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Slam Dunk: Halladay Nabs Unanimous Cy Young

If there was ever a question that Roy Halladay should indeed be the 2010 National League Cy Young award winner, then clearly you have not been paying attention.  With a both perfect game and playoff game no-hitter to his record this year, Halladay was the hands-down winner, garnering all 32 first-place votes for a unanimous decision.

This is Halladay’s second Cy Young; he won the first with the Blue Jays in 2003.  He is the 5th player ever to recieve the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.  Halladay is also the 4th Phillie to win, joining Steve Carlton (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), John Denny (1983) and Steve Bedrosian (1987).

Finishing the season with a 21-10 record and a 2.44 ERA, Halladay had a career year and was the indisputable favorite for the award.  In short, it was slam dunk.


Halladay slam dunk.jpgAs we near the holiday season, this award made me wonder, what do you get for the person who has nearly everything?  He has a perfect game, a no-hitter, more than 20 wins, millions of dollars and now a second Cy Young award.  With this in mind, I put together a list of ideas for anyone shopping for Mr. Halladay this season.

What To Get Roy Halladay For The Holiday’s

1. A World Series Championship (Duh)

2. His very own “Most Interesting Man In The World” beer commercial

3. A World Series Championship (can we get one in gift card form to redeem in 2011?)

4. A spaceship so he can visit other planets when he gets bored with Earth

5. A World Series Championship (did I already say that??)

6. An I-Pod Dock Toilet Paper Holder – For tunes while you toot.  Several web sites recommend this…seriously.

7. A World Series Championship (in case I forgot to mention it earlier)


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Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker – Have you ever just been sitting around thinking, gee, I’d love to see a cheery rainbow right now?  Yeah, me too.  Besides, Halladay already has the pot of gold to go with it.

9. His very own country – call it “Happy Halladayville”

10. If you are still online shopping for the TP holder, maybe I was not clear the first 4 times…get Roy Halladay a World Series Championship!!!

 

Roy Halladay thanks you in advance ;O)

 

Photoshopping by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Series Win; Moyer Makes More Records

In the final game of the series against the Blue Jays who served as the home team in Philly this weekend, the Phillies walked away with an 11-2 win.  The 47-year old pitcher, Jamie Moyer, walked away with his 9th win of year and a few more entries in the baseball record books.

Moyer gave up a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning which propelled him past former Phillie Robin Roberts for the most home runs allowed by any pitcher.  The 506 record breaking home runs were allowed to a total of 322 different batters in 42 different ballparks.  There has been some debate over whether or not Moyer should be proud of such a record.  But this type of record simply means that he has been pitching for a very, very long time.  Not too many other players have been around this long.

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Adding to that thought, Moyer broke another record today.  He became only the 40th player in history to have pitched 4,000 innings.  This is another testament to the longevity of Moyer’s career.  And to still be pitching, and being successful, at his age is just amazing.  He went 7 innings against the Jays on Sunday and that 2-run homer mentioned earlier was the only scoring he allowed.

Jimmy Rollins helped jump start the offense with a single in the first at-bat of the game.  Rollins ended with 3 hits, each hit to a different part of the ballpark; one down each baseline and one up the middle.  Rollins plus Ben Francisco and Dane Sardinha each had 2 RBI a piece.  Francsico looked good in left and was 3 for 5 at the plate.  Could this be the end of Raul Ibanez as an everyday player?  If Ibanez does not start hitting, it very well could.

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So the bats were popping and some great defensive plays highlighted the win as well.  Both Rollins and Jayson Werth were all over the place snagging balls out of the air:

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The Phillies were ahead 7-2 by the 7th inning and that is when the bottom really fell out for the Jays.  The play on the field began to resemble a long series of sight gags that The Three Stooges may have attempted in one of their comedy bits.  Throws by Jays fielders sailed into no-man’s land, balls were mishandled and there was even a passed ball at the plate.  By the end of the 7th, the Jays had committed 3 errors, 4 total for the game, and the Phillies had scored a total of 6 unearned runs in the 11-2 win.

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Wilson Valdez, who is officially the Master at hitting into double plays, tried to do so twice in this game only to have his attempts foiled by the Jays sloppy defense.  Darn those errant throws!  Wilson is clearly going for some sort of DP record and they may have ruined his chances. (Please note the sarcasm in the above paragraph)

The series win went to the Phillies with 2 out of 3 games.  To commemorate this unique occasion of playing an American League game in a National league ballpark while giving home field to the AL team (did you follow all that?), I have put together a short “Canadian’s In Philly” montage:

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Is it just me, or does the woman hugging both the Blue Jays stuffed toy and the Phanatic stuffed toy seem confused?  Or perhaps a tad conflicted?  We wish her well.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

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Homers Hurt Hamels


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started against the Blue Jays on Saturday.  In this 2nd of the 3 road games to be played at home, Hamels struggled to keep the Jays in the yard.  He allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, 3 of which were home runs, and also walked 3 batters.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time and this was certainly one of those for Hamels.  He lasted only 4 innings.  The disturbing part of this outing though was watching Hamels throw pitches down the middle of the plate with an 0-2 count and the Jays did not miss his mistakes.

