Tagged: Greg Luzinski

Phillies Bats Provide Thunder Before the Rain

Everyone entered the ballpark on Sunday worried about a wash out.  Huge, violent storms were predicted to start close to game time.  But instead of rainstorms, the Phillies provided thunder with their bats in the final game against the Brewers.

It was another Retro Night at the ballpark, so the Phillies wore 1970’s uniforms.  They also brought Mike Schmidt and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski to toss first pitched in honor of the 70’s.  And of course, no 70’s revival is complete with the streaking Phanatic.
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Aaron Nola started the game and, despite getting into some rough spots, he pitched very well.  Nola did not allow a run over 6 innings, striking out 9 Brewers.  The defense pitched in, as well, to keep runs off the board.
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And then the Phillies bats suddenly came to life.  Odubel Herrera had his 4th 4-hit game of his career.  The only Phillies position player without a hit was Freddy Galvis, but he did collect an RBI on a sacrifice.
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In the 5th inning, things really heated up.  Tommy Joseph hit what appeared to be a 3-run homer, which was called back as a double due to fan interference.  Here are the three idiots who nearly ruined a good inning, celebrating as they got tossed out:
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For the record, real fans do not risk losing runs for their team just to snag a baseball.  Rant over…

Luckily, newcomer Jimmy Paredes took over and hit a no-doubt-about-it 3-run homer.  Not to be left out, Cameron Rupp smashed a solo shot right after that.  The Phillies scored 5 runs in the inning, which is their highest total in an inning this year.
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The Phillies went on to win the game easily by a score of 8-1.  They were able to split the 4-game series with the Brewers, which is great considering how sluggish this offense has been lately.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

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Photos by Jenn Zambri

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!

Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Golf Classic

This past Tuesday, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame hosted their 4th annual Golf Classic at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club.  The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Philly sports history which inducts new members annually. 

The golf event was attended by many Philadelphia stars, including former Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles, along with broadcasters and other special guests.  I was asked to be the photographer for the event, which was in honor of the memory of Harry Kalas.  This is a tribute table with a few of Harry’s belongings and memorabilia:


P6012679a.jpgThe day included a putting contest, lunch, shotgun golf round, live and silent auctions, a million dollar hole-in one contest and the “High Hopes” reception and dinner.  Much of the time was spent by chatting with VIP guests as well as enjoying the golf course.  By the way, former Phillie Darren Daulton promised me the Phillies would be snapping out of their current funk very soon.  I am holding him to that.

From top to bottom, left to right, here is Darren along with Greg Luzinski, Terry Harmon, Andy Ashby, Tyler Green, Mike Mamula (former Eagle), someone I do not know and Dickie Noles.  If you know who the mystery guest is, feel free to let me know ;o)


Former Phillies.jpgOther sports were represented as well.  This next photo collage includes former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, former Eagles player Chuck Bednarik who was showing me his bent finger, former Eagles Eddie Khayat and Vince Papale and former Flyer, Bernie Parent, possibly the most entertaining man on the planet.  If you have never met Bernie, you are missing out on a real treat.  The man is a ball of energy and funnier than most professional comedians:

 

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I have tons of other photos which show many other big stars from the day and all of the events that went on.  Feel free to check that out.  Thanks to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame for inviting me!  It was a memorable day.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Shut-Out The Astros

The first four games of 2010 have been very good for the Phillies bats.  As a team, the have at least 10 hits in each game so far which is the first time that has been done by a Phillies team since 1926.  The top 5 batters in the order are on fire, especially Placido Polanco who had 4 hits tonight, 2 RBI and is batting .579 in 4 games.  Those 4 hits helped the Phillies to an 8-0 shut-out win over the Astros.


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is also off to a fast start with 7 hits in the first 4 games, batting .467.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are not far behind, batting .438 and .400, respectively.  On Wednesday, Howard moved into 5th place on the Phillies all-time home run leaders list, passing Greg Luzinski.  In today’s game, he racked up 2 hits and an RBI.

Raul Ibanez has struggled, but looks to be coming out of the funk with 3 hits and 3 RBI today.  Shane Victorino, on the other hand, hit several balls really well but still came up empty; he even hit into a double play.  Victorino is batting .111 so far this season.

