Two weeks ago we swept the Braves in Atlanta.  What a high. 

Now, we’ve dropped five in a row.  What a low. 

Someone once told me: “Don’t get too low when the going is bad and don’t get to high when the going is good.” That someone? The late Gene Mauch.

Manuel’s V-8 Machine has been misfiring.  But, it will get going again.  This is too good an offensive club to keep sputtering.  Hitting is contagious which, I suppose, means non-hitting is the same.

Bottom line: we’re in first place as we head for a tough nine-game road trip through Oakland, Arlington and Atlanta.

Interleague Play
In looking over various message boards, some fans are for it and others oppose it. 

One concern is quality of opponent.  In our case, we have a very difficult interleague schedule.  But, that’s the way it goes.  “There’s no crying in baseball,” Tom Hanks, as manager, said in the movie, League Of Their Own. 

Still like seeing other players from teams in the other league, although Vladimir Guerrero can stay in California next time.

Your thoughts?

Fan Support
Phenomenal!

During the month of June, the Phillies averaged more than 44,500 in their 11 home dates.  The total attendance was 489,879.

Ten of the games were sold out, including the last nine.

Comments Corner
Appreciate the most recent comments. 

Will get to searching for pitching in a later Phillies Insider.  Just keep in mind discussing certain enemy pitchers is tampering and baseball has a huge fine for tampering.

This Date
In Phillies history
1971 RHP Rick Wise becomes first pitcher in major league history to hit two home runs while pitching a no-hitter, 4-0, in Cincinnati.  Wise is currently the pitching coach for the Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers in the Atlantic League.  Von Hayes is the manager.
1973 Ken Brett sets a major league record for pitchers by hitting a home run in his fourth straight game, a 7-2 win in Montreal.
1978 Phillies beat Cubs twice by 6-1 scores at Veterans Stadium to take over the NL East lead, a lead they held for the rest of the season.
1986 Phillies bomb Cubs, 19-1, at the Vet, setting modern NL record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles.  HRs by Juan Samuel (2), Mike Schmidt and Milt Thompson.

 

3 Comments

I have 2 thoughts on Interleague Play – as a baseball fan, I love to see other teams and a variety of players come through town. It’s fun for the fans. However, the way the rules are set up, the scheduling is totally unfair and gives an advantage to certain teams in your division. In that case, I do not favor it, the way it is currently set up. If the rules could be alterered so that each team in the division played the same opponents, then I’d be ok with it. This year, the Phillies got the short end of the stick with this awful schedule, having to play 2 first place teams, followed by a nasty road trip, while their NL East opponents, like the Mets, Atlanta and Florida, can each reap the benefits of playing the LAST place Mariners. Florida even got an additional last place team on their schedule with KC thrown in there as well. If they take advantage of those opportunities or not, is another story, but I think we can agree that after the Phillies went 1-5 to the Red Sox and Angels, we’d much rather have had a shot at KC and Seattle. I believe this team is capable of beating the Red Sox and Angels, but if you are to go through a slump like they are now, odds are better towards winning without Vlad in town :o)

Jenn
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This is totally off the wall, and I have no idea if it’s anywhere near feasible travel-wise, but why not have teams play single games with every team in the other league? It would be a lot fairer but still give fans a chance to see other teams and their stars.

Maybe some sort of round-robin series could be worked out to eliminate extra travel costs.

For example:
Phillies, Mets, Red Sox series at Fenway

Mon. – Mets/Red Sox
Tue. – Phillies/Mets
Wed. – Phillies/Red Sox

With day-night double headers over a weekend or holiday you could probably add a fourth team. As a fan, I think it would be pretty cool, but like I said, it’s off the wall.

Don

This is totally off the wall, and I have no idea if it’s anywhere near feasible travel-wise, but why not have teams play single games with every team in the other league? It would be a lot fairer but still give fans a chance to see other teams and their stars.

Maybe some sort of round-robin series could be worked out to eliminate extra travel costs.

For example:
Phillies, Mets, Red Sox series at Fenway

Mon. – Mets/Red Sox
Tue. – Phillies/Mets
Wed. – Phillies/Red Sox

With day-night double headers over a weekend or holiday you could probably add a fourth team. As a fan, I think it would be pretty cool, but like I said, it’s off the wall.

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