As the Phillies Phantastic Voyage continues, we are currently on our way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Sunday, each Phillies fan was treated to a photo session and Q&A with the players. Everyone had a group photo taken and then individuals with each person which included JC Romero, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, Greg Luzinski, Scott Palmer (broadcaster) and the Friend of the Phanatic, Tom Burgoyne.
Here are some photos of the guys getting ready for photos:
After the pictures were done, everyone sat down for a question and answer session. Some of the questions people asked were a bit surprising. For instance, one person asked Shane why he had a tendency to swing at the first pitch. Ryan Madson interjected some humor by saying Shane was stepping to the plate already down with an 0-2 count ;o) Ryan later gave his opinions on how umpires should be “sent to the minors” just like players when they perform badly. Funny stuff…
I will post video of the Q&A and a few other events once I get home. For now, here are some photos of the Q&A session. The one with the jersey in mid-air is my favorite. They were raffling off a Victorino jersey and JC was not so impressed; he tossed the jersey on the floor behind him!
Yesterday, we all gathered for a screening of the Phillies 2009 Video Yearbook. Due to a technical issue with the ships DVD player, there were a few breaks in the action. Tom Burgoyne was gracious enough to hop on stage and entertain the crowd during the pauses. He even performed the Phanatic belly roll for us, sans costume. Again, I will post video when I get home.
Later that evening, a bunch of us sat down to watch magician James Cielen perform. The show was outstanding and included some Phillies fun as well. JC, Shane and their wives were sitting in the front row when Mr. Cielen brought two toy poodles on stage to help with some of his magic. At one point, the magician picked up a dog, pointed him at the front row and, I assume using a water pistol, made the dog appear to pee on the JC, Shane and their wives. Mr. Cielen then ran off the stage and wiped them all off with a silk scarf, although it looked more like he was trying to buff the top of JC’s head. Everyone had a nice laugh over that. These guys all have great senses of humor and enjoyed the prank. In fact, at the end of the show, Shane was the first person out of his seat to give Mr. Cielen a standing ovation.
So today we will land in San Juan and I will go explore the rainforest :O) Tomorrow night, we will have a Phillies Trivia event and then on Thursday, the players will sign autographs for us. I will post another update when I get a chance.
It is the middle of day 2 in our Phillies Phantastic Voyage and so far, it has been an adventure. Leaving Fort Lauderdale yesterday we ran into some “weather” and rather bumpy seas right at the beginning of the Phillies cocktail party. JC Romero, Ryan Madson and Greg Luzinski did not seem bothered by the rocking, but poor Shane Victorino got sea sick and only stayed at the party for a few minutes.
So while Shane and a few other guests tried out a new shade of green, the rest of us held on to anything stationary, trying to remain upright. But that did not impede the fun; Ryan, JC and Greg worked the crowd like pros and chatted with the fans. Ryan especially seems thrilled to be there after hearing from JC what a great time we all had last year. Here are a few photos: Shane is sporting a beard! Then you will see Greg, Ryan, me with JC and the Phanatic:
The only bummer on the day was learning that Matt Stairs was unable to join us :O( Matt was offered a minor league contract to stay with the Phillies but has decided to pursue options with other clubs in order to sign again in the majors. Matt is well loved in Philly and he will be missed dearly, not only on the cruise this week, but in 2010. I wish him the best of luck in his search!
More photos here…Ryan with Scott Palmer, Shane at the bar before taking ill, me chatting with Erin Romero and you can see Ryan in the background and Ryan, JC and Scott talking to the fans:
Later this afternoon, we will have our official photo session with the players and then a Q&A with them as well. Tomorrow, we are off to Grand Turk! Got to run and get back to my vacation now :O) Talk to you all again soon!
The countdown has begun! Only 2 days until the Phillies Phantastic Cruise sets sail for the Caribbean. Joining us on board will be JC Romero, Shane Victorino, Ryan Madson, Matt Stairs, the Phanatic, former Phillie Greg “The Bull” Luzinski and broadcaster Scott Palmer. I went on the cruise last year as well and it was a blast! Sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, this year we will be stopping at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and the Bahamas.
The Phillies events will include photo and autograph sessions, Q&A session, cocktail parties with the Phillies players and more! Here is the video slideshow I put together of last year’s cruise:
Larry Andersen went with us last year but was unable to attend this time around. He told me a few months back that he had a lot going on this month, not the least of which is Phillies Phantasy Camp where he will spend an entire week. We will miss him!
