Happy Father's Day

June 17, 2007

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Dobbs, lf; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Eaton, p.

Hot Ticket
Standing room tickets went on sale at 9 this morning.  Fans were lined up as early as 7:30 a.m.  Last night was the 14th crowd this season over 40,000.  The eighth sellout will be this afternoon.

Jamie Climbing
By picking up his 222nd career win last night, Jamie Moyer has tied Jerry Koosman and that famous Hooks Dauss for 67th place on the all-time list for wins.  Among LHP, Moyer is now tied for 15th with Frank Tanana.

I know Koosman and know of Tanana, but who in the heck is Dauss? 

George “Hook” Dauss was a 5-foot-10-inch RHP from Indianapolis who pitched for the Detroit Tigers, 1912-1926. 

Happy Father’s Day
Piles of boxes that contain over 30,000 straw hats were sitting inside the gates this morning for Father’s Appreciation Day.  All men 15 and over will receive a hat compliments of Chevrolet. 

Harry Kalas and his son, Kane, will be part of a pre-game barbeque party in the Phillies Tent as part of Father’s Day.  One of the player’s fathers was flown in for the weekend.  The players put their names in a hat and a random drawing is held.  Michael Victorino, Shane’s dad, is the winner.  All the Phillies had to do is fly him in from Hawaii.

Throughout Major League Baseball it is also Prostate Awareness Day. Special lineup cards, a ceremonial home plate and bases featuring a blue ribbon will be used during the game, autographed and auctioned for the benefit of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  The Phillies are also holding a silent auction of autographed memorabilia at the First Base Gate.  Those proceeds will go to the Foundation.

Getting A Tour
The Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies team in the Short-Season New York-Penn League, got a tour of Citizens Bank Park this morning.

The 27-man roster flew out of Tampa and landed in Philadelphia where a bus was awaiting them for the ride to Williamsport.

Pat Gillick felt the young players should get a tour of the Phillies home since they were in Philly.  “I thought it would be a good idea for our young players to see their future home,” said Gillick. 

The young prospects got a tour of the clubhouse, weight room, trainer’s room, batting cage, video room, dugout and the field.  They were like a bunch of tourists, taking pictures with their cell phones or digital cameras or video cams. 

Williamsport’s season starts on Tuesday as does the Phillies’ team in the Gulf Coast League team at Carpenter Field in Clearwater, FL.

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