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2010 Phillies Photo Tribute

I normally do not have this video done before Christmas, but it is amazing how much extra time that the lack of a World Series provides ;o)  For those who have missed it previous years, at the end of every season, I pick out my favorite Phillies photos from that year and put them into a video slideshow.  These photos were all taken by me and my giant zoom lens, from the stands, at both home and away games throughout the season.

In the 2010 season, I attended 27 games and 7 Phillies-related special events, like the Phestival and the Phillies Cruise.  Yes, it was down year for me due to a lack of funds ;o)   Going through the digital files on my computer, I calculate that I shot more than 18,000 photos at Phillies games this year.  If you add in the special events, the total is over 25,000.  Of those, I picked out and published around 5,000.  The slideshow contains the best of the game shots for a total of 257 photos. 

I am eternally grateful for the invention of the digital camera.  Remember the days when we had to use film?  That was one expensive habit.  Well, here it is…enjoy!

 

 

Thank you for stopping by!

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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NLDS Roster Announced


6a00e5513d181b8834013487fe1fcf970c-350wi.pngThe Phillies announced today who will be on the 25-man roster for the NLDS and there are really no surprises.  Those notable players who did not make it include Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez and David Herndon.  Here is the breakdown:

Pitchers

Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt

Cole Hamels

Joe Blanton

Brad Lidge

Ryan Madson

Jose Contreras

 J.C. Romero

Chad Durbin

Antonio Bastardo

 

Catchers

Carlos Ruiz

Brian Schneider

 

Infielders                            Outfielders

Ryan Howard

Jayson Werth

Chase Utley

Shane Victorino

Jimmy Rollins

Raul Ibanez

Placido Polanco

Ben Francisco

Wilson Valdez

Ross Gload

Mike Sweeney

Domonic Brown

Greg Dobbs

 

 

Going with 10 pitchers instead of 11 allows the Phillies to add more fire power to the bench.  They expect the 3 starters to go deep into games so extra long men in the pen will likely not be necessary.  Blanton will fill the role if needed.

As for Ruiz and Romero, manager Charlie Manuel says both players are fine and ready to play after suffering minor injuries on Sunday.

If you are going to the game tomorrow, here is the information about pre-game festivities and other highlights:

2:00 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Party begins on Citizens Bank Way. Features music by Mr. Greengenes; Highlights include an inflatable obstacle course for children, face painters, an extreme rock wall climb and a Velcro race.

2:35 p.m.
Ashburn Alley opens.

3:05 p.m.
All gates open. Rally towels for all fans, compliments of StubHub.

3:30 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Rally on Citizens Bank Way! Special guests include former Phillies Scott Eyre and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, Comcast SportsNet analyst Ricky Bottalico, the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls. Music provided by Mr. Greengenes; Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, will emcee.

4:40 p.m. – On-field pre-game ceremony begins.

4:44 p.m. – Introduction of Cincinnati Reds.

4:48 p.m. – Introduction of Philadelphia Phillies.

4:54 p.m.  – National Anthem: Sung by country singer Catherine Raney, niece of Tim McGraw, who will be representing the Tug McGraw Foundation.

4:56 p.m.  – Color Guard introduced.

4:58 p.m. – Ceremonial First Pitch: Phillies alumnus Scott Eyre.

5:07 p.m.  – Play ball! Phillies vs. Reds game begins.

5th Inning – “Lady PhaPha” makes her postseason debut.

7th Inning – God Bless America: Sung by national recording artist Lauren Hart, a Philadelphia native whose songs have been heard on television series and soap operas.

See you there!

Phillies End Season With Best Record In Baseball

The Phillies ended the 2010 regular season today with the best record in baseball for the first time in franchise history.  Their 97-65 record is even more impressive when all of the injuries they suffered this year are added to the equation.  Unfortunately, the injuries do not appear to be behind them yet.

In the 8-7 loss to the Braves today, catcher Carlos Ruiz was plunked on the elbow by a Tim Hudson pitch.  He appeared to be in a great deal of pain and eventually, he left the game.  There has been no word yet about how serious it may be.

