August 22, 2007
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Dobbs, 3b; Cost, c; Durbin, p.
This is one of those good news, bad news bits.
Shane Victorino is back in right field tonight. Finally, one coming back from the wounded. But, Cole Hamels is headed for the DL.
Hard to believe but 44-year-old Jamie Moyer and 35-year-old Antonio Alfonseca are the only pitchers from the opening day staff that have not spent time on the DL. We should take a team picture in the trainer’s room. The way things are going, the photographer would probably get injured.
Back in spring training, Pat Gillick said he liked the character of this team. In his mind, character helps a team get through the tough times. He couldn’t be more accurate.
On the field, the club just keeps on battling. I know you’ve heard this before right here, but credit must go to Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff. Charlie is always positive and that caries over to the clubhouse.
No one knows where the Phillies will finish this year. But, we do know this team is full of heart and character.
Philly fans like athletes who bust a gut. They should love this bunch.