Thursday, April 30, 2009
We all miss Pat the Bat. Well, now that Raul is playing really well, we've taken a pause at our missing Pat a little bit and now are looking at Ibanez in a different light. Pat's started the year off differently for the Rays, he no longer plays outfield and is relegated to a DH role with the Rays. He's got one homerun and 9 rbi's heading into start of play today. Tonight against the Red Sox, Pat is already 2-3 with an RBI heading into the 6th inning.
The Bat was and still is a class act, he acknowledged the fans and the city in full page ads and really was a great part of Philadelphia downtown. He was one of only a couple players that had his own luxury suite at the Citizens Bank Park. His many charitable causes did well for area youth and sick people was well known as well.
We'll be watching you #5 - and we still won't forget you no matter who is playing left field for the Phillies!
The merry, merry, month of May is almost here. The Phillies have an important test before them for the first ten days of this month. The Phils start out playing the arch rival NY Mets at home for three games, then go on the road for two very short series of just two games each at St. Louis and then back to New York for two at the Mets, then are home for three games against the Atlanta Braves.
These 10 games will be an important test for the team. They have the month of April behind them now, and now with their 5 game win streak just broken the Phils will face some of the best pitching they've seen all year. The concern is that 9 of the Phillies 11 wins have been come-from-behind wins. The Phillies had to dazzle us with late innings heroics. I would hope this starts to change as last year the Phillies put up 39 'come-from-behind' wins and in 2007, the Phils led all MLB clubs with 48 wins that they had to win in the come-from-behind fashion.
The pitching on the team is the most concerning point so far. Jamie Moyer is 3-1 and leads the club in wins. The lowest era on the team belongs to Brett Myers at 4.83, Myers also leads the team in strikeouts with 26. With all starters the lowest era is Myers at almost 5, this tells you a little something about the rest of the team starters. The Phils are ranking almost near the bottom in important stats for pitching in several catagories. This is alarming. The team only has 6 'quality starts' . What is a quality start you ask? Here's a definition of this from Wikipedia:
The quality start was developed by sportswriter John Lowe in 1985 while writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The statistic is preferred by sabermetricians to that of winning percentage (the number of wins garnered by a pitcher as a fraction of his total decisions) insofar as it acts independently of some factors beyond a pitcher's control such as fielding errors, blown saves, and poor run support. ESPN.com terms a loss suffered by a pitcher in a quality start as a tough loss and a win earned by a pitcher in a non-quality start a cheap win.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Phillies are suddenly looking like the World Series champs winning tonight 7-1 and making all the fans who got a Charlie Manuel bobble head doll tonight very happy as they exited the ballpark.
The only bad part is Cole Hamels injury, he sprained an ankle after 4 1/3 innings and maybe on the DL with possibly a 15 day stay if he's got a somewhat severe sprain it could be more, but the good news is that Brad Lidge will not need to be on the DL with his inflammation, although if he is not feeling better after a couple of days more rest, he made need to go out on the DL.
Earlier in the year, as the new Yankee Stadium opened the ticket prices were released to the public to much surprise. The amounts of the better seats were and are astronomical even with today's announcement that the Yanks have lowered some of the seats. Case in point, the $2500 seats and now lowered to $1250 per game, big deal! Read about it here from the New York Times. If there was ever a time to protest prices to games, the Yankees fans have my vote. Just go to their website and try to price a game, you'll see the prices and have the same sense of disbelief.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Phillies had a large broom out when they landed in Florida on Friday. Most of the bristles were gone by the time the three game series was over with the dramatic come from behind wins on Friday and Saturday but the Phils end up with a three game series win with Sunday's win over the hottest team in the first month of baseball: The Marlins.
Hear all about what we thought about the first month on this week's edition of Philly Sports Talk Now! - also I will have an update of the Phillies Talk podcast in the next few days. Remember, you can download both shows at the iTunes music store and listen to us on the road as well!
To say the Phillies are in place for their first sweep is the easy thing. Actually winning today will be a feat for the Phillies, as the first two games against the Marlins were won in dramatic fashion very late in the game. The Marlins have been the hottest team in baseball over the first three weeks of play. If the Phillies came out and played like them we would have all been ecstatic with the way the season started.
