Archive for August, 2005

Bleed Phillies Red

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, August 08, 2005 06:20 PM Comments: 0

Hey all you Philadelphians, the American Red Cross needs 1,000 blood donors to come to Citizens Bank Park for a massive “Phillies Fan Blood Drive.” Although this probably won’t inject any life into this Phils, it’s a nice opportunity to see the park and help a really good cause. Here are the details:

Saturday, August 13 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park.

See the Red Cross’s site for more info. All blood donors will be the first to receive the American Red Cross collectible figurine of Bobby Abreu – a random number of figurines will be signed by Bobby himself!


What is this I hear?

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, August 06, 2005 02:02 AM Comments: 0

So, I just got home from a night in Chicago and besides catching the first inning of Thursday’s game, I’ve had limited access to Phillies news.  Now I hear talk of Ed Wade’s contract option being picked up for another two years?? Apparently Wade was on Daily News Live and mentioned something to that extent.  Of course WIP has gabbed about it too. Hopefully this won’t prevent Monty from still firing Wade at the end of the season.


trivia 5

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, August 06, 2005 01:25 AM Comments: 0

What college did Phillies lifer, Maje McDonnell, attend?


Burrell Strikes Out and Wins Game

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, August 03, 2005 10:51 PM Comments: 0

Wow, only Pat Burrell.  We all knew he was due for a strikeout by the time the bottom of the ninth rolled around, but to win thie game??  Top-notch, Pat.  Mind you, this is the second time in two nights he came to the plate with a chance to win the game and failed both times.  I guess when you load the bases in the bottom of the ninth in consecutive games the law of averages takes over (though the Cubs’ catcher is a bonehead).  Still, this doesn’t excuse Pat’s inability to get a hit when it counts…or at least a fly ball to the outfield.  What’s wrong, Pat?

Burrell and Friends


No News is Good News?

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, August 01, 2005 06:40 PM Comments: 1

So the trading deadline came and went and as expected the Phillies sat on their thumbs.  I guess the deals just weren’t there, Ed because surely there is always room for improvement, just look at the ChiSox and the Cubs (sort of).  ESPN did a piece a last week with the top 10 moves at the trading deadline and the Phils were in the top 5 twice.  Both as sellers for Rolen and Schilling.  So, it begs the question: Are the Phillies ever buyers?  Ok, I get it, they haven’t been good for a while and the market was thin this year, but there has been a consistent pattern of not picking up quaility players during the season.  Sure a free agent comes our way every once in a while, but Ed Wade must not be a good trader or creative dealmaker – or maybe he’s just gunshy.

Anyway, being an off day we can reflect on the past week and how i has been another roller coaster ride for the Phils.  After getting caught in the Houston buzzsaw, the Phils took the next 3 from the Rockies, but hit an iceberg on Sunday with Jon Lieber driving and Charlie Manuel as the first mate.  Why Lieber was left in so long is beyond me. Why he was taken out after 9 runs and 2 outs, why not 11, or 15, or perhaps 3?!? 

The Cubs are in town and fortunately Nomar and Kerry Wood will still be on the DL.  Zambrano and Prior, on the other hand, will be healthy and starting Tuesday and Thursday respectively.  Here is another NL Central Wild Card contender with an ace staff.  Phils should have a better shot in comparison to last week as Houston does own the best home record in baseball.  Though with an albeit less successful a record at home, the Phils thrive at home.  Their only real chance to make some noise in this playoff race is to win a lot of home games.

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