Sunday, February 7, 2016

Eye Openers: Triple 5-4; The Utley Double

Eye Openers: Flyers ... Chase Utley ... Jimmy Rollins

Eye Openers: Triple 5-4; The Utley Double

Carlos Ruiz singles Wednesday night to give the Phils yet another 5-4 walkoff victory. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
Carlos Ruiz singles Wednesday night to give the Phils yet another 5-4 walkoff victory. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) Steven M. Falk

♦ The Phillies have three walk-off wins this season. Each one has ended with the same score, 5-4.

Chase Utley doubled and tripled in the same game in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader. It was the 11th time in his career he had done that.

♦ Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Jimmy Rollins has led off a game 516 times. He has 19 leadoff homers; Wednesday night, he drew his 21st leadoff walk.

♦ Since 1995, there have been 16 Stanley Cup champions. Seven of them had to get through the Flyers in the playoffs, including five of the seven Eastern Conference teams to win in that time. Before 1995, the Flyers were eliminated four times by Cup champs, all of them in Finals.

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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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