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M-O-T-H-E-R

12 May

M

is for Mornings that we can wake up to a Phillies win.

O

is for Outscoring the competition…finally.

T

is for the Three sacrifice bunts by Cliff Lee, two of which led to runs.

H

is for the Hope that the Phillies behind KK can make it two in a row today.

E

is for Everything Roy Halladay has done for the Phillies and the fans.  (No apologies necessary, Doc!)

R

is for Rollins (Jimmy) finally getting it done with runners in scoring position last night with a single and a sacrifice fly and two RBI’s.

Put that all together and you get MOTHER.

Happy mother’s day to all the Moms especially mine who took me to my first Phillies game and has always been my biggest fan.

Thanks, Mom.

xo

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Top Ten ‘Phillies Phirsts’ I’m Looking Forward To In 2013

20 Feb

A lot of the talk surrounding this year’s Spring Training has been about “lasts.”  It’s the last year of Charlie Manuel’s contract.  And Chase Utley, Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz’s too, by the way.

And according to many, this Phillies team is on its last legs.

But this Saturday will be the Phillies first exhibition game, always a date circled on my calendar.  And it got me to thinking about some of the other Phils Phirsts I’m anticipating this year.

I know you’ve been anticipating my first Top Ten list of the season.  Well, your wait has ended.  Because here it is:

 Top Ten ‘Phils Phirsts’ for 2013

 10.  Seeing Chase Utley take the field for the first game of Spring Training will be amazing. In fact, I feel superstitious even writing that one down. Enough said!

 9.  I’m excited to see our new center fielder Ben Revere, who some consider to be the fastest man in baseball, track down his first fly ball.  Word is, he gets to every ball even remotely near him and he didn’t have a single error in 2012.

8.  There’s nothing quite like that first Ryan Howard moonshot home run to let you know that baseball is back.  The ones that you know are gone right off the bat, (pun intended,) just by the sound; the ones where Ryan stands there and watches just for a second, then flips his bat before starting his jog around the bases.

 7.  And I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to hear radio color commentator Larry Anderson’s first tirade on the home plate umpire’s ball and strike calls.   Only a former pitcher could bring the level of disdain and sarcasm that LA does to these colorful rants.  They even leave his partner in the booth, Scott Franzke, speechless.

 6.  Another highlight for me will be seeing the new and improved Phillies bull pen in action.  With the signing of Mike Adams, arguably the best set-up man available this off-season and the return of former Phil Chad Durbin, the Phillies should have a lot more good options to get to closer Jonathan Papelbon.  And after blowing 13 eighth inning leads last year, I’m really looking forward to Mike Adams first appearance in that all important frame.

 5.  We’ll have to wait 25 games for it but I’m looking forward to Carlos Ruiz’s first at-bat.  Yes, he broke the rules and he’s rightfully paying the price but when the ever-popular “Chooch” makes his return to the Phillies line-up the fan response will be deafening.

 4.  And what would a Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park be without the singing of High Hopes by our beloved Harry Kalas?  I can’t wait to join Harry, singing about that “little old ant” after the first win of the regular season!

 3.  OK, this one may topple my credibility as a legitimate baseball blogger but am I the only one who loves the trademark Jimmy Rollins smile?  You know the one.  Right after he makes a jaw-dropping play and either Ryan or Chase point a finger at him in tribute, he cracks a grin like he’s still a kid playing a game he loves.  Come on, what’s better than that?

 2.  I want to see Roy Halladay on the mound looking like Roy Halladay.  Yes, the Phillies are blessed to have several aces in their rotation.  I like Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels as much as the next fan.  But there’s just something about the Doc that gets to me.  His game day focus, that look on his face when he’s on the mound, the fact that no one even talks to him on game day.  With the Doc in the last year of his contract, every time he takes the mound will be a game to savor.

 1.  But the number one thing I’m anticipating this season is my first bite of a juicy ballpark frank at the Bank.  Closely followed by my first sip of a Coors Light.  Man, I can almost taste it now.  Hey, does anyone know when the first Dollar Dog Night is???

The Hits Just Kept On Coming

21 Sep

The Phillies had more hits last night than the Bee Gees

They scored more runs in the first inning alone than Cliff Lee has seen… well, ever.

The Phils actually had this game won while most of the Mets fans were still waiting in line for burgers at the Shake Shack.

In fact, they had this game won before I reached my son’s second class, Trigonometry, at back-to-school night.

Juan Pierre (5 hits) and Chase Utley (4) each had more hits than the entire Mets team (3) on the night.

Actually , Utley and Pierre had more hits in the first inning (they each had 2) than the Mets had all night.

And Ryan Howard topped it all off in the ninth.  After not having a home run all month he got his second in as many games with a grand slam, against a lefty!

OK, I’m having a little fun with this one but give me a break.  There haven’t been many games like this to write about this season.

The Phillies had 21 hits ( a season high,) 19 of them singles!  The only extra base hits were a double by Chase Utley in the sixth and Howard’s slam in the ninth.

The only bad news of the night was that the Cardinals did what the Phillies could not.  They took care of business sweeping their three game series against the Houston Astros, keeping the Phillies four games back in the wild card chase.

Not to be lost in the shuffle was a strong start by rookie pitcher Tyler Cloyd who went eight solid innings, giving up only run on three hits while striking out six. Sure, he had a big lead to work with but he did what he was supposed to do, throw strikes and get outs.

The Phillies have gone 13-5 this month of September and one big reasons has been the performance of shortstop Jimmy RollinsJ-Roll leads the league in runs scored for the month with 17 and is tied for the lead in home runs with 7.  A great month to be sure but a great game or even a great month do not a season make and it is likely that in the end it may all come down to too little, too late.

