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Regular Season Ends With A Walk-Off Win

The regular season is over for the Phillies and they closed it out with a win against the Marlins for a final season record of 93-69.  And as usual, it was not without high drama; oh, and extra innings too.  If we have learned anything over the years, it is that the Phillies do nothing the easy way.

Most of the bench players and rookies got some time in today to make their final bid for a post-season roster spot.  Miguel Cairo made his case, going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and a triple that tied up the game when he scored after a throwing error by the Fish.  Ben Francisco went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk, however, he was picked off trying to steal THREE times.  No kidding.  Another thing we learned today?  Francisco is not allowed to attempt a steal…ever.

100409a.jpgThe pitching was a bit trickier.  JA Happ was only allowed to pitch 2 innings to save his arm for the post-season.  Sadly, he allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning which bumped his ERA up to 2.93 for the season.  Still, that and his 12 wins were an amazing feat for the rookie.

Kyle Kendrick may have pitched his way off the roster as he allowed 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings.  The lefty Sergio Escalona looked a little shaky too as he allowed a runner to score, although it was charged to Brett Myers.

100409b.jpgBut the real drama unfolded in the 10th inning.  Jayson Werth stepped to the plate with a runner in scoring position and 1 RBI needed to reach 100 for the season.  In a shallow and classless act, the Marlins manager intentionally walked Werth, taking away any shot he had at the milestone.  This game was meaningless to both teams, except for possibly a moral victory.  The Marlins had nothing to gain or lose.  In that case, an intentional walk is uncalled for and ruins the spirit of competition. 

Add to that, the Marlins pitcher who was told to walk Werth was Dan Meyer, a Philadelphia-area native who grew up in a nearby town, rooting for the Phillies.  He likely had tons of friends and family there to watch him, and what did they get to see?  Their hometown hero boo’ed mercilessly by an upset crowd who wanted to see the game played out the way it was meant to.  Poor Meyer!  This kid did not deserve to be put in that position.  Manager Fredi Gonzalez, you should be ashamed of yourself!

So Werth went without the 100 RBI mark, but the Phillies ended on a positive note.  Some guy named Paul who?…I mean, Paul Hoover, the 3rd catcher who spent the whole year in the minors, got the winning, walk-off infield single to score John Mayberry Jr. and end the game with a final score of 7-6.  The crowd exploded and the Phillies pummeled Hoover in adulation.

walk-off.jpgAfterwards, the players ran around the field tossing balls and t-shirts to the crowd in thanks for their support.  Shane Victorino threw a ball all the way to the upper deck, into the broadcast booth and announcer, Tom McCarthy caught it on the fly.

The celebration is over now and the real work begins.  The Phillies will take on the Rockies Wednesday; game time has been announced and it is 2:37pm…yuck!  Hey, thanks again MLB…right in the middle of the day while most normal people are at work.  Just sayin’.

Here is the Photo Album from today’s game.  Go Phillies!

Photos by Jenn


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Phils Get Home Field

Even though the Phillies lost, again, to the Marlins yesterday, a loss by the Cardinals gave them home field advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs.  They will face the Rockies starting on Wednesday in Philly.  The Dodgers get the Cardinals.

Despite the loss, a few good things came out of the game yesterday. 

·        Jayson Werth now stands at 99 RBI for the season with 1 game left. 

·        Antonio Bastardo, who was with the team earlier in the season but got hurt, is now back and pitched a scoreless 7th inning.  Bastardo is a lefty, so this may be good news for the pen.

·        Brett Myers pitched a scoreless 6th inning and felt no pain since the hip surgery and shoulder injury.

·        Ryan Howard blasted home run #45 for the season.

·        Miguel Cairo went 1 for 3 and is making a good case as a bench player on the post-season roster.

·        Brad Lidge looked like he may have his mojo back – he pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning and looked sharp for the first time in a LONG time.  Maybe it was the change in music?  Lidge dumped Drowning Pool’s “Soldiers” in favor of Linkin Park’s “No More Sorrow” as his intro song.  I’d say that is fitting.

