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Nacho Report: Lehigh Valley

Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Nacho Report. Last year, the Nacho Report visited Nationals Park, Citizens Bank Park and Yankee Stadium.  This year the Nacho Report starts in Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  Even though they are a minor league club, they still qualify for the Nacho Power Rankings.

Onto the nacho breakdown.  Coca-Cola Park uses chips that are Tostito-like (but I don’t want to assume that’s what they use).  Apparently, I got the batch of chips from the bottom of whatever bag they came from.  Too many crumblike pieces.  John also got the nachos and his were okay, so I figured mine were the exception, and not the rule.

The nachos I purchased were “Nacho Supreme”, and while the original premise was to grade “basic nachos”, the stomach is in charge.  The “supreme” part of the nachos was the side of chili, instead of just chips and cheese.  Also, the price (of the supreme) was right in line with the basic nachos of the MLB. Read more of this post

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CBP to host NHL’s Winter Classic

The Flyers' Claude Giroux battles in the corner for a loose puck with Boston's Matt Hunwick in the 2009 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Also pictured is Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The National Hockey League is bringing the Winter Classic to Philadelphia.

Playing in their second Winter Classic in three years, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers on January 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park according to league officials.

With the National Football League schedule showing games on January 1, the annual date of the Winter Classic, the NHL has decided to move it back one day in order to not compete with the NFL.

And with the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Washington Redskins that week, Lincoln Financial Field was unavailable.

The NHL wanted Philadelphia, a sports town like no other. NBC also wanted New York, their target market. That’s what brought the game to CBP.

The first winter classic has gone back and forth between football and baseball stadiums. In it’s first year, the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The following two years were in Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park, where the Flyers were hosted by the Boston Bruins. Last season, the game was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The official announcement will be made later this month.

“Local Gems”: A sit down with Phillies President, David Montgomery

David Montgomery has one of the toughest jobs.

He is the President of a Major League Baseball team. Not just any team but his hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

David Montgomery, who grew up in Roxborough, PA just outside of Philadelphia, was born and raised in Philadelphia. He grew up watching the local professional Philadelphia teams play.

He graduated from William Penn Charter High School, went to University of Pennsylvania. He started working for the Phillies some 30 years ago.

Phillies president, David Montgomery, speaks at a press conference four years ago.

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 he spoke a capacity crowd at Springfield Township High School in Erdenhiem, PA. He was a featured speaker in a “Local Gems” program that the Township runs, highlighting local celebrities and famous people who have made an impact on the township and the community.

Montgomery spoke about his job as President of the Phillies, and what his job entitles. As well as spoke about what makes this franchise unique. Fan support, as Montgomery stated during his discussion, has helped the franchise become successful both on and off the field.

“The players can ‘feel’ the fans,” Montgomery stated and continued, “One of the things that Cliff Lee mentioned was the fact that the fans don’t need a teleprompter to get loud.”

He said the players notice the fans, and notice that they travel well. Whether it’s as many Phillies as Nationals fans in D.C. or Phillies fans out west, everywhere they go, the team always sees Phillies fans, Montgomery stated.

“It’s that passion for sports in Philadelphia,” he said. “Whether it’s at home or on the road or even at Spring Training at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Phillies fans travel excellently.”

Montgomery started to talk about Spring training in Clearwater. Bright House Field, the Phillies single-A and Spring Training site in Clearwater, has been averaging greater than capacity (8,000). The average attendance at Bright House Field during Spring Training, according to President Montgomery? 9,100 on average. That’s 114% filled on average. In other words, it’s sold out thanks to not only the seats inside the stadium, but the grassy areas outside of the outfield fences.

Of course, one of things that he mentioned, was the big league ballpark: Citizens Bank Park. This is the 8th season that the Phillies have played there. According to Montgomery, one of the main points with the ballpark and attendance, is that ballpark’s design is appealing to fans. It’s intimate design and close proximity to the field gives, Citizens Bank Park a Minor League Baseball feel, but at the Major League level. Montgomery credits Standing Room tickets and the fans who are willing to stand for two-plus hours to watch a game.

“Another factor with fan support is the demographics of the fans. We focus on a two-pronged design: hardcore + family and the young adults.” As he stated, the demographics of Phillies fans have changed a lot since 2000 – even 2004.