Another potential huge loss heading into the playoffs may be JC Romero.  After throwing a pitch in the 6th inning, Romero signed to the coaches that he was hurt.  Reports are that he is suffering from left lower back soreness.  If he cannot play, it looks like lefty Antonio Bastardo will be a lock for the postseason roster.  Having only one lefty in the pen may not be a great idea, but the Phils may have no choice.

The only real highlights early in today’s game were 2-run homers by both John Mayberry Jr. and Jayson Werth.  Also, Cole Hamels pitched very well for 2 innings in his postseason warm-up.  Everyone else had issues getting desperate Braves hitters out.  Even Roy Oswalt gave up a run in one inning of work.  Joe Blanton allowed 2 runs and the big damage was done by Danys Baez.  Baez allowed 4 runs in only 2/3 of an inning, likely cementing his new roll as a cheerleader instead of a spot on the postseason roster.


Baez cheerleader.jpgBut as the Phillies are known to do late in games, the offense started cooking again in the 8th inning.  With 2 outs, Jimmy Rollins singled and Mike Sweeney reached base on a Braves error.  Wilson Valdez hit an RBI single and Ben Francisco doubled in 2 more runs.  The game got a lot closer, with the Phillies trailing by a score of 8-7.  But in the 9th, they were unable to score and the Braves went on to win.

While the Braves won, their playoff hopes are still in the hands of the Padres, who are playing the Giants right now.  They will know more in a few hours.

In the meantime, congratulations to the Phillies, officially the BEST team in baseball right now!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies: The Grim Reaper Of Playoff Dreams

The Atlanta Braves must feel like they have been unknowingly cast in a bad horror flick.  With their playoff hopes on the line, the Phillies have now beat them 2 days in a row with only one game left in the season.  In the meantime, their Wild Card foe, the Padres, keep winning.


Worley reaper of Braves.jpgYielding a large axe, rookie pitcher Vance Worley did his best impersonation of the Grim Reaper today against the Braves.  They did not manage a single hit off Worley until the 4th inning.  Worley went 5 innings, allowing only the one hit and looked like a seasoned veteran.  The only reason he was pulled after 5 innings was because there was a runner on third and the Phils chose to pinch hit for him.

Actually, the Phillies offense had runners on 3rd with only 1 out twice and failed to score.  That finally changed in the 7th inning when a walk by Jimmy Rollins kick started some scoring.  A Braves fielding error followed by a bunch of Phillies singles ended in a 4-run inning.  Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino all picked up RBI’s.

Placido Polanco returned to the field today after having a cortisone shot in his elbow earlier this week.  Polly went 2 for 4 at the plate, which is a very good sign.  He did have one error at third early in the game, but he is probably still shaking the rust off.  It is good to see Polly feeling better though!

The Phillies bullpen pitchers were scary as well.  Antonio Bastardo, Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras continued to stab Braves hitters through the heart, sending them back to the dugout, one by one.  The horror continued for the Braves as the Phillies tacked on more runs in the 8th and 9th for a 7-0 lead.  And that was the final score.

With the Braves loss and a Padres win, the Wild Card race is a dead tie going into the final day of the regular season tomorrow.  As a result, who the Phillies will play in the NLDS is still uncertain.  What is certain is that, no matter the outcome tomorrow, the Phils will end the season with at least 97 wins and the best record in all of baseball!

The final game of the regular season tomorrow starts at 1:35pm.  Cole Hamels will start the game.

Victorinos.jpgBy the way, I would like to send congratulations to Shane and Melissa Victorino on the birth of their baby boy, Kingston Shane Victorino, this past Thursday.  The 7 lb. 8 oz. slugger is the second child for the couple; they have a daughter names Kali’a and Melissa has a teenage boy, Keenan, as well.  Shane & Melissa are great people; I wish them much happiness!

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography except baby photo by CSN

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The Back-Up Plan


rman4000l.jpgWith both the division and home field advantage wrapped up, the plan for the Phillies back-up players this week is simple: Make the post-season roster.  With the September call-ups plus the usual bench players, the Phillies have a lot of spare parts.  A few of those will make the roster; the rest will sit and watch.  After tonight against the Nationals, there are 4 games remaining to decide who will fill the roles.

