Game 106 // Second Inning, Milwaukee // Snowman in Milwaukee

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND: BREWERS 8 (0) – 2 PHILLIES

 

First game back after the All-Star break.

The Brewers up five games in the NL Central. Their best season since 2011.

Second inning, down two runs, Domingo Santana up to bat—the beginnings of one of those “But Wait There’s More” innings. Continue reading “Game 106 // Second Inning, Milwaukee // Snowman in Milwaukee”

Game 101 // First Inning, Philadelphia // Worst Birthday in Baseball History: The End of The Jeremy Guthrie Era

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST: PHILLIES 12 (0) – 0 NATIONALS

 

It’ll happen to them all someday. The knees creak, the vision dims. The fastball speed drops below 90, the run to first base slows down. The baseball death knell marks the end of a career.

But not like this. Not ever like this. On his birthday?

Baseball death on April 8th, 2017. Goodbye, Mr. Jeremy Guthrie. Continue reading “Game 101 // First Inning, Philadelphia // Worst Birthday in Baseball History: The End of The Jeremy Guthrie Era”

Philadelphia Cespedes Wind First Base Pop

Game 87 // Eighth Inning, Philadelphia // Lost in the Wind

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


TOP OF THE EIGHTH: METS 5 (3) – 1 PHILLIES

 

Coming back from commercial break, the furry green Philly Phanatic is dancing atop the dugout with “Franklin The Dog” of the 76ers, with a baggy gelatinous midsection bouncing down to his ankles and back up to his chest, grabbing it, ruffling it, a man inside a suit handling and shaking the suit’s own ass and blue tail, the fans in front unsure when they’ll be permitted to stop smiling. Its long green snout juts out in front of two plastic eyes, with Continue reading “Game 87 // Eighth Inning, Philadelphia // Lost in the Wind”

Walk Off Home Run 9-8 Asdrubal

Game 83 // Eleventh Inning, New York // The Asdrubal Game

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH: METS 6 – (6) 8 PHILLIES

 

It was the week of nationwide baseball migrations, the late-September hour when contenders assemble in a neck-in-neck row, the losers into the last-gasp role of the spoiler, when the clinch flags fly and standings settle into their final arrangements, the first of the geese flocks soar in V-formations over the ballpark air, criss-crossing the flight paths of all airborne LaGuardia traffic. Continue reading “Game 83 // Eleventh Inning, New York // The Asdrubal Game”

Chase Utley Philadelphia Return Home Run

Game 76 // Seventh Inning, Philly // Chase Utley’s Big Return

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: DODGERS 13 (5) – 2 PHILLIES

 

Chase Utley of the L.A. Dodgers has returned to Philadelphia, to a giant salad of superfan worship at Citizens Bank Park, a red sea of admiring, cheering, bowing nostalgics, holding up big hand-written posterboards to show their forever approval.

“Welcome home Chase, I miss you!”

“CHASE UTLEY: A PHILLIE FOREVER” 

“The man! #26” Continue reading “Game 76 // Seventh Inning, Philly // Chase Utley’s Big Return”

Caray Barves Turner 2016

Game 70 // Eighth Inning, Atlanta // The No-Hit Bat Around

TOP OF THE EIGHTH: PHILLIES 9 (5) – 3 BRAVES

 

The plate appearance statlines for the Phillies, in tonight’s 8th inning in Atlanta:

0-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1.

Four runs came across with that. And a lead bumped up to 9-3. They batted around (or nearly around), without a single hit. No slugging. A team average lower than it had been. But four runs. And the strangest, least skilled, most lucky, peculiar, pathetic, goofy, slow, inane big inning of the year. Continue reading “Game 70 // Eighth Inning, Atlanta // The No-Hit Bat Around”

Game 16 // Fifth Inning, Milwaukee // I Wanna Be Like Maik

TOP OF THE FIFTH: BREWERS 1 – 1 4 PHILLIES

 

Time to show Philly (and Milwaukee—Milly?) some love, starting with the one man set to save the City of Brotherly Love from the sports blues, the heir apparent to William Penn, Rocky Balboa, and Chase Utley. Mr. Maikel Franco.

2 home runs today. 23 years old. All-Star appearance number 1 coming in Continue reading “Game 16 // Fifth Inning, Milwaukee // I Wanna Be Like Maik”