Still not certain the Phils will win the division? Check out the NL East preview at MetsBlog.com where myself and bloggers representing the rest of the teams in the division will discuss the strenghts and weaknesses of each for the next three days.
Archive for April, 2005
There have been many Hall of Fame campaigns for many players over the years; Richie Ashburn’s was quite fun and successful. Currently Pete Rose, Ryan Sandberg, and Ron Santos dominate the HOF headlines but now a Larry Bowa camp is throwing its hat into the ring. If you think he deserves it, check out the Larry Bowa Hall of Fame Petition. Though it doesn’t explicitly say, I would assume it’s for Larry Bowa the shortstop.
Last night, the DC local news interviewed some Phillies fans and asked if there was a potential for a Philadephia-Washington, DC rivalry. Someone mentioned the best way for the Nats to solitify their place as the Phillies NL East rival would be to beat them today. Fortunately, I’d have to say, the Mets are still our number one rivals (did you see them collapse in the ninth today?). Soooo… The Phillies are in first place after an 8-4 Opening Day victory over the Washington Nationals! Pat Burrell had a stellar performance, going 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, 2 runs and a walk. Yankee imports shined as well, as Kenny Lofton belted a 3 run blast to put the Phillies up for good and gave Jon Lieber his first win as a Phil AND relieved Ed Wade of his Steve Jeltz status. Even Lieberthal had two hits and an RBI. Although with the bases loaded and no outs in the second, he unwisely swung at and nubbed the first pitch down the first base line. Luckily Nick Johnson wasnâ€™t seeking revenge for his uncleâ€™s ouster and took the ill-advised force at first rather than forcing Burrell at home. In that, this game was very similiar to those of 2004: lots of hits, runs and men left of base, only this time the pitching held up.
If you have to watch the Phillies on MLB.tv like me, you begin to think opposing broadcasts are following a script, they all mention the same aspects of the Phillies and Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. One of the favorites involved the bullpens and their proximity to the fans in Ashburn Alley. Well, this year things are changing: the drink rails are being pushed back to keep the fans further at bay. Also, the new CB logo is requiring the Phils to replace all the cup holders in the stands. I wonder what 10,000 one-year old cup holders would go for on eBay?