On the one day of the season where there are no big league games to be found, I found myself in Trenton , NJ to watch the Phuture Phillies show their stuff. The 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game (Double-A ball) and Home Run Derby was held at Waterfront Park and hosted by the Yankees-affiliate, Trenton Thunder. Five Reading Phillies participated in the game and one in the derby.
Joe Savery, the Phillies first-round draft pick in 2007, got the nod to start the Southern vs. Northern Division match-up. Vance Worley, another R-Phil, pitched a scoreless 7th inning to get the win with a final score of 5-3. And a native of my hometown, Akron pitcher Carlton Smith of Piscataway, NJ, earned the save. A few more R-Phils saw some action; Michael Taylor in right went 1 for 4 with an RBI; Quintin Berry, a fellow MLBlogger, was 1 for 1 with a walk, playing in center; and Neil Sellers struck out twice and played third base.
As entertaining as the game was, some of the fans were even more fun. At one point, a foul ball landed on the concrete walkway between seating areas and right at the feet of a mother and her 4-year old son.
No one else was around so they bent down to pick up the ball. At that moment, some idiot in the seating area above the walkway threw himself over the metal railing to try to steal the ball and landed ON the 4-year child. The photo to the right shows the poor child holding his nose, which may have been broken, and to make “amends”, the rail-diving idiot gave the ball to the kid.
If that were not bad enough, a few minutes later, it an usher brought another ball over to the crazy man, with signatures on it, and handed it to the guy’s daughter! A reward for nearly killing another child? Seemed a bit odd to me. It must have seemed a bit odd to the mother of the injured child too because a while later, 3 police officers reigned down upon the man and took him away. I figure she must have found an officer and said she would like to press charges. And who could blame her.
But the fun did not end there…take a look at the suicidal mascots playing around on the roof of the stadium:
I suppose if I had to wear these costumes, I may not have the will to live either. The poor “Thunder” mascot is actually a lightning bolt…someone must have told him and it was like hearing that there was no Santa Claus so, up to the roof he went… :o)
Then there was a very strange Mets fan in the stands.
This gentleman paraded around all day wearing a pink and powder blue colored Mets jersey, which was even signed, and wore a yellow collared shirt underneath. He looked like an Easter Egg. A very fruity Easter Egg. Did he not realize this was a women’s jersey? Well, it’s a Mets fan, what can you expect? (kidding! :O)
And how about the bat-fetching dog and Sumo wrestling fans? Awesome. Seriously awesome:
And even some of the players were lots of fun; Michael Taylor, a highly touted prospect who has been compared to Ryan Howard, provided me with the Photo of the Day. I asked him to smile for a picture and he said to me, “Not only will I smile for you, but I will do this as well…”
Here is the full Photo Album, including the home run derby. Enjoy!
Photos by Jenn
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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