2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

The beautiful thing about sports is that you’re never going to know what to expect. As a player, coach or fan, the game is built on mostly skill. But factored into that equation is a thing called luck. Like it or not, the luck factors into the bizarre and the bizarre factors into the shock … Continue reading 2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

Lidge returns; Baez gets axed

Brad Lidge is back in red pinstripes. And it came at the cost of Danys Baez. Lidge, who had been battling elbow and shoulder problems this off season before getting surgery to repair the problems, has worked his way up to being ready, pitching very impressively the past couple days heading up to his return. … Continue reading Lidge returns; Baez gets axed

Hairston’s five RBIs fuel Mets

For one brief moment, Cole Hamels, one of the three big All-Star arms for the Phils, came crashing back to earth. The left-hander, whose fall from grace was a rarity all season, got roughed up by the New York Mets for seven runs en route to the 11-2 loss suffered in Queens on Saturday afternoon. … Continue reading Hairston’s five RBIs fuel Mets

Stanton’s walk-off foils sweep bid for Phils

Dear Joe B, Roy O, Jose C, Ryan M and Brad L, Please get better soon. We can’t take any more of seeing guys like David Herndon and Andrew Carpenter in games for the Phils. Even Danys Baez isn’t immune from our pleas. Leaving a pitch in Mike Stanton’s wheel house, Baez became the third … Continue reading Stanton’s walk-off foils sweep bid for Phils

Phils waste gem by Hamels

Cole Hamels did it all. He pitched eight fantastic innings and even out-hit the Pirates while he was in the line up. But as to no surprise, that was not enough. The Phillies fielded their full line up for the first time all season but managed one run, losing 2-1 in 12 innings to the … Continue reading Phils waste gem by Hamels

You will never see this again

Last year I told my father that I would never witness anything like we just did again. That conversation came on the drive home from the Phils 16-inning loss to the Houston Astros last August. Ryan Howard almost killed an ump, Roy Oswalt played left field and Raul Ibanez played first. Boy was I wrong. … Continue reading You will never see this again

He Val-does it all!

The game went 19 innings. Wilson Valdez and Danys Baez look like heroes. Write a script better than this one. I dare you. In a game that seemed as though it would never end, Raul Ibanez sent Phillies fans home happy. With the bases loaded with one out in the 19th inning, Ibanez connected on … Continue reading He Val-does it all!