Philly Connection

May 14, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 1b; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p.

Broom Averted
One of the great things about the game of baseball is that anything can happen.  The Phillies had a chance to sweep the Cubs yesterday but came up short.  From 11 runs and 16 hits on Saturday, the Phillies fell to one run on four hits yesterday.  Jon Lieber gave the Phillies their seventh consecutive quality start.  That pattern (two of three and quality starts) will pay off during the long season.

Big Crowd
Yesterday’s crowd was the largest at Citizens Bank Park this season and pushed the weekend total to 132,628.  Women 15 and over received a Chase Utley blanket.  Unlike some other teams and sports, the Phillies do not limit give-away promotional items to the first 10,000 fans.   As a result, yesterday’s crowd contained more women 15 and over than any other similar Phillies promotion.  For more about yesterday, check out http://brazertime.mlblogs.com/.

More About Women
Tomorrow, the Phillies are hosting their second Baseball 101 Clinic for women.  There will be instructional sessions with Phillies coaches on the field and in the batting cages, a Q&A with Jamie Apody (Channel 6 sports reporter) and Jade McCarthy (Channel 10 sports reporter), an equipment discussion with Frank Coppenbarger (Director, Team Travel and Clubhouse Services), a Q&A with Pat Gillick, a Q&A with Heidi and Cole Hamels and a session with Phillies broadcaster Scott Franzke.  The bad news: the event is sold out.  The good news: another one has been scheduled for August 28.  For more information: www.phillies.com/baseball101.

Philly Connection
There’s a Philadelphia connection sprinkled throughout the Brewers: RHP Derrick Turnbow and C Johnny Estrada were drafted by the Phillies ten years ago; OF Kevin Mench is a University of Delaware product; INF Tony Graffanino is a resident of Hockessin, DE; RHP Dave Bush is a Conestoga (PA) High School grad; third base coach Nick Leyva managed the Phillies, 1989-91, and resides in suburban Philadelphia; pitching coach Mike Maddux pitched for the Phillies for five years; bench coach Dale Sveum played here in 1992 and Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker was a Phillie in 1966-67.

Ouch
George Widman, a veteran photographer for the Associated Press (so veteran, he has white hair), was flattened by a foul ball during yesterday’s game.  George was shooting out of the photo well at the end of the third base dugout.  “I got hit in the jaw and went down.  I would have been a lousy boxer because I apparently have a glass jaw,” joked Widman today. Widman got back on his feet yesterday and finished photographing the game like a true gamer.  He reports he’s find today.

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