Posted February 23, 2013 on
Chase Utley fans who attended spring training the past couple seasons didn't get to see their hero. This year, they not only saw him, but he drove in a run in his first spring at-bat since 2009. The bad news is that the Phillies dropped their spring opener 8-3 to the Houston Astros.

Astros Begin New Era in the American League

Astros Begin New Era in the American League: When you look out on the field at Minute Maid Park this year and don’t recognize anyone don’t worry about it. You will not be the only one. The 2013 MLB season will mark a new era for the Houston Astros. It will be their second full season under current owner Jim Crane. It will be their first in the American League, first...

The Astros celebrated a walkoff win against a pitching machine

During an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, Astros non-roster invitee Brandon Laird hit a single up the middle to give his team the win in the game. Laird and the rest of his team. That's all well and good, but it's not as if Laird got his game-winning hit against an established major league pitcher, or a top prospect on the rise. No, Laird (and for that matter, the rest...

Houston Astros Crush Phillies 8-3 in First Spring Training Game of the 2013 Season

(Photo courtesy of Casey Landman on Twitter/Instagram) Smell that? That's the smell of Phillies baseball. The first official spring training game started this afternoon in Clearwater with Cole Hamels on the mound against Lucas Harrell and the Astros. Cole pitched a solid two innings today allowing just one hit, walking...

Grapefruit Opener

Grapefruit is the most disgusting of all fruits, but if you were starving in the desert, you would eat the **** out of it. That’s kinda what today is like for Phillies fans. Sure, not everyone is starting, (but hey Utley and Howard are!) and Cole Hamels will likely throw about 15 pitches before calling it a day. That said, it’s a lot more baseball than we’ve enjoyed for a couple...

Baby Steps to a Rejuvenated Phillies Team

The first inning of the Phillies very first official Spring Training game on Saturday offered a glimpse into what the near future could look like for this team. And it was a very nice picture, full of promise. Ben Revere led off by doing exactly what we have been told he can do a lot of; run out an infield single. He followed that up with a very convincing stolen base. This kid can...

Jonathan Papelbon Feels the Phillies Lack Leadership

Photo: Philliedelphia/Lindsey Crew The Phillies core of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard has been together since 2005. Looking for "leadership" on the Phillies fans tend to think of Chase Utley as quiet, Ryan Howard as laid back, but Jimmy Rollins as the team leader. Jonathan Papelbon would tend...
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