The Phillies closer, Brad Lidge, has been activated off the disabled list for tonight’s match-up with the rival New York Mets. The question is, will Lidge’s return be a good thing or a bad thing for the Phillies? Lidge had a very bad 2009 and the off-season avalanche of injuries does not breed confidence. However, can things get much worse for this bullpen? Probably not.
In that case, Lidge’s return should be a good thing. He swears he is 100% and totally pain free. We would all love to believe this. Hopefully, he will come out tossing lightning bolts and put any doubts to rest. Left-hander Antonio Bastardo has been optioned to AAA to make room on the roster.
So tonight begins a 3-game set with the Mets and my faithful readers, you know what that means: J-Roll Smurf is back! And he has brought his special voodoo Smurf magic with him to beat the Mets. Although the real J-Roll is still on the disabled list, he is with us in spirit. And J-Roll Smurf, with a little help from his friends, is promising a win tonight! Well, that is unless of course Kyle Kendrick bombs and crushes J-Roll Smurf’s poor, helpless little soul. Please Mr. Kendrick, have pity on J-Roll Smurf; after all, he is only 3-apples tall.
Speaking of small, fluffy critters, Chase and Jen Utley held their annual “Utley’s All-Star Animals” event last night. Over 450 people attended the casino-theme night with all proceeds to benefit the PSPCA. And for the 3rd year in a row, it appears again that my invitation must have been lost in the mail. Because everyone knows what a huge animal activist I am, so how could they possibly forget me? Damn those mailmen! Leave it the US government to ruin my day. Oh well, maybe next year…
Game time tonight is 7:05pm…Go Phillies!
Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography
Much like a pool shark, Myers had us all fooled in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Marlins, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. But then like a professional hustler, once the Fish felt safe and under control, he came out firing bullets. An offensive outburst followed and the shark continued to munch on the fish to the tune of 11 strikeouts in 8 innings and no more runs allowed after that first inning. Throw in some homers by Utley (of course!), Howard and Coste, and you’ve got one impressive victory over the Marlins, 12-3. So, it looks like Myers is back on track. This type of win is exactly what he needed to get back that confidence he’s been lacking and really, for him to finally feel like a true starting pitcher again. Yeah, Brett!
In other news, last night Chase & Jen Utley hosted “Utley All-Star Animals” Casino Night to raise funds for the Pennsylvania SPCA. The Utley’s have made their love of puppies, kitties and other cuddly creatures well known over the years and this event was the culmination of many of their efforts in the local Philly area towards the prevention of animal cruelty. They are to be commended for their efforts! Here is a video clip from the event as shown on Comcast Sportsnet:
My only complaint really is that it was an “invitation only” fundraiser and apparently, my invitation was lost in the mail J You see, in my little fantasy world, I like to believe that Chase may have married the wrong Jen. No disrespect to Mrs. Utley of course, she is a lovely woman, but Chase just got confused. Let’s start with, I am Jenn with 2 “N’s.” She has only one. We both love puppies & kitties…easy to be confused there. Obviously, we both love baseball players. But here is where he really should have gone with me…I have a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She majored in Dance & History. Now, who loves the puppies & kitties more? Hmmm… Also, she apparently either does not take an interest in Chase’s “mind” or she is just easily confused as well….play the video and you will see what I mean:
Now had Chase married me, I surely would have remembered what his college major was. Especially if we went to the same school AND had the exact same major! Ok, ok, so I am obviously dreaming here and will never marry Chase Utley. But it was a fun thought for like 5 minutes J Thank you for your indulgence. Honestly, having met Jen Utley, I can say she really is great. A very kind person who really does love animals and is passionate about the cause she supports. I wish her and Chase the best of luck in their efforts and hope they have lots of little baby Utley’s together J