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“Ryno” Is For Real

23 Sep

To no one’s great surprise, the interim was removed from before his name and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg,  is now the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.  The reaction in the Phillies clubhouse was enthusiastic applause.

Phils second baseman, Chase Utley, had this to say about the move:

Ryno is positive. He’s always talking during the game. He’s definitely into the game, and guys respect him for that. He’s given a lot of guys an opportunity to play, which is nice. So far he’s done a great job.”

And my personal baseball guru, former Phillies shortstop, coach and manager Larry Bowa, is a big Sandberg supporter:

“He pays attention to detail.  You’re going to see his quote, ‘Play the game the right way. Play hard.’ That’s how he played. He played it the right way. Forget his Hall of Fame numbers. His work ethic before a game was unbelievable. And he wants guys to be prepared. I don’t think you’ll ever see him get on anybody if they’re prepared.”

Bowa and Sandberg will always be linked because of the infamous trade that sent them both from the Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1982.  While Bowa was considered the big name in the deal at the time no one yet knew much about Sandberg who went on to become an MVP, a 10-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, a Hall of Fame second baseman and a Cubs icon.

But will they be linked again?  Will Sandberg, as rumored, offer friend and former mentor Bowa a spot on his new coaching staff???

Whoever joins him in the dugout, “Ryno” will have a big job ahead of him.  It may take more than a good work ethic for this team to have the kind of turnaround fans and the front office are hoping for.  In fact, before Sandberg takes the reins next season, it will be Phillies GM Ruben Amaro who will be in the hot seat with decisions to make and holes to fill.

But as this season mercifully enters its final week, let’s be positive about the Phillies new manager choice.  He’s worked hard to earn his stripes (6 years in the minors is a lot of bus rides,) he certainly knows the game and he seems to have the respect of his players both young and old. Sandberg called getting the Phillies manger’s job a dream come true:

“I think it’s a bright future, I’m ecstatic about being here.”

Let’s hope we’re all ecstatic this time next year!

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The Dog Ate My Post

29 Aug

Ok, I could spend a paragraph or two making lame excuses about why I haven’t written in a couple of days.

I could play on your sympathies with all of the writing time I’m losing to my physical therapy sessions.

I could say that I actually have a real job which is why it’s 2:51 AM as I’m writing this post.

I could even say that I’m doing you a favor.  Wouldn’t you rather continue to look at the pretty pictures of waterfalls than read about the Phillies lately?

But I won’t do that.  OK, so I already did.

I have been watching, though, and here are some of my random observations from the last week of Phillies baseball.

Wasn’t it nostalgic to see Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee get back-to-back wins Sunday and Monday?  Aaaah it takes me back.

In fact, wasn’t it nostalgic just to see Roy Halladay on the mound?

Was I the only one who was happy for Shane Victorino when hit two home runs and had seven RBI the other nigh?.  He may play for the Red Sox now, but he’ll always be our Flyin’ Hawaiian’ .

Speaking of former Phillies outfielders has anyone noticed Jayson Werth’s stats lately?  He was named NL Player of the Month for July when he led the NL in homers (7) and RBI (22.)  He’s batting .324 for the season overall.  What’s John Mayberry batting???

It has been entertaining trying to guess who will be in the Phillies line-up since Ryne Sandberg took over as interim manager.  So far?  Twelve games, twelve different line-ups.

I saw a guy wearing a Phillies shirt the other day and when he turned around on he back ii said:  Rauuuuuuul.  It almost brought me to tears.

You know you’re starved for excitement when you’re cheering for a fan who wins in the Daily News Home Run pay-off Inning on a long ball in the sixth inning by Chooch.

I never thought I’d be saying this but I miss Charlie!!!

One good thing, though, my TUMS consumption has gone way down.  See, you can always find a silver lining.

Well, we must all go on, right?  At least I must.  I’m off. Have a great day!

“Who Said That?” I’ll Tell You Who!

22 Aug

Yes, the Phillies had a walk-off win yesterday beating the Rockies 4-3 on a Michael Young single in the bottom of the ninth, driving in Carlos Ruiz who had a out-out double. It gave the Phillies their third victory in four games, two of them walk-offs.  This comes after a 4-21 stretch that ended with manager Charlie Manuel losing his job Friday.

But enough about the Phillies.  I know you’ve all just been waiting in suspense for the answers to yesterday’s “Who Said That?” quiz.

And just in case there were a couple of you who didn’t happen to read yesterday’s post (and you know who your are!) I have kindly included the questions along with the answers.

  1. He’s my guy and it hit me hard.  It was a very difficult day for me.  Charlie is a father figure to me.  I respect and cherish everything he has done for me.”

Yes, this one is from perhaps Charlie Manuel’s biggest fan and supporter, Jim Thome.  The close relationship between the two men is legendary and began when Thome was just a 20-year old in Triple-A.  Thome has always attributed much of his success to Charlie and will alway consider him his greatest mentor and friend.2

2.  “I probably was a little overzealous in throwing out that balk.”

