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Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

Scott Rolen in his days with the Phillies. (AP Photo)

Perhaps it was the clashing of personalities with manager Larry Bowa. Or maybe it was the comment made by front office member Dallas Green. Or maybe it was the desire to win that ended it all in Philadelphia.

Whatever the reason was, Scott Rolen wanted out in 2002.

For the next decade, Philadelphia fans would boo their once-lauded All-Star, Gold-Glove third baseman, yell obscenities at him and watch him go on to hav a successful career without Philadelphia. Why? Because they were hurt.

But maybe the fans were booing the wrong guy.

Rolen turned down a massive contract extension during the 2002 season, saying that it wasn’t money but the Phillies front office didn’t have an aggressive approach to building a winning team.

Fans got scared that the best position player in their team history since Mike Schmidt, another third baseman, was about to jump ship for greener pastures.

And it happened.

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Farewell Pat the Bat

When it made contact, Pat Burrell had one of the prettiest swings in Phillies history.

After JD Drew was drafted by the Phillies and refused to sign, the organization and the fans wanted to put the ordeal behind them.

Pat Burrell made them forget.

After 12 seasons in the major leagues, the longtime Phillies slugger decided to hang up his spikes.

It was a tumultuous relationship for Burrell and the city of Philadelphia at times. Fans got on the former Phillies left-fielder for his countless strikeouts.

But his record seemed to be expunged when he stroked that beautiful double off the wall in part two of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.

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Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 18-9, 1st in NL East; WAS: 14-14, 4th in NL East

When: May 3-5
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13) vs. Livan Hernandez (3-2, 3.23)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) vs Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) vs John Lannan (2-3, 3.78)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, 
Wednesday, 7:05
Thursday, 7:05
All Games on 1210 AM

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Hamels Dazzles; Phils Sweep

The Phillies only needed nine innings to beat the Reds today. They also only needed one run as they shut out Cincinnati, backed by a stellar effort by Cole Hamels, in another pitchers duel by a score of 1-0. The Phillies completed the four-game sweep, their first against Cincy since 1975, and gave them some much-needed momentum heading into the All-Star break.

Hamels went 7 2/3 innings before giving way to Jose Contreras after Joey Votto hit a two-out double. Hamels allowed six runs and three walks while striking out three on a day where he wasn’t getting help with the strike zone. Contreras walked Scott Rolen and then got Johnny Gomes to ground out softly to second to end the threat. J.C. Romero faced one batter in the ninth before Brad Lidge sat down the next two for his sixth save of the season.

Jimmy Rollins again provided the Phillies with the only run of the game, driving in Carlos Ruiz in the third. Rollins had two hits while Ruiz and Jayson Werth each hit doubles ruled dead by fan interference. Werth’s shot could have easily shot off the wall and gotten him more than a double but the idiot fan’s nice snag prevented that.

The Phillies now sit 4.5 games behind the Braves, who lost 3-0 to the Mets. A first half recap will follow in the next couple breaks. For now, enjoy the All-Star break!

2B: Ruiz (11), Werth (27).

WP: Hamels (7-7). LP: Maloney (0-2). S: Lidge (6).


Embarrassed Again

It’s almost a sentence to watch the Phillies play these days. Another game in Boston and another embarrasing loss to the Red Sox, this time 10-2. The Phillies have lost three straight and are now 3.5 games out of first place.

Joe Blanton had himself a rough night as well, giving up nine runs in four innings of mediocre work off 13 hits, one walk, and four strike outs.

It was J.D. Drew’s turn to have a field day. He went 3-for-4 with a double and homer with two runs and two RBIs. Quite the story was Daniel Nava, who made his debut tonight. In his first at-bat, he hit a grand slam off Blanton in the second inning to give Boston a 5-2 lead.

Brian Schneider had the lone quality game for Philly. He went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, both coming off a double in the second inning.

Doubles: Schneider (2), Utley (12), Ibanez (11).

WP: Delcarmen (2-2). LP: Blanton (1-5).


Dice-K Flirts With No-No

Boston pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka lost his no-hit bid Saturday. Ron Cortes, Philly Inquirer.

The Phillies almost became a part of history Saturday night… on the losing side. Daisuke Matsuzaka lost a no-hitter bid in the eighth inning but the Red Sox went on to win 5-0 in Philadelphia.

Juan Castro roped a bloop single over the head of Marco Scutaro with two outs in the eighth inning to break up Matsuzaka’s no-no. Daniel Bard pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the Phillies, who were shut out for the second time this season.

Matsuzaka lasted eight innings, allowing a hit and four walks while striking out five. The Phillies were hitting the ball well, just right to the fielders for the Sox. Kyle Kendrick didn’t have a good inning as he only lasted 4 2/3 innings, surrendering all five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two. The bull pen pitched a scoreless 4 1/3 innings.

Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew also added two hits apiece.

WP: Matsuzaka (3-1). LP: Kendrick (2-2).


FIM #11: Goodbye Vet

A brand new era deserves a brand new stadium. But with bringing in a newer, fresher experience for the fans and players comes the sacrifices of memories and traditions. Moment #11 is the destruction of our beloved Veterans Stadium.

Built in 1971, The Vet was home to the infamous “Boo Birds” (Eagles fans) and the rowdy Phillies fans in the 700 level. Whether it was fights, flashings, or pure vulgar banter, the 700 level was one of the most infamous group of fans in all of sports. The fans were so bad that a municipal court was installed in the stadium for fans who were ejected from the game.

The stadium was famous for it’s terrible field conditions such as a concrete like playing surface and poor draining. The AstroTurf would also act as an oven for baseball and football players, reaching up to 120 degrees on hot July, August, and September days.

The Vet was home to two MLB All Star games: the first in 1976 during the nations bicentennial and again in 1996. The Phillies won their first championship in 1980 there. Players like Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton to Lenny Dykstra and John Kruk to Jim Thome and Scott Rolen all played in this stadium.

There were so many great Phillies moments that occurred here. Game 6 of the 1980 World Series was won here when Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals in front of about 66,000 fans to win their first championship.

The latest game in MLB history was played their. The Phillies and Padres started a double header on July 2nd, 1993 and due to rain outs and delays all day, they didn’t complete the second game until 4:40 in the morning on July 3rd. Mitch Williams drove in Pete Incaviglia to win the game in the 10th.

Kevin Millwood and Terry Mulholland own the only 2 9-inning no-hitters in The Vet’s history. Mullholland did his in 1990 and Millwood did his in 2003. Both were ironically against the Sn Francisco Giants.
In 2004, Phillies fans threw D-cell batteries at St. Louis Cardinals outfielder J.D. Drew after when drafted by the Phillies, said he would never play for Philadelphia, re-entered the draft next year and was picked by the Cardinals.

After it’s demolition in 2004, Citizen Bank Park used the area where The Vet stood as an additional parking lot. Fans will never forget The Vet nor the memories left in it. But there are new ones to be made at CBP, including a World Championship and seeing guys like Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley represent the new home of the Phillies.

The implosion

My ticket stubs throughout the years at The Vet