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Archive: October, 2008

Now it's Moyer's turn

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 11:48 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— It is really simple, Charlie Manuel was saying. You get the impression there was no extended debate, nor should there have been. In an enormous spot, he is giving the ball to Jamie Moyer, and that is that. “I think Jamie Moyer, after all these years, I think he’s... Read more

Game 2 is the real key

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 11:32 AM
People -- you know, people -- always say that the odd-number games in a seven-game series are the most important. Other than Game 7, which tends to carry a bit of significance, I tend to disagree -- and especially in the case of the Phillies-Rays World Series. To me, the odd-number games pose questions... Read more

Hamels: Birth of Greatness

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12:14 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - He is like a god, the great and mysterious Steve Carlton. All of these years later, there really is no other way to put it. You could say that he is a forever member of the Phillies' franchise pantheon, except that this does not quite do the man justice. What is above the pantheon?... Read more

From here to "WE WIN!"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 11:22 AM
I had been working at the Daily News for six months when the 1980 World Series happened. I figured it was always going to be like this. You know, like Murphy. They didn't let me out of the office much back then -- I had only just graduated from school. I helped out on the copy desk, helped with headlines... Read more

Charlie still cagey on DH

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 3:27 PM
Phils manager Charlie Manuel has one card left to play before Game 1 of the World Series -- the identity of his designated hitter against Rays lefthander Scott Kazmir. And Charlie isn't showing that card yet. "I haven't decided on the lineup until tomorrow," Manuel said at his press conference... Read more

Phillies, China, etc.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 10:36 AM
Jim Gourley is a native Philadelphia who now works as a freelance writer and photographer in Philadelphia. He sent along word about something he wrote for his blog, about life and baseball and the Phillies. It's very good. Here's a sample paragraph: I started high school in 1964. 1964. Those who know... Read more


Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:40 AM
The Phillies are likely to be underdogs here. That's fine. But it could have been worse. This is the way I figure it: had the Red Sox come back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Rays, the Phillies would have been facing a runaway steamroller with winning experience and a winning pedigree. To me, that... Read more

Partying like it's 1993

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 12:53 AM
My God, they're never going to leave. They're never going to get changed, shower off the champagne stink, get on the plane and return to Philadelphia. It's been over an hour now and there is no sign that the Phillies are ready to leave the field at Dodger Stadium and head to the World Series. There... Read more

Phils wait on history

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 4:42 PM
It's about 4 1/2 hours before the first pitch at Dodger Stadium as I type this. The ballpark is coming to life. A couple of Dodgers are catching fly balls in the outfield. The television people are in the midst of all of the technical stuff they have to do to make sure you can see the game. Nobody... Read more

The demise of Tony Hunt

Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 10:19 PM
Stunning news. There is no other way to put it. The fact that the Eagles have made the decision to jettison running back Tony Hunt, their third-round draft choice last year -- and to do it not even halfway through his sophomore season -- is jaw-dropping. It just is. When they tried to turn him into... Read more
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at Reach Rich at

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