Archive: April, 2009
“We’ve got some very professional players, we’ve got some players that love the game just like they always did, but now we’ve also some guys who, I think that they need to kind of look back and think how we got there, and what we did to be a winning team, and I think that sometimes you can do things that get away from the fact that the game is the first priority and winning the game is the first priority."
That's Charlie Manuel speaking to reporters before the game that wasn't. Seems that he doesn't like some of what he's seeing, though he wouldn't name names or specific actions. There will be a full story on this in tomorrow's paper, but I thought you chewers would like something to chew on in lieu of a game.
Tonight’s game has been rained out, as tweeted from the clubhouse. Jamie Moyer, tonight’s starter, will pitch tomorrow, pushing the rotation back a day. The teams are working on determining a makeup date.
Here are the lineups for today’s 1:35 game against San Diego. You will notice that Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth are not starting, and anytime Rollins is out of the lineup for a day game…well, I guess you have to ask why. But as I tweeted this morning, Charlie Manuel said that the slumping Rollins would simply benefit from a day working in the cage, rather than playing an entire game.
Here is the Phillies lineup for tonight’s 7:05 game against San Diego.
Here’s the lineup for tonight’s 7:05 game in Washinton against the winless Nationals. Skies are clear.
More info just came in from the Phillies, which I'm passing along to you:
Too rainy to play tonight, as expected. No makeup date yet announced. Joe Blanton, scheduled to start tonight, will pitch tomorrow, pushing Cole Hamels back to Friday.
This just came my way from the Phillies, and I thought I'd pass it along:
- The television booth in which Harry broadcast since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, “That ball’s outta here!” A plaque will be hung to officially name the booth. The neighboring radio booth is named the Richie (“Whitey”) Ashburn Broadcast Booth, “This game’s easy, Harry.”
- The ceremonial first ball will be thrown by Harry’s three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane.
- Prior to the National Anthem, to be sung by Harry’s son Kane, there will be a moment of silence.
- All fans will receive an 8”x10” color photograph of Harry.
- Harry’s signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning on Friday.
- Also for the seven games, a black drape will appear in front of the Phillies radio and TV booths and the Phillies flag in Ashburn Alley will be hung at half-mast.
- A video of Harry’s career will be aired on PhanaVision.
- During the seventh-inning stretch, a video of Harry singing “High Hopes” will be shown on PhanaVision. Fans will be encouraged to join in.
- During the first half-inning of the game televised by Comcast Network Philadelphia (formerly CN8), there will be no announcer commentary.
- Throughout the remainder of the season, a billboard honoring Harry will be displayed on the outfield wall.
- As previously announced, an HK patch will be worn on Phillies uniforms this season.
- Throughout the 2009 season, following every Phillies home run, Harry’s legendary “Outta Here!” home run call will be played over the PA system as the Liberty Bell lights up.
Just a note in case you're in D.C. for the game or planned your evening around watching on television. It's too early for any official decisions on whether to play, but weather.com says the chance of rain is 100% at gametime. Check in on the blog and Twitter for updates.
This just came in from the Phillies. Also, I want to thank all of you for emailing so many moving memories of Harry. My Blackberry has been buzzing all day, and each time I'm amazed by the eloquence and depth of feeling. Sorry I can't respond personally to each note, but they were all remarkable.