The offense did little to help out as the only run scored for the Phils was a solo homer by Ryan Howard.  But the Jays pitcher, Shaun Marcum, looked good and was confusing the Phils batters.  Chase Utley had 2 hits, but no one could drive him home.

One more disturbing aspect in this game was that 3rd baseman, Placido Polanco sat out due to a shoulder injury.  Charlie Manuel said he was not sure how serious it was and that he would not know if Polly could play today until he shows up to the park.  Polanco has been the team’s most consistant hitter so we hope he will be okay.

Jamie Moyer pitches today at 1:35pm.  We wish him luck and hope he Phils can go on the road (officially) with a series victory!

And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from Friday’s win which includes Roy Halladay pitching and the 76ers 1st round draft pick, Evan Turner.  He hung out at batting practice and also threw the 1st pitch of the game. 

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Chase Utley    Ryan Howard    Raul Ibanez    Placido Polanco

Carlos Ruiz    Jayson Werth    Shane Victorino    Jimmy Rollins

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Halladay Wins Away Game At Home

The Phillies played an away game at home in Philly for the first time ever, against the Blue Jays.  Because of the G-20 Summit in Toronto, the 3-games series was move to Philadelphia.  The team wore their grey road uniforms, batted first, used the DH and even took batting practice second.  The Canadian Mountaineers even made several appearances with the Phanatic:
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But the really fun part was seeing Roy Halladay pitch against his old team for the first time in his career.  And Halladay came out with his usual serious, mow-them-down attitude.  After 7 shut-out innings, Halladay walked off the mound with his 9th win of the year.

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The Phillies offense, which in previous Halladay starts had not helped him out much, finally scored some runs for him.  Ross Gload got a rare start at first base since Ryan Howard served as the DH and Gload took full advantage.  He went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI in the game.  Jayson Werth was also on base a lot, with 2 hits and 2 walks.  Chase Utley and Shane Victorino scored 2 RBI a piece and Jimmy Rollins walked 4 times.  J-Roll hit that walk-off homer the day before and now no one wants to pitch to him?  Strange.

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Defensively, the Phils were solid as well.  A very odd run-down double play happened in the 3rd inning where both Utley and Gload had to chase down runners and tag them out:

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So with all the Phillies offense, the crowd was actually a little bored by the 6th inning.  By the 7th inning, restless crowd began the wave.  It was probably the longest sustained wave I have ever seen:

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Victorino woke up the crowd in the 8th inning by smashing a homer to left center field, adding to the already huge Phillies lead.  Victorino, and really the whole team, were in good spirits before the game and it translated into a whole lot of scoring:

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When it was finished, the Phillies took away a 9-0 win for their 7th shut-out of 2010.  They will play the Jays this afternoon at 4:05pm with Cole Hamels on the mound.  Here is the full Photo Album from Friday’s game, which includes the 76ers 1st round draft pick, Evan Turner, hanging out before the game and also throwing the 1st pitch.

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Chase Utley    Ryan Howard    Raul Ibanez    Placido Polanco

Carlos Ruiz    Jayson Werth    Shane Victorino    Jimmy Rollins

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Phillies Survive Near Tornado To Sweep Indians

Early in the final game of the Phillies – Indians series today, things got very, very weird.  And just when you thought it could get any stranger, a gigantic storm, which looked like a hurricane and tornado all in one, hit the stadium in the 8th inning.

But early in the 2nd inning, many already thought that this game was going to resemble an episode of The Twilight Zone.  3 straight singles loaded the bases and then Dane Sardinha hit a grounder to third base.  The catcher missed the throw to home plate and 2 runs scored.  Next, the Phillies pitcher, Joe Blanton, got hit with a pitch. 

The oddities continued as Shane Victorino was called out for going out of the baseline on his way to first base.  Charlie Manuel was so angry over the call, he got himself thrown out.  Blanton was later allowed by the Indians centerfielder to tag up at third and score, even though Blanton did not move until he realized the fielder was paying him no mind.  And the Indians left fielder was almost injured badly when he ran for a foul ball and smashed leg first into the wall.  As he bounced around, his head hit the wall next and he then began wandering around the field like he did not know where he was.


P6203445 Sardinha.jpgSo to recap the 2nd inning; 5 runs scored on 4 hits, an official error, a mental error and 2 sacrifices plus, the manager is ejected, the Phils pitcher is hit with a pitch and a freak injury.  Could this game get any weirder…oh yes, it can…

The Phillies went on a hitting spree after that, scoring 7 more runs.  Placido Polanco had 4 hits and 2 RBI; both Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had 3 hits each and Wilson Valdez had 2 hits.  The only position player to go hitless was Ryan Howard, although he did collect an RBI.  And Sardinha, in his first start as a Phillie, hit his first major league home run in the 6th inning.

