Archive for June, 2005

First it’s a little irritating, then you hear it a few times

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, June 08, 2005 12:13 AM Comments: 0

On the big amateur draft day, the Phils selected local boy Mike Costanzo with the 65th pick overall (Lieber cost them their 1st rounder, but won today to make up for it). A graduate of Archbishop Carroll and currently a junior at Coastal Carolina, Costanzo can both hit and pitch. He led CC in batting average (.379), hits (91), runs (74), home runs (16), slugging percentage (.658), on-base percentage (.525) and walks (68) and described himself as “a left-handed power hitter.” At the same time, the lefty was 8-1 with a 2.13 ERA and his 14 saves set the school single-season record. The Phils drafted him as a third baseman nonetheless. The best part about him, in his own words, “I can’t wait to play for the Phillies,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be signed by tomorrow. I’m not pulling a J.D. Drew. I’m not doing that to this team or this city.”


Birthday Present

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, June 05, 2005 03:28 AM Comments: 0

What more can I ask for than a call at midnight from my sister who works at the Phillies informing me that they swept a twi-night doubleheader? There’s all this excitement down here in DC while the Nats are creeping up the division, knocking off the Braves and Florida consecutively. Well little do these beltway folks realize, they’re opening the door for the new power in the East. True, a five team divisional race is much more perilious than the Wild Card hunt, but it makes for much more exciting baseball in the summer months. It’s June 5th, the Phils have won 5 straight…it’s gonna be an exciting rest of the season. At least that’s what I’m saying tonight.


What a Stud

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, June 01, 2005 11:22 PM Comments: 0

Oh, Chase Utley, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. 1-2-3-4 runs in a Grand Slam!!  Pinch hitting nonetheless.  Seemingly this was foreseen, at least implicitly, by Mike over at A Citizen’s Blog.  He lays out the numbers proving that Utley’s swing is worth much more than Polanco’s glove; especially when it comes at an 1/13 of the price. 

So then what is Ed Wade waiting for, the trade deadline?  It would be nice to make a trade a bit earlier in the season than his normal fire alarm routine.  Though not as many players may be available yet, they are in much less demand, and therefore less expensive.  A middle reliever would be great.  Speaking of which, the SF Cronicle mentions a possible return of Tim Worrell to his former club

Phils go for the sweep tomorrow, which would be a nice start to this 13 game homestand.  In a conversation with Harry Kalas a few weeks ago, he mentioned that if the Phillies were going to take first place, this home stretch would be the time.  After the Giants, the D’Backs, Rangers, and Brewers come to town.  A repeat of the recent road trip (a 8 and 5 or 9 and 4 record over the two weeks) would certainly help their chances.

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