Here's how the Phils offensive leaders look like up to the start of today's match with Florida the Phillies rank 4th in overall batting in the National League:
HR's - Raul Ibanez 5
Batting AVG - Raul Ibanez .328
RBI's - Chase Utley 15
Runs Scored - Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez 14
Stolen Bases- Shane Victorino 3
The pitching is near last in the National League for a lot of stats, I don't even want to list them at this time.
For now the broom is at the ready. Can the Phillies convert their first sweep of the year?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This is typical April baseball by the team. Last year they went 15-12 for April, with a loss in March as well. About a .500 club last year and with 5 more games to go in the month this year, the Phils look to be on pace for about the same finish. What was the Phillies best month last year? September, when they went 17-8 or .680 for the month. The strong finish helped them win the division. One series of play they could improve upon this year is Interleague play, the Phillies were 4-11 last year in that catagory. Room for improvement here is a must.
Pitching this first month of the season has been not at all good either. Jamie Moyer leads the club with a 2-1 record but has a 6.35 era. Cole Hamels is 0-2 with some tough luck and possibly more bothering him. I am sure a guy though who complains about not having an chiropractor last year at his service, wouldn't be the first one to admit something is wrong. So, why would be try to hide an injury. Something is wrong though, that is obvious. Despite what the tests read. Soreness is soreness, and Hamels velocity has been down all season so far. The Phillies are still scratching and clawing along though. Much like last year, they really didn't steamroll all that many teams but found a way to come up big when it mattered.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Even on vacation, I am keeping up with the Phillies as if I was still in the area. That's not too hard to do in Las Vegas. Everyday the odds are posted, and the Phillies haven't been real big favorites to win lately, and they sometimes haven't been winning those games that the odds makers think they'll win. There's not a whole lot of people beating the path to the betting windows to bet on the Phillies out here.
The Phils certainly haven't been playing like a powerhouse World Series champion yet. Look at the Marlins, they're the hottest team in baseball. They had a horrible finish last year. Sometimes you can't figure this game out. That's baseball!
Speaking of ugly. Two hour rain delay with Milwaukee tonight, but the Phils whoop them 11-4... I wish they could start doing this with a little more consistency.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I was listening to KYW news radio 1060 am from the time I left my home in South Jersey till the time I arrived at the airport. The descriptions of a line wrapping around the stadium just to get into Citizen's Bank Park were moving. There was an interview with a guy who was second in line to get into the park to see Harry. The guy arrived at the park around midnight and his 8 hour wait was just about over to get in. Thousands of people will go to the park today, maybe 100,000 or more. It just seems like that kind of day, beautiful without a cloud in the sky.
On KYW news radio, they said there have been only 3 such viewings at ballparks like today's. Babe Ruth, Jack Buck, and now Harry Kalas are being honored by the fans. Yes this is old fashioned in this day and age. Computers, cell phones, twitters, and blogs cannot relay the real story that is going on down there at the park today. This is a by-gone tradition of visiting someone in person, and caring enough to do it. If my wife and I weren't going on our vacation that has been planned for so long, we would have been there too. God bless you Harry, and family, thanks for letting us say goodbye to a guy we loved.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here is a link to a clip from WHYY TV in Philadelphia who aired a rebroadcast of "Hometown Legends" featuring Harry Kalas last night in memorial to Harry here is a link with a clip from the show about Harry and him being called, "A legend."
More talk about Harry Kalas on this week's edition of Phillies Talk and Philly Sports Talk Now! on Wednesday night at 6:30 ... tune into the internet at www.phillywebcast.com to hear the show live!
Here is the official Press release from the Phillies:
Memorial Tribute/Funeral Services
The Kalas family and the Phillies have announced that a memorial tribute for Harry Kalas will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.
An opportunity to pay respects to the Hall of Fame broadcaster will be given on a first come, first served basis to as many fans as possible from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. At that time, all fans in attendance will be directed to seats for an on-field tribute that will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Additional information will be made public as details are finalized.
Funeral services and burial will be private and held early next week.
Beginning tomorrow, players will wear HK uniform patches for the rest of the season. The black, circular HK patch will be located on the front of the jersey in the area of the heart.
The Phillies return home Friday night to play San Diego at 7:05 ET. The Phillies will also pay tribute to Harry prior to the game. Fans are urged to arrive early. More details will be forthcoming.