Now, more and more young adults are attending Phillies games as a place to meet, be seen at, or a cheap date, etc. Montgomery continued on the young adults: “those young adults, we hope eventually become the family fans, who take their kids with them and teach them the sport of baseball.”

There is no doubt about it that Phillies fans are some of the most passionate fans in the league. Montgomery noted this and said, “because of the fan support, it makes Philadelphia a premier destination for players. Roy Halladay waived a no-trade clause to come play in Philadelphia. Roy Oswalt did the same. And Cliff Lee (this offseason) spurned more money to come play here.”

Not only, but he mentioned the atmosphere of the clubhouse, from Charlie Manuel to the rest of the players. “Players focus on the overall success of the team, not their own individual success,” he noted.

Chase Utley was a key player he mentioned, “no one plays the game like Utley. His focus on the game…” Montgomery gives credit to the plays by saying, “the players respect game by focusing on team success and that the players “get it” by just focusing on the game.

Montgomery credits Charlie Manuel for the team’s success. “He’s had a lot to do with the success. It’s his approach… his ‘style’ as well as the coaching staff he utilizes. Charlie pretty much has handed over the pitching staff to Rich Dubee; and the pitchers know that when they talk to Dubee, they are talking to Charlie,” he mentioned.

Montgomery gave a look forward into the future. “To look ahead, the goal is to extend current success as long as possible.”

Part of this, as Montgomery noted, was to maintain the current nucleus of ballplayers as well as the tone in the clubhouse. He mentioned the change in ball club dynamic.

“In years prior, it was built for offense, with guys like Chase, Ryan [Howard], and Jimmy [Rollins]. Now it’s built towards pitching, with Doc [Halladay], Roy [Oswalt], Cole, and Cliff.”

He even gave the reasoning behind GM Ruben Amaro Jr. going after Cliff Lee: “it was because, we have Oswalt for one more year with a mutual option; Cole for two more years; Doc until 2013 with a vesting option (vesting: if he hit’s a certain stat it’s triggered, in this case innings pitched) for 2014; and finally Cliff Lee until 2015 with an option for 2016.” He also picked up on the fact that both Rollins and Raul [Ibanez] were free agents. “We would love to re-sign Jimmy [Rollins]…”

For the nucleus of this ball club he gives credit to the farm system and the scouting/player development departments.

“The goal is to be able to produce enough inside the farm for use with the big league club or for use in trades,” Montgomery said.

He even admitted that the Phillies were not rich in top level prospects at the three major stops: Lehigh Valley, Reading, and Clearwater. But he did mention some current prospects: Dom Brown; a shortstop prospect at Reading named Freddy Galvis; and relief prospects Vance Worley and Justin DeFratus. But he stated that the next group of talent was at least 2 to 3 years away from the Major League level and that they are not going to sit around and wait that long.

Mr. Montgomery has had nothing but praise for GM Ruben Amaro Jr. He even credited him with some of the current success that the franchise is having. Most people know that, Ruben Amaro Jr. was a local talent.

But as Montgomery stated, “it was Ed Wade who convinced Ruben to stop playing baseball and come up to the front office as an advisor to him. His years under Wade and Pat [Gillick] compliment him now.”

And it’s not just that it’s the business aspects. “The fans view the players not just as talent, but as people too.” Majority, if not all of the current Philadelphia Phillies, according to Montgomery are heavily involved inside the community of Philadelphia. He also mentioned the reason behind the cap on season tickets: “it was so there could be more for our group and individual ticket sales”.

After Montgomery finished his talk and the Question/Answer segment, he was kind enough to sit down with me to answer some questions.

BM: “What’s the deal with [Jamie] Moyer? Do you know what his plans are?”

DM: As you know, he recently had Tommy John Surgery on his left arm. He is going to rehab as if he is going to pitch again, just not this season… in 2012. Of course he will be age 50. He would also like to expand into broadcasting if he can not pitch again as well as help the expansion of his charity, Camp Erin into 25 major league cities (cities with at least one MLB team).

BM: “Tell me about this Scoreboard upgrade”

DM: In ‘04 when Citizens Bank Park first opened it was only Standard Definition, since no one even thought about High Def. But if would of waited until ‘06, it would have been High Definition. It got to the point where the SD Scoreboard became too much to operate and service, thus the upgrade.