JA Happ will pitch today in the final game of the regular season and try for lucky win #13 to make his case for Rookie of the Year.  Game time is 1:35pm.

Congress & Steroids Revisited

Yesterday, I posted some information on a CBS article that covered a possible Congressional inquest to see whether the regulations on dietary supplements should be revised by Congress.  Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was made aware of the issue because of JC Romero’s suspension when he took a supplement that was illegally tainted.  Some felt that Congress should not worry about such issues and here is my response:

Senator Specter was made aware of the issue because of baseball, which is always in the limelight, but that is NOT the big picture.  This is beyond baseball.  It is about innocent people everywhere going to stores like GNC, which is in almost every major shopping mall in the country, and buying their vitamins and supplements and getting more than they bargained for.  I am one of those people.

I take a variety of vitamins and supplements which my doctor advised for various medical conditions.  These pills are not properly regulated by the FDA, which means you cannot know for sure what you are taking.   We all try to buy from reputable sources, but the bottom line is, companies can and will taint their products with illegal and dangerous substances either to save a buck or get you hooked so you will buy more.  I hope the only thing in my Vitamin C pill is Vitamin C, but do I know that for sure?  No.

These companies are putting people’s lives at risk.  Personally, I do not want steroids or anything else that could hurt or kill me in my supplements, do you?  So while the steroid issue in baseball may have been the catalyst for looking into the matter, it is not the main issue.  Congress does have plenty of issues to tend to, but regulating these drug companies is important as well.  Remember that the next time you take some Ginkgo Biloba, Glucosamine and Chondroitin or any other supplement which is unregulated.

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Phils Spilt Doubleheader With The Fish

The Phillies played back-to-back games in Miami yesterday against the 2nd place Marlins and split the series.  Here is a recap:

Game 1

Joe Blanton pitched 7 scoreless innings while the Phillies offense played some small ball and squeaked out 4 runs off the Marlins ace, Josh Johnson.  P2211686 Cairo.jpgThey blew the game wide open though with a 5-run 8th inning.  Every starting position player had at least one hit and 5 different players collected RBI’s. 

Miguel Cairo got a rare start at 3rd base while Pedro Feliz took a break; Cairo went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.  Ryan Howard led the team in RBI’s with 3, none of which came off home runs.  He got it done with base hits, sacrifices and some really good base running.  Out of 9 runs scored in the 9-3 win, only 1 came off a homer; Raul Ibanez hit a solo shot in the 8th.

The pen ran into trouble in the bottom of the 8th with rookie Sergio Escalona allowing 3 runs on 2 hits.  Tyler Walker allowed a hit as well, but eventually got the final 2 outs of the inning.  Clay Condrey pitched a hitless 9th inning; it is great to see Condrey back after a long stint on the DL!

Game 2

The Phillies looked a bit sleepy in game two. 

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In fact, the bats took a little nap for 9 innings and they lost the game 0-3.  The only 2 hits in the game came from Chase Utley who hit a single and a double.  I guess they were exhausted after a 9-run game earlier?  Because the Marlins pitcher, Anibal Sanchez is certainly not their best; his 2-7 record and ERA of 4.50 going into the game should be evidence enough.

Jamie Moyer did his job and pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, which is basically what the Phillies expected from him.  But the lack of offense did them in.

So, having split the doubleheader, the Phillies will need to concentrate on winning the final game of the series tonight.  Cole Hamels gets the ball at 7:10pm.

The magic number is now 5!

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Lidge Blows His Tenth Save

The Phillies had a lot of things working against them last night.  Roy Oswalt, the Astros ace, was sure to pitch a good game; the Phillies offense has been slumbering lately; and Chase Utley was out of the line-up with a bruised foot.  What the Phillies did not count on working against them was their own teammate, Brad Lidge.  P8306049 Lidge.jpgBut that has been the story all year long and still, manager Charlie Manuel refuses to do anything about it.

The patience has run out with Lidge, who took a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning and then proceeded to hand the Astros a 5-4 victory.  It was his 10th blown save of the season, which leads ALL closers in the majors, as does his 0-7 record and disgusting 7.15 ERA.  Only Matt Capps of the Pirates has more losses, but also has more wins: 3-8 record.  This makes Brad Lidge officially the WORST closer in baseball.  Lidge has gone from first in 2008, to worst in 2009.