While I am away, I will try to post updates and photos as the cruise progresses and as time allows. If anyone else is going, feel free to drop me an email and let me know or just track me down on the boat and say hello!
Photos by Jenn
Shakespeare once posed the question, “What’s in a name?” In baseball, a player’s nickname can stick like glue, whether they like it or not. Here is a rundown of some of the Phillies player’s nicknames, past and present.
2010 Phillies Players
Brad “Light’s Out” Lidge
Ben Francisco – Scoots
Carlos Ruiz – Chooch
Charlie Manuel – Chuck
Chase “The Man” Utley or The Model (given to him by J-Roll) or Chutley
Cole Hamels – Hollywood Hamels
Greg Dobbs – Dober (he actually doesn’t like it, but everyone calls him this anyway!) or Roy Hobbs, from “The Natural”
Jayson Werth – J-Dub or Werewolf
Jimmy Rollins – J-Roll or Papa Smurf (I know this one is accurate because Jimmy told me himself that this is what he was called “back in the day.”)
Juan Carlos Romero – JC (did anyone even know his real name was Juan Carlos or did you read this and go, who is this guy??)
Juan Castro – “Manos de Oro” (means gold hands)
Milt Thompson (current coach)- Uncle Milty
Plácido Polanco – Polly
Roy Halladay – Doc
Ryan Howard – The Big Man or Rhino
Ryan Madson – Mad Dog
Shane Victorino – The Flyin’ Hawaiian
Previous Phillies Players:
Antonio Alfonseca – El Pulpo or The Octopus (because he has 6 fingers on each hand….seriously…I have photos)
Bake McBride – Shake n’ Bake
Bobby Abreu – El Comedulce (means The Candy Eater)
Chris Coste – Chris Clutch
Chuck Klein – The Hoosier Hammerer
Curt Schilling – Schill
Darren Daulton – Dutch
Dick “Don’t call me Richie” Allen
Ed Delahanty – Big Ed, Human Grasshopper
Garry Maddox – The Secretary of Defense
Gary “Sarge” Matthews
Geoff Jenkins – Jenks or Brett Favre (he is his long-lost twin :o)
Greg Luzinski – The Bull
Grover Cleveland “Old Pete” Alexander
John Kruk – Krukker
John Titus – Silent John
John Vukovich – Vuk
Juan Samuel – Sammy
Kevin Saucier – Hot Sauce
Larry Bowa – Gnat (does this mean he is annoying?)
Lenny Dykstra – Nails
Mickey Doolan – Doc
Mickey Morandini – Dandy Little Glove Man (Is it just me, or is this like the gayest nickname ever?)
Mike Lieberthal – Lieby
Mike Schmidt – Iron Mike or Schmidty
Mitch Williams – Wild Thing and Mitchy-Poo (Harry Kalas coined that one)
Otto Knabe – Dutch
Pat “The Bat” Burrell
Pat Corrales (manager) – Ike
Pedro Feliz – Pete Happy (literal translation of his name)
Pete Rose – Charlie Hustle
Richie Ashburn – Whitey
Rudy Seanez – Action Traction (I have NO idea what this is about)
Steve Bedrosian – Bedrock
Steve Carlton – Lefty
Todd Jones – Roller Coaster
Von Hayes – Five-for-One
Willie Jones – Puddin’ Head
Have any more to add to the list? Leave your favorites in the comments :O)
Photos by Jenn
The game began with a Pirates lead-off home run off the rookie, JA Happ. But after that, Happ did not budge and sent the Bucos away each inning frustrated.
Happ went 8 innings, gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Happ had a 2-1 lead until the 8th inning when he surrendered the big blow; a 2-run shot by Garrett Jones to give the Bucos a 3-2 lead. Still a great outing by Happ, but with no offense to back him up, the result was not ideal.
Well, no offense except Jimmy Rollins and Paul Bako. Rollins looked like the energizer bunny all night long as the ball jumped off his bat and his defense was stunning. But his effort of 3 for 5 on the night was the only real offense in the game. Ryan Howard collected an RBI on a force out in the 1st inning with the bases loaded. The following inning, back-up catcher Paul Bako hit a rare home run as fans did a double take at their TV sets…Bako who? The surprise homer from Bako seemed to lull the Phillies into a deep trance from which they did not wake up. In fact, neither team scored again until that killer home run by the Pirates in the 8th.
