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MLBlogs Announces 2010 Top Bloggers

MLBlogs has announced the top blogs for the year 2010 and Phillies Phollowers has been ranked #9 out of all Fan MLBlogs for all teams.  In the Beat-Writer category, Todd Zolecki’s Zo Zone ranked #1!  And in the Pro category, Larry Shenk’s Phillies Insider landed at #22 for the year.  Congrats to Larry and Todd for a great year of blogging!

As for myself, landing in the Top Ten is a huge honor.  Out of all the Phillies Fan Blogs on the site, I have had the priveledge of holding the #1 spot for 3 straight years now.  That would not be possible without everyone who has stopped by to read my little rants.

I would like to send out a huge “THANK YOU!” to all of my readers!  I have made many new friends through this site as well.  These amazing people come from all over the world and share my great passion for baseball.



PhotoShop collage.jpgI decided to jot down a few reasons why I blog about the Phillies for your entertainment:

- As a freelance writer and high school English instructor, blogging is a great way to keep your mind fresh and full of new ideas.

- The voices in my head told me to do it.

- I grew tired of yelling, in vain, at the TV set.  This seemed more cathartic.

- I just knew I could make the world a better place both with my photography and photoshopping skills :O)

- This is a nice, safe place to vent when my team decides to suck.  Misery loves company.

- This is a nice, fun place to celebrate when my team doesn’t suck.  Virtual hugs for everyone!

- My Dad doesn’t like baseball.  I am such a rebel.  Also, it proves I must be adopted ;o)

- Simply, to connect and share with other baseball fans!

- Writing is like hiking through the jungle without a destination in mind.  You never know who or what you will meet or where you will end up.  It is the ultimate adventure.  And just like baseball, anything can happen.

Congratulations to all of the MLBloggers who made the Top 100 of 2010!  This takes a lot of time and dedication.  Be proud of all you have accomplished!

 

Photoshopping by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Tributes Scheduled for Harry Kalas / Wed. Game Rained Out

Thanks to Todd Zolecki at The Zo Zone for posting a schedule of events to be held in tribute to the beloved Harry Kalas.  I just bought a ticket to Friday night’s game so I will be there to participate in the tribute.  Here is a brief overview of what will happen on Friday night before and during the 7:05pm against the Padres in Philly:

 

- The TV booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth.  The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie (“Whitey”) Ashburn Broadcast Booth, “This game’s easy, Harry.” 

- The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane

- The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane

- Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry’s son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.

- All fans will receive an 8″x10″ color photograph of Harry.

- Harry’s signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game home-stand, beginning on Friday.

- Also for the seven-game home-stand, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.

- A video of Harry’s career will be aired on PhanaVision.

- During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing “High Hopes” will be shown on PhanaVision. Fans will be encouraged to join in.  

 

Other acknowledgements include:

-  During the first half-inning of the game televised by Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly CN8), there will be no announcer commentary.

- Throughout the remainder of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall.

- As previously announced, an HK patch will be worn on Phillies uniforms this season, near the heart.  

- Throughout the 2009 season, following every Phillies home run, Harry’s legendary “Outta Here!” home run call will be played over the PA system as the Liberty Bell lights up.

 

**Personally, I LOVE the idea of the home run call and think the Phillies should keep that in for good.  Other teams play corny music after a home run; the Phillies ring a bell.  Adding Harry’s call to the ringing of the bell on a permanent basis would be an outstanding tribute to him, his family and the fans who loved him.

 

Saturday’s Memorial:

A memorial tribute for Harry Kalas will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, April 18 as announced by the Kalas family and the Phillies.  An opportunity to pay respects to the Hall of Fame broadcaster will be given on a first come, first served basis to as many fans as possible from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.  At that time, all fans in attendance will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute that will begin at 1:00 p.m.  More details will be announced later.

 

The official cause of dead as reported by the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner’s office was “heart disease” as a result of high blood pressure and specifically, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

 

Here is a video I shot from behind the home plate screen of Harry singing High Hopes after the 9/30/07 NL East clinching game; you will also see Aaron Rowand and then Ryan Howard dumping beer over Harry’s head.  Enjoy!:

 

Appropriately, more rain falls in DC:

The Phillies were supposed to go back to Washington tonight to continue their series with the Nats with Joe Blanton on the mound, hoping to redeem himself after a bad first outing.   However, the game has been rained out; no word yet on a make-up plan.

More Thoughts On Harry

Yesterday was a very emotional day for many of us; and a new day has had little effect.  I began watching the television coverage this morning of Harry Kalas’ passing that I taped yesterday while I was at the game and I have to say, if I see Larry Andersen cry one more time, I do not think I’ll make it.  I finally had to turn the TV off.

I spoke with many friends today about Harry and they all feel the same loss, even those who knew little about him.  I told one friend a story about how Harry let me keep one of his name tags from an event we attended and then even signed it for me as a keepsake.  She then told me that she had a relative who was one of Harry’s doctors and she had him sign a latex-free medical exam glove for her step-father.  Just more proof that Harry would sign or do absolutely anything for a fan.

Later, I began looking at the photo’s I took from the game yesterday.  I had no idea what I had actually shot until today, as most of the game is a blur to me and the camera acted as a simple distraction.  I came across these of Shane Victorino’s home run at-bat; first he points to the outfield, a’la Babe Ruth; then he watches the ball as it flies out of the park; and finally, in a tribute to Harry, Shane points to the press box after he crosses home plate:Victorino HR 041309.jpg

There was a mix of sadness, deep thought and even some joy in remembrance of Harry on the faces of the Phillies yesterday, which is evident in the photos I took. 

