Cocks in the Hen House 06.30.10

Three Phillies Moments That Made Me Sports Cry…In Person

By Chic from Cinematically-Correct (@_pop_culture_)

Since this is the first time I’ve written anything for Chicks Dig The Long Ball, I wanted to flash some Phillies cred. I’ve told this little tale to several people, but most of them don’t really get the big deal about it as they aren’t insanely obsessed with this team. When I finish the story and I’m expecting some sort of high-five, congratulations, or some form of obvious adulation, I normally get a blank stare and a shoulder shrug.

Quick background first. I grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA and became a fan of all things Philly due to a severe case of brainwashing from my Philadelphia-born and raised father. He did such a fantastic job, that my favorite “toy” as a child was an Eagles hat with silver wings on the bill. I mean, the first time I had one of those silly collectible trading cards with me in a sports uniform, the back of it said “Favorite Player: Mike Schmidt”. This was a football card.

Phillies Sports Cry Moment #1

On April 18th, 1987, 19,361 people attended the Phillies visiting the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. I was one of them. I can’t remember if I had any feeling in my body when Michael Jack stepped up to the plate in the top of the ninth. I do remember sitting there with my Cub Scout troop and trying to explain to them how important it was for me to actually see Schmidtty hit number 500.

With the ageless (or extremely aged) Don Robinson on the mound, Michael Jack Schmidt hit his 500th home run and gave the Phillies an 8-6 lead. I will never forget it, but mostly, I will never forget the fact that Michael Jack received a standing ovation at Three Rivers.

Phillies Sports Cry Moment #2

On September 28th, 1993, 17,386 people attended the Phillies visiting the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. I was one of them. Much like Washington Nationals games of today, this seemed to be a Phillies home game. We were all aware that a win that night meant the clinching of the 1993 NL East.

With the Phils down 4-3 in the top of the seventh, Mariano Duncan hit a grand slam. A friend that was at the game with me said that if I could replicate my celebration leap on a basketball court, I would be dunking on everyone. I had waited my entire life to see the Phillies actually win something, anything, and I got to see it in person. It was fantastic.

Phillies Sports Cry Moment #3

In 1995, my family and I went to Cooperstown, NY and watched my sports idol, Mike Schmidt, get inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Little did we know that day would turn into a Phillies celebration. It’s one of the best days of my life (not kidding) and I’ll never forget the fact that I got to spend it with my family and all those Phillies fans. I remember standing there with my Dad and being so…proud. This day only strengthened how much my summers live and die with every single out.

Also, I like to brag that I am the only person to see those three things live, other than actual Phillies employees. Love to know if that’s true.

So I love the Phillies. Living in Dallas, I don’t get to see them much in person so I thank the Sweet Lord for MLB Extra Innings. It was cool last year to see them in person against the Rangers, but even cooler to finally get to heckle Vincente Padilla’s spareness as he stalled during a rainstorm. Only Vinny would stall for a rain delay.

Mostly, I’m just thankful that my Dad brainwashed all those years ago. He did lots of stuff for me, but that easily gets in the top five.


Game Recap-06.29.10-Phillies 9, Reds 6

Al Behrman/AP Photo

Utley and Polanco are out,
Is the Phillies season in doubt?
But the backups came through,
even though Brad Lidge blew,
The bench gave fans a reason to shout.

It was obvious that when Chase Utley and Placido Polanco were put on the disabled list earlier today that someone on the Phillies would need to step up to help the team win, but who thought it would be Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez?

The two bench players each hit three-run home runs tonight in the Phillies 9-6 victory over the Reds. Schneider went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Valdez went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in the win. Joe Blanton lasted 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits to earn his third consecutive quality start. He would not pick up the win, however, after Brad Lidge blew his second save in his last three chances. With two outs and two on in bottom of the ninth, Joey Votto would hit a towering three-run blast off of Lidge to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

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The 2010 Phillies = The 2009 Mets?