This one comes from home plate umpire Jim Joyce who called a controversial balk on Phillies pitcher Jake Deekman in the eighth inning of Monday’s 5-4 win against the Rockies Joyce actually later admitted that he “implemented the balk [rule]wrong.” An umpire admitting he was wrong?  Now that is quote worthy!

3.  “You hear his country accent and you think he’s a little bit slow but he’s sharp as a tack.  I guess I’ll have a fishing buddy now down in Florida.”

You may have guessed this one.  Jimmy Rollins said this about his former manager, now friend Charlie Manuel.  Although Manuel was known to be hard on Jimmy at times, making him an example when he broke some of Charlie’s basic team rules, the two men were often seen together in the dugout laughing and talking baseball.  Now those will be some great fish tales.

4. “I achieved a couple of firsts today personally.” 

Phillies new manager Ryne Sandberg on getting his first win as a major league manager and his first runs (The Phillies were shut out in his first two games as skipper.)

5.  ”The fans have been great.  It’s obvious they’re extremely passionate about the [team.]  That’s evident no matter where you go. But we haven’t played a game yet either, so that could change.”

OK, I cheated a little with this one.  It was from first year Eagles coach Chip Kelly on how the Philly fans have treated him so far.  He’s right about one thing, though…his team hasn’t played a game yet!

6.  “I definitely didn’t come here for this. I would like to stay here. But if I’m going to have to put up with this year after year, then no, I don’t want to be here. Why would you? Why would anybody?”

Who else but Phillies often outspoken closer Jonathan Papelbon.  But enjoy his wacky quotes while you can.  He may be blowing saves and making headlines somewhere else next year.

7.  ”I think if Charlie could adopt Chase Utley I think he probably would. He loves him that much… Chase was the model of who Charlie really wanted everybody to play like. Plays hard, plays the right way, keeps his mouth shut.”

This one surprised me.  It’s from none other than Jayson “take the money and run” Werth.  It sounds like Jayson may be the one with the man crush.

8.  “I’m not playing for money at this point.  I’m fortunate to have played a long time. If I have a situation where I can win, I might be paying them to play.”

Said by none other than two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay after pitching in a rehab start, his first action since May 5th.  In the last year of his contract, it certainly doesn’t seem like money will be a problem if the Phillies want him back.  But about that fast ball…

9.   “All Charlie did was come to the park every day with an attitude to win. We didn’t uphold our end of the bargain… He’s someone I’ll always have in my cellphone. “

Chase “You are the Man” Utley had this to say about his manager of nine years.  I hope he has an unlimited minutes plan.  So maybe that’s why Charlie wanted to adopt him.

10.  “I loved putting that uniform on. I would have wore it over here today if I could.” 

We end appropriately with this comment from Charlie Manuel at his farewell news conference at Citizens Bank Park.  No one loved talking and being around baseball more than Charlie.  And though he will turn 70 in January he hopes to be wearing a uniform again soon.

We hope you will, too, Charlie.

Well, how did you do?  Any perfect scores???

My Top Ten Reasons To Keep On Watching the Phillies

19 Aug

OK, I’ve been really good, lately.  I wrote a two-part series about finding the joy.   And wasn’t that a heartfelt thank-you note I wrote to Charlie Manuel?

But a girl can only take so much.  So the day after new manager Ryne Sandberg finally gets his first win (and his first runs) on a walk-off botched double play ball (now that’s a phrase you don’t write every day,) I couln’t resist a little change of pace.

So with 39 games still left on the schedule, yes I said 39, here are some reasons to keep watching.  I call them :

My Top Ten Reasons to Keep Watching the Phillies

 10.  You have an over-under on how many new line-ups will be posted before the end of the season.  39, anyone?

 9.  To hear LA talk about everything under the sun, literally, from the care and feeding of his new swimming pool to his now infamous struggles with his iPad, anything, that is, but the game on the field.

 8.  To see how long it takes before the crowd starts doing the E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES chant.

 7.  To watch the radar gun on Jonathan Papelbon’s fastball to see just “how low it can go” and then make sure to stay tuned for the Post Game show to hear what ridiculous explanation Pap will come up with this time.

 6.  To see if Ryne Sandberg will be a better manager than he was a third base coach.

 5.  To see how many ping-pong balls the Phillies will get in next year’s draft lottery….What?  Sorry, wrong sport.

 4.  You want to get a head start on your Atonement for the High Holidays.  After all, they are really early this year.

 3.  Watching the Phillies play these days cuts down on your need for Tylenol PM to fall asleep.

 2.  You write a Phillies blog so you have to watch…oh, I guess that’s just me.

And the number 1 reason you should keep on watching the Phillies?

 1.  Sometimes we all just need a good laugh.

 OK, I feel better now.  I just had to get that off my chest.

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