Results tagged ‘ Pat Gillick ’

Lopes Spills The Beans About Utley

In an interview with Davey Lopes, the Phillies first base coach, published today by Baseball Prospectus, Lopes let it slip that Chase Utley is hurt.  When talking about the team’s lack of stealing bases, Lopes had several comments including this one:
Thumbnail image for P4190966 Utley.jpg “Chase [Utley] has been hampered by a little bit of a knee injury. That’s more than likely why our numbers are down, but it’s still confusing to me as to why they haven’t been as aggressive in attempting to steal.”

According to Lopes, this seems like a minor issue.  However, Utley has not been productive for a long time now.  In the entire month of June, Utley has just 9 hits in 49 at-bats with 2 RBI, no homers and only 2 extra-base hits, both doubles.  These numbers are not typical of a healthy Utley, but he constantly insists that he is healthy when questioned.

Hiding an injury is not new for Utley; his hip problem in 2008 which required off-season surgery was also not disclosed until then GM Pat Gillick let the cat out of the bag during an interview.  The same has happened again, only with Lopes as the loose-lipped culprit.

This begs the question, is Utley’s issue more serious than anyone knows and is he hurting the team by continuing to play?  If some time-off will help, he should take the time off and get himself straight.  While Utley’s tough-guy, play at all costs mentality is admirable, it is also not helping his team.  And the cloak and dagger technique used trying to hide the issue does nothing but prompt more questions and speculation.

According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “Davey Lopes is not a doctor,” and was quite upset about the comment.  Although, Amaro did admit to Utley having “soreness” in the knee, but not a full-fledged injury.  Yes, ball players get “sore” throughout the season.  So again, why all the cloak and dagger when this is a common occurrence among ball players? 

I am not a doctor either, but I am fairly certain that if a bear stops eating, something is wrong.  Bears like to eat; Utley likes to hit.  Right now, it is just not happening.

What are your thoughts on the subject?  Feel free to chime in below in the comments section.

 

Utley photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*

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:

WS Ring and box.jpg

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:

Phillies Rings.jpg

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:

040809 Victorino.jpg


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


(Photos by Jenn, except ring close-ups – Philly.com)

 

***Visit the Phillies Phollowers Online Shop today!***

(Store is non-profit, but lots of fun!  I hope you enjoy our artwork!)

*Read more about the Phillies at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum!  Remember also to check out the homepage, My Team Rivals and my very own Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!

Phillies Opening Day Preview

Quick recap of the last 2 Spring games:  The Phillies beat the Rays yesterday, 3-2, thanks in part to a Jason Donald walk of RBI single.  Today, they lost 9-7.  Cole Hamels, still rehabbing his sore elbow, pitched 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 6 runs and a walk.  Not a great outing, but he got his work in and should be able to start against the Rockies next week.  Pat Burrell led the game off for the Rays in his only appearance today, greeting former teammate Hamels with a shot to left field that, even against the strong wind, flew into the seats.  A nice exit from Philly for Burrell who was visibly emotional after the rousing applause he received from Phillies fans over the past two days.  We will miss him!

Tomorrow the REAL games begin!!  So, have you seen the Phillies Opening Day/Night Schedule?  Here are the highlights:

5:05 p.m. – All gates open

5:28-6:28 p.m. – Phillies batting practice

6:28 – 7:18 p.m. - Braves batting practice

7:23 p.m.Cardinal O’Hara High School marching band will perform as the 2009 Phillies enter the ballpark, greeted by Mayor Nutter and Charlie Manuel.

7:38 p.m. – America the Beautiful will be sung by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, directed by Jeffrey R. Smith, as members of the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard unfurl the American Flag. State Flags will be carried onto the field by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department personnel.

7:42 p.m. – Introductions start

7:53 p.m. – National Anthem: Will be performed by Katie Stam, Miss America 2009.

7:56 p.m.U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Parachute team will parachute onto the field (weather permitting), bringing the first balls.

8:00 p.m.NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, who wore a Phillies jersey in space, will present the jersey to Charlie Manuel.

8:01 p.m. – Ceremonial First Pitch: Will be thrown by former Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick and Ben Lo, representing Modell’s Sporting Goods.