Here's Jamie Moyer's emotional tribute to Harry from NBC Philadelphia:
Below: Here is Harry's Homerun call and sign off from the win Sunday at Colorado, his last game broadcast ... this video from Youtube from Comcast Philadelphia's tribute to Harry Kalas
Monday, April 13, 2009
We lost a beloved member of the organization today, as his voice has filled so many of our homes nightly since 1971. Watching the Phillies will never be quite the same, and team president Dave Montgomery said it best, "we have lost our voice."
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Don't run for the fire extinguisher just yet, it's only the first week of the season. Hear all about it, on Phillies Talk - the independent podcast on the Fightin Phillies Blog!
Stay tuned to this site, for the official announcement of
Fightin Phillies Monthly -
The independent magazine covering the Philadelphia Phillies
by Michael Berquist of "A Citizen's Blog" and
Rich Baxter of "Fightin Phillies.com" and "Phillywebcast.com"
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
photo: RS Baxter 2009
The Phillies move onto Colorado for the second series of the year. The Rockies are 2-1 into this early 2009 season, and find themselves in first place along with the LA Dodgers out in the NL West. The Rockies have also scored 20 runs to their opponents 11 so far in the first three games. The team doesn't have a bunch of household names but it looks as if they will be a better team than last year's disappointing finish by the team of 74 wins.
Most surprising in the NL East so far is the Florida Marlins, who are 3-0 to start off the season as of the morning of April 9. Good thing the Phillies pulled a miracle out of their hats yesterday. The team can't afford to lose games in bunches if they expect to hang up their with the division leaders. I know the season is young, but losing is contagious sometimes and it's not good for a team like the Phillies.
Check out some Rockies blogs here:
Denver Post Rockies Blog
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
- First pitch by Brett Myers of the 2009 season was a ball
- First homerun off a Phillies pitcher: Brian McCann first inning off of Brett Myers
- First Phillies hit of 2009 season: Double to left by Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of 3rd
- First Phillies single of 2009: Jimmy Rollins singled bottom of 6th inning
- First sellout of Citizen's Bank Park: April 5th 102.4 percent full 44,532
- First RBI of 2009: Jason Werth bottom of 9th inning a single to left scoring E.Bruntlett
- First strikeout by Phils batter: Bottom of 2nd by Ryan Howard
These are but a few of the 'Season's Firsts' from Opening Day 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Game 2 is Tuesday night, let's hope the offense regroups and has a better night.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
I remember all the players back then, the great names like Schmidt, Rose, Carlton, and others. That 1980 team seems like a lifetime ago now, an era that will never return but the memory still lingers. 1980 was not unlike today in several ways. The world back in 1980 wasn't a very nice place, gas prices were an issue, world peace was at odds with names like the Shah of Iran, and John Lennon of the Beatles was shot and killed in December of 1980. CNN didn't exist in 1980, nor did personal computers for that matter that you could read blogs like this one. The world was a much different place. Not necessarily worse mind you, but different. Computers and cell phones were in their infancy and only the super rich started off with them so for the common person they didn't really exist.
In 1980 the Phillies defeated Kansas City for the World Series title 4 games to 2, and the Philadelphia Flyers were also in the Stanley Cup that year just falling short and losing against the 4 games to 2 against the NY Islanders.
Good luck to the Phillies tonight against the Braves in the 2009 home opener!
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Mike called it a day on his blog last year, after 1000 posts. A Citizens Blog was to be restarted this year, but Mike decided against it- but he will post here on his own schedule whenever he feels like it, and appear on some Phillies podcasts over the season. So, tune into the blog throughout the season and follow another magical season that is Phillies baseball!
Only one more day to go! Sunday night at 8:05 pm starts it all off....
I was listening to last night's game on the radio. The Phillies were down by a run and the Rays were really looking like they would win this game. I started thinking about who would be the hero tonight for the Phillies on a comeback win. The team did this so much last year it seems kind of eerie that it happened again last night in Game 1 of the "On Deck" series vs. Tampa.
I am heading up to the game this afternoon and will be getting some nice pictures of the game and festivities up at the stadium which I will be sure to share with you on this blog. Spring has finally arrived! I can't wait to get to the stadium.
Friday, April 03, 2009
I just priced these tickets tonight.....
May game vs. Tampa
|Row||Type||Ticket Price||Convenience Charge||Description|
|20||9||Standard Admission||US $900.00||US $23.45 ||Legends Seating |
Legends Seating $900
PRICE LEVEL 4
|20||9||Standard Admission||US $900.00||US $23.45 |