I have a few photos to post for you as I promised yesterday. First, from the parade, you’ll see Chase Utley saying hello, Mike Schmidt standing and pointing to me (he was obviously excited to see a Phillies jersey as well), a blurry shot of Brad Lidge waving (ugh!) and the Phillies All-Star statue:
Next up, the Home Run Derby…to the right is Chase being introduced; on top is Chase hitting a home run; bottom shots show chase getting his award for collecting the most votes in the NL along with A-Rod who got the award for the AL:
And finally the Fan Fest…Map of events; Utley’s locker; a few of the memorabilia items on display; Derek Jeter speaks at a clinic:
More to follow at a later date in a link…
So, 15 innings last night??? Wow! And frankly, we can all thank Billy Wagner for that one. The NL had the lead in the 8th until he blew it. But no, let’s go back even further and thank Clint Hurdle for even selecting a guy who had blown 6 saves this year and putting him on the team to begin with! UGH! And then Dan Uggla could have saved the day later with a man on third and one out, but instead, grounds into the double play and continues on to commit 2 straight errors the next inning and strikes out his next at bat. I have to say, I actually felt sorry for him. That had to be like to worst game EVER for him…poor guy. So ultimately, poor Brad Lidge waited and waited for his save opportunity and got warmed up and sat and warmed up and sat, etc….. By the time he finally got into the game, he must have been tired and still, it was not even a save situation. And so, as it goes many times with closers in non-save situations, he gave up a few hits and, ultimately, the winning run. So sad for Brad…it never should have gone that way for him. Other than that, Chase Utley had a solid game, going 1 for 3.
That’s all for now! Back to the regular season tomorrow…Go Phillies!
Jayson Werth won the game for the Phillies, knocking in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 12th inning! Final score was 6-5. A very long, very strange game, indeed, full of wild pitches, stolen bases, pick-offs, dropped balls and Ryan Howard being unsure of the count on him, still standing at the plate waiting to hit after he had been walked. Mike Cervenak got his first major league at bat; he slammed a ball out to far left field, but it was unfortunately right at the fielder. A great at bat though for his first time up and he showed a lot of power. In other offensive news, both Werth and Shane Victorino had 3 hit nights; Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had 2 a piece, with Howard adding yet another home run to the pile.
Kyle Kendrick still looks like he needs a lot of work against the left-handers. He gave up 4 earned runs in 6.1 innings on 9 hits with 4 strikeouts. Most of his trouble though was against the lefties. Our bullpen was back in tip-top shape, giving up only 1 earned run between all 6 pitchers who appeared in relief.
And now for my rant of the day…David Wright of the Mets was announced today as the replacement for the open spot on the All-Star roster by Clint Hurdle, making me want to HURL! No offense to Wright, but the man has committed 12 ERRORS so far this season. I just don’t see that as being All-Star worthy, and I don’t care how long and luxurious his eyelashes are…get over it people! He is not THAT cute. So, guess how many errors Pat Burrell has made? NONE. Pat has a much higher Slugging percentage and On-base percentage than Wright; Also, Pat is nearly the same in total bases, even though he gets fewer innings with Charlie Manuel constantly pulling him late in games to run for him. This was SO obviously the wrong choice. SHAME on Clint Hurdle for holding a grudge against the Phillies for losing against them in the 1980 World Series. Grow up already!
Well, I feel a tad better having vented there. And after a Phillies win, who can be too sad J Incidentally, I will be going to New York this weekend for the All-Star events and am looking forward to that!! Going to check out Fan Fest, the Home Run Derby with CHASE UTLEY!!!, the Red Carpet Parade on 6th Ave. and then watch the game on TV (had to pick one or the other…decided HR’s would be more fun!). So, stay tuned for photos after those events which I’ll try to post as soon as I recover from all the hoopla and trying to figure out the subways again which I have not had to do since high school. Yikes! Hey, anybody else going? Feel free to E-Mail me!
2 more games to go with the D-backs! Go Phillies!