Power Against Power
Rollins, ss; Victorino, cf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Jenkins, rf; Bruntlett, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p.
Phillies and Marlins means pennant implications but also a battle of the long ball. We rank first and they are second. So, it is power against power.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Phillies have a streak of homering in 12 straight games. More than 12:
16 2002, 2006
14 1922, 2006
Baseball’s Team USA left the country today bound for China and the 2008 Olympics.
Shortstop Jason Donald, catcher Lou Marson and coach Roly de Armas of the Phillies are on Team USA.
Yesterday, they finished a four-game series against the Canadian Team in Durham, NC, winning three. Pat Gillick and Chuck LaMar were there for two of the games. De Armas reported Marson was 2-for-7 with an RBI and caught well in three games. Donald was hitless in 14 at-bats over four games. “Jason was pulling off the ball and pressing. He’ll be OK.”
First Olympic game is August 13 against Korea. The Gold Medal game is set for August 23. Hopefully, Team USA will be in that final game.
“There’s no bigger thrill than representing our country,” said Jason. “I’ll take in the sites the first day or two but then it is time to focus on baseball. We are there on a business trip. The business is bringing back a Gold medal.”
“He provided a lot of power in a small package. Sammy had one swing and stayed with it throughout his career. He was a professional who played with fire. He and Manny Trillo are the coolest teammates I had. Great smile, great influence in the clubhouse. He’s still in the game which is a reflection of his baseball knowledge,” Del Unser.
“Playing with Sammy was such a treat, not just watching him hit and run but as a teammate you couldn’t ask for a better person. His constant smile and upbeat attitude were second to none. It’s an honor to be able to say he was my teammate and more importantly, my friend,” Larry Andersen.
Samuel will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame on Friday night; pre-game festivities begin at 7 p.m. with the Phillies-Pirates game to follow.