Backing J-Roll

May 31, 2007

A reader felt Jimmy Rollins is also being snubbed in the All-Star voting.  J-Roll, this week, was in third place among the shortstops, which may have the greatest depth of any position. 

There’s the “4 R Club” (Rollins, Reyes, Ramirez, Renteria) and JJ Hardy.  All are having solid years.  But, Phillies fans can get behind Jimmy.  Easiest way is online: www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/ballot_reg.jsp.

He also deserves a Gold Glove.  Granted, he had errors in each of his last two games, but that hasn’t happened since June 18-19 two seasons ago.  He is so consistent defensively, the most steady shortstop I’ve seen in Philly since Larry Bowa. 

Today is a day off but many of the players are joining Jimmy Rollins in his annual BaseBOWL Tournament this evening.  The event is sold out and benefits the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Recording artists Ebon Adams, Marcel Johnson, Lovett Williams and Sergio Wright are joining the bowling event.

Bonds Time
Barry Bonds and the Giants begin a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night.  More about Bonds vs. the Phillies tomorrow.

SF will be starting two lefties, Noah Lowry on Saturday and Barry Zito on Monday afternoon.  Phillies, in getting swept by Arizona, lost two games to lefties, dropping their season mark to 5-14.   Got to turn things around against these southpaws.

Celebrity Time
James Earl Jones, Verizon Band Ambassador and award-winning actor, will participate in a special pre-game reading of “Casey at the Bat” tomorrow night. Ceremonial first ball tomorrow is legendary rock and roll mastermind, Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd.

On Sunday, the ceremonial first ball will be thrown by actors Danny DeVito and Rob McElhenney from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

A Winner
Bob Schaumann of Amherst, NH, is the winner of Tuesday’s trivia question:  Who holds the Phillies record for most pinch-hit HR in a season (5, 1959)?  Bob had the first correct answer: Gene Freese.  A Greg Dobbs autographed baseball is on the way to New England.  Bob also won a Cole Hamels ball a couple of weeks ago in answering a trivia question.

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