2011 Phillies Moments: #6 An unlikely hero

Jaime Garcia had the Phillis foiled, and it seemed they couldn’t do a single thing against the Cardinals left-hander. That is, until they pinch-hit Ben Francisco in the 7th inning in hopes of sparking something for the offense. Francisco provided more than just a spark; he single-handedly won the game for the Phillies. Though the … Continue reading 2011 Phillies Moments: #6 An unlikely hero

Boston to interview Phils bench coach for manager

Phillies bench coach for the last three years, Pete Mackanin, is apparently on the Boston Red Sox’s radar as their new manager, reported the Philadelphia Daily News earlier this morning. After Terry Francona resigned almost a month ago, the Sox have been desperately in need to find themselves a viable manager to replace Francona, who … Continue reading Boston to interview Phils bench coach for manager

2011 Moment: #7 Hunter Pence Trade

Some say that July 29th should be a holiday for the Philadelphia Phillies franchise. It was on that day in 2009 that the Phillies¬†acquired Cliff Lee from the Indians. On July 29th 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies added another Ace to their staff, Roy Oswalt from the Houston Astros. One year later, Philadelphia was astonished one … Continue reading 2011 Moment: #7 Hunter Pence Trade

2011 Moment: #8 IronPigs make first ever playoffs

Much wasn’t expected when Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg took over as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The IronPigs had never had a winning season in their first three years of existence. In fact, they had never had a record over .500. But Sandberg turned everything around and had the Lehigh Valley buzzing. The IronPigs finished … Continue reading 2011 Moment: #8 IronPigs make first ever playoffs

2011 Moment: #9 Opening Day Heroics

The fans knew it was over as soon as the ball left John Mayberry Jr’s bat. Perhaps it was the fact the Phils had the bases loaded with one out that forced Astros center fielder Michael Bourn to play shallow. But the moment Mayberry ripped a screamer to center with the game tied 4-4 in … Continue reading 2011 Moment: #9 Opening Day Heroics

2011 Moment: #10 Cliff Lee’s lights-out June

Only a few months into the 2011 season, the dominance of the Phillies rotation was put on full display. Living up to the expectations heading into the season, the Phillies were a league-best 34-22 while holding a two-game lead on the Florida Marlins in the division. It was all thanks to the pitching, that is, … Continue reading 2011 Moment: #10 Cliff Lee’s lights-out June

Phils decline options for Lidge, Oswalt

“(The) Phillies, as expected, decline options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge,” according to Matt Gelb on Twitter. Oswalt was expected to make $16 million in 2012 if the Phils took up his option. They had a $2 million buyout on his contract. Lidge’s option was worth $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. Both … Continue reading Phils decline options for Lidge, Oswalt