In light of the recent offensive woes, the hitting spree was a nice surprise.  But it was by far the biggest surprise of the day.  With 2 outs in the 8th inning, Mother Nature paid an unpleasant visit to Citizens Bank Park.  The rain poured down in buckets and the wind made things begin to swirl wildly in a circular motion, like a tornado.  The tarp was half-way whipped up off the field, taking a field vehicle with it!  The car was supposed to be holding the tarp down, but the winds were so strong it moved the car!  Check out the video from CSN Philly.  I have never seen anything like this…ever:

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Here is another good one shot by a fan, which gives a really good view of the car being moved around:

 

So the rain delay lasted for an hour and 37 minutes with the Phillies in the lead by a score of 12-3.  They came back and finished the game…nothing changed.  The Phillies sweep the Tribe in 3 games.  Blanton had a good game, going 7 2/3 before the storm hit and allowing just 3 runs on 6 hits.  Nelson Figueroa was called up from AAA and pitched a scoreless 9th.  Figueroa takes Chad Durbin’s place as he is now on the DL with a strained hamstring.

Starting tomorrow night, the relocated series with the Blue Jays will begin.  It was supposed to be in Toronto, but had to be moved to Philly for security reasons related to the G20 Summit.  So the Jays will be the home team in Philly for 3 games.  Game time tomorrow is 7:05pm.

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3 Extra Home Games For Phillies

The June 25-27 series against the Blue Jays was scheduled to be held in Toronto.  However, due to security concerns surrounding the G20 Summit, the games will be moved to Philadelphia.  The Jays will still be the “home” team and American League rules will apply, which means a DH will be used.

Commissioner Bud Selig consulted both teams before making the decision, which is in the best interest of all involved.  And while the move will no doubt favor the Phillies more than the Jays, it is better to be safe than sorry.  And knowing that Selig probably hates the Phillies for beating his precious Brewers in the 2008 NLDS makes this even sweeter.  I hope making this announcement will haunt Selig’s dreams for years to come  (insert evil laugh here) ;o)


canada shirt.jpgNow we just have to hope that a crazed Blue Jays fan does not decide to hop onto the field during the game looking for a cheap, Taser Gun thrill that can only be found in silly Philly.  You know how those Canadians are; with all that free health care, danger is no obstacle to some hardcore entertainment. ;o) OHHHHH Canada!  I may have to move…

As for tickets, the Phillies will announce those plans in a few days; season ticket holder get first crack, followed by partial season ticket holders.  This should be interesting…

 

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The Injury Bug Begins To Nibble

The timetable for closer Brad Lidge to return may have just been pushed back.  After multiple off-season surgeries on both his knee and elbow, Lidge is still experiencing pain in the elbow, although no structural damage has been found.  As a result, he was given a cortisone shot.  His doctor reports that the elbow inflammation is unrelated to the surgery.

 

While the team and Lidge are downplaying the seriousness of this issue, a cortisone shot is not a good sign.  The fact that the pain is “unrelated” to the surgery could mean that this is a new issue; either that or they are just not giving us all of the facts.  In addition, the frequency of injuries that Lidge seems to suffer from does not inspire confidence.  Here is a quick review of Lidge’s injury history.

 

– Lidge missed parts of his first four professional seasons with a variety of injuries, including a torn rotator cuff, right shoulder tendinitis and a broken forearm that almost ended his career.

– 2002: strained intercostal muscle near the rib cage

– December 2003: arthroscopic surgery on his left knee

– June – July 2005: shut down with elbow issues

– May 2007: bone bruise on his right femur near his knee

– June – July 2007: left oblique strain

– October 2007: surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee

– February 2008: tore the meniscus in the same knee he just had surgery on during his first pitch off a mound in Spring Training.

– June 2009: sprained right knee and a sore elbow (his flexor pronator tendon).

– January 2010: surgery on both the elbow and the right knee again.

– March 2010: the elbow is still an issue and Lidge gets a cortisone injection.

 

Based on the evidence, are we to conclude that Lidge is made of glass?  Fans grumbled when he came to Philly because of the injury history, but all was quickly forgotten when 2008 turned into the Perfect Season for him.  2009 was a disaster for Lidge and now, 2010 is not looking good either.  Let the grumbling begin…

 

P7306516_Blanton_cr.jpgAnother key Phillies pitcher has recently joined the injury parade; starter Joe Blanton strained his left oblique muscle while throwing in the bullpen on Wednesday.  He has been placed on the 15-day DL, which puts his earliest return around April 20-28.  This type of issue tends to drag on and take a while to heal, which is not good news for the Phillies. 

 

Although, this is good news for Kyle Kendrick who will probably join the rotation now.  And that leaves one bullpen spot open as well.  Pitchers B.J. Rosenberg and Michael Stutes will travel north to Philly tomorrow for the last two exhibition games and it is likely that one of them may make the team now.

 

In other recent pitching disasters, Roy Halladay faced his former team for the first time yesterday.  The Blue Jays, knowing their old teammate well, took advantage and nailed Halladay for 4 runs in the first inning including a 2-run homer.  Halladay recovered and finished off the next two innings without incident.  So maybe not quite a disaster….just another Spring Training game so no one really cares ;o)

 

The Phillies will face the Pirates today and then return to Philly tomorrow for the last few games before Opening Day on Monday in D.C.


  

 

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