The National League entered today’s All-Star Game not having won against the American League since 1996. That win took place in Philadelphia. Manager Charlie Manuel and the Phillies coaching staff had a huge task on their hands for the second consecutive year, trying to win World Series home field advantage for the NL.
Two Phillies took part in the game today; Chase Utley stayed home as he is recovering from surgery on his thumb. Ryan Howard served as the DH and went 0 for 2; but hits were difficult to come by in this game. Through 6 innings, the both teams had only 4 hits each. Two of the hits for the AL came off Phillie Roy Halladay, although one hit was a pop-up that landed in the middle of nowhere and ex-Phillie Marlon Byrd could not quite get to it.
The AL struck first in the 5th as Dodger’s pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo allowed an unearned run after a costly error where he overthrew 1st base on an easy grounder. He had already walked a batter, then the error gave the AL two runners and a sac fly scored Evan Longoria.
But the NL fought back in the 7th. Another ex-Phillie, Scott Rolen, singled followed by a Matt Holliday single. Rolen’s aggressive base running put him on third base. Byrd walked with 2 outs and then Braves catcher, Brian McCann, hit a bases-clearing double to give the NL the lead. Two runs were charged to Yankee Phil Hughes and another to White Sox Matt Thornton.
In the bottom of the 7th, Holliday took a bad route to a ball in left and it went off his glove, giving Blue Jay John Buck a double instead of an out. Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals was pitching but Holliday could not help out his teammate. Shane Victorino could have caught that ball from either left or center…just saying ;o)
So it would come down to the 9th inning. The NL did not score and Manuel brought in another Dodger, Jonathan Broxton, to try and nail down the save and the win for the NL. Broxton gave up a hit right away to the Home Run Derby champ, David Ortiz. He struck out the next batter but gave up a single to Buck. However, with Big Papi Ortiz running, Byrd was able to throw him out at second from right field. That was an amazing, heads-up play by Byrd! The next batter flew out and the National League won it!! FINALLY! A win for the NL! Way to go, Charlie! Now, let see if the Phillies can actually use the home field advantage this year; that, of course, would require a third straight trip to the World Series. Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
But to Wainwright’s credit, he worked out of the inning without allowing a run. Whew! So the NL went into the 8th inning with a 3-1 lead. The NL did not score in the 8th and Giants closer, Brian Wilson, erased the AL batters in the bottom of the inning. Personally, I think the mohawk is his secret weapon.
So it would come down to the 9th inning. The NL did not score and Manuel brought in another Dodger, Jonathan Broxton, to try and nail down the save and the win for the NL. Broxton gave up a hit right away to the Home Run Derby champ, David Ortiz. He struck out the next batter but gave up a single to Buck. However, with Big Papi Ortiz running, Byrd was able to throw him out at second from right field. That was an amazing, heads-up play by Byrd!
The next batter flew out and the National League won it!! FINALLY! A win for the NL! Way to go, Charlie! Now, let see if the Phillies can actually use the home field advantage this year; that, of course, would require a third straight trip to the World Series.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
On the one day of the season where there are no big league games to be found, I found myself in Trenton , NJ to watch the Phuture Phillies show their stuff. The 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game (Double-A ball) and Home Run Derby was held at Waterfront Park and hosted by the Yankees-affiliate, Trenton Thunder. Five Reading Phillies participated in the game and one in the derby.
Joe Savery, the Phillies first-round draft pick in 2007, got the nod to start the Southern vs. Northern Division match-up. Vance Worley, another R-Phil, pitched a scoreless 7th inning to get the win with a final score of 5-3. And a native of my hometown, Akron pitcher Carlton Smith of Piscataway, NJ, earned the save. A few more R-Phils saw some action; Michael Taylor in right went 1 for 4 with an RBI; Quintin Berry, a fellow MLBlogger, was 1 for 1 with a walk, playing in center; and Neil Sellers struck out twice and played third base.
As entertaining as the game was, some of the fans were even more fun. At one point, a foul ball landed on the concrete walkway between seating areas and right at the feet of a mother and her 4-year old son.