BM: “Your thoughts on the right field situation with Werth leaving”

DM: As you know, we made an offer to Werth. It was a three year with an option for a fourth year. He obviously left. But we feel that given the proper at bats, Ben Francisco can become a more significant hitter with more at bats. Of course, there is Dom Brown who is also going to play a big part. We also have a AAA prospect in John Mayberry as a right-handed bat, and of course we can use [Ross] Gload for Werth’s production with the bat.

BM: “Alright, how about your thoughts on Joe Blanton”

DM: Blanton is going to be the fifth starter. We are just fine with Blanton as our fifth starter or whoever else it made be: Kendrick or Worley.

BM: “Okay, fun time! If you could pick any five pitchers, current or retired, who would you pick?”

DM: I stick within our franchise. I go with some of the starters I’ve seen. Robin Roberts, Hall of Famer; Steve Carlton, Hall of Famer; and Roy Halladay, future Hall of Famer. I’ll stop there.

BM: “What do think will happen first: Flyers winning the Stanley Cup, the Eagles winning a Super Bowl or any of the Phillies starters throwing a no-hitter/perfect game?”

DM: The Flyers have a good shot at winning the Cup this year.

BM: “What would you be doing if you weren’t the President of the Phillies?”

DM: I don’t know. I was a marketing major in college.

BM: “Finally, what is it like being President of the hometown team?”

DM: It is like a dream come true.

David Montgomery has one of the most interesting jobs in the world: president of a MLB team. But it’s not just any team; his hometown team in Philadelphia. He is grateful that he has been with the Phillies for so long and he looks to help continue the current success of the franchise into the years to come. I would like to personally thank him for sitting down with me to answer my questions.

Phils going HD

Thanks to 700 Level for the picture. Click to view larger.

UPDATE: The guys at the 700 Level got a hold of what the new scoreboard is going to look like. Along with David Murphy’s story, here are some more facts about the new scoreboard, which looks very sharp indeed.

  • The scoreboard will be a $10 million upgrade. Kiss Joe Blanton goodbye.
  • It will be the largest in the NL when completed and will measure 76 feet high and 97 feet wide. Yea, it will still be cooler than Jerry Jones’ over-sized tacky piece of crap in Dallas.
  • It will nearly triple the size of the previous video display screen. That means we can get all of Blanton’s body on the scoreboard, that is if he’s a Phillies in 2011 (Get it? A fat guy just made a fat joke!).
  • The original board will be moved to Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL where the Phils hold spring training. I guess it’s the closest some of these minor leaguers will get to being on the Phils scoreboard.
  • The display could feature 49 life-size Phillie Phanatics standing next to and on top of each other. That’s still not enough Phanatics.
  • Weight: approximately 84,420 lbs. (42.2 tons or three C.C. Sabathia’s and two Prince Fielders).
  • Approximately 32,363 feet (6.1 miles) of wiring will deliver power and data to the new display. Yea I can’t think of anything funny to say to this but that’s a helluva lot of wiring.

Jan 11: Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted last night that the Phillies are installing a new Hi-Definition score board, replacing the old LCD one that’s been up since the Park opened in 2004.

The scoreboard is supposedly going to be a little bigger than the previous one as well.

Canadians for a Weekend, eh?

By Dan MacNeal

First broken by Meech over at the Fightins, MLB has moved the June 25-27 series between the Phils and the Blue Jays from Toronto to Philadelphia.  It was officially announced this afternoon that the three game set will be played in Philadelphia, while Toronto remains the “home” team, batting last and using the DH.  The G20 summit in Toronto is scheduled for that weekend and the Blue Jays’ home stadium, Rogers Centre, is in the security zone.

The ones who really lose out are the Toronto fans, who were excited at the possibility of Roy Halladay returning to Toronto.  The Blue Jays have set up a ticket refund policy for fans who held tickets for those games.  No ticket availability has been made in Philadelphia as of yet, but have a press conference scheduled for 3:00 this afternoon.

The most interesting question is, how will the teams divide the ticket sales and concessions?  You know the Jays are going to want some sort of compensation since technically it is their home games.  The teams will eventually figure that out.

