In the final game of the Phillies retro 1960’s celebration, the Phillies had little to celebrate. With a 0-3 loss to the Cubs, they dropped 2 of 3 games this weekend.
As an added annoyance, I was forced to try and track the game on a 1960’s-style scoreboard and all images on the big screen were in black and white…blah. But the uniforms (grounds crew, too) were nice and even Art Garfunkel dropped in for a rendition of God Bless America.
This was also the 50-year anniversary of Jim Bunning’s perfect game against the Mets on Father’s Day in 1964. He was joined on the field for the first pitch by teammates Cookie Rojas and Dick Allen. And later in the game, Bunning’s entire family went onto the field to dance with the Phanatic.
It was also Father’s Day, 2014. Ben Revere’s parents joined him on the field before the game and every Dad (or male human over 14 years old – hoping they are not all Dad’s) got a Phillies fedora, which were seen all over the ballpark.
And then there was the game. A.J. Burnett had a quality start with 3 runs allowed over 8 innings.
But that mattered little as the Phillies did almost nothing at the plate. By the 6th inning, I was beginning to think I was going to see my 2nd no-hitter in the last month against the Phils. Luckily, Revere broke up the no-hitter…whew!
There were many swings, but very few productive ones. In fact, Burnett even tossed his bat away striking out in the 6th inning (see below).
On the bright side, it was a bright, sunny day outside…and that is where the good news ends. Bummer.
Here is the Photo Album from Sunday’s game. The Phillies start a series in Atlanta on Monday against the Braves. The game starts at 7:10pm and Cole Hamels will pitch.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
Roy Halladay became only the 20th pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a PERFECT GAME tonight against the Marlins. In Phillies history, it was only the 2nd perfect game ever with the first being tossed on Father’s Day on June 21, 1964 by Jim Bunning.
Halladay mowed down Marlins all night, striking out 11 batters. Carlos Ruiz was in sync with Halladay throughout the game, calling all the right pitches. And the defense behind Halladay was amazing, despite missing several key players.
Placido Polanco sat out for the 2nd game in a row and Juan Castro, who does not play third very often, filled in for him. Oddly enough, Castro recorded the final out, which turned out to be a very difficult play. Off the bat, it looked like the ball might squirt through a hole in the infield and ruin the night. But Castro did not let it get past him and made an incredible catch, pivot and throw to first just in time to seal the deal.
After getting beat up in his last outing with 6 runs allowed, Halladay showed what he is made of by bouncing back with this historical performance. The perfect game is such a rare and incredible feat. What a special day for the Halladay, the Phillies and fans of baseball everywhere. Amazing.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
The Phillies take to the field tonight for the first real action of Spring Training in an exhibition game against Florida State. JA Happ will be the starting pitcher followed by Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Drew Naylor, Joe Savery, Jesus Sanchez and David Herndon. All eyes will be on Aumont as he was one of the prospects the Phillies got in the Cliff Lee trade. Many are anxious to see if the risk will pay off.
Shane Victorino has been left off the starting line-up for precautionary reasons.
Victorino has been suffering from a sore shoulder and the team will likely not want to push him. It does not seem serious, but it is usually better to be safe than sorry. John Mayberry Jr. will fill in at center and Greg Dobbs gets the nod as the DH. But as is usual in Spring games, the starters will probably not play long, giving the team a chance to look at some prospects. Game time is 7:05pm.
The game everyone is waiting for though is tomorrow’s match up against the Yankees with Roy Halladay on the mound. It will be the team’s first look at their off-season prize in live game action. The talk about Halladay’s work ethic, poise and electric arm has been non-stop since he signed. Finally, it is time to see some results. Tomorrow’s game starts at 1pm and will be carried on Comcast Sportsnet and then replayed on The MLB Network at 7pm.
And now for the disturbing news of the week: Phillies fans know Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning as the man who pitched the only perfect game in Phillies history on June 24, 1964 which happened to be Father’s Day as well. Considered one of the best Phillies players in history, Bunning is also one of only six pitchers ever to throw both a perfect game and a no-hitter in his career. So as a baseball player, Bunning gets two thumbs up. As a politician, not so much…
Bunning has served in the Kentucky State Senate since 1998 and in 2006, Time magazine dubbed him one of “America’s Five Worst Senators.” He routinely misses Senate floor votes and on Christmas Eve 2009, he was the only senator to skip the vote on the historic health care reform bill. Adding more fuel to the fire this month, Bunning single-handedly blocked a 30-day extension of federal unemployment benefits when more than 200,000 unemployed Americans were set to lose benefits. The proposal of unanimous consent on any legislation like this is generally reserved for situation where no one is going to object. Essentially, the proposal is thought to be a no-brainer….that is, for everyone on the planet except Jim Bunning.
The Senate was attempting to avoid a massive hit to the economy and considered the extension an emergency. After receiving public spankings from both Democrats and Republicans, Bunning finally relented on Tuesday night and the legislation was passed, but not before Bunning made a total as*s out of himself. Wait a second, I though the “as*s” was the symbol of the Democratic party?
We still love you in Philly Jim, but please, do America a favor and get out of politics while you still have some dignity left. Let us all remember you as the guy who tossed the only Phillies perfect game and not the guy who tried to make 200,000 angry, unemployed people storm his house, tie him and up and force him to watch tape of the 1964 Phillies collapse; they dropped 10 consecutive games at the end of the season and lost the Division after being in first place with a 3-game lead. This type of torture is cruel and unusual punishment. Please, don’t make us do it…we don’t want to remember that year either.
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Photos by Jenn