No one else was around so they bent down to pick up the ball. At that moment, some idiot in the seating area above the walkway threw himself over the metal railing to try to steal the ball and landed ON the 4-year child. The photo to the right shows the poor child holding his nose, which may have been broken, and to make “amends”, the rail-diving idiot gave the ball to the kid.
If that were not bad enough, a few minutes later, it an usher brought another ball over to the crazy man, with signatures on it, and handed it to the guy’s daughter! A reward for nearly killing another child? Seemed a bit odd to me. It must have seemed a bit odd to the mother of the injured child too because a while later, 3 police officers reigned down upon the man and took him away. I figure she must have found an officer and said she would like to press charges. And who could blame her.
But the fun did not end there…take a look at the suicidal mascots playing around on the roof of the stadium:
I suppose if I had to wear these costumes, I may not have the will to live either. The poor “Thunder” mascot is actually a lightning bolt…someone must have told him and it was like hearing that there was no Santa Claus so, up to the roof he went… :o)
Then there was a very strange Mets fan in the stands.
This gentleman paraded around all day wearing a pink and powder blue colored Mets jersey, which was even signed, and wore a yellow collared shirt underneath. He looked like an Easter Egg. A very fruity Easter Egg. Did he not realize this was a women’s jersey? Well, it’s a Mets fan, what can you expect? (kidding! :O)
And how about the bat-fetching dog and Sumo wrestling fans? Awesome. Seriously awesome:
And even some of the players were lots of fun; Michael Taylor, a highly touted prospect who has been compared to Ryan Howard, provided me with the Photo of the Day. I asked him to smile for a picture and he said to me, “Not only will I smile for you, but I will do this as well…”
Here is the full Photo Album, including the home run derby. Enjoy!
Photos by Jenn
Stop rubbing your eyes; yes, the Phillies scored ten runs in the first inning of the ballgame tonight against the Reds. Pitcher Johnny Cueto was responsible for 9 of those. The ten run inning tied a franchise record for the Phillies, making the 4th time in history it had been done. The last time was 6/2/02 against the Expos.
And the brutality did not end there; the smokin’ hot offense burned Reds pitching for a total of 22 runs on 21 hits. While the Reds felt like they were walking in bare feet over hot coals all night, the Phillies players enjoyed the equivalent of a relaxing day at the spa, complete with a soothing foot rub and a Frangipani scalp massage. Ahhhhh….this is the life.
Here is just a sampling of tonight’s treats:
Chase Utley: 3 for 3 with 4 RBI and a 3-run homer = Aromatherapy European Facial
Shane Victorino: 4 for 5, 4 RBI and a 2-run homer = Mineral Seaweed Body Wrap (plus a trip to the All-Star game??)
Greg Dobbs: 4 for 6 and 2 RBI on a homer = Deep Tissue Massage
Jimmy Rollins: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 walks and a revival of his season = Manicure & Pedicure
Jayson Werth: GRAND SLAM, 2 hits, 5 RBI = Honey Papaya Scrub & Hot Stone Massage
Cole Hamels: 7 innings pitched, 1 run allowed, 2 for 4 and 2 RBI at the plate = Chakra Crystal Healing
REDS Pitching – Full Body Wax…ouch!
Ryan Howard will participate in the Home Run Derby for the Phillies! In 2006, Howard won the event and in 2009, he will try it again. But this time, he will be in his home town of St. Louis. Good luck, Ryan!
The Phillies centerfielder, Shane Victorino, also has a chance to go to St. Louis. He is one of 5 candidates to fill the final roster spot which will be voted on by the fans. You can VOTE as many times as you are able to! No more 25x limit…so, go for it! VOTE FOR SHANE!
Dobbs photo by Jenn
Spa photo: manchestergrand.hyatt.com
During his World Series Parade speech today, Chase Utley, in an obvious attempt to prove that he is SO not dull, dropped the F-Bomb on the screaming crowd. He uttered the words “World Champions!” and then followed it up with a smile and a louder utterance of “World F*@&* Champions!” Personally, I found it to be hysterical. For a man who never speaks, he sure knows how to get attention when he finally does open his mouth. Here is a clip of the speech:
So, what do you all think? This did seem to be a flashback to the All-Star Home Run Derby intro this year when Utley dropped the first F-Bomb of 2008: After being introduced, he was booed by the New York fans; he turned to Dan Uggla next to him and said, “Boo? F*&@ You!” He later apologized saying he did not realize his microphone was on and it was meant as a joke just for Uggla to hear. ESPN also apologized for allowing it to air unedited.
