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Archive: May, 2013

One and Done in Boston

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:25 PM
Loyal reader and frequent contributor Greg Frank points out that the Bruins' heart-stopping victory Monday night over the Maple Leafs was the sixth Game 7 in Boston in the last five postseasons, and each has been decided by one goal. The Bruins had won two of the previous five, both in their Stanley... Read more

Ryan Howard's Two Big 0-Fers

Monday, May 13, 2013, 1:06 AM
Ryan Howard's two-run single in the 10th inning Sunday snapped an 0-for-18 streak, which was the second longest 0-fer of his career. He had gone 23 at-bats (27 plate appearances) without a hit over a seven-game stretch in May of 2011. (Yes, both were during the same month of the year, which happens... Read more

Charlie's Angles

Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:04 AM
Even though we're not really sure at what angle Charlie Manuel is watching any particular baseball game, there are at least 1,332 reasons he can be considered among the best the Phillies have ever had. He managed his 1,332nd game in Phillies pinstriples Thursday night, passing Gene Mauch for the most... Read more

THE NBA MVP Triple Double

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:28 AM
This season, for just the third time in NBA history, only two players received first-place votes for Most Valuable Player. And for only the second time, did one player garner all but one No. 1 tally. (See: Iverson, Allen, 1999-00.) Here are those three NBA MVP votes: Season Rk. Player ... Read more

When Halladay Jumped the Shark

Monday, May 6, 2013, 1:20 AM
When the Phillies entered their May 2, 2012 game in Atlanta, they were playing .500 baseball (12-12) despite missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. They had won eight straight against the Braves dating to the previous season. And on the mound, they had one Roy Halladay, whom to that point had started... Read more

Cole Hamels: One odd guy

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:05 AM
Cole Hamels pitches the same, but has a much better record in odd-numbered months than in even. But for a two-out, none-on error on a pop foul by Mets catcher John Buck on Sunday that kept the seventh inning alive and led to three runs and and a Phillies victory, Cole Hamels would have been winless... Read more

Running in Philadelphia

Friday, May 3, 2013, 12:01 AM
Thursday night, Juan Pierre became the 18th player to reach 600 career stolen bases. Exactly one-third of them, including Pierre, spent at least some part of their major league careers in Philadelphia. (Another four played for the Athletics after they left the City of Brotherly Love.) CAREER... Read more

Tito's Revenge

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12:00 AM
Thanks to the Phillies' two Mistakes on the Lake this week, Indians manager Terry Francona raised his record against the Phillies since leaving Philadelphia to 21-8. His .724 winning percentage vs. his former team is the best among the 10 Phils managers since 1900 that have managed against them at... Read more
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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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