JA Happ got his first start of the year today and pitched 5 scoreless innings.  He had a lot of base runners, so his pitch count kept rising; as a result, he only made it to the start of the 6th inning.  The thing that stands out about Happ though is that he never gets rattled.  In the 3rd, he had 2 runners on with no outs and still managed to pitch his way out of the jam unscathed.  Happ continues to impress.

David Herndon made his mark today as well, pitching 2 innings in relief of Happ without allowing a run.  Today was his 3rd appearance with the Phils and so far, the rookie has yet to give up a run.  If he keeps this up, the Phils are going to have some tough decisions to make when Brad Lidge and JC Romero return from the DL.


DSCF5052 wheels.jpgSo things are feeling pretty loose around the Phillies this week; even the broadcasters are keeping the mood light.  Gary Matthews and Tom McCarthy presented fellow broadcaster Chris Wheeler with a birthday cake and presents today during the game, even though it is not really his birthday.  Wheels got his own birthday wrong in his new book, “A View From The Booth,” on the very first page of the book.  He wrote April 9th instead of August 9th.  Oops.  So, Happy Un-Birthday, Wheels!  Don’t feel bad…we are all entitled to typos once and a while ;o)

 

Game two in Houston tomorrow!  First pitch is at 7:05pm.

 

Photos by Jenn

 

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Cruise Videos, Natural Disasters & Other News

I almost forgot to show everyone my favorite photo from the cruise!  It is me, wearing Ryan Madson’s World Series ring :O)  Ryan was amazing on the cruise; friendly, shaking hands with everyone and chatting away like we were all old buddies.  And he gets extra bonus points for this:3B MISC (2).jpg

If anyone missed my slideshows or Photo Albums from the trip, check out THIS entry for all that fun as well :O)

And now for the video!  The first one is the player introductions from the first day of the cruise, an appearance by the Phanatic and part of movie day, which had a few hitches.  They could not get the movie to play (Phillies 09 Yearbook), so Tom Burgoyne, friend of the Phanatic, took the stage, more than once, to entertain the crowd during the delay:

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The next 2 videos are the Q & A session where Greg Luzinski, JC Romero, Shane Victorino, Ryan Madson and Tom/Phanatic answered questions from the fans:

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And finally, this video is the Farewell cocktail party and dinner.  The players and a few of the wives each spoke to the fans during the party and the dinner consisted of a waiter parade, “rally towels,” “Let’s go Phillies!” chant and the singing of “Take me out to the Ballgame.”

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And for those who have been following the earthquake in Haiti, you may be interested to know that right before the quake, our cruise ship was sailing from Grand Turk to Puerto Rico, right past the island, on the eastern most side closer to the Dominican Republic.  DR is the east side of the same island that Haiti is on.  That night, the sea was a bit rough, which may have been an indicator of what was about to hit the area.

In a related story, Jimmy Rollins and his fiancée are currently on the island of Grand Cayman, where an earthquake hit this morning.  They had to evacuate their hotel for a short time but Rollins texted the Phillies to say they were ok and that the wedding, scheduled for 4pm on Saturday, is still on.  If you ask me, there were far too many Phillies far too close to natural disasters this week.

I would like to send my best wishes to Jimmy and Johari; may their wedding go off without a hitch…or an earthquake ;o)  On a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti.  This terrible tragedy reminds us all that we need to take better care of our planet and all the people in it.  If anyone is able to donate to the cause, please visit UNICEF for details.

One final note regarding Phillies arbitration; Chad Durbin signed a one-year, $2.125 million contract, ensuring he will avoid the hearing next month.  No word yet on whether deals were done with the other 3 eligible players, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Carlos Ruiz.