NOTE: Phillies season ticket holders will be notified of their options within the next 3-7 days. Individual tickets will be on sale in approximately 10-14 days (via email from the Phillies).

Nacho Report: Philly

by Dan MacNeal, DN

This is the second part of an ongoing series of Nacho Reports, first part being in Washington.

Seeing as it is Cinco de Mayo today, this report fits in with the nachos I had at last night’s Phillies-Cardinals game.  Going into the game I had an idea of what to expect, as I have had these nachos many times.  As always, I am grading just the basic nacho plate.

For starters, it seems that the prices have been raised since last year, from $5.50 to $5.75.  A quarter, no big deal.  I also observed that the salsa was now in the tray, instead of of having a separate cup, which was both good and bad.  The bad being obviously less space for chips, but the good was that it’s easier to eat, not having to hold a tray and a separate salsa cup.

Another difference were the chips.  In past years (and in DC), they have used round flat chips.  However last night, the chips we got were triangle shaped and more “fluffy”.  I don’t really have a preference of chip, but I do like the triangle shape as it gives more area for cheese or salsa.  In addition, the triangle is not conducive to breaking and leaving nacho shrapnel in the dipping sauce, like its round partner.

They also changed the salsa.  Previously it had been a more chunky salsa, but last night it was more liquidlike.  Regardless, it had a nice kick to it, and was a delicious complement to the “always bad for you but still amazing” cheese. 

Without further ado, I unveil the debut of the “Ballpark Nacho Power Rankings”.

Nacho Power Rankings

1. Philadelphia

2. Washington, DC

Note: These Power Rankings are not set in stone, ballparks can move up or down throughout the course of the season.

I have a couple more road trips scheduled in pencil, so I hope to add some ballparks to the Nacho Power Rankings this season.

The (2nd) Home Opener

by Dan MacNeal
Could it have been a better day for the home opener? The sun was shining, the smell of grilled hamburgers was in the air, and the fans were pumped. The area around Citizens Bank Park was like a zoo, with Mr. Greengenes playing on Citizens Bank Way and various local radio and television stations covering the event.  Even after having a quasi-home opener in Washington last week, the Phillies Phaithful were still excited, most seeing their 2010 club for the first time in person.

Mr. Greengenes playing on CBP Way

As you all know, as you entered into the stadium, all fans got a replica 2009 NL Champs Pennant, which was raised by Charlie Manuel prior to the game.  In addition, members of the Navy and Air National Guard unveiled a giant flag that covered the outfield and held flags that represented all fifty states.  The players and coaches for both teams were then introduced, with Jimmy Rollins being the final player announced, and then curiously was out of the lineup (we later found out he had a calf strain).
Both teams w/ Military Members

Delivering the first pitch balls, Navy SEALs then dropped in from a plane in a very cool event.  The first pitches were thrown by Bill Mayer, representing Modell’s (who sponsored the replica pennants) and Philadelphia University head basketball coach Herb Magee.

Navy SEAL dropping in

As for the game, everybody already knows what happened.  Cole Hamels dug himself a four run hole, but a 5-run fifth inning, highlighted by a Chase Utley home run put the Phils ahead for good.  Placido Polanco kept up his torrid start, and Ryan Madson shut the door in the ninth.

One of the funnier moments in the day was when the Phillie Phanatic dressed up like Lady Gaga and started dancing to “Bad Romance” next to the Nationals third base coach, who didn’t seem very amused.

My cousin wasn’t too thrilled with me, as I switched seats with him before the game, putting him next to the fat guy taking up half of his seat while I sat next to a cute girl.

An additional treat to the end of the game was the video of Harry Kalas singing “High Hopes”, which I was unsure if they could continue to do this season.  After the game, John let me know that they also did it during the On-Deck series, but it was still a nice surprise.  Hopefully they continue the tradition for all time.

Best part of the day: 44,791 fans went home happy.

Prime Pregaming for Phillies Phans

With turnstiles clicking and people chatting, your average Phillies fan walks through the gates of Heaven. You’re greeted by the scent of hot dogs, popcorn, and beer. As you walk out from under the shade, your eyes are met by the sun and the most luscious grass one has ever seen. Citizens Bank Park is such a beautiful stadium with an excellent atmosphere and filled with family friendly activities and a plethora of concessions and restaurants.