8:09 p.m. – Play Ball!

seal.jpgLet me just note a few things here:  The Phillies, the reigning WORLD CHAMPIONS, are having the Philadelphia Boys Choir sing America The Beautiful, like they do every year.  We will then have Miss America sing the National Anthem; but seriously, should I be excited about a pageant queen?  Maybe some of the men are happy, but I just don’t get it.  The Boston Red Sox, according to our friend Julia at Julia’s Rants are getting Grammy Award winner, Seal, to sing for them on Opening Day!  SEAL!  Where, or where, have the Phillies gone wrong??  I am so depressed. 

Now let us move on to the first pitch:  Former GM, grumpy man and Nationals mascot look-alike, Pat Gillick, Gillick mascot.jpgwill toss the first pitch.  Is this seriously the best the WORLD F*@%# CHAMPIONS could do?  I had heard rumors all week that maybe President Obama would visit Philly for the occasion, but he will toss the first pitch on Wednesday in DC when the Phillies take on the Nationals in their home opener. But what about Will Smith, who is a huge Phillies fan?  Or even Jamie Foxx, who was just in Philly filming a new movie?  Heck, I would settle for Patti LaBelle at this point.  But noooooo…we get Pat freakin’ Gilick!  Don’t get me wrong, I love Grumpy Gillick and all, but this is not exactly a treat for Phillies fans; we see him every day!  We want… no, we deserve, a special treat for Opening Day!  The Phils had no issue with raising the ticket prices, but could not be bothered to get anyone more interesting to toss a pitch??  Again, Gillick brought us a World Championship, but I think even he would agree that his sheer entertainment value is a tad less than Seal.  UGH!

Ok, maybe I am over-reacting.  You know how we redheads get sometimes.  But take a look at a few other teams, who did NOT win the World Series, and see what they are doing for Opening Day:  Both the Yankees and the SF Giants have HERO Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed a plane in New York’s Hudson River this past January, saving the lives of everyone on board, to toss their first pitch.  The Reds have musician and former husband of Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey to throw their first pitch.  And they are in OHIO, folks!  That’s right, Ohio out-did Philly.  The Houston Astros have 4-time Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett, to sing the National Anthem.  And of course, the Nats get the Prez.  Okay, I think you get the picture.

Philly will have the traditional Army Parachute Team and the NASA astronaut is a nice touch as well; but is it asking too much to add a little pizzazz to the ceremonies?  Well, if it has to be Pat Gillick, how about we at least dress him up a bit?  You know, just to add some Philly flavor to the guy:

Rapper Gillick.jpg

And then, let’s invite this cute rapper kitty to handle the music for the National Anthem.  Not a Grammy winner, but still entertaining:

KittyRapper.jpg

Well, the show must go on, with or without the Rappin’ Cat, and so it will.  Sunday night, first pitch at 8:09pm – I will be back with photos!  See you there!

Photo Credits:

Seal – http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/images/2007/09/22/arjanwrites_seal2.jpg

Gangsta Dude – http://hoppingintopuddles.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/hip-hop_gangsta-rap_lil_john.jpg

Kitty – http://media.photobucket.com/image/rapper/boo_boo221/KittyRapper.jpg

 

***Visit the Phillies Phollowers Online Shop today!***

(Store is non-profit, but lots of fun!  I hope you enjoy our artwork!)

*Read more about the Phillies at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum!  Remember also to check out the homepage, My Team Rivals and my very own Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!

 

The Phillies Night Before Christmas

The Phillies Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all over the field,
Not a player was stirring, as the Championship had been sealed.
The bats were stacked in the clubhouse with care,
In hopes that a repeat soon would be there.

The Phillies were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of trophies danced in their heads.
And Charlie with his new contract tucked into his cap,
Had just settled down for a long off-season nap.


When out in his living room, there arose such a clatter,
Charlie sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he stumbled, half asleep,
Having woke from a nightmare of Utley’s speech not getting bleeped.

The moon light lit up the trophy, causing it to glow
And gave the illusion of a night game on the grass down below.

When, what to his wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh filled with ballplayers, all carrying beer.

With a very old driver, so grumpy, yet quick,
He knew in a moment it must be Pat Gillick.
More rapid than the trade deadline, forward they all came,
And he grumbled, and shouted, and called them by name!