There are no more excuses that can be made for him; Lidge is DONE.  Give the job to Brett Myers, who incidentally, pitched a scoreless, hitless 8th inning last night in his first appearance back since hip surgery.  Maybe Lidge can come back next year, but for 2009 in a playoff push, the Phillies cannot afford to wait for him to find his pitches.  BENCH HIM NOW!

So a nice offensive breakout by the Phillies was totally wasted.  A good performance by Joe Blanton who pitched 6 innings of 3 run ball was wasted.  A nice job by our bench players to fill in for Utley , like Miguel Cairo who went 2 for 4 with a double – wasted.  And the Phillies lead in the NL East has now dwindled to 6.5 games.

This afternoon, the Phillies will lean on Cole Hamels to right the ship.  Game time is 2:05pm.

Photo by Jenn


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World Champs Go To The White House

In case you missed it yesterday, here is the “official” White House video of President Obama addressing the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies:

The President is a true class act.  He acknowledged players by name and had all his facts straight.  Super impressive!  Congrats again to the Phillies for a great year and a fun visit to the White House!

By the way, Brett Myers started Game 1 of today’s doubleheader – Phils are ahead 5-1; Andrew Carpenter was called up from AAA to pitch the 2nd game and Miguel Cairo was sent down to make room.

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Mets Mutilate Moyer

Jamie Moyer has historically not done well against the Mets; today, however, was a total massacre.  I’m talkin’ a George Romero, Stephen King, Wes Craven-type massacre.  Call it the “Nightmare on 126th Street.”  krueger baseball.jpgPulled after only 2 1/3 innings, Moyer gave up 7 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 of which were home runs.  And in the new Citi Field, home runs are hard to come by.  But the Mets looked like they were taking batting practice off Moyer as balls flew over the high outfield wall.  Apparently, Moyer did not attend the Charlie Manuel Spanish Inquisition.

So JA Happ took over for Moyer and totally shut the Mets down.  Oh yeah, tell me again WHY Happ is not a starter?  Please excuse the sarcasm ;O)  Happ racked up 3 2/3 innings, not allowing any runs.  A job well done!  Could the offense come back to reward Happ for his effort?  Ummmmm…no.   :o{

Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 16 games today, but the offense was mostly quiet again.  Ryan Howard hit a home run in the 4th that went about 420 feet, which was nice, but then the team went silent once more.  Jayson Werth woke everyone up in the 8th with a 2-run bomb; it was his 4th hit of the night and brought the Phillies closer, then trailing the Mets 7-5.  In his perfect night, Werth was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  The score held into the 9th inning but Pedro Feliz stepped to the plate and flied out on the 1st pitch.  The 1st pitch!  UGH!  Feliz swings at the 1st pitch probably about 80% of the time – pitchers know this.  Can someone give him a clue, please!  So then Miguel Cairo grounded out, Matt Stairs walked and Jimmy Rollins popped out to end the game.

If the offense could have pulled out a few runs last night, they would have won that game.  But tonight, when Moyer puts them in a 7-1 hole, they finally score, but not enough to overcome the deficit.  This short 2-game series was a real disappointment and another blown opportunity against a division foe.

Manny Being…A Moron?

So, I do not want to dwell on this.  Frankly, I am sick of the whole steroid issue.  Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50-games for taking the female fertility drug, human chorionic gonadatropin.  Ramirez says it was prescribed by a doctor for an undisclosed medical condition.  Well folks, the only reason a doctor would prescribe this drug to a man, would be to treat a lack of testosterone.  And what is the #1 reason among athletes for a lack of testosterone?  Steroid use.  So, enough said on that topic, although I would be curious to see if Ramirez can produce an actual prescription slip.