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I put together a Photo Album from the game as usual, and I tried to include a few of the lighter moments as a reminder of Harry’s love of the game.

The Phillies are off today and their scheduled visit to the White House has been postponed indefinitely due to Harry’s passing.  Fans continue to visit Citizens Bank Park where a memorial has begun at the feet of the Mike Schmidt statue with flowers, cards, balls and a variety of mementoes.  Photos of that memorial can be seen at Todd Zolecki’s blog, The Zo Zone.

And finally, I would like to leave you with this video that I shot last May, where Harry addressed a group of women at the Phillies yearly Baseball 101 event.  We are all so fortunate to have shared in Harry’s passion and love of baseball over the years.  I will never forget these moments.

Photos by Jenn

Opening Day Arrives in Philly

After yesterday’s 4-1 loss to the Braves, the Phillies have now lost 4 straight Opening Day games, three of which have been behind Brett Myers.  The good news is, they lost last year too and still won the World Series.  The slightly bad news is, it appears our left-handed heavy line-up may need some shaking up.  Get to that in a moment; first, some pictures from the Opening Day pomp and circumstance which include the pre-game line-up; cake in the Diamond Club; Mitch Williams joking around with Shane Victorino; Ryan Howard doing an interview; Chase Utley warming up:

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More pre-game excitement:  The entire Phillies team actually entered the stadium from OUTSIDE the ballpark, walking in behind a high school marching band.  They wandered through Ashburn Alley above the centerfield seats, walked through the outfield seating section and down a set of very scary looking metal steps while high-fiving the fans they passed by; they were then greeted by more fans on the field, draped along a red carpet leading to mid-field.  The photos below show the Army opening up the American flag; the decent to the outfield stairs; the raising of the World Series flag; the red carpet of fans; Matt Stairs poking himself in the belly and laughing (I guess he thinks he is the Pillsbury DoughBoy?); and finally, Army paratroopers entering the stadium with the game ball.  Fun note – the first parachute guy missed the stadium and landed somewhere in the parking lot – oops!

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Before the game, I spoke with our friend Todd Zolecki from The Zo Zone, who was happy to be back in Philly and getting on with the season, as we all are. 
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I also spoke to Larry Shenk from Phillies Insider who was equally excited to get the season started.  To the right is a photo of me with Todd; I also took a picture with Larry, which I cropped myself out of and Photo-shopped him next to me and Todd.  Larry looks great, but I had a really dumb look on my face; besides, we don’t need any more pictures of me ;O)

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Anyway, the game did get off to a somewhat ominous start when, after the raising of the World Series flag, manager Charlie Manuel began walking down the aisle towards the outfield steps to make his way onto the field behind the players.  But in a strange turn of events, just as Manuel neared the wobbly looking metal stair case, the CBP employees pulled the steps up from the field!  Yes, they took the stairs right out from under him, leaving him stranded amongst hundreds of excited fans.  Poor Charlie had to hike it back up the aisle and figure out another way onto the field.  A bad omen for the day, perhaps?

The game began with Brett Myers giving up 3 home runs in the first 2 innings for 4 runs total.  Myers has become notorious for his early inning struggles, but after those 2 innings, he settled in and pitched 4 more scoreless innings.  However, Derek Lowe for the Braves was lights out all night, with the Phillies getting only 2 hits off him.  Lowe had a shut-out going into the 9th inning, but much to everyone’s surprise, he was not sent out to finish the game. 

Instead, lefty Mike Gonzalez took over in the 9th and quickly got into trouble against our few right-handed bats.  With 1 out, pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett lined a ball down the left field line for a double and then Jayson Werth sent him home with a single.  And here come the lefties:  Utley managed to draw a walk, but then Ryan Howard got caught looking at strike 3 and newcomer, Raul Ibanez went down swinging; game over.  The left handed bats killed the rally, which is the nightmare Philly fans have been envisioning all off-season.  But again, it is only one game; no need to panic or even be slightly bummed out about it.  Lowe pitched an amazing game and sometimes when that happens, there is not much anyone can do. 

So, Phillies fans are left with the following questions to ponder:  Will this mostly left-handed line-up figure out how to get it done?  Is Ibanez going to have a rough time endearing himself to the fans after starting out 0-4 on Opening Day?  Will Myers solve the early innings puzzle?  Well, we have 161 more games to figure that all out.  Just chill…  :O)

In the meantime, more photos!  Below, you will see Myers pitching; Ibanez catching a fly ball; Utley in mid-air after a quick throw to first; the Phanatic and friend as a cheer squad; and a close-up of the fancy gold-trimmed Opening Day jerseys which you can buy at the park for a who*pping $240 (excuse the * edit as this program thinks it is a bad word)!!

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I have put together a photo album with these and many more shots from Opening Day which you can see HERE.  Hope you like them :O)  One more for you though; This is my Photo of the Day.  It is Jayson Werth, apparently, kissing a tree frog; taken from the Phillies Phanavision. :O)P4058289 Werth.jpg

The Phillies have the day off today to recuperate from another disappointing Opening Day and then it is back at it with the Braves on Tuesday night; game time is 7:05pm.

(Photos by Jenn)

 

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