The Phillies have 99 problems but 100 losses ain’t one. Sorry, could not resist. So yeah, the Phillies escaped the dreaded 100 loss season today by the skin of their teeth with a 7-2 win over the Marlins that included many odd and interesting moments. For starters, Roy Halladay made an appearance on Phantavision with his stuffed Chooch pillow to congratulate Carlos Ruiz on being honored for the four no-hitters he has caught for the Phillies. Charlie Manuel joined Chooch on the field to celebrate.
A few not-so-great moments occurred once the game began. For example, Jeff Francour missed what appeared to be a routine fly ball to give the Marlins a lead. And as if so disgusted by his play, a bird apparently committed suicide and had to be carted off the field by Phillies security personnel.
But things began to brighten up when it started looking like David Buchanan might actually get a win. Not only did he pitch well, he also had 2 hits in the game and scored a run.
Suddenly, players began smiling and sliding into bases and collecting extra base hits. When you sit through a 99-loss season, seeing this in the last game of the season was somewhat miraculous.
But the strangest part of the day had to be seeing future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki make his major league pitching debut in the 8th inning. Apparently, it was a long-time dream of Ichiro’s to pitch so he asked his manager to put him in. It was a treat for the crowd as well. Ichiro gave up 1 run to the Phillies on 2 doubles; he tossed a total of 18 pitches.
So after a very bad season, the Phillies end on a high note. And they also get the 1st round draft pick as well for being so awful. Bonus. Here is the Photo Album from the game. Also, here is another album for anyone who is interested; I took a tour of Petco Park in San Diego last month. There was a charity event that day so the field was littered with stationary bikes, but the view is still cool.
I also took some video today of Halladay’s speech, Cody Asche addressing the crowd and a few other things. I hope to have that uploaded in the next week or so. Goodnight for now!