Union Lead Conference Thanks To Ruiz

Carlos Ruiz seems to be a lucky name when it comes to teams in Philadelphia. In front of a sold out crowd yesterday at PPL Park, “El Pescadito” scored the game’s only goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps. 
When watching the game yesterday, the thing that stood out the most to me was the improvements that have been made by the Union’s defense this year. With goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon leading the back half, defenders Danny Califf and Jordan Harvey were able to give the team another clean sheet for the second week in a row. (In comparison, the Union only had two celan sheets last year.) In the 77th minute, an exchange between Stefani Miglioranzi and Sebastien Le Toux led to a goal by Carlos Ruiz. 
The match was overrun with penalties,  7 yellow cards handed out with an ejection given to Eric Hassli by referee Yader Reyes. Three of the yellow cards were handed out to union players: Danny Califf, Kyle Nakazawa, and Danny Mwanga.
In the new white jerseys, the Union had an impressive outing in front of their hometown crowd. They are first in the eastern conference with their undefeated record.

Next week they’ll be playing the LA Galaxy with known soccer stars Landon Donovan and David Beckham at the Home Depot Center on May 2nd at 10:30pm.


Baseball 101: The Baseball Ladies Invade Citizens Bank Park

Me, Casey, and Meghan strike a pose with the Phanatic.

Last Wednesday, I spent the day at Citizens Bank Park with over 100 women enjoying one of my favorite things – baseball. This day-long event featured an interactive clinic on the field with the Phillies coaches, Q&A sessions with Phillies broadcasters and other Phillies personnel. Also, there is time with a member of the team explaining some of the behind-the-scenes action.. and more!

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Give Chooch the Ultimate Ice Cream Cone in Anaheim

If you’ve been to Citizens Bank Park over the past few weeks, you’ve seen and heard the reminders to vote in your favorite Phillies for the 2010 All Star Game. If you’ve walked around the breezeway, you may have seen a table set up to turn in 75+ filled in ballots for a free t-shirt. After today’s announcement, it seems as though Charlie Manuel will be managing the majority of his players as the starting lineup on July 13 in Anaheim, CA. This is exciting for Phillies fans – another chance to see Ryan hit a homer, Shane have a great against-the-wall catch, an excuse to get a new t-shirt or jersey. But here’s the question – is it fair? Continue reading