Hollywood Ending

June 4, 2007, 10:30 a.m.

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Werth, lf; Rowand, cf; Helms, 3b; Barajas, c; Lieber, p.

Today’s Weather
Those famous lingering thundershowers and showers are in the forecast.  Some showers will linger away from Citizens Bank Park.  Gates will open at normal times, 10:35 for Ashburn Alley; 11:35 for the others.

Hollywood Script
When the promotions team met last November, they were looking for different items as give-aways.  Someone came up with the idea of a Shane Victorino figurine, Hawaiian stile to pay tribute to the outfielder’s heritage.  Shane was born in Wailuku, HI, 26 years ago.

Yesterday was the day for children 14 and under to receive the Victorino Hula Figurine.  Down, the Phillies rallied to take the lead.  Down, the Giants rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

That set the stage for a script that could only have been written in Hollywood. Victorino stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the score knotted, 8-8.  He hit is first walk-off home run, a drive that landed in the left field seats.  It was the second opposite field home run of his career. 

Rusty Kennedy, the veteran sports photographer for the Associated Press, captured the homeplate celebration so well.  Just check the home page of this site.

The person who delivers shaving cream pies to teammates in such situations, was creamed by Greg Dobbs and Jayson Werth.  Payback is a beautiful thing.

Some employees wore Hawaiian leis, the announcers donned Hawaiian shirts, PA announcer Dan Baker wore a grass skirt (over his Bermudo shorts, thank goodness), player photos on PhanaVision were superimposed in Hawaiian shirts and “Tiny Bubbles” was performed before the game.

Hawaii was on vacation in Citizens Bank Park.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, where a whole stadium was circled around a person’s life or culture,” Victorino told Scott Lauber of the Wilmington News-Journal.  “Hitting a walk-ff was a perfect way to end it.”

Numbers
The dramatic win improved the Phillies’ Sunday record at Citizens Bank Park to 36-10 . . . Ryan Howard has seven homers among his last 11 hits; 21 RBI in the last 16 games . . . Seems routine, another game, another outfield assist by the Phillies.  Aaron Rowand’s fifth yesterday increased the team’s major-league leading total to 22 . . . 6-14 vs. lefties and southpaw Barry Zito is on the mound this afternoon.   Tom Glavine tomorrow night in New York . . . The Phillies will take busses to the Big Apple after today’s game.

Did You Know?
Who hit the most career homers vs. the Phillies?

Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks hit 67 each; Barry Bonds is next with 64.

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