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Phillies Mowed Down By Cy Young Winner

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Yesterday, our Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee, stole the show.  Today, it was the Giants turn.  Tim Lincecum looked like he was yielding a weed whacker as he mowed down Phillies hitters and pitched his team to a 2-0 win.

The Phillies had their shots at him though.  They even left the bases loaded at one point.  But every time runners got on base, the usual heroes like Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard either struck out or nubbed a slow grounder.  It was not a pretty site.

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Joe Blanton
held up his end of the deal and matched Linceum through 4 innings.  But Blanton ran into trouble in the 5th when he booted a routine grounder which extended the inning and turned into a run for the Giants.  Aaron Rowand slid into home past the tag of catcher Paul Bako on a Juan Uribe sac fly.  Uribe hit another sac fly in the 7th to give the Giants an extra run.

But no blame can be placed on Blanton; he went 7 innings and allowed only those 2 runs on 7 hits and did not issue any walks.  It was a well pitched game overall; now, the Phillies just need to find some offense going into tomorrow’s finale.

Before the game, fans were entertained by the Giants Family Softball Game; it was also Dog Day at the park.  The cute quotient was sky high:

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So, at least I had some entertainment tonight.  Tomorrow’s afternoon match features Cole Hamels for the Phils and Barry Zito for the Giants.  Youth vs. Age; or, a bit nutty vs. totally insane?  If you do not know what I am talking about, check out
Barry Zito’s Twitter page.  My favorite tweet is, “What would you do with a Klondike bar? At this hour I can think of a few things, what gets melted ice cream out of the carpet anyways?”  This guy has serious issues.  Anyway, game time is 4:05pm EST.  Enjoy!

Photos by Jenn


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In Phillies Debut, Lee Pitches Complete Game

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We can all get over the disappointment of no Roy Halladay.  Cliff Lee has filled the rotation spot admirably.  In his first start for the Phillies, Lee went the distance, allowing only 4 hits over 9 innings and claimed a 5-1 victory.  Even more incredible, Lee went 2 for 4 at the plate with a single and a double.  He is now batting .500 in the National League :O)

 As for the offense, I am a true believer in Karma.  I ran into Jayson Werth today in downtown San Francisco and said hello; he actually paused and said hello back.  Then before the game, Werth spotted me in the crowd and waved hello.  He then proceeded to hit a solo home run in the 2nd and also drove in two more runs in the 7th.  So, because Werth was kind to little ole’ me, he had a very nice game.  That is what I think anyway… :O)

Oh, I also saw the newest Giant downtown today; Freddy Sanchez was acquired from the Pirates earlier in the week and today, he was wandering around checking out his new home town.  I did not speak to him though and we all see how that worked out for his team :O)

One other Giants note for the day; Aaron Rowand, former Phillie who I am still pathetically very attached to, hit his 1,000 career hit in the game tonight off Lee.  I believe that deserves a short photo montage:

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Congrats to Aaron!

So tomorrow Joe Blanton will face the Giants ace, Tim “I am so adorable you want to pinch my cheeks” Lincecum.  And yes, I am told that is his official nickname ;O)  Game time is 9:05pm.  I will be there again, freezing my backside off in chilly San Francisco.  Think warm thoughts for me :O)

Photos by Jenn


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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.

Phillies Cruise – Victorino Meets a Ray He Can’t Beat

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Still floating around the Caribbean with the Phillies; I am pleased to report that JC Romero seems to be unaffected by the breaking news of his alleged steroid use while on-board.  He was wonderful and entertaining during all of the events yesterday.  He even sang to me about the joys of taking pictures during the photo session :O)  JC was gracious in answering questions at the Q&A and I must say, Phillies fans have restored my faith in humanity.  Not one person asked him about the scandal.  I think everyone in the room breathed a collective sigh of relief when the session ended and everyone was in a good mood.  JC later joked around at the cocktail party and signed some autographs.  Shane Victorino gave a wonderful speech about what a great cruise he was having and thanked everyone attending for making it a fun trip.

Victorino also told a story about his frightening encounter with a ray.  Not a Tampa Bay Ray, but an actual sting ray.  I also spoke to a few other people on the same trip and they all relived the horror with me.  As Shane’s group was entering the water, they watched in shock as a man was carried off, leg bleeding heavily, due to a sting ray barb.  Not sure if this made headlines or not, but we were on Grand Cayman Island.  Sources report that Shane turned around and immediately got out of the water.  It sounds like the guy must have stepped on a sleeping ray.  I swam with rays a few days ago in the Bahamas and had no issues so this was surprising.  JC said he was not even going to attempt such an excursion because “they are called sting rays, not ‘come pet me’ rays.”  :O)

I took video of the whole Q&A session yesterday which included all players and Tom, the friend of the Phanatic.  I will post that also when I return.  I also talked to Tom later and asked what he used to do before he was the Phanatic’s “friend.”  He said he was in computer parts sales…not really his cup of tea, as he noted.  Tom is a cutie.  P1080649 Phanatic.jpgHere is a photo of him and Larry Andersen waving their “rally towels” (napkins) at dinner last night:  during the waiters’ parade of the Baked Alaska presentation, all the Phillies fans began chanting, “Let’s Go Phillies!” and waving their napkins around.  It was a testament to the spirit of Phillies fans everywhere.