I was shopping today for Phillies World Series stuff and this incident was the talk of the town. A guy ringing up my order at Modell’s even asked me arbitrarily if I was offended by Utley’s behavior. He also said Utley had been drinking and asked what I thought of that. I told him that as long as Utley was not carrying around a small child, or getting behind the wheel of a car, I really didn’t care what he did or said. He has earned the right to party! As for the TV thing, it is unfortunate that, despite his intentions to be funny or cynical towards the NY fans, he may just come across to some fans as a total bonehead. Especially for those who did have children watching and now have to explain to their kids that they cannot repeat those words. But frankly, in this society, what parent hasn’t slipped up in front of their kids anyway? Not too many I am betting.
So it is estimated that somewhere between 1 and 2.5 million fans attended the parade today; Nothing like leaving it WIDE open to interpretation. The crowd was reportedly so loud that Cole Hamels remarked, “I’ll be surprised if any of them have a voice left.” He had a blast, as did Shane Victorino, who tossed Phillies “P” shaped soft-pretzels out to the crowd. Jayson Werth sported a GIANT hulk-like Phillies red fisted glove and Charlie Manuel was shocked by the turn-out. He said, “I think today told the magnitude of how much people wanted to win. I never believed I’d see that many fans.” Well, believe it.
**My favorite sign of the day: “Mets fans are working today.”**
Today is Halloween, which I think was forgotten by many as a result of the day’s activities. But no matter, they were all wearing costumes anyway; they showed up to the parade as Phillies fans. And we will all be wearing that costume everyday for the rest of our lives.
And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod! All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!
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PHOTOS from my All-Star Week excursion have been posted, but I thought I would highlight a few fun ones for you here as well. Let’s begin with my favorite of the week! As you may know, Dan Uggla committed like 3 errors in the All-Star game on Tuesday. Well, I am calling this one “UGGLA ALL-STAR ERROR #4” and you will see why. Yes, this is Dan Uggla grabbing Chase Utley’s butt as he walks back to the dugout after getting his award at the Home Run Derby for earning the most All-Star votes in the NL. He totally gooses him! And then, check out the on-lookers, who are horrified by what they are witnessing! Thank goodness it looks like Uggla’s son is sleeping through the ordeal J
More Utley…I’m calling this one, “Diggin’ For Gold.” Did he not realize that I was RIGHT THERE! I mean, if he needed help with this, all he needed to do was ask me. Geez. Another opportunity passed me by… J But seriously, what the heck?? He couldn’t go in the dugout which was like 1 foot away to handle this?? OMG.
And finally, we have all heard about the Chase Utley expletive before the Home Run Derby at the introduction (the “Boo, @#@# You!” remark)…well, here is a photo I took right as he said it. You can see Dan Uggla’s reaction…he was quite amused J And frankly, when I saw it, so was I J We should all have a sense of humor. Enough said.
Hope you enjoyed…have a happy day! J
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!
Where to begin… First let me say what a thrill it was to return to Yankee Stadium again! I still can’t believe they are going to tear it down. There will never be another one like it. Anyway, as for today’s report, no photos yet as I am far too exhausted to lift the camera to upload them yet…will try to sift through the mess sometime tomorrow I hope. However, here is a recap of what I have done the last 2 days…
How about that Home Run Derby last night? Wow! Josh Hamilton put on a show unlike anything I have ever seen before and, I imagine, will ever see again. 28 home runs in one round, with the longest going 518 feet. From inside the stadium, many of them appeared to leave the park, but after further review (a’la cell phone call home to get the TV call), it was determined that they bounced off the white fencing and did not quite clear the stadium. None the less, it was an eye popping event. The chants of “Ham-il-ton!” echoed throughout the stadium and everyone was on their feet cheering. It was disappointing that he did not win; apparently, by the last round, he had just run out of gas. Pretty understandable after what he did in the first round, but still sad that he could not pull out the win.