Now Utley! Now, Howard! Now, Rollins and Feliz!
On, Victorino! On, Werth! On, Lidge and Ruiz!
To the top of the National League! To the top of them all!

Now run away! Run away! And play some baseball!”

And then, in a twinkling, Charlie heard, “You The Man!”
From the shouting and cheering of each happy fan.
As he drew in his head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Jimmy Rollins came with a bound.

He was dressed all in pinstripes, from his head to his foot,
And his MVP plaque was all tarnished, with ashes and soot.

But he also had a ring and Charlie gave him a pat on his back,
His much improved hustle, had him right back on track.

Jimmy spoke many words, but getting on with his job,
He filled Charlie’s ears with praise from the mob.
And in their joy, the fans stomped the roof,
As Charlie had delivered and given them proof!


Jimmy then sprang to the sleigh, and to his team gave a call,
“You guys are the best ballplayers of all!”
But Charlie heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
“The Phillies are World Champions!   Let’s party all night!”

***Written by:  Jenn Zambri-Dickerson*** 

 

Read more at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum!  Please check out our new site and bookmark it.

And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!  All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!

Remember also to check out our homepage My Team Rivals and our Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Billy Penn Curse, Reinstate Pete Rose,  Phillies Mets Rivalry, Phillies Marlins Rivalry, and Phillies Braves Rivalry pages!

TYIB Awards: Lidge, Manuel & Gillick Honored

P9213509 Lidge.jpg

Major League Baseball has begun unveiling the winners of the This Year In Baseball Awards.  For his perfect season at closer for the Phillies, Brad Lidge walked away with the Closer of the Year Award.  Lidge was 41 for 41 in save opportunities during the regular season and 7 for 7 in the post-season, including the Game 5 World Series clincher.  For his efforts, Lidge garnered 44% of the vote!  The Yankees’ Mariano Rivera came in second place with 22.7%. 

And since the baseball writers did not see fit to give Charlie Manuel manager of the year, the fans went ahead and voted him #1 in the TYIB Manager of the Year category.  Manuel received 36.3% of the vote with Rays skipper, Joe Maddon getting 20.5% for second place.  During his tenure in Philly, Manuel has taken the team to a 354-294 regular-season record, 2 NL East Titles and, of course, a World Championship.  What else can we possibly ask of this man?  Personally, I’d like to ask him if I can watch all the games this coming year from the dugout.  Manuel can work magic with this team; how about spreading the love? :O)

Pat Gillick, former Phillies GM, was also recognized in the TYIB awards; Gillick won the Executive of the Year award with 31.8% of the vote.  Gillick made many moves this past year that many people thought were a bit odd – like the trade for Joe Blanton, bringing in Matt Stairs, etc… – but in the end, these moves paid dividends for the Phils.  Of course, Adam Eaton is still haunting us…but when you win the big one, all is forgiven :O)  Ruben Amaro Jr. has taken over as GM for the 2009 season, but Gillick will remain with the Phillies in an advisory capacity.

There are still several awards to be handed out; the final announcements should be tomorrow.  In the category of Best Postseason Moment, there are actually 4 Phillies nominated!  With 10 nominees total, that’s a 40% shot that we’ll be discussing this again soon :O)

Read more at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum!  Please check out our new site and bookmark it.

And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!  All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!

Remember also to check out our homepage My Team Rivals and our Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Billy Penn Curse, Reinstate Pete Rose,  Phillies Mets Rivalry, Phillies Marlins Rivalry, and Phillies Braves Rivalry pages!

Things To Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Here are just a few things that Jenn is thankful for this holiday season:

·        BASEBALL!!!

·        Phillies are WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

·        The Phillies winning has just made Holiday shopping a WHOLE lot easier!

·        Even on crutches, Chase Utley STILL looks good! J

·        And if Utley’s not in sight, I can still ogle at Greg Dobbs or Shane Victorino J

·        Right after New Year’s, I will be going on a week-long cruise with Shane, JC Romero, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski and the Phanatic!!  - you hate me, don’t you?

