PHOTOS from my All-Star Week excursion have been posted, but I thought I would highlight a few fun ones for you here as well. Let’s begin with my favorite of the week! As you may know, Dan Uggla committed like 3 errors in the All-Star game on Tuesday. Well, I am calling this one “UGGLA ALL-STAR ERROR #4” and you will see why. Yes, this is Dan Uggla grabbing Chase Utley’s butt as he walks back to the dugout after getting his award at the Home Run Derby for earning the most All-Star votes in the NL. He totally gooses him! And then, check out the on-lookers, who are horrified by what they are witnessing! Thank goodness it looks like Uggla’s son is sleeping through the ordeal J
More Utley…I’m calling this one, “Diggin’ For Gold.” Did he not realize that I was RIGHT THERE! I mean, if he needed help with this, all he needed to do was ask me. Geez. Another opportunity passed me by… J But seriously, what the heck?? He couldn’t go in the dugout which was like 1 foot away to handle this?? OMG.
And finally, we have all heard about the Chase Utley expletive before the Home Run Derby at the introduction (the “Boo, @#@# You!” remark)…well, here is a photo I took right as he said it. You can see Dan Uggla’s reaction…he was quite amused J And frankly, when I saw it, so was I J We should all have a sense of humor. Enough said.
Hope you enjoyed…have a happy day! J
I have a few photos to post for you as I promised yesterday. First, from the parade, you’ll see Chase Utley saying hello, Mike Schmidt standing and pointing to me (he was obviously excited to see a Phillies jersey as well), a blurry shot of Brad Lidge waving (ugh!) and the Phillies All-Star statue:
Next up, the Home Run Derby…to the right is Chase being introduced; on top is Chase hitting a home run; bottom shots show chase getting his award for collecting the most votes in the NL along with A-Rod who got the award for the AL:
And finally the Fan Fest…Map of events; Utley’s locker; a few of the memorabilia items on display; Derek Jeter speaks at a clinic:
More to follow at a later date in a link…
So, 15 innings last night??? Wow! And frankly, we can all thank Billy Wagner for that one. The NL had the lead in the 8th until he blew it. But no, let’s go back even further and thank Clint Hurdle for even selecting a guy who had blown 6 saves this year and putting him on the team to begin with! UGH! And then Dan Uggla could have saved the day later with a man on third and one out, but instead, grounds into the double play and continues on to commit 2 straight errors the next inning and strikes out his next at bat. I have to say, I actually felt sorry for him. That had to be like to worst game EVER for him…poor guy. So ultimately, poor Brad Lidge waited and waited for his save opportunity and got warmed up and sat and warmed up and sat, etc….. By the time he finally got into the game, he must have been tired and still, it was not even a save situation. And so, as it goes many times with closers in non-save situations, he gave up a few hits and, ultimately, the winning run. So sad for Brad…it never should have gone that way for him. Other than that, Chase Utley had a solid game, going 1 for 3.
That’s all for now! Back to the regular season tomorrow…Go Phillies!
Well, I don’t know what is cooking in the Phillies front office these days, but I sure hope it is more than hamburgers! After another artery-clogging
performance by Adam Eaton today, it is painfully obvious that the Phils are desperate for starting pitching. Without enough cooks in the kitchen, we are going to wind up starting a 5-alarm fire and watch this team go down in flames! Eaton only went 3.2 innings and gave up 8 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 walks and struck out 4. The real damage came when with two outs in the 4th, he gave up a double to the pitcher, Randy Johnson! Instead of getting out of the inning, the D-Backs went on to score 7 more runs. What a disaster!
The only bright spots of the day came off the bat of the Flyin’ Hawaiian, Shane Victorino who popped not one, but TWO home runs off the Big Unit, Randy Johnson, who looked less than pleased about it. Those homers accounted for 3 of the 4 Phillies runs in the 10-4 blow-out loss today. The only other run was knocked in pretty much by accident by rookie pitcher RJ Swindle whose bat just happened to magically find the ball, scoring Eric Bruntlett from 3rd base. Bruntlett filled in for Chase Utley who had the day off to rest and, as it turns out, he did not miss much.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Phillies will have one last chance to go out before the break on a high note with Cole Hamels on the mound facing the ace of the D-Backs, Brandon Webb. It is also “Hawaiian Day” at the ballpark, which having been there last year, I can tell you is a lot of fun. They are giving away the Shane Victorino bobble heads again for the kiddies. I will be going again this year and if you remember last year, Shane hit a walk-off home run to end it last year…can we hope for more of the same in 08? Well, I’d even settle for a blow-out win… J
And remember to stay tuned for my All-Star week coverage! I’ll be going to Fan Fest Monday morning and then to the Derby Monday night. Then it is off to the Red Carpet Parade on 6th Ave. on Tuesday J I will be covering all events as I am able to get back to my laptop and upload photos. Hoping to have some coverage of tomorrow’s game before then as well. Until then…Go Phillies!