I thought we’d come to the end of the tunnel. I think we all did. The tunnel of injury and slumping, I thought we were through it. Taking 2 of 3 games from the Yankees, the Indians, and the Blue Jays in a convincing fashion, and remembering how to score runs in several others, it looked like the team was out of the woods. Jimmy was back. Lidge was solid. The offense was producing. The defense was snappy. Continue reading

Sexy Phillies Opponent of the Series: Jason Donald, CLE

You thought this post was going to be about Grady Sizemore, he of the Scandalous Pictures All Over Deadspin Controversy. Surprise, surprise! Once not one but TWO of my Phillies loves got sent out west, I had to listen up and start caring about more than just Grady “Fine Hind View” Sizemore. To me, this series’ Hottie was a no-brainer. Yes, I do think Grady is delectable, and I love Lou Marson & his Heiney, which is so delicious that it deserves to be a proper noun, but this Hottie has been my love since he was a wee Iron Piglet. And now, I present to you, our first ever Sexy Opponent with a two first-name name… Continue reading

Eat the Phillies: Joe Blanton’s Angel Food French Toast

You know, Joe Blanton isn’t fat.  He isn’t even big boned.  Dude is just a big guy.  Not every pitcher has to be a beanpole like Hamels or Halladay.  Curt Schilling is a big guy.  As @DavefromPhilly kindly points out every time he pitches, Jose Contreras will eat your car.  There is a long tradition of giant-pitcher-dudes in baseball.  Poor Joe has it tough because on his team, there are only beanpoles.  Hamels, Halladay, Moyer, Kendrick, Lidge, Madson, all skinny boys.  You stand them all up together with Big Joe, and he’s going to look like the kid who cheated at fat camp. Continue reading

J-Roll’s Walk-off, As Called By Scott Franzke

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Cocks in the Hen House 06.23.10 – Jamie Moyer: Record Setter

“Cocks in the Hen House” is a weekly column by friends of the Chicks that aren’t, well, chicks. Stop by every Wednesday to see what the men-folk have to say about the weeks biggest baseball stories.

By David Walters (@DavefromPhilly)

With Father’s Day recently passing by, no Phillies pitcher deserves more praise than the pitcher who is old enough to be the father of a vast majority of Phillies fans, and also a few of the Phillies themselves.

It seems that nearly every time Jamie Moyer pitches, you tend to hear the phrase, “he is the oldest pitcher to (fill in the blank).” In all seriousness, though, stop for a moment and think of the records that Jamie has set or met in 2010:

  • Became the sixth oldest pitcher to appear in a game (April 10)
  • Became the eighth major league pitcher to start a game in four different decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s)
  • Became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to pitch complete game shutout (May 7)
  • Became the only MLB pitcher to throw a shutout if four different decades
  • Became the third MLB pitcher to win 100 games after turning 40 years old (June 5)
  • Became the oldest pitcher to defeat the New York Yankees (June 16)
  • Tied Robin Roberts for allowing the most home runs in a career (June 22)

At 47 years old, the most amazing thing about Jamie Moyer’s career is that he does not seem to be slowing down at all. He has stated that he wants to continue pitching (preferably with the Phillies) after he finishes his contract this year. So there is little doubt that he will extend his career to a quarter of a century in the 2011 season.

Although it seems that he will continue to bring in the “oldest player to…” awards, there is one record out there that he should set his eyes on: being the oldest pitcher to pitch in a National League game. This record is held by the great Jack Quinn, who pitched his final game when he was 50 years, 6 days old. Jamie will turn 48 in November, so he would still have complete two more seasons after this year in order to attain that record. If he continues on that path, he might even have a chance to pitch against his son, Dillon, who was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Although this seems to be extremely farfetched, it would be the first time in history that a father has ever pitched to his son in a major league baseball game.

As a person who has blasted him in my own blog earlier this year, I will eat my words and say that I do hope that the Phillies can keep Jamie on the staff for next year. For starters, he has consistently won at least 11 games in 14 of his last 15 seasons. Obviously, a lot can happen between now and the end of the season – Kyle Kendrick could evolve into a solid starter, Joe Blanton could continue his inconsistent starts, J.A. Happ could… well let’s just that the remainder is up for debate.

But if there is a 5th starter needed in the 2011 season, the call should be made to Jamie yet again, and hopefully it will be a much fairer price compared to the $8 million that Ruben is currently paying him. With all of that said, we might see Jamie back in a Phillies uniform next year, we might not. Regardless of where his career takes him next, he will be next step closer to yet another record, and hopefully another World Series title.

David is a contributor to the Phillies blog Cadillac Time and can be found on Twitter here.