May 18, 2007
Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 1b; Helms, 3b; Ruiz, c; Lieber, p.
Scattered and brief light showers are on tap for this evening and tomorrow. We expect to play both games as scheduled (7:05). Ashburn Alley opens at 4:35 p.m. today; all other gates, 5:35 p.m.
There have been some instances in which fans have run on to the field during games. Here’s what fans receive for such foolish acts: a ride in a police car to a police station where they are arrested, bail, a criminal record, a maximum $2,500 fine, up to a year of time in jail for each of three separate charges and the need to hire and pay a lawyer. Pretty expensive for being foolish.
Phillies are 17-11 since starting 3-10 . . . In their last 34 games vs. the NL Central, they are 24-10 . . . Chase Utley’s May 10 bowling tourney raised $150,000 for Philadelphia Futures . . . 262,870 hot dogs have donated their lives to the Hatfield Phillies Franks Dollar Dog promotions this season.
We Have a Winner
Bob Schaumann of Amherst, NH, a transplanted Philadelphian and New Hampshire’s No. 1 Phillies fan, is the winner of yesterday’s Trivia Question: Who was the winning pitcher in the Phillies first interleague game 10 years ago. Schaumann’s response (Wayne Gomes) was the first one posted and a Cole Hamels autographed baseball is on the way.
Gomes, making his major league debut, pitched a scoreless seventh inning and the Phillies scored two in the bottom of the seventh for an eventual 4-3 win over Toronto at Veterans Stadium.
Five players who were in that game on June 13, 1997 are still playing: Carlos Delgado, Scott Rolen, Mike Lieberthal, Curt Schilling and Woody Williams.
Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves doesn’t care for interleague play. Says it isn’t fair. He’ll be facing the Red Sox six times, the Twins, Indians and Tigers, three times each.
To me, Interleague Play creates a new spark during the season. What are your thoughts?