The Phillies offense this entire 3-game series was pathetic. Howard helped give the numbers a boost with his 3-run homer yesterday, but that was about the only hitting highlight of the series. Losing 2 out of 3 to a last place team is just very, very sad.
The Braves come to town tomorrow for 3 games and hopefully, the Phillies will find their bats!
The 2nd annual Phillies Cruise will set sail on January 9th, returning on the 16th. Players past and present including Shane Victorino, Ryan Madson, JC Romero, Matt Stairs and Greg Luzinski will all be aboard! The cruise is officially sold out, but there is still ONE opportunity left to grab your spot! This package includes an ocean view cabin for 2, two Southwest airline vouchers (cruise departs from Ft. Lauderdale) plus ALL Phillies activities! The package, put together directly from the Phillies, is being sold for $3100 (a $4500 value). Email me and I will put you into direct contact with the seller.
Photos by Jenn
The Phillies held a memorial service at the ballpark today for Harry Kalas, which they shared with the fans, as well as Harry’s friends and family. Fans were able to pass by Harry’s casket, which sat on the field behind home plate, and were then seated to watch the services. This beautiful and extremely moving program included speeches from Mike Schmidt, Richard Ashburn, Mayor Michael Nutter, Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, and many other friends of Harry. The entire Phillies team attended the memorial, first passing by the casket to pay their respects, and then sitting in the stands behind home plate. Phillies of the past were also in attendance, including Steve Carlton, Greg Luzinski, Larry Christianson, Garry Maddox, Robin Roberts and many more.
The big tear-jerker of the day came when all Phillies players, past and present, were asked to take the field; they lined up two by two and literally lifted Harry’s casket and passed it down the line through each others hands until they reached the hearse. Those players at the end of the line, including Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Brett Myers, Carlos Ruiz and others, gently placed the casket into the rear of the hearse and everyone watched as Harry was driven out of the ballpark. Many were unable to contain their emotions and tears flowed freely. When I saw Shane Victorino crying, who just lost his grandmother in October, my heart sunk. To think what all these players have gone through this week, as well as everyone who knew Harry, is just heartbreaking.
What a tragic start to the 2009 season for the Phillies, who all seem to be downtrodden by this turn of events. All we can hope now is that they can filter those emotions into a positive, and dedicate their season to Harry’s memory.
The Phillies have lost 3 in a row now with tonight’s 8-5 loss to the Padres, despite a great outing from Brett Myers. Myers notched a quality start with 6 2/3 innings pitched and 3 runs allowed; he even contributed with a double at the plate and a run scored. But for the 2nd night in a row, Ryan Madson came in and gave the Padres the lead with one run allowed in the 8th. Chase Utley tied the game up again in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off home run to right.
Raul Ibanez followed with single and then his amazing base running landed him on 3rd base after a Jayson Werth single. With one out, Pedro Feliz collected the RBI on sac fly and Ibanez crossed home plate, giving the lead to the Phillies, 5-4. But that lead would not hold for long.
Brad Lidge, as expected, pitched the 9th inning, hoping to remain perfect in save opportunities. After receiving his award before the game for that perfect 2008 record, Lidge finally blew a save tonight, ending his streak of 47 in a row. And he didn’t just blow it; he really, really blew it. In 2/3 of an inning, Lidge gave up 4 runs, the majority of which came on a Kevin Kouzmanoff 3-run homer. That inning really took the wind out of the sails for the Phillies, and they went down easily in the bottom of the 9th.
Tomorrow’s game against the Padres will begin at 1:35pm with Chan Ho Park on the mound. I will be there, and hopefully, the Phillies can get things back on track. Maybe the Phanatic’s birthday celebration will lighten the mood? One can only hope…
Photos by Jenn
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Here is the last of the Phillies Cruise video! The first 3 are of the Q&A session with Shane Victorino, JC Romero, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski and Tom Burgoyne, friend of the Phanatic; hosted by Scott Palmer. After that is some video from the Phillies private party on the ship with speeches by many of the players, wives and a few other items of interest including JC Romero playing the bongo drums. Hope you enjoy!
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