So now we’re in Mexico…no, I did not drink the water :O)  I did drive an ATV to the Mayan ruins and watched some strange guy tip his vehicle over and bust his leg.  Never a dull moment. 

Also, I’d like to say hi to Matthew & Jody….met them yesterday.  Matthew is the Aaron Rowand look-alike I have mentioned, but apparently I am the only one who thinks so :O)  He says no one else mentioned it.  Perhaps I am just still in denial over him leaving for the Giants last year?  Nah!  He really does look like him :O)  See for yourself…

So the autograph session (the official one, anyway) is tomorrow and then back home on Sunday.  Hope you are all enjoying the reports and are taken aback with awe and wonderment that I would actually take the time to do this while on vacation :O)  Ha, ha!  Really, just shows you have no life.  Maybe someday… :O)

“Phillies Confidential” – Book Review

I just finished reading the new book by Gary “Sarge” Matthews and Phillies beat-writer for the News Journal, Scott Lauber:  “Phillies Confidential – The Untold Story of the 2008 Championship Season.” 
Thumbnail image for Phillies book.jpgAnd as promised, here is my review!  To start with, if you are looking for a total re-cap of the entire Phillies 2008 season, from the moves in the off-season before hand, to Spring Training and through to the World Series, this is the book for you.  It covers just about all the highs and lows of the season.

The book works as sort of a “conversation” between Lauber and Matthews.  Lauber gives his take on the topic at hand and then Matthews comments on it; there are even different type fonts in the book so you can tell who is “speaking” at that particular moment.  I thought this was a really great concept.  The blogger and the announcer going at it, so to speak.  

However, I have to say I was disappointed with the content.  If you are a fan who follows the entire Phillies season each year, pitch by pitch, like I do, there is little new or unknown information here.  As I said, it is a “re-cap” of the season; added to that are some interesting comments by Sarge as he reminisces about the 1980’s.  Matthews also spends a good deal of time talking about his son, “Junior” (Gary Matthews Jr.), Tom Gordon’s son, the decline of African American’s in baseball and has an occasional mention of Barry Bonds.  But beyond that, any information they give on the 2008 season has been written before in newspapers and seen on the television coverage.  There really is no “Untold Inside Story” at all.  And that was the part I was most looking forward to.

Every quote in the book has been published before.  Every story, like the Jimmy Rollins benching and Brett Myers exploding at Charlie Manuel on the mound, have been seen and read before.  There was no insider information, locker room tales or secret conversations.  The book title is deceiving and that was really a huge let down.

If you love Sarge though, you will be entertained by his 80’s flashbacks and unique use of the English language.  For instance, Mr. Matthews seems to be smitten with the word “butt” which he used repeatedly throughout the book.  Phrases like, “booing your butt,” “feast on your butt” (the visual on this one is just great!) and “getting your butt booed” graced the pages, in what seems to mirror Sarge’s usual speaking style.  And as he does when he is in front of a microphone, he repeats himself often.  I read a segment about how Aaron Rowand and Jamie Moyer have great heart, and how Sarge was sad to see Rowand go; then, 2 chapters later, I am reading the exact same thing, some of it word for word.  Same thing with the section on Geoff Jenkins’ batting style and how Sarge used to be his hitting instructor; turn a few chapters and you can read all about it, again.  It’s like Déjà vu.  I’m reading along and saying, “Hey, didn’t I just read this?”  Apparently so.

I searched and searched to find ANY information that was new to me and finally came across exactly ONE story I had not heard before.  Page 65: When Jimmy Rollins was re-habing his bad ankle, he played in a few extended Spring Training games to prepare to come back to the team.  As he walked up to the plate to bat, the young catcher looked up at him and said, “They let you wear a Rollins jersey?”  To which Rollins replied, “Yeah, they say I look like him.”  Typical Jimmy – very cute.

So to re-cap the re-cap:  buy this book if you are looking for a re-cap of the 2008 season with some Sarge anecdotes and historical flashbacks thrown in.  If you are only looking for the “Untold Inside Story” part of the book, pass.

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Strange Baseball Injuries

In part 2 of my off-season “strange baseball” series, I give you the most entertaining baseball injuries of all time:

·         We’ll begin with my personal favorite:  Adam Eaton, when he was with the Padres:  Adam accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife while trying to unwrap a DVD in 2001.  And the Phillies later signed this genius to a three-year deal worth $24 million because…???

·         Relief pitcher, and former Phillie, Larry Anderson strained a rib muscle getting out of a Jacuzzi.  I am guessing because he did not want to sit down his beer first… J

·         John Smoltz burned his chest while ironing a shirt that was ON him at the time.  Who irons clothes while wearing them?  Wow.

