Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 33

Phillies' hitting coach Greg Gross had a 1980 NLCS to remember.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 33

Phillies' hitting coach Greg Gross was a key component off the bench in the Phillies' exciting 1980 NLCS victory over the Astros.

Unfortunately, he had little to show for the rest of his postseason experiences:

1980 NLCS
1980 NLCS
4 Games 14 Games
3-for-4 0-for-17
1 Run 1 Run
1 Sacrifice 1 Sacrifice
0 Walks 2 Walks
0 Strikeouts      2 Strikeouts    
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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