A few position players who made a good case in tonight’s game were Domonic Brown in right field and Ben Francisco in center.  Francisco went 2 for 4 and should be a lock for the roster.  Brown had 1 hit, a stolen base and a walk; he will likely be competing with Greg Dobbs for a roster spot.  Dobbs did not help his case with an error at third base tonight, no hits and he also dribbled a ball in front of home plate for an easy force out with the bases loaded and only one out.

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Decisions in the bullpen will be a bit more complicated.  After a fairly awful year, Danys Baez pitched mostly okay in one inning tonight, although he did walk a batter.  David Herndon looked better with two easy outs in the 7th.  The two lefties JC Romero and Antonio Bastardo each pitched one scoreless inning.  Bastardo is going to have an electric arm if he learns to control it; but the problem with him and all the other bullpen pieces we saw tonight is a lack of consistency.

But under pressure against the Nats knowing he was competing for a roster spot, Bastardo turned up the heat and struck out the side.  If a decision had to be made tonight, I would take Bastardo over Baez, keeping the two lefties.

Roy Oswalt started the game and pitched 5 innings allowing only an unearned run after the Dobbs error.  Sadly, he did not get a win as he left the game with a 1-1 tie score after a Raul Ibanez home run.  So Oswalt, if he does not pitch again in the regular season, will end with a 13-13 record.  12 of those 13 loses came when he was with the Astros.

Jimmy Rollins finally started a game tonight for the first time since September 8th.  He moved well in the field and went 1 for 3 at the plate.  Rollins played 5 innings total and should see more playing time as the week goes on in order to prepare him for the playoffs.  The hamstring injury did not appear to be an issue tonight…fingers crossed!

While the Phillies had a few hits in the game, it was still a 1-1 tie in the 9th.  Jose Contreras pitched the final inning for the Phils and threw only 3 pitches.  Adam Dunn mashed a long home run off Contreras, giving the Nats a 2-1 walk-off win.  While the loss makes little difference at this point, the performance by Contreras was not a good thing.  However, Contreras has been fairly reliable most of the year.

The battle of the back-ups will continue tomorrow in DC; game time is 7:05pm.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Halladay Gets Win #18

Before we get into the game tonight, here is an update on all the recent injuries and roster moves.  On Wednesday night, pitcher Nate Robertson gave up 6 runs in less than 1 inning; when that happened, he signed his exit papers.  Robertson was designated for assignment and the Phillies claimed righty Caesar Carrillo off waivers from the Padres to take his spot.

Another righty, Scott Mathieson, was placed on the DL with a back issue.  Danys Baez was taken off the DL to fill that spot.  Baez has not had a very good year so putting him back in the bullpen sort of feels like a non-event.  Oh well…

Jimmy Rollins is out, probably for the weekend, with a tight hamstring.  The injury does not appear to be serious, but after two stints on the DL with a calf injury, the Phils are going to be extra careful with him. 

And as for Placido Polanco, he does NOT have a broken elbow, contrary to several reports yesterday.  Polanco advised Comcast Sportsnet that he told a reporter from the Dominican Republic about the bone spur in his elbow, which will be operated on after the season ends.  Somehow, this reporter translated that into a broken bone.  Polly is from the Dominican Republic, so how this miscommunication occurred between two men speaking the same language is strange.  But the good news is, no broken bones :O)

That about covers the news from the Thursday off-day; now on to tonight’s game

What began as a pitcher’s duel on the mound between Roy Halladay and Mets rookie Jenrry Mejia, turned into a duel of the pitcher’s bats in the 3rd and 4th innings.  Halladay was cruising until he gave up a single to pitcher Mejia in the 3rd.  A double scored Mejia and later, a 2-run homer added to the damage.