·         Chris Brown missed over 250 games between 1984 and 1988 due to supposed injuries.  He once claimed that he slept on his eye wrong and could not play as a result.  He also used the “bruised tooth” excuse once as well.  That’s his story and he’s stickin’ to it.

·         Wade Boggs injured his back while trying to put on cowboy boots; he apparently lost his balance…and his dignity.

·         Aaron Rowand hurt his left shoulder while playing tag with his kids.  Really, I could think of more interesting ways to accomplish this…and it does not involve children. J

·         Glenallen Hill, plagued by nightmares, once fell out of bed and onto a glass table after dreaming that he was covered in spiders.  Serious arachnophobia gone wrong.

·         Bret Barberie missed a game after accidentally rubbing chili juice in his eyes.  A budding chef, no doubt.

·         Kevin Mitchell strained a muscle while vomiting.  No more drinking games for him… J

·         Phil Niekro injured his hand after shaking his hands too hard.  What??

·         Jose Cardenal missed a game in 1972 because he tired.  He said the crickets chirping in his hotel room kept him awake all night. He also missed a game 2 year later after claiming to have slept funny and, as a result, his eyelid was stuck shut.

·         Nolan Ryan was once bitten by a coyote pup that he tried to take home with him after finding two of them wandering the countryside.  Lesson?  Leave Mother Nature alone.

·         Cal Ripken Jr. broke his nose while posing for an All-Star Team photo.  He was “accidentally” elbowed in the face by Roberto Hernandez. 

·         Sammy Sosa went into back spasms after sneezing too hard.  Benadryl anyone?

·         Brandon Inge strained his oblique while trying to move a pillow for his son.  Was the pillow made of bricks?

·         Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to rip a phonebook in half.  The Incredible Hulk would have been impressed. 

·         Ricky Henderson missed several games in August of 1985 because of frostbite.  He left an ice pack on his foot a tad too long.  Another genius.

·         Ricky Bones injured his lower back trying to get out of a chair while watching TV in the clubhouse.  A real “bone” head move.

And now for the truly sick and “twisted” – The Bad Balls Club (warning: men should not read if you have a weak stomach) –

·         Felix Pie missed time during 2008 spring training with a twisted testicle.

·         Chris Snyder was on the 15-day DL in July 2008 with a fractured testicle after getting hit with a foul ball.  Foul balls, indeed.

·         And last, but not least, Ken Griffey Jr. missed a game after he pinched his right testicle between his leg and his cup.

Feel free to add your own favorite baseball injuries in the comments section below.  And please, do not try any of these feats at home.

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Sleepy Bats Tie Up The Series

The Phillies offense had plenty of chances again tonight to score runs; but just like last night, the bats took a nap and the Phillies could capitalize on opportunities.  They even had the lead-off batter get on base in 6 out of 9 innings and still managed only 2 runs.  Jimmy Rollins, still unable to find his swing, left 4 men on base; Chase Utley did the same, even after helping to salvage Game 1 yesterday with his 2-run homer.  
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The big blows came from Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs; Feliz – 6 left on; Dobbs – 4.  As a team, the grand total of runners left on base was 11.  That’s 22 total in 2 games.  And in this one, the Phillies lose 4-2, tying up the series at one game apiece.

I cannot even begin to breakdown the offensive game for you here…it was like watching an episode of Mr. Bill.  “Oh Nooo!  I struck out again with a runner on third and 1 out!”  Then the cartoon fist or steel iron emerges from above and squashes the Phillies hitters, just like poor Mr. Bill.  Only difference is that watching the Phillies flounder wasn’t funny.  When the biggest bang in your line-up on the day is Eric Bruntlett hitting a pinch hit home run in the 8th inning, you know you are having a VERY bad day.  Can anyone even remember the last time Bruntlett hit a homer?  Or even managed to hit the ball out of the infield, for that matter?  Well, I looked it up.  May 6th, 2008 – his last home run.  He had 2 in the regular season.

And how about those errors tonight?  “Oh Noooo!  I missed the ball!”  Hmmm…Jayson Werth forgot how to field for one minute, but it’s ok.  He’ll be fine once they pry the heavy object off him that was apparently weighing him down.  Another Mr. Bill moment.  And Brett Myers did not have his best outing, but not his worst either.  He pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 earned runs and 1 unearned on 7 hits and 3 walks.  He certainly did not deserve the offensive spanking he got tonight.  Guess they were all just mad at Brett for not hitting, as per AL rules, and bailing them out of a jam.  James Shields of the Rays mystified the Phillies hitters and entertained everyone watching with his squat and twist look over to first base.  Really, I have not seen a man use his back side in such a way since…well, Aaron Rowand.  You can tell they are related J  Wonder how Rowand feels about watching his cousin pitch in the World Series to his old team?  A team he very well could have stayed with.  Can you say “awkward?”   Oh nooo!

Well, I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again; the Phillies need to move runners and hit with men on base if they are going to have a shot at winning this series.  Before Saturday’s game in Philly, they had better figure out exactly how to get back to doing just that.

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