Prior to crossing that threshold, thousands of fans gather in the parking lots to drink beer, grill burgers, and play cornhole, the popular bean bag game in which Phillies Nation’s own Robert Cowie and Pat Galen claim to be the champs at. 

There is so much to do for a Phillies fan before the game whether it’s inside the stadium or out. So I asked a bunch of fans, bloggers, and the two-man TTB staff what they do before the game.

John Russo of Team to Beat
My brother and I attend most of my games together. We like to get to the park about an hour prior to eat at Harry the K’s, Tony Lukes, or Bull’s BBQ. While chowing down on either a Schmidter, a cheese steak from Tony Lukes, or the pulled pork from Bulls, we catch the end of the visiting team’s batting practice.

I am also one of the last of my kind: the scorecard filler. I have a book that I bring with me and have kept score of almost every game I attended since keeping book at the Vet. I’m a baseball nerd who still hasn’t wrapped his head around the complicated stats yet I love every second of the art of stat keeping. Once game time starts, I don’t leave the seat, often treating my brother to whatever he wants if he gets the food.

To me, there is nothing quite like hearing the crack of the bat during BP or seeing the kids running around with their dad’s wanting a Build-A-Phanatic. Baseball is the most American sport in the world. It’s wholesome, beautiful, and it brings the family together. When I’m a father, my kids will be Phillies fans. We will all share the same traditions I hold now, partaking in the greatest sport ever.

Dan MacNeal of Liberty Bell Sports
My “rituals” depend on how early I get down there. If I’m tailgating, you know I won’t be in CBP lot, but if I park in that lot, I like to look at the Connie Mack statue as I go toward the ballpark.

I like to get down early enough for batting practice, maybe catch a home run (that I still haven’t done in 20 years of going to games). If I’m with my cousin, we usually will challenge each other at the pitch speed game, and he still hasn’t beaten me in five years of the new stadium. I like to walk around the concourse and look at everything even though I’ve been to CBP plenty of times. Most times before the game I’ll get nachos and a drink. Usually I’ll head up to my seat in time for the starting lineups.

I don’t like to leave my seat once the game starts but if I do, I’ll go when the opposition is batting. I never leave early, even if the Phils are down by 10 (luckily that’s never happened for me). After the game, I’ll usually walk around the stadium, especially if it’s one of those warm summer nights, because there really is no rush to jump in that parking lot traffic.

Jay Ballz of Phoul Ballz
My favorite place to pick up food before a game is John’s Roast Pork on Snyder. Often regarded as the best cheese steak in Philadelphia, John’s sandwiches are tremendous and worth the wait you may often run into on game day. A cheese steak & lager tag team is the official pregame meal of PhoulBallz.com. I typically park in the Jetro lot and tail gate, but the location could change, as some lots have raised their prices this year.

Other game day routines include spending time with some great phans. On Sundays, I know plenty of people (friends, seat neighbors, a cousin) at the games that are necessary to spend time with. I’ve got close family and in-laws that have other Phillies ticket plans also, so I feel like any given game I attend, there’s someone I know to meet up with.

As a fan of the history of the game, I like to check in at the Wall of Fame every so often as well. I am sure the displays don’t change much, if at all, but there’s always something worth looking at on that memory lane wall.

Robert Cowie of Phillies Nation
A tradition that started with my younger brother, and continues to this day amongst my friends, is that we walk around the main concourse to get the feel of the crowd. My brother and I would do this at The Vet as kids just to exert some freedom and independence from our parents. We’d have no particular destination or agenda. It’s solely to pick up on the fan vibes through the stadium and gauge how amped the crowd will be. As you can imagine, Sunday afternoons are a bit subdued as compared to meaningful game down the stretch of the season. But, it also turned into a time where we could talk about general things in a comfortable setting. All in all, a great time to be had.

Sam Alicea
I always get there early get my crab fries and sausage, onion and pepper sandwich and two bottles of water……I always pass by Ashburn Alley. Always look at the photos at the Harry the K’s spot. Yes I know they are the same each time, but it’s always nice to check out. Then I head to my seat. Last season and 2008 when I went to the games and did this ritual the Phillies were 16-1. I’m not changing this season neither.

