|PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 19: Pat Burrell hugs former teammate Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies after Burrell was honored after retiring before the start of the Phillies game against the Boston Red Sox in a MLB baseball game on May 19, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
|Joe Blanton during pregame warmups against the Nationals on July 31, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
During pregame ceremonies, Pat Burrell was officially retired as a Phillies player, as he was given a special 1 day contract and threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to last night's game. Burrell threw the pitch to Chase Utley and there were many tears flowing on this emotional night at Citizens Bank Park.
It was not Joe Blanton's night on the mound last night. He had been sailing along just fine for for his last few starts prior to last night. Joe struck out 7 in the games on May 8th against the Mets, and 7 more on May 14th against Houston. Joe's ERA was down to 2.96 prior to the start last night as well, but the Red Sox made him pay for all that recent success.
The Red Sox clubbed 4 HR's last night, and even though the Phillies mounted a comeback, it was enough to overcome the onslaught of HR derby that the Red Sox displayed last night on the Fox Baseball Night in America broadcast. Blanton wasn't happy with home plate umpire,
Despite the Red Sox and Phillies being in last place in their own divisions in each league, the game was billed as 'two of the hottest teams in baseball' by the Fox broadcast just before the game came on.
Yes, these two teams have played better, but I think that opening remark was a bit strong to use with two last place teams. The Phillies no doubt have been playing better, and both teams after last night have 7-3 records in their last 10, but both teams are not a threat to leave the basement without getting some needed wins. The comparisons to both teams is curious as well, the Phils are 10-10 at home now, and the Red Sox are 10-10 on the road.
In the preseason, I picked the Phillies and the Red Sox to go to the World Series. At this time, that prediction seems a little off track. Stranger things have happened, but it's almost June and there is a long road ahead for both of these teams.
Fox Sports tells us more about the Red Sox win last night and how something may have inspired them to do so well.