Down 3-2 going into the 4th, Halladay returned the favor.  With the bases loaded and 2 outs, Halladay smacked a bouncing single up the middle for a hit; two runs scored and Mejia looked stunned.  Ryan Howard had homered before that and later, a Shane Victorino single scored the 4th run of the inning.5 Game Action (35).jpg

The Phillies had a big 7th inning as well.  Chase Utley started the fun with a solo homer and Howard doubled behind him.  With two outs, Raul Ibanez was walked intentionally by pitcher Sean Green.  Carlos Ruiz then drew an unintentional walk and Green followed that up by plunking Wilson Valdez with the bases loaded, walking in a run.

Things got a little scary with Halladay at the plate next; after a 1-0 count, Green uncorked another wild one and almost hit Halladay.  Mets manager Jerry Manuel immediately took Green out, mid-batter.  Manuel gets a tip of the cap for that move which may have saved Halladay from a possible injury.  Green was out of control and since the Mets were down 8-3, there was no point in risking an embarrassing mistake like hitting an opposing pitcher.

The Phillies went on to win the game 8-4 and Halladay collected his 18th win of the year.  He also reached 200 strikeouts on the season for the second year in a row.  Although Halladay allowed 4 runs tonight, he still went 7 2/3 and the offense helped him out.

Tomorrow, Kyle Kendrick will be given yet one more chance to prove himself, although many feel he does not deserve another shot after 4 straight bad games.  Rookie Vance Worley was the other option, but since Kendrick did well against the Mets last month, they decided to give him the start.  Game time is 4:10pm; this should be an interesting one.

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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Dodgers Feast On Phillies Pitching

The Dodgers came to town today and the in-flight food service must have been seriously lacking on their way to Philly.  Because they were really hungry by the time the game started.  They snacked on Phillies pitchers like they had been starved for weeks.

The tastiest morsel was Kyle Kendrick; he allowed 5 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.  A 6th run was unearned on the first of Jimmy Rollins’ two errors tonight.  When things start to go bad, things really go bad.  For instance, Rollins tripped over second base and fell over during what should have been a sure out.  Dodgers say, “Yum, yum! Me love scoring runs!”

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The snack turned into a 7-course meal when David Herndon gave up 4 runs in the 6th after the Phillies offense had finally scored 3 runs the prior inning.  Herndon pitched a perfect 5th inning, but lost his command in the 6th.  Prior to that, Antonio Bastardo allowed a run of his own.  The lefty Bastardo was just added to the roster after outfielder John Mayberry was sent back to AAA.


The count.jpgAfter the 7-course meal in the 6th, the Dodgers were still hungry in the 7th when Danys Baez came in to pitch.  They ate him up to the tune of 2 more runs.  I suppose that was desert.  With a 13-5 lead, the Dodgers were bordering on pure gluttony.  Even The Count was tired of counting runs at that point.

Former Phillie Vincente Padilla handled the Phillies offense well until he met Ross Gload.  He was the one Phillies player who tried to join in on the feast.  Going 3 for 5 in the game, Gload hit not one, but two 2-run homers.  He was a one man wrecking crew. 

Rookie Domonic Brown had 4 RBI on a sac fly and then his very first major league home run.  He got the final 2 RBI in the 9th on a double.  The homer was not as exciting as it should have been considering the 13 runs on the board for the Dodgers.  Also, Brown has not played well in the outfield and needs a LOT of work on his fielding and hitting the cut-off man.

But back to the Dodgers; 13 runs would just not suffice.  JC Romero came in to pitch the 9th inning and the Dodgers began to salivate again.  Romero hit the first batter and gave up a 2-run homer to the 3rd batter.  With one huge 2-run chunk already taken out of his back side, Romero let the Dodgers have another nibble.  He walked the pitcher, George Sherrill.  It was Sherrill’s very first at-bat in his career.  Not that is embarrassing.  Wow.

Out of 7 Phillies pitchers tonight, only Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin did not allow a run.  The final score of this vomit-inducing nausea-fest was 15-9.  Good news?  9 runs.  Bad news?  Phillies pitching.

Roy Oswalt will pitch tomorrow night.  Hopefully, in his first outing at home in a Phillies uniform, Oswalt can tame the ravenous Dodgers.  Game time is 7:05pm.

 

Kendrick photo by Jenn Zambri Photography; Sesame Street characters by Jim Henson

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