The Five Phillies You Loved The Most

The city of Philadelphia has had a lot to be excited about over the past few years.  In 2006 we had the Great Ed Wade Revival which brought the Phillies closer to the post season than anyone ever expected. In 2007 we saw the team achieve a playoff berth for the first time since 1993. The 2008 season had destiny written all over it, and in 2009 the word “dynasty” wasn’t far from anyone’s lips. But 2010 is different; it’s special. The opening day lineup has been intact only a handful of times this year, and that has forced the fans to look more at the individual parts rather than the whole. There appears to be a distinct divide between the guys we’ve always loved (Rollins, Utley, Howard), the ones we love when given a reason to love them (Ibanez, Werth, Victorino), and the ones we’ll remember for that special something they brought to the table during what has arguably be the greatest era in Phillies history to date. With that, I bring you the five 2010 Phillies you loved the most.

#5 – Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney came to Philadelphia as part of a post-deadline transaction that was necessary after Ryan Howard was placed on the disabled list with an injured ankle.  Drafted by the Royals in 1991, Sweeney has played 1,451 games in the majors without experiencing the postseason, and can’t stop talking about how grateful he is to finally have that opportunity with Philadelphia. What the fans seem to like the most about him is that while he may not be the scariest player at the plate, he undeniably plays with the most heart.  Every swing, every dive, every tag is approached with 110% effort, and when he’s not on the field, he is the first player at the top of the dugout steps to give out hugs and high-fives to his teammates. Before games he will sign autographs and hold your baby for a picture, and after games he can be found telling Sarge how “it’s a great gift to be a Philadelphia Phillie,” and that he will do whatever it takes to help get the team to their third consecutive World Series. It’s well known that the relaxed and confident clubhouse atmosphere has played a major role in the Phillies success in recent years, but I’m sure that Sweeney’s child-like optimism and gratitude helped keep the team’s spirits afloat as they scratched and clawed their way back atop not only the NL East, but all of baseball. Continue reading


Game Recap 05.14.10: Phillies 9 Brewers 5

AP Photo/Morry Gash

Friday night, the Phillies partied like it was 1979 (you know, back when 47-year-old Jamie Moyer was only 16-year-old Jamie Moyer and his age was likely not a part of his title). The Phillies (21-13) donned throwback powder blue uniforms as a part of Milwaukee’s “1970’s Retro Weekend” in their 9-5 win over the Brewers (15-20) to start off the weekend series.

While the bulk of the Philadelphia area was watching the Flyers make history, the Phillies were in the midst of their own exciting victory. Ryan Howard wasted no time getting the hit parade started with a 2-run shot to right-center field off of former Phillie, Randy Wolf. Quiet since gaining the starting slot at shortstop, Wilson Valdez kept things going with an RBI double to score Ibanez in the second. After getting through the first with relatively no trouble, Moyer was shaky through the second, allowing three solo home runs to Prince Fielder, Jim Edmonds, and George Kottaras. The Phillies would regain their lead in the 4th with another home run, this time off the bat of Raul Ibanez, aided by a set of triples from Valdez and Shane Victorino to make the score 6-3.

With Wolf done after 5 innings, the Brewers brought in starter-turned-middle-reliever Manny Parra to keep the game within reach. A few singles and a few fielding errors by Parra himself and the Phils were up 8-3. After breezing through the bottom of the 6th, Moyer hit some turbulence in the bottom of the 7th when he loaded the bases while only recording one out. David Herndon came on in relief and with his second pitch of the inning, delivered a ground ball to Valdez from Rickie Weeks. Valdez flipped the ball to Chase Utley at second for the out but Utley was unable to turn the double play and threw the ball past Howard at first, committing his second error of the game and allowing two runs to score on the play and Weeks to move up to second. Herndon was able to finish the inning with a strikeout, allowing the Phillies to maintain an 8-5 lead. Utley redeemed himself in the ninth, however, with a solo shot to lead off the inning. The Brew Crew would go down quietly in the bottom of the inning to allow the Phillies their 21st win of the season.

Moyer (5-2, 4.57 ERA), coming off a CGSO last Friday, earned his fifth win after going 6.1 innings and allowing 5 hits and 5 runs (4 earned). Wolf (3-3, 4.66 ERA) would take the loss, going 5.0 innings with 6 runs on 7 hits.

The Phillies are set to face the Brewers again tomorrow at 4:10 ET, with Joe Blanton (0-2 4.97 ERA) up against Milwaukee’s Chris Narveson (3-0 5.06 ERA).

Game Recap 05.07.10: Phillies 7 Braves 0

We’ve all heard it said before: “You never know when you’re going to see something at the ballpark that you’ve never seen before.”

Friday night was without a doubt one of those nights.

Philadelphia Phillies fans can’t help but roll their eyes every time someone says “47-year-old Jamie Moyer,” or, “The Ageless Wonder Jamie Moyer,” but on Friday everyone was focused on one thing: Jamie Moyer is now the oldest pitcher to have pitched a complete game shutout, and no matter how you slice it, that’s just plain incredible. Continue reading

Series Recap – Phillies vs. Mets 4/30 – 5/2

Michelle was going to write a very serious series recap detailing this weekend’s Phillies/Mets extravaganza, but we decided to do this in limerick form instead. Continue reading

Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) at San Francisco Giants (10-8)

I’m not worried about many teams in the National League, but the Giants are one to be concerned about. With one of the best starting rotations in the National League, and a lineup with some pop, they are not the team you would want to face in a first round playoff series. Last year, the Phillies the lost the season series 3-4; with one win on the road and two at home. Continue reading

Eat the Phillies: Jamie Moyer’s Throwback Cheesesteak Fondue

In my continuing quest to write about baseball without actually writing about baseball, I’d like to welcome you to my new feature, Eat the Phillies.  Yes, you too can Eat the Phillies!  I will be creating a recipe for each of the Phillies eight position players, five starting pitchers, and two closers.  These recipes will be made by me (with poorly taken pictures to prove it), and so they can definitely be made by you. Continue reading

ALERT: Phillies’ pitching solid, Marlins do not have wings

If there’s one lesson that I took from this weekend’s 3 game series with the Marlins it’s this: pitching is not the only thing that will let the Phillies down. In fact, I think after the games on Saturday and Sunday, I have even more confidence in the Phillies pitching than I did before. Continue reading