·        Form fitting baseball pants J

·        Ruben Amaro Jr. is the new GM – he is WAY easier to look at than Pat “Grumpy Face” Gilick

·        Re-runs of the World Championship season on TV this off-season

·        Football – it is the only reason I make it through the baseball off-season without hanging myself from my ceiling fan.

And on a more personal note, I am also thankful for:


Thumbnail image for Ice Cream.jpg·       
My family and friends being happy & healthy

·        I have a job that I love

·        FREEDOM

·        Music!

·        8 long years of George Bush is OVER!!!

·        Ice cream – whoever invented it is a GENIUS!

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday season! 

Peace, Love & Baseball – Jenn

 

Read more at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum!  Please check out our new site and bookmark it.

And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!  All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!

Remember also to check out our homepage My Team Rivals and our Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Billy Penn Curse, Reinstate Pete Rose,  Phillies Mets Rivalry, Phillies Marlins Rivalry, and Phillies Braves Rivalry pages!

Audio & Video Phillies NLDS Playoff Highlights

 Here is an audio clip from yesterday’s 10/2/08 win over the Brewers.  What you will hear is the end of the game right after the last out is recorded by Shane Victorino.  Note:  there is at least one cuss word by a fan on this…I don’t care, but thought it only fair to warn you.  You should also hear fireworks, the bell ringing, stadium music, etc…  Just something for fun for those who were not there!  You can download it here:

Download 100208_phillies_win.wav

Or, just push play to hear it:

And here are a few short video clips put together from the 10/01/08 Phillies Playoff Rally.  You will see a TV broadcast of Pat Gillick and then Jamie Moyer addressing the crowd, then a short part of Harry Kalas singing “High Hopes.”  I used a very small digital camera on “movie” mode and it only lets me record about 15 seconds at a time, so that is why it is broken into small parts.  Still, you will get the highlights!

Read more at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum!  Please check out our new site and bookmark it.

And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!  All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!

Remember also to check out our homepage My Team Rivals and our Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Billy Penn Curse, Reinstate Pete Rose,  Phillies Mets Rivalry, Phillies Marlins Rivalry, and Phillies Braves Rivalry pages!

Phillies Sweep The Nationals

Get off your bums and party people!  We just swept the Washington Nationals!  Yee-haw!  What?  Not that excited?  Oh, ok…I know it’s just the Nats, but it’s still three games; I’ll take it.  And we are now a full game in first place.  Have a drink.  Relax. J

I know, many of us are still highly annoyed with Mr. Gillick for the lack of effort put forth into getting this team some Gillick.jpghelp before the trade deadline today.  But you see, Pat was obviously very busy with other obligations.  Concerned as he is with our teams’ morale, he decided to spend the Washington series impersonating one of the Nationals mascots (Dead Pres., Mr. Washington!).  He knew it was sure to bring smiles to the faces of all our players.  Now if we only still had that guy on our team who liked to whack mascots with his bat…I believe his last target was a Brewers Sausage?   Hmmmm….  Well, I guess Mr. Gillick did the best he could.  And as we are all well aware, his best does usually involve the chirping of crickets…

I’ll tell you who is not P7306801 cr.jpgupset about the Trade Deadline passing…Shane Victorino.  Shane had another 2 hit night in the 8-4 victory over the Nats, although he did get caught stealing a bag, which I am sure did not go over well.  But once that clock passed 4pm, he probably had to ask someone, “You mean I don’t have to go pack now?  Seriously?  Awesome.”  All for the better in that area I think.

Jimmy Rollins came up big in the final win as well…3 RBI’s for J-Roll with 2 coming off a home run.  Ryan Howard had 2 hits and one RBI; Pat Burrell had one hit and drew 2 walks and Chase Utley had a hit and was intentionally hit by a pitch in the 8th inning.  I would have liked to have seen some retaliation for this, especially with the score as it was, but Rudy Seanez wimped out.  Speaking of which, why on earth do we keep putting this guy out there when he constantly gets into trouble and gives up runs?  What is going on with Seanez?  His ERA has jumped to 3.58 and he looks worse every time they put him out there.  Just a random observation…

Next series is in St. Louis where Ryan Howard will stay at home with Mom who will cook him pancakes for breakfast every morning and he will going on a hitting spree…  we hope J  Hey Momma Howard…put some magic in those pancakes!  Go Phillies!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 476 other followers