Everyone loves to see young guys get a break and make it to the Majors; but the journey for Antonio Bastardo, 23, begins with a season-ending injury to the Phillies #2 starting pitcher, Brett Myers. Myers will have hip surgery and Bastardo will have some very big shoes to fill. Is he up to the challenge?
Bastardo was signed by the Phillies after he was not drafted in 2007. With a 9-0 record and 1.87 ERA at the Lakewood Blue Claws that year, Bastardo was moved to Clearwater to start 2008. Impressive again, Bastardo pitched his way to the Reading Phillies after a 2-0 record and 1.17 ERA with the Threshers. In 2009, Bastardo earned a spot in the Phillies Spring Training camp where he continued to work on his pitches. Ultimately, he ended up with Reading Phillies (AA) where his 2-2 record and 1.82 ERA earned him a promotion to the Iron Pigs (AAA).
After only 2 games with the Pigs, Bastardo now finds himself readying to face big league hitters. Whether the youngster will show off his stuff or crack under the pressure is yet to be determined. What we do know is that the Phillies need an arm to fill the void left by Myers and if Bastardo does not work out, the Phils may find themselves in a heap of trouble. Or maybe he will be a surprise like Kyle Kendrick was in 2007. Bastardo gets his first start on Tuesday in San Diego against Jake Peavy and the Padres. Best of luck to him!
Just For Fun
I shot some video before yesterday’s game of Jayson Werth warming up in the Phillies batting cages; the footage is possibly a bit…interesting? For lack of a better word anyway; but hey, I did not go down there and make him show off his belly…although if requested, I am happy to oblige ;O)
And also just for entertainment’s sake, I thought I would share with you the hell that is NASCAR race weekend in Dover. The Monster Mile attracts thousands of fans from all over the country and literally shuts down the town for 3 days. You cannot go to the Mall, the grocery store or pretty much anywhere. All businesses rent out their parking lots exclusively for the race fans cars, trailers and campers and local residents are trapped inside their houses for the weekend. If you live in the neighborhood, you even have to show ID to get to your own house! Here is just a sampling of what I had to drive through to get to the Phillies game yesterday:
I just keep telling myself, it is good for the economy and only happens two times a year. Now if I could just avoid the toxic fumes, engines noises, beer can-strewn roads and drunk folks wandering about aimlessly… Hmmmm…maybe next time ;O)
And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from the Phillies sweep of the Nats and historic win #250 for Jamie Moyer!
Photos & videos by Jenn
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