Ode to Shane, Melissa, and Kingston Shane Victorino

Great news from the Phillies today:
Shane and his woman had a baby yesterday.
A new Victorino for the fall,
A winning experience for all,
I bet “ya know” is the first thing he’ll say.

Shane and Melissa Victorino at the Shane Victorino Charity Fashion Show


Home away from home? The Nationals would beg to differ.

Last night, Nationals Park was quite possibly the best take-over of another team’s ballpark that I have ever witnessed.  From the first inning there were “this is our house” chants erupting from Phillies fans.  I am not exaggerating when I say out of the about 14,000 people in the ballpark, 75% were Philadelphia Phillies fans.  It was a Where’s Waldo of sorts searching for a Washington Nationals fan.  From the moment I sat down I could figure the people working at the park wanted no part of “Philly” in their home territory.  Meghan and I were asked five different times by the same loud and obnoxious female usher if we had tickets for our seats.  We were seated directly alongside the Phillies bullpen with a great view of Chooch and Doc warming up, so naturally fans swarmed our section hoping for pictures and to have a ball thrown in their direction.  The usher yelled at each and every one of them, and they had 10 seconds to “get your picture and move on” even though the section was completely empty and they weren’t bothering anyone.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 27: Philadelphia Phillies fans cheer during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on September 27, 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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Cocks in the Hen House: 09.21.10

“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 Jay Ballz (@PhoulBallz)

If you paid close attention to certain national analysts this season, you probably heard them talk or write about how deep the Phillies low minor league teams are with great prospects. The Phillies’ Class A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, won the club’s second straight South Atlantic League title and became the first club since Savannah in 1994 to repeat as league champions. They also became the very first team in league history to win their division in the first and second halves and then go on to win the league championship.

Lakewood was loaded with prospects this season. One, short stop Jonathan Villar, was held in high enough regard that he was part of the collection of players that was sent to Houston in a trade for Roy Oswalt in July.

The Phillies had plenty of home grown talent come through their system in the 2000s. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels are all current Phillies stars who spent time as BlueClaws on their ways to the big show. They were not there at the same time, however. The Phillies stars of tomorrow could very well have gelled together in Lakewood this year.

In a recent poll conducted by The Reading Eagle that ranked the Phillies’ top twenty prospects, four of their top five and six of their top ten ranked prospects were members of this season’s championship Lakewood team.

Singelton, Cosart, James & Hewitt - Photo by Scott Greenwald

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Cocks in the Hen House 09.08.2010

“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 Dash Treyhorn (@DashTreyhorn)

Has Kyle Kendrick made his last start in a meaningful game in 2010? If Vance Worley’s performance on Monday was any indication, then it’s certainly a strong possibility. The rookie, making his first career start in The Show, was effective over five innings, allowing a pair of runs on six hits while setting down five via the strikeout.

It wasn’t an earth-shattering performance, and one start does not the season make, but given Kendrick’s recent struggles on the hill, it’s certainly a risk worth taking, as the season has become too close, too up-in-the-air, too unsure, to keep giving a start to someone who has been unable to get the job done with such gusto. Continue reading