But at least for one night, there were plenty of runs and they came early and late.

But about all those runs, allow me to end on a personal note.  As the Phillies kept adding on to their lead last night my son looked at me and said:

“I bet Bubby’s saying, they should save some for tomorrow.” 

Boy does that kid know his grandmother.

You see when I was a kid and the Phillies would win by a large margin (admittedly a rare occurrence in those days) my Mom would always bemoan the fact that they wouldn’t have any runs left for the next day’s game.  It was an oft-repeated refrain in our household and I know my Mom will be proud to hear her grandson singing her tune.

Let’s all hope they did save a few for those Atlanta Braves!

Lee-thal

18 Sep

Cliff Lee was not ready for his Phillies to be out of the Wild Card chase quite yet so he put the team on his back as they beat the Mets and tough knuckleballer R.A. Dickey 3-1.

Lee allowed seven hits, one run and struck out 10 in eight innings, including his 1500th career strikeout when he got Jason Bay in the second inning.

Lee has been pitching more like last year’s version lately.  He is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last seven starts.  He has allowed 45 hits, nine earned runs, four walks and struck out 54 in his last 49 2/3 innings.

Jimmy Rollins is another Phillie who seems to have saved his best for last.  He has hit safely in 14 of 16 games this month.  Last night, Rollins scored two of the Phillies three runs including a home run that was initially ruled a triple but after review became Jimmy’s team-leading 21st homer of the year.

While it’s certainly great to see Jimmy being Jimmy and Lee reverting to form, it still may be too late for this season.

The Phillies are now 3 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot but four back in the loss column. What does that mean?  Basically, the Phils must win almost all of their remaining games (14) and hope that a lot of other teams do a lot of losing.

So, yes, the odds are long but at least last night, the Phillies took one step back from the edge of the “cliff.”  (sorry)

Not Done Yet

15 Sep

By the time Cole Hamels took the mound last night, the Phillies had already staked the lefty to a 4-0 lead.  Hmmm, 4-0 lead over the last place Astros in a critical game.  Now that’s a familiar story.

But this story had a happier ending, at least for the Phillies.  After last night’s late inning loss, when the Phils scored four runs early and then put their bats away, they weren’t about to let this one get away.  The Phillies scored early and often.  They had 16 hits and scored runs in five different innings in their 12-6 win over the Houston  Astros.

Yes, John Mayberry had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s, Ryan Howard had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s, Chase Utley had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s but the guy who got things “Roll”-ing was the first man to the plate.  Jimmy Rollins has taken his share of criticism this season but when his team needs a spark, a catalyst, a game-changer, the little guy always seems to get the big hit.

Jimmy Rollins’ leadoff home run last night slammed the door on a tough loss the night before and set the tone for the game, a must-win for the  Phillies.

And they had the right guy on the mound, too.  Cole Hamels has been the Phillies most consistent pitcher this year especially when they need a pick-me-up.  He is 9-3 following a Phillies’ loss this season and though he wasn’t at his sharpest, he kept the Astros in check on the way to his 15th win, matching his career-high in victories.

After losses by most of the other contenders for the second Wild Card (except for the Dodgers who beat the Cardinals, thank you very much) the Phils are three games back again, now tied with the Pirates.

So let the scoreboard watching continue!

And buckle your seat belts.  The next couple of weeks should be quite a ride.

It’s On!

13 Sep

Is this meant to be?

Just thank Jimmy and Cliff Lee

Cause now it is 

PAP SAYS IT ALL!

But Not Last Night

12 Sep

It was the kind of game that the Phillies would have lost a couple of months ago.

The kind of game which had you reaching for the Tums and the Tylenol PM.

The kind of game that made you realize for the umpteenth time that this just wasn’t going to be their year.

 But not last night.

 A couple of months age, Jimmy Rollins’ foul popup would have been caught by Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly and that would have been that.

 But not last night.

“I usually make an out right after that,” Rollins said. “I’ve definitely had some popups dropped. It usually ends up with a broken-bat ground ball to the shortstop or second baseman.”

But not last night.

J-Roll made the most of his second chance crushing Chris Hatcher’s next pitch over the wall for a two-run home run giving the Phillies an 8-3 lead.  But the Marlins slowly but surely chipped away and after closing the gap to 8-7 in the seventh, you just knew in your gut what was coming.  And it wasn’t good.

But not last night.

With Roy Halladay not at his best and a bullpen looking like the very hittable pen of old, you just knew that somehow this team was going to do something they’ve done far too often this year, find a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

But not last night.

And when Jonathan Papelbon took the mound in the ninth, don’t tell me you weren’t watching with your hands over your eyes, just waiting for disaster to strike.

But not last night.

No, last night the Phillies held on to get a 9-7 win.  It was their sixth win in a row and they are now 14-4 since Aug. 22, which is the best record in baseball during that span.

That’s what happened last night!

Rollins finished the night 2-for-3 with one walk, one home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.  Juan Pierre and Chase Utley each had three hits.  And young reliever Phillippe Aumont got some huge outs in the eighth when after putting two runners on base he struck out Justin Ruggiano and Jose Reyes to end the threat and the inning.

That’s what happened last night!

The Phillies finally reached that elusive .500 mark improving their record to 71-71, the first time they have been at .500 since June 4.

“Being .500 has never made so much noise around here,” Rollins said. “I’m glad that it can.”

Well, get used to it Jimmy because with the Cardinals losing again their lead over the Phillies for that second Wild Card spot is down to four, and if we’re lucky, it’s likely to get a lot noisier!

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