In hopes of finishing my freshman year on a high note, I haven’t been
giving my perspective on here. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been
following the team on a daily basis. Here’s a brief rundown of items that you
already know about, but I want to document so I have an accurate record of the
season looking back in November.
After losing 4 out of 5 against Atlanta and the Dodgers to
finish the home stand, a gift was waiting at Nationals Park in the form of a
four-game sweep of Washington. Unfortunately, the Mets have taken 3 of the
first 4 games this season and is the primary reason the Phils sit a half-game
back in the division.
Last October’s NLCS rematch
with the Dodgers was Manny-less after he became the latest player to have his
image tarnished by steroids.
- In the lone win versus LA,
Jayson Werth tied a team-record with 4 stolen bases including stealing 2nd,
3rd, and home consecutively. Check it out:
- Jamie Moyer might be feeling
the pressure of getting win #250, allowing 19 runs in his last three starts
lasting 12.1 innings.
The postponed White House
visit after Harry Kalas’ passing was held last Friday and all of the players
agree it was worth the wait (Maybe Ryan Howard should call Pittsburgh
Steelers linebacker and Super Bowl XLIII MVP James Harrison and knock some
sense into him.) The highlight to me was when Barack – not satisfied with a
personalized jersey and commemorative ball – jokingly asked J-Roll for his World
Series ring. Here’s what the President had to say:
- ·The 4-game sweep of
Washington was completed in 46 hours and took some tinkering of the bullpen. J.A. Happ was slated to make his first start
of the season in Game 2 of a double-header Saturday, but a 12-inning affair on
Friday night required him to contribute. Andrew Carpenter was called up from
AAA Lehigh Valley and celebrated his 24th birthday (which is today!)
early with his first Major League start and a victory despite only pitching 4.1
innings in the rain-shortened game. He also got to wear Jackie Robinson’s #42
as the Phils and Nats paid tribute a month belatedly.
- Jayson Werth and Adrian
Gonzalez were voted as MLB’s “Most Underrated” players. With this publicity,
does that still mean they’re underrated?
- ·Raul Ibanez didn’t get to
go to the White House, so he decided to take home NL Player of the Week honors
instead. His stat line for the double-header Saturday? 5-8 with 3 homers and 7
RBI. Those were not “boos” you heard at Nats Park. It was the influx of
Phillies fans making the trip down and raining “Rauuuuuul” chants down, both
literally and figuratively. This dude needs a catchy fan club name quickly.
- I’m a little disappointed
that the Phillies-Reds series in Cincy is in the middle of the week. If it was
this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, I’d be there for all three games. A trip to the new Yankee Stadium should be
entertaining though. I hope the Phillies fans who went to D.C. saved up some
money to visit the Bronx because I heard tickets aren’t cheap.
I went to my first game of the season on May 9th
and saw Aaron Harang help himself out with a 2 RBI single on his 31st
birthday. Jay Bruce and Jerry Hairston Jr. went yard for the Reds, while Ryan
Ludwick clubbed one for St. Louis. A perfect Saturday night weather-wise
combined with two teams playing well and Joey Votto bobbleheads being given
away resulted in the Reds first sellout since Opening Day.