Originally posted February 28, 2007:
Well, I’d just discovered that Spring Training games started today. For the Phils, their first game is tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm and will be against the Detroit Tigers. Now we’re going to see if the team will do better this year. After all, if they’re going to be the league best, they’re going to have to get out of the gate, running. Hopefully, they’ll actually do it this year. Fingers very cross.
Originally posted February 15, 2007:
The pitchers and catchers of all of the major league teams will be reporting in Florida and Arizona today, along with a few players who just want to get an early start, and that mean some of the Phillies will be working out in Clearwater, Florida.
Originally posted February 14, 2007:
Well, as I’d thought, old man winter came back yesterday. As snow. And although it’s no longer snowing, it’s coming down as freezing rain. Gee, I thought it was suppose to be getting warmer with all this global warming talk. Guess all of the hot air from the wind bags just haven’t reached the atmosphere yet. I know, I know, bad lion, bad lion! Like I give a care.
Anyway, the pitchers and catchers will be reporting for Spring Training tomorrow. Wee, I can’t wait. Can you see me bouncing around the room like Tygger? You can’t? Sorry, but, I can’t help that.
Looking into the Spring Training section of the Philadelphia Daily News. Huh? Conlin is already predicting the Phils will win the National League East? I just hope the old boy isn’t blowing smoke. Anyway, the article is interesting. I just hope it’s the team’s actual opening day and after lineup. Well, guess we’ll see come April 2 against those pests from Atlanta. What was their name again? Oh, yeah, the Braves. Time to keep them down while we have the chance. I don’t want to spend another winter seeing National League Eastern Division Champions the Atlanta Braves. GGGRRRRRR!!!!!!!
Originally posted February 1, 2007:
Well, the Phils have just signed Brett Myers for three years at $25.75 million today so that they won’t have to go to arbitration. I am very happy to hear that since it means that there’ll be one less person for the Phils to worry about, money wise, before spring training.
Originally posted January 31, 2007:
Well, tomorrow will be February 1, and a few weeks later, Spring will be upon us. No, no, not Spring Spring, Spring Training. Soon the players will be reporting to Florida and Arizona and once again, we’ll all be anticipating to see which one of the 30 teams in the two leagues will be declared this year’s champs. Will it be the present champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, doing a repeat, or will it be one of the other 29, like my home town team, the Phillies? Yeah, yeah, I can hear you all out there laughing your ***** off. The Phillies? Give me a break.
Well, as they say, hope springs eternal, and I really do like their chances this year. I mean, this time they have 6 good starters coming into spring training. It has been a real long time since I’d heard that said about a Phils team heading into Spring Training. Plus, the guy who runs the show now is willing to pull the trigger to make a trade. We certainly can’t say that about the previous incombant, whose shall forever be nameless. And then there’s the ex-Rookie of the Year and present NL MVP, Ryan Howard. Can you say someone who make opposing pitchers wet their pants? I know you can. :) Yeah, yeah, I know what happened at the end of last season. Howard suddenly couldn’t hit home runs. But, what I’m sure most of you don’t realize is that at the end of the season the opposing teams were pitching around him. Instead of letting him kill them when they had men on base, they would intentionally walk him and take their chances with the guy following him, Pat (Can’t Hit Right Now) Burrell. I mean, dammit, I actually saw one team walk him with the bases loaded so that his big bat wouldn’t kill them. Of course, if the Phils last year had someone who was just as dangerous following him in the batting order, that would never have happen. I’m just hoping that the Phils will have that guy this year, whether it’ll be Pat Burrell getting his stroke back, or someone else, so that the opposing team will in the home stretch (September) take their chances facing Howard instead of once again pitching around his mean bat.
Now, last year’s team. To quote Maxwell Smart, they missed the playoffs by that much. Sigh. Starting pitching started off a wreck, the relief core’s not home, bats asleep or just not there. I’ll be honest, when Pat Gillick finally made some trades when he needed to at the deadline, I was one of those who’d thought the season was over and that maybe 2007 would be better. Then, a funny thing happen on the way to the funeral. The Phils pulled off a Lazarus and came back from the dead, led by Howard, the now departed Randy Wolf and the rest of the team and put themselves back in contention for a possible playoff spot. Oh, to say I was a happy camper is an understatement. :) But come late September, it fizzles, mainly because Ryan’s bat got muzzled. Oh, he got his hits and his RBIs, but, when he went to the plate with runners in scoring position, the opposing team usually gave him a free pass to first. Now, it wouldn’t have been a bother, but the usual result was that the guy after him didn’t pick up the runners. Not every time, of course, but just enough times that the team was once again on the outside looking in, and watching the playoffs on TV.
Sigh. Anyway, enough of that. I really, really think this will be their year. Knock on wood. Don’t make me wrong guys. This town needs a champ like nobody’s business!
I have a Live Journal Blog where I have made comments on the Phils during both the previous season and the early months of this year. I plan to transfer those older posts over to this blog. To keep from confusing people who might be reading this blog, I plan to place Live Journal at the start of each of those old posts before putting in the post’s original title, as well as put in the original date of the post within the body. Lastly, I will put in the word Live Journal, and either the year 2007 or 2008 within the post’s tags.
Be amaze people, but it seems that those two runs that Pat have knocked in earlier today against Milwaukee, were his 23rd and 24th RBIs for the month, thus setting a new team record for the most RBIs in April, beating out Von Hayes’ old record of 22 RBIs, which was set back in 1989. To say that I’m surprised that Pat is doing so well this early in the season (.355 Avg., .369 OBP, 27 Hits, 6 2B, 8 HR, 25 RBI) is an understatement. I’m just hoping that he can keep it up.
The Phils have gone over .500 for the second time this season, lifting their record to 12-11, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee (13-9), 3-1. The Phils starter, Jamie Moyer, although getting a no decision, went 6 full innings and faced two further batters in the bottom of the 7th, giving up only one run on a two out single to Ryan Braun in the 3rd. The Phillies would tie the game in the 6th on a Jayson Werth hormer to center field, his fourth of the young season, off of Milwaukee starter, Jeff Suppan. The Phils then took the lead in the top of the 8th on a two-run double by Pat Burrell off of losing pitcher David Riske who had earlier replaced Suppan, who had pitched seven innings. The Phillies bullpen shut down Milwaukee, pitching four innings of shut out ball while giving up only one hit to the Brew Crew, with Brad Lidge pitching the ninth inning and recording his fifth save of the season. The winning pitcher for the Phils was Tom Gordon, who had relieved Moyer in the seventh, raising his record to 1-2, and the losing pitcher was David Riske, whose record is now 0-1.
The Phils will now go to Pittsburgh for a three game set against their cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12). The Phils starter for the first game of the series will be Adam Eaton, who is still looking for his first win (0-0, 4.74). His opponent will be Zach Duke, who is also looking for his first win of the season (0-1, 4.37). Game time is 7:05 pm ET. On the present road trip, the Phils have, so far, won 3 games and lost only 1.
If anything, this season is a bit better than the previous two seasons as the Phils haven’t gotten out the box finding themselves deep in a hole that they would have to spend most of the season digging themselves out of. Now if only Ryan Howard, who was sat down before the start of today’s game, will get himself out of his present batting funk, and Rollins, after he returns from the disable list (along with Victorino), continues what he was doing before he got injured in New York, this team would really be dangerous.
This is my first post here, so I’m just going to get my feet wet. I’ll probably have more to say in the near future.