Found July 25, 2012 on
I was driving into work on Monday night when I turned on the Phillies game and they were down, 6-3.
Now anybody who listens to a lot of broadcasts, especially radio, knows that if the announcers are taking minutia among themselves, the season is a wash.
And it was going that way.
I don’t carry my phone into work, I am an overnight cook at one of Atlantic City’s casinos, but going to my locker at 5 a.m., I checked the Phillies score and saw they had won, 7-6.
It made me happy, especially when I found out that the Phillies had scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Smell that? It smells like the 2012 Phillies. Or the 2008 or 2009 Phillies.
But dig this: It is as simple as the lineup.
Over the past month or two, this could be the Phillies lineup: Pierre, Victorino, Polanco, Pence, Rollins, Luna, Mayberryand Kratz and the pitcher.
That lineup scares no one, especially the bottom of the order after Rollins. Polanco, near a lifetime .300 hitter, looked, as one announcer s...
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Though the Phillies have shown signs of improvement recently — especially in terms of coming back from deficits — they are still very unlikely to make the playoffs this season. While I’m not trying to Debbie Downer the situation after the last couple of wins, that type of sobering outlook is merited when the trade deadline is merely a week away.
Ruben Amaro and company are...
Cole Hamels will remain with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The left-hander is close to completing a six-year contract extension for more than $137.5 million, according to major-league sources.
The deal will be the second largest ever awarded to a starting pitcher, trailing only the seven-year, $161 free-agent contract that left-hander CC Sabathia signed with the New York Yankees on...
On this day eight years ago, Phillies Nation was born. I was jealous of my roommate’s obsession with Sons of Sam Horn and wanted a similar home for Phillies fans. Mostly I wanted one place where I could find all my Phillies information. But at least part of me was inspired by Eric Milton’s excellence. Here is Phillies Nation’s first post:
Milton Perfect though 8 1/3
Six years, $144 million. That’s $24 million per year for Cole Hamels, the Phillies’ third $20-plus million pitcher and their fourth player making an eight-figure salary.
Conventional wisdom is that this move cripples the Phillies financially. They’re right up against the luxury tax this season and, with Hamels’ contract, have just under $140 million committed to nine players...
In the Reading Phillies’ home game against Bowie (Baltimore affiliate) on Saturday, June 14th, outfielder Jiwan James put forth an effort that resulted in one of the plays of the year. In the 3rd inning, James approached the outfield wall and leaped to rob the Baysox’ Jonathan Schoop of a home run. In the process, James’ mitt landed behind the wall, while the ball was...
Cole Hamels toes the rubber tomorrow night for the Philadelphia Phillies, which will be the first of many memories. Does Atlanta have pitching problems and a streaky offense?
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats...
Genevieve Haney, Philadelphia Phillies ball girl for the past few years, made a heckuva grab last night.
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It is officially a streak – the Phillies have won 4 games in a row and all 4 came during their final at-bat. In the 3-game sweep of the Brewers, every game also ended in the exact same score, 7-6.
Tuesday’s improbable win included a 6-run rally in the 8th inning which was started by a 2-run homer from 2nd back-up catcher, Erik Kratz. To that point, Kratz had exactly 3 major league...
Earlier this week, we learned that the Philadelphia Phillies and left hander Cole Hamels were working towards a long-term deal. And today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post said that Hamels hasn't accepted their offer yet increasing the likelihood of him being traded.
An executive outside the Phillies organization told Sherman that the Phillies' offer to Hamels could be at...
The bad Cliff Lee showed up tonight for the Phils, but it wouldn't matter. (AP)
For the second straight night, the Phillies managed to pull off a remarkable, come-from-behind victory over the Brewers, once again defeating them 7-6 after taking the lead late. Erik Kratz and Carlos Ruiz fueled an exciting four-run eighth inning to put the Phillies in front. It looked bleak for...
Photo: Philliedelphia/Lindsey Crew
In the midst of trade rumors about himself, Hunter Pence still has the heart for the Philly fans.
In an interview with 94 WIP's Michael Barkann and Ike Reese, Pence expressed his feelings about Philadelphia and its fans as well as making his preferance clear that he'd rather lose here than be traded.
“I just heard [the report...
Final: Brewers 6, Phillies 7.
WP: Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.01 ERA)
LP: Kameron Loe (4-4, 4.04 ERA)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (22)
They don't call them the Fightin' Phils for nothing. Despite being ten-plus games under the .500 mark in late-July, the Phillies are refusing to give up on the 2012 season. Down by five runs in the eighth inning, the Phillies rallied to score six...
9 games out of the playoffs with 3 games to play before the trade deadline. A sweep this weekend pulls the Phillies within 6 and in legitimate playoff contention. 2-1 puts them at 8 out, 1-2 at 10 out, and getting swept puts them 11 games out at the trade deadline and firmly in sell mode.
Cherish this weekend – it may be the last time you see the Phillies together as you know them...