The Phillies annual Alumni Weekend came to an end today with a huge series win against the World Champion Cardinals. The 11-inning, 8-7 walk-off win was the cherry on top of a great weekend at Citizen’s Bank Park.
Vance Worley took the mound again, despite needing elbow surgery for bone chips. The injury appears to be taking a toll on the Vanimal who struggled again, going 5 1/3 innings with 4 runs allowed.
The Phillies offense started off strong with 3 runs in the 1st on a triple from Chase Utley. In the 4th, Ryan Howard added a solo homer. But each time the Phils scored, the Cardinals answered and they took a 4-4 tie into the 8th.
With 3 errors in the game, the Phillies still had some nice defensive plays, and others that fell short. The play at the plate below where Matt Holiday is called safe was a real bummer:
More disappointment was to follow as Michael Schwimer turned a 4-4 game into a 7-4 deficit for the Phils in the 8th, allowing the 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk.
But just when it looked like the game was over, Erik Kratz got up to his new-old tricks again. With 2 runners on and 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th, he smashed a home run to left to tie the game up again.
But Kratz was not done yet… In the 11th, he started off the inning with a double. Sadly, the double was erased when Jimmy Rollins, who had the day off prior pinch hitting in the 8th, hit into a fielder’s choice. J-Roll later redeemed himself by stealing 3rd, which turned out to be the key to winning the game. Juan Pierre hustled down the 1st base line to beat out an infield single which scored Rollins for the walk-off win!
Pierre has been one of the few bright spots for the Phillies this year. It is hard to imagine not resigning him in the offseason, but that drama will play out later…
As for the Alumni in attendance, they had a lot of fun, especially Mike Schmidt who shot hot dogs into the crowd. You will have to see it to believe it:
There were many other appearances as well, including John Kruk announcing the line-ups, Dick Allen and Tony Taylor changing bases, and eight former Phillies, including Larry Andersen, Gary Matthews, Ricky Jordan, Ricky Botallico and Von Hayes singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on the field during the seventh-inning stretch.
Botallico, always an amazing sport, even wore the Phanatic’s jersey to entertain the crowd.
Here is the full Photo Album from the game.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
The 21st annual Memorial Classic to support the efforts of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will take place in Southern Florida on Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:00pm in the Fort Lauderdale Stadium (Spring home of the Orioles). Tickets to the game are only $5! Many former Phillies will be on hand to participate in the Alumni Game and also the Auction and Player Meet and Greet which will take place the Friday before (1/23) at 7pm. Appearances by Phillies Alumni may include Dick Allen, Jose Cardenal, Doug Clemens, Tony Gonzalez, Darold Knowles, Danny Ozark, Cookie Rojas, Roy Sievers, Tony Taylor and many other baseball legends.
Former participants of the Memorial Classic include Tug McGraw, actors Matt Dillon, Tom Selleck and Steven Baldwin, musician MC Hammer and even President Bill Clinton! And this year promises to be an event to remember!
If anyone is interested in tickets for either Friday or Saturday, please call Craig Cohen (a PHILLIES fan and really nice guy :O); Craig’s direct line is 954-265-7241. And as a special BONUS, mention you saw this ad on Phillies Phollowers and Craig will get you PREFERRED seating! You can also visit the Memorial Classic web site for additional information and to see photos from past events. Here are the specifics for both the Auction and the Game:
Auction and Reception:
Where: Signature Grand
6900 St. Rd. 84 – Davie, FL
When: Friday, January 23, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Cost: Auction Tickets: $150
Other information: Food is served – hors d’oeuvres/open bar
Attire – dressy/casual
Tickets will go on sale starting January – Only available through the Foundation. Any tickets purchased after January 14 will be held at Will Call or can be picked up at the Foundation office during normal office hours but WILL NOT be mailed.
Where: Fort Lauderdale Stadium
5301 NW 12 Avenue – just north of Commercial Blvd.
When: Saturday, January 24, 2006 @ 1:00 PM
Cost: Reserved Tickets – $5
Bleacher Tickets – $3
Tickets can be purchased at the stadium, MRH- Cashiers office, or Foundation office and pay with a credit card and we mail them. (We can accept checks with the understanding that the tickets will be mailed out as soon as the check is received.) Any tickets purchased after January 14, 2009 will be held at Will Call and WILL NOT be mailed.
Rain??? If it rains, specific alternatives will be determined on day of game. No refunds.
And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod! All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!
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