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Today, Pat "the Bat" will officially retire as a Phillie after he signs a one-day contract with the team he got his start from. There will be a nice ceremony before the game, he'll throw out the first pitch and most likely collect a standing ovation from the crowd. That's nice, for Burrell spent most of his career (2000-2008) with the Phillies as their everyday left fielder. Burrell was an important piece of the 2008 World Series team, but after that title run, Burrell moved on to playe for Tampa Bay and on to San Francisco where he won another World Series in 2010. It's going to be nice to see Pat "the Bat" tonight. I grew up as a kid watching him as my favorite Phillie - until Jim Thome came aboard.
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The Phillies proved last night that they finally may be headed in the right direction. With exceptions to their bullpen (i.e. Chad Qualls mostly), the Phillies have been hitting the ball of late and their sta...
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Pat the Bat, as we mentioned Saturday morning, went on a Philly bender this weekend in honor of Pat Burrell Retirement Weekend. Of course the guy drank truckloads of booze, went bar hopping at Philly’s finest establishments and even was allowed to grace some chick named Jill Marie with his throwing hand on her left breast. Yes, we’re still waiting for the shirtless dancing pics...
Celebrating one of the four home runs hit off Joe Blanton.When your team smacks 15 hits around you expect them to score some runs. The Phillies did manage five runs tonight but left too many runners on base. Starter Joe Blanton was tagged for six runs in four plus innings tonight and the offense actually tried to keep him in the game.Boston and Philly traded runs back and forth...
You're never going to see Pat Burrell get his day in Cooperstown, but, thankfully, that didn't stop the Philadelphia Phillies from bringing back the fan favorite for one more game.Saturday, "Pat the Bat" was back in uniform and retired as a member of the Phillies."It doesn’t seem that long ago, really, that it started," the 35-year-old said. "...
A team can struggle when its opponent gets out to a fast start with an early lead. Morale can be hurt even worse when a team loses a lead in the late innings of a game. So when a starting pitcher is able to start strong and finish strong, it goes a long way for a ball club. Jon Lester was dominant in every inning of the Red Sox 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Lester...
Tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies will honor a long time love to hate/fan favorite, Pat Burrell. Pat "the bat" was drafted by the Phillies in 1998, as he was first overall pick from the University of Miami.
Burrell played 9 of his 12 years with the Phillies, and will be honored in a pre-game ceremony before tonight's 7:05 start versus the Boston Red Sox. Burrell...
Now that Phillies fans have all gotten used to seeing Joe Blanton in top form, I suppose he was due to throw a clunker. Blanton had only given up 2 home runs all year, but last night, he gave up 4 in just one game against the Red Sox.
By the middle of the 4th inning, the score was 5-1 and Blanton had also already made two huge fielding errors in the game. Clearly, this was not his...
Joe Blanton allowed seven runs (six earned) over 4 1/3 innings in taking the loss in the Phillies' 7-5 loss to the Red Sox. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo.com)
It was a game that featured a little bit of everything. For the Phillies, it defined tough luck.
The Phillies had to do something they hadn't done in quite a while: play from behind. The problem was that once they worked...
Blanton is shocked at how poor this pitch is before it even leaves his hand. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The Red Sox took game two from the Phillies 7-5 powered by 4 home runs.
The offense is what propelled the Sox' victory tonight. Phillies starter, Joe Blanton, wasn't given a huge strike zone and the Sox took advantage. Aviles, Saltalamacchia and Middlebrooks...
Red Sox (18-21) at Phillies (21-19)Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71) vs. Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)Time: 7:15, Citizens Bank Park TV: Fox Regional Weather: Mostly Sunny, 82 Media: Twitter and FacebookThis is a Phillies team we have grown to know. Piecing together walks and hits to score runs. As team they managed only six hits last night but pulled out a win behind the good outing from starter...
After falling last night 6-4, the Boston Red Sox look to get back on track in the second game of a three-game interleague set with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FOX to 39% of the country. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio...
Jon Lester didn't have his best night tonight, however he definitely had a better one than Joe Blanton. Lester looked to get the Sox a win in hopes of being able to have a shot to take the series on Sunday.
Lester pitched 6 innings, gave up 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB and 3 Ks. He didn't look sharp and in the later innings he was constantly letting batters on base, however not...
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox dropped the series opener against former closer Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies. The team will have a chance to redeem itself on Saturday when Jon Lester takes the hill against Joe Blanton. Lester is coming off his best start of the season, when he walked one and struck out six in a complete-game gem against the Mariners. Lester is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA in...
Interleague play sucks! How can anyone support this?Seriously, though, if the Red Sox got to play, say, the Padres once in a while, that would be a bit more fair.One argument against interleague play is that the Red Sox can't put their full team on the field. That makes some sense, but how much does losing the DH really cost you when you smack three homers anyway and you play...
Phillies (20-19) v. Boston Red Sox (18-20)It's a battle of last place teams, although of the six teams currently in last place, the Phils have the best record and the Sox have the second best record. Pitching Matchups:Friday, 7:05 - Cole Hamels v. Josh Bard (MLB Network)Saturday, 7:15 - Joe Blanton v. Jon LesterSunday, 1:35 - Cliff Lee v. Josh Beckett (TBS)No need to breakdown...
Final: Red Sox 7, Phillies 5. WP: Lester (3-3, 3.95) LP: Blanton (4-4, 3.74) SV: Aceves (9)
Pat Burrell walked into the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park Saturday evening and said his final goodbyes before officially retiring as a Philadelphia Phillie. His 251 homeruns with the Phillies ranks 4th in franchise-history.
Burrell threw out the first pitch prior to the...