As for our boy Chase Utley, he did not make it past the first round, but did hit 5 homers and as always, looked good doing it 🙂 Although he of course defended his man Mick Billmeyer afterwards, I can tell ya, a lot of the pitches he threw to Chase were very low and inside and he was getting jammed. Of course, you don’t have to swing at all of them, buy you can’t just stand there all night either. Poor Mick looked a bit nervous. Actually, Evan Longoria ran into a similar issue as his pitcher kept throwing at his head! Honestly, I did not see Chase winning this thing, but I think he could have gone a bit longer with some better pitching, so that was a shame.
Some other fun at the Derby was the batting practice before the actual contest and just watching the players interact on the field with each other. Manny Ramirez brought his kids and his son kept trying to tackle other players…another Manny in the making. Mariano Rivera’s kids shagged balls in the outfield. David Wright followed Chase Utley around like a lost puppy. Well, to be fair, everyone wanted a piece of Utley! He was very popular and kept getting dragged from one person to the next, but smiled the whole time in very un-Utley like fashion and for once, did not seem to mind the attention.
Earlier that day, I went to the DHL Fan Fest at the Javits Center and took in as much as I could, but there was definitely enough to do that I could have stayed for several days. With limited time though, I chose to do whatever had the shortest lines :o) For instance, there were free autographs from Hall of Famers like Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage and Paul Molitor; but the line for that was FIVE hours long…NO exaggeration. So, I was totally skipping that. Instead, there were some very nice ladies from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (remember the movie “A League of Their Own?) also signing in another room…no line in there! Got two autographs and a free picture from Dolly Brumfield White and Shirley Burkovich. The line to have yourself put on an official Topps baseball card was VERY long, but to get your photo on the not-so-official Taco Bell baseball card was empty…guess which one I got? Mmmmm…taco’s! Also got a free photo of myself with a Derek Jeter stand-up for signing a pledge to wear my seatbelt. Picked up lots of other freebies along the way….a DVD of the history of Yankee Stadium, buttons, posters, etc…
There were a lot of interactive displays too…computers, video games, batting cages, pitching cages, trivia centers…too many to mention…I’ll post a photo later of the event board. There was an awesome display of the All-Star Clubhouse as well, with uniforms of many of the players on display. I managed to get a photo of Utley’s locker which I will also post later. I also attended one of the many clinics held at Fan Fest. This one was a Pitch, Hit and Run Clinic hosted by Yankee captain, Derek Jeter. Now I love Mr. Jeter as much as the next girl, but I have to say, I have never seen so many grown women go nuts like that in all my life. Wow. You’d think they had just seen Elvis, back from the dead. So aside from the screaming, the clinic was well done and the kids all had a good time. In all, Fan Fest was well worth he price of admission…I only wish I had more time and shorter lines!
The Red Carpet Parade today was a blast, aside from the scorching heat and having to stand for 4 hours straight :o) Seriously, it was worth it to see all those Hall of Famers in one place…a truly historic event. The highlight for me though was when Chase drove by, doing his generic smile and wave but, when he spotted me in the front row, the only Phillies jersey in a sea of Yankees with my #26 hat on, he lit up, pointed to me and yelled out, “Hey! How are you?” Got a great photo of him saying hi to me. Everyone around asked if he knew me…funny stuff. Actually, whenever I see Chase, he gives me that same greeting and the same big-eyed look…I figure at this point he probably does recognize me as he sees me so often with the camera in his face. I am like his own personal stalker…and I mean that in the nicest possible way :o) I yelled out to Brad Lidge too and got the wave from him as well. He looked very happy to be there.
Ok, I think I am all typed out for now…I need sleep! Soooooo tired! Did not get to bed until 2:30am yesterday and got up again to go to the parade at 7am. So, I apologize if my writing is not as sharp as usual…I am still a bit fuzzy and exhausted :o) Well, going to watch the game now…hoping to see Chase have a good game and maybe see Brad get some action!