June 29, 2007
This Afternoon’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Bourn, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Dobbs, lf; Helms, 3b; Barajas, c; Durbin, p.
Jimmy Rollins’ game-winning single obviously was big last night. The only more dramatic finish would have been a walk-off home run which would have given him the cycle.
His triple was his 10th. He’s now had double figures in doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases five times. He and Juan Samuel were tied for the most in Phillies history until last night.
Getting a green light on a 3-0 pitch many times results in an out because the hitter is over anxious. Greg Luzinski was a good 3-0 hitter, Mike Schmidt the opposite.
Chase Utley did the impossible last night, homering in back-to-back at-bats and a 3-0 count in each case. The late Gene Mauch, the Phillies winningest manager ever, once said, “Exceptional players to exceptional things.”
Chase and Jimmy are certainly in that class.
Following the 1:35 afternoon game today, game two of the four-game series will begin at 7:05 tonight. Gates won’t open until 6:05 p.m. to allow the cleaning crew to do a quick but thorough job. Somewhere around 300 people will be busy readying the park for the night game. The cleaners are unsung heroes. Another Independence Blue Cross fireworks show is on tap post-game.
What will the players do between games? Rest, check their voice mail messages, grab a bit to eat, shower, change uniforms, hit in the indoor batting cages or work out in the weight room. Some of the hitters will spend time in the vide room watching tapes of RHP John Maine.
Tonight’s game as well as 3:55 tomorrow afternoon and Sunday’s game are sold out. That will make 18 sellouts for the season.
Early to Bed
Because their Thursday night game was rained out before it started, the Mets got to Philadelphia around 11:30 last night. They crawled into their Philadelphia beds before the Phillies.
Because the late night last night, Phillies players were told to be dressed by 12 noon today.
During the third inning of this afternoon’s game, Mets TV announcer Keith Hernandez will join the Phillies broadcast team and Garry Matthews will move over to the NY crew. In the second game, Chris Wheeler and Ron Darling will switch for one inning.
Phillies will be on FOX TV tomorrow afternoon (Kenny Albert and Tim McCarver). Another Tim, as in Tim McGraw, will throw out the first ball.
FOX will also televise the 3:55 Saturday, July 14, Phillies-Cardinals game. The next day, a Sunday Night ESPN telecast with a special 6:00 p.m. start.
Phillies TV Show
WB Mason Behind the Pinstripes is a 30-minute Phillies TV show that airs every Sunday on CW Philly 57. Scott Palmer is the host. Fans can now watch the show on phillies.com. Look for “Phillies Show” on the Fan Forum section home page: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/fan_forum/index.jsp?c_id=phi