Kevin McGuire of Macho Row
It may be somewhat surprising that I do not feel I have an exciting ritual or any order of events that I cherish. This is probably because I do not have season tickets, so every game I attend is a bit different. Different entrances, which means different food stands near by and more.

I tend to enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium sitting in my seat eating a hot dog with mustard (always mustard) or chicken tenders with fries (ketchup and BBQ sauce of course). That is my pre-game food and I always will down it with a bottle of water that I take in myself or with a Coca-Cola, which is probably because that’s how I grew up watching games at the Vet with my dad and grand parents.

I’ll sit happily in my seat while watching whatever Phillies videos are being shown on Phanavision. I’m also likely to be taking photos on my camera to kill some time. One thing I always do is take a picture of the outfield wall, as I like comparing them with previous photos and watch the progress of the ivy as it grows all over the wall.

Once a year I always go to a game with a group of alums from my fraternity in college, and a pre-game meeting at the Steve Carlton statue is where we hash out post-game plans, including a trip to a diner or McFadden’s, or Chickie’s & Pete’s etc.

Sadly I do not have a routine like so many fans do, but that is what is great about the game. We can all enjoy it on the same level, no matter what we do before or after.

Jen
My friends and I always park at K8 in the Linc parking lot. There is usually at least five of us. My friend Jack has a keg that was cut in half and turned into a grill. He also makes his own beer for the games. Our usual menu is burgers, hot dogs, sausage plus what ever snack items we decide to bring. We play cornhole and ladder golf. Sometimes I will make a CD or iPod playlist with all the players at-bat music.

For the last two seasons whenever Brett Myers would pitch someone would bring a bucket of KFC chicken and no matter what we had to leave one piece of chicken in the bucket that we were not allowed to eat. I have no idea why we did it. I think Brett was winning after we brought it the one time so we just kept on doing it. Even going out of our way sometimes to get the chicken and also ripping the last piece of chicken away from someone that was hungry so they didn’t jinx Brett. Pretty desperate but I would call it typical Philly Phan behavior. I have fifth row outfield seats so I am a heckler. I will research players to see if I can find any dirt on them to bring up and embarrass them with.

For Opening Day this year we will be in our same location. I think our menu is burgers, hot dogs, possibly sausage, ribs, chicken marsala and brownies. Jack has made a Honey Brown Ale. We really don’t visit anywhere now but once the Harry statue is donated we will all make sure we touch the Harry statue before the game.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all of you. I want to thank those who have read my blog and I hope you continue to read it. As the All Star break nears and the second half of the season gets underway, things will heat up and get a bit more exciting. Don’t expect the Phillies struggles to last too long as they tend to tear up the second half.

So grill up some burgers, dogs, sausage and peppers, or whatever you can get your hands on. Drink some beer, play some horse shoes, and enjoy the family until 7 PM when the fire works begin at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies will take on the Mets.

Go Phils and Happy Birthday America.

MLB News 6/13/09

Peavy out for month:

Well this could hurt the Phillies chances at trading for Jake Peavy. He will be out for a month with a strained tendon in his right ankle he sustained on June 8th. His injury occurred while he ran the bases.

The Phillies were seriously considering trading for Peavy, who originally refused to wave his no-trade clause due to Citizen’s Bank Park not being pitcher-friendly. Not only does this hinder his value for the season for the Phillies but could also hinder his confidence. If he was fully healthy, he would have considered a trade to Philadelphia but with a possible return to pitching before the trade deadline, he may not have the confidence in his ankle if he were to move to a hitter’s park in Philly. Peavy is a fly ball pitcher and could get shelled here as opposed to the spacious Petco Field.

Peavy is 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 13 starts.

Castillo gets sympathy:

Boo hoo. Louis Castillo dropped a pop fly that would have ended the game for the Mets. Instead, the Yankees, who were trailing by one, scored two runners to earn the walk-off win. I laughed while reading this. Players were giving him sympathy and he lost sleep over it. Grow up, man. You made a mistake, life goes on.

Kendrick sent down, Escalona up:

This is what the Phillies should have originally done as Kyle Kendrick was sent back down to AAA (via Todd Zolecki’s Twitter). In return, the Phillies brought up Sergio Escalona. Kendrick gave up three runs in his season debut in the 13th inning, costing the Phillies the game versus the Red Sox.