And if anyone from the former Duck Pond fan group is reading, you will happy to know that your favorite player is back.  Brandon Duckworth signed a minor league deal to bring him back to the Phillies organization.  They also signed Jason Standridge and Nate Bump to similar deals; none of the 3 will be invited to Spring Training, but do not let that stop you from quacking with delight :O)

Photos / Video by Jenn

 

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2010 Phillies Cruise Photo Review

I have arrived home from the Phillies Phantastic Voyage and have sorted through most of my photos.  Joining me on the cruise were 270 Phillies fans, JC & Erin Romero, Shane & Melissa Victorino, Ryan & Sarah Madson, Greg & Jean Luzinski, Scott Palmer, the Phanatic, the friend of the Phanatic, Tom Burgoyne and his wife and Phillies Sales Manager, Scott Nickle and his wife, Jenny.  Everyone had a blast! 

I put together a slide show of some key moments from the trip as well as some island shots.  In addition, there are also Photos Albums which include these photos plus many more.  I put together a Phillies Events album and also an Island Events album, which is non-baseball in nature.  Click on either name to view each album. 

To view the Photo Slideshow CLICK HERE and it will take you to the video.

Also, J-Roll Smurf Jr. decided to hop in my suitcase before I left and joined me on the cruise.  I put together a slideshow of his high seas adventure HERE.
 

As you can see, everyone, even the Smurf, had a great time.  I will be posting video later today or tomorrow in addition to the photo slideshows where you will get to listen to the players talk during the Q&A session and the cocktail parties, plus much more!

A few other notes; while I was away, Scott Eyre announced his retirement.  He will be missed :O(  I wish Scott the best in his future endeavors!

Next up, Brad Lidge had knee surgery…again.  He had some loose bodies and debris removed and is expected to make a full recovery within 2-3 weeks.  No word on whether he will be ready for opening day or not.

This past Friday, four players filed for arbitration; Joe Blanton, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin and Shane Victorino.  Really all this means is they will negotiate their salaries with the team and if no consensus is reached, they will have a hearing to decide the amount next month.  Last year, the Phillies avoided arbitration with all 10 players who filed.

Next I would like to address a question I was asked a few times while I was away in regards to JC Romero and his arm surgery.  JC is recovering well; he looked healthy and happy all week on the cruise.  As for his recovery time, it is too soon to tell.  Until he begins a regular throwing routine to see how the arm reacts, it will be difficult to make any educated guesses.  However, when he had the surgery in October, he was given a 5-6 month recovery window.  This means he likely will not be ready until after the season begins.  But as with most injuries and surgeries, anything is possible.

And finally, if anyone missed my on-board cruise updates, feel free to check those out as well.  Here is Update #1, Update #2 and Update #3.

Photos by Jenn

 

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Phillies Cruise 2010 Update #3

It is day 6 of the Phillies Phantastic Voyage and we are sailing around the Caribbean on our way to the Bahamas.  Yesterday, after a sunny day on the island of St. Thomas, the Phillies group engaged in a trivia competition.  Here are a few of the questions we were asked…see how many you can answer!  I will post the answers at the end of this entry.

1.     How many times in his Phillies career did Steve Carlton strike out 300 batters or more in a single season?

2.     What 3 team names have the current Phillies team gone by?

3.     Which Phillies pitcher struck out 300 batters or more in a season, 2 seasons in a row?

Today the Phillies held the autograph session for the fans.  Shane Victorino, Greg Luzinski, Tom Burgoyne (Phanatic’s friend), Ryan Madson, Scott Palmer (broadcaster) and JC Romero all signed:

At the end of the autograph line, a few of the AAA reps, Holland America staff and JC’s wife Erin got in line to get autographs for themselves.  When Erin Romero reached JC who was at the end of the autograph line, she handed her husband several items to sign.  In the photos below, you will see her handing him a head shot to sign.  After that, he leans forward to sign HER instead.  Her reaction is in the photo below:JC and Erin

JC & Erin are not only the cutest couple, they are super nice and lots of fun.  We have all been blessed to have them aboard with us :o)

And here are a few photos of what I have been up to besides the baseball stuff.  The photo to the left is the rainforest in Puerto Rico (El Yunque); then you will see a close-up shot of an iguana and a photo of me and two others preparing to scuba dive in St. Thomas:Cruisesights

That is all for now!  More photos and video are to come…tomorrow we are in the Bahamas and then Saturday we are heading home.  Talk to you all again soon!

Photos by Jenn

Trivia Answers

1 – One

2 – Phillies, Blue Jays, Quakers

3 – Curt Schilling