The Big Apple Has Gone Big-Time Nuts

Today, I logged on to the New York Yankees site to see about getting a ticket to the Phillies series at the new stadium.  I have been anxious to see the stadium; the Yankees are my “other” team so I was really hoping to get a look at what would someday be my dream World Series match-up as well.  However, I was shocked, appalled and utterly disgusted by what I found.  A basic seat beyond row 5, behind home plate in Citizens Bank Park in Philly costs $80.  It is the second most expensive seat in the ballpark.  The exact same seating location at the new Yankee Stadium is $900.  No, this is NOT a mistype – $900 dollars.  That is more than 11 times more expensive!  So, just for kicks, I looked up the same seat at the Mets new Citi Field: $695.  Holy Crap!

Ok, it gets better…the Handicapped seating in Yankee stadium: $375.  Wow!  Talk about raping the disabled.  How about the limited view seating?  toadily-insane.jpgMind you – you cannot see the whole field – $125.  OMG.  The bleacher seats, which are FAR away in centerfield, in CBP are $18.  Same seat for the Yankees: $125.  The Mets – $70.  And the most expensive seat in Yankee stadium – $2,625.  For ONE ticket!  STOP the insanity!  Oh, and by the way, these prices are actually reduced from what they were charging at the beginning of the season…no one was showing up to games, so the Yankees lowered the prices.  These are the NEW prices I have given you.

Seriously, where do these money-hungry, greedy, morally-defunct people get off charging these prices?  Is the state of New York on some higher plane of existence than the rest of the world?  And you know how I hate to cuss, but, WTF!  I am actually ANGRY over this right now.  Because now, unless I hit the lottery or some rich person takes pity on me, I may NEVER see the inside of new Yankee stadium!  And frankly, that is SO unfair to the millions of fans all over who just cannot afford these ridiculous prices.  Please join me in a collective, “ARRRRGGGHHHH!”


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Phillies Fan Tossed Out Of Mets Citi Field

No, this is not an April Fools joke.  Reed Frazier, a Phillies fan who was working as a cameraman at the Mets new home, Citi Field, was told he could either remove his Phillies rain jacket or leave the building.  stomp jacket.jpgFrazier, told by his boss to wear rain gear, did not see a problem with his jacket. 

It wasn’t even a Mets game; it was the stadiums opening game with the Red Storm vs. Georgetown.  Despite pleading his case that the jacket did not affect his job in anyway, he was still asked to leave. 

Personally, I think he should sue for discrimination.  If they were not going to provide him with a uniform or company rain gear, they had no right to tell him what logo he could and could not have on his jacket.  Poor guy.  Well, just let the Mets try to tell opposing fans who paid ridiculous prices for a ticket that they cannot come inside.  In fact, I’d be happy to go to a Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field, dressed in all Phillies gear, just to see what would happen.  But I am not going to pay more than 3x’s the price to see the Phils play in New York as compared with my ticket price in Philly.  If anyone else would like to pay for me to go though, that’s fine :O)  Just remember hospital bills may factor in… :O)

In other news, RHP Bobby Mosebach has been offered back to the Angels and they decided to take him.  That leaves 3 relief pitchers and 2 spots to fill; JA Happ, Jack Taschner and Gary Majewski will battle for those spots.  Happ pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief today against the Yankees and did not fair too well; he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Happ may have difficulty adjusting to the pen as this is a role he is not used to.  Taschner and Majewski each pitched a scoreless inning in yesterday’s rout of the Blue Jays. 

I am still crossing my fingers and toes that Gary Sheffield does not land in Philly.  There have been rumors about Andruw Jones as well, but again, this guy is also way past his prime.  In 2007, Jones hit .222 and far worse in 2008 with an average of .158 as mostly a pinch hitter.  P2222328 cairo.jpgThe Phillies need a pinch hitter, but not one batting .158.  We already have Miguel Cairo who has performed pretty well this Spring and can still play the field; he is also versatile and can play multiple positions.  If it were up to me at this point, I would go with Cairo.  You still have Matt Stairs for power and Greg Dobbs for, well, just about everything!  Chris Coste can be use off the bench too.

But of course, nothing is up to me…Mr. Amaro needs to work it out.  Unless he would like a consultant…if so, I am available.  Call me ;O)

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