinch hitting for him in key situations? Thank God for Pat Burrell…he seems to be the only player right now getting anything done, even if that means just drawing the walks. I hereby appoint Pat Top Surgeon! He needs to get out there and FIX all these broken bats! And sadly, he needs to do it before tonight’s game…eek!
So, can Cole Hamels put a stop to all this? Gee, I hope so because I seriously think another loss is going to land ME in the hospital! UGH! Anyway, as far as our pitching staff goes, I do believe last night was the last straw for Brett Myers. He is killing this team and it cannot continue. I have said it before multiple times and now I am going to say it again…I think it is time to try Chad Durbin as a starter. Yes, I love him as a long reliever too. Yes, I hate to disrupt that vibe too. But, do we have any other options for the next start? If we have someone in the minors who is honestly ready to come up right NOW, then ok, I say go with that. Or, if a trade happens between now and then, SUPER! But if not, I think our only option is switch Myers with Durbin. Brett just can’t be allowed to dig a deeper hole for this team. These guys need to see a light at the end of the tunnel…hopefully today, that light will be Cole Hamels.
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)
, 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!
Cole Hamels is back in All-Star shape after today’s complete game shut-out of the Reds, giving up only 3 hits and 3 walks with 4 strike outs. He looked more than comfortable, even giving a wry smile when Ken Griffey Jr. missed home run #600 by inches off him late in the game, flying out to Shane Victorino in center who caught the long ball right up against the padded wall. Cole wasn’t rattled. He just grinned and kept right on pitching. So, now he can sit back and celebrate a job well done and give his tired arm a well deserved rest J
Bit of a slowdown offensively again, with just 5 hits and 2 earned runs; the other runs came off of errors. One thing to point out though is that Geoff Jenkins has been quietly bringing his average up. He is at a .285 right now and the home run today puts him at 6 for the year, which is an area I think when he was brought in, he was really expected to put up some numbers similar to what Rowand did when he was here. So, this is a good sign that he may have found his comfort zone in this park and with the team. Victorino had another hit today too, which continues his streak of consistent hitting and getting on base. He is batting a .283 right now and has 12 stolen bases. It’s good to see some of these guys that had been struggling look like they have found their groove.
On to Atlanta now to face the Braves who have recently been rocked by the loss of veteran pitcher John Smoltz to surgery. I would pretend to be saddened by this news, but then you might scroll down my blog and see my Braves voodoo doll and realize that I am so not telling the truth J Well, in all honesty, I wish pain and surgery upon no one; but a really good opposing pitcher is welcome to take a vacation from his team any time he likes, especially when they are about to play the Phillies!
And since I forgot to mention it in the previous entry, if anyone has an odd fear of squirrels, stay out of sections 145 and 144 in Citizens Bank Park. That is where my friend the squirrel was wandering about yesterday J But seriously people, they are so cute! Just toss him a french fry and let him be… Have a good one!
The Phillies take 2 of 3 from the Marlins with today’s win, putting them into first place in the NL East. It was an emotional game all around, beginning right from the very first inning with Chase Utley stealing second base and Ryan Howard smacking a line drive up the middle to send Chase home, scoring the first run of the game. So emotional, in fact, that Brett Myers and Eric Bruntlett simply could not contain themselves. As the cameras panned into the dugout to capture the high fives and celebrations, you could see the sweet and adorable, full-out hug session between Myers & Bruntlett.
And TJ Bohn, who has not spent much time up with the team, looks a tad perplexed, but give him time; he will catch on to the love fest with this group of guys! And didn’t I call this? Yes I did…let’s go back to my 5/15/08 blog, Brett Myers Need A Hug. Quite obviously, I called that one right. He’s now a happy, huggin’ guy who’s back to pitching like he should be…you go Brett! Real men give hugs J
But back to today’s game…Moyer had the one bad inning, but after that, he really got the job done and gave these guys a chance to win. And that chance was jump-started by Geoff Jenkins, put in to pinch hit for Taguchi in the 6th inning. Down by 2 runs, Jenkins comes in and nails a 2 run homer out to right field. I give it a HUGE thumbs up! Pat Burrell gives it the finishing touch later in the 8th with the 2 run double. Then, we all give thanks to Jimmy Rollins for coaching Tom Gordon through the bottom of the 8th. It was starting to look like Gordon may self-destruct until J-Roll went out to the mound and had a heart to heart with him. Next thing you know, Gordon is on fire! I guess Jimmy may have a career after playing in either coaching or psychiatry J
As for the loss yesterday, all I can say is, what is up with Cole Hamels? This was his second bad start in a row and, with his injury history, I am getting concerned. Is he hurt? Well, I’m not sure what is up, but I am pretty sure he may have just blown any shot at the All-Star game at this point. Looks like Brad Lidge may be our only pitching hope, and the way he is going, he is a shoe in! He racked up another save tonight and once again, made it look easy.
So, on to the Reds and let’s see if we can avoid #600 for Ken Griffey Jr. I do hope he hits it…just not at Citizen’s Bank Park J Go Phillies!