Sleep Fast

St. Louis in 2009 is history.  In one of the scheduling quirks, we only play two games in this city this season.  The sweep put us in first place.  Charlie and hopefully several of his players will return to Busch Stadium for the All-Star Game.  That’s another blog for another day.

But, we can’t look back.  Tonight we face one of the game’s best in Mr. Santana in the new Citi Field. 

According to the travel itinerary, the team was due to land at 3:15 a.m. in Newark, NJ.  The team bus to Citi Field was scheduled for 12 hours later.  I was told a long time ago if you want to be in baseball, you’ve got to learn to sleep fast.

When talking pitching, the focus is always on the starters and the closer.  But, the most valuable pitcher may just be Ryan Madson.  What he’s done in a set-up role is lethal. 

New Location
The Phillies’ Weekly Minor League Review has been moved from this space to a new location on this website.  Starting yesterday and for the rest of the season, it will be posted in the Features section of the home page.

Modeling is hard
That’s what the Phillies ballgirls learned.  Read all about it in Down The Line With the Phillies Ballgirls, an entertaining blog on this site.

Happy Birthday
Yep, broadcaster Larry Andersen turns a young 46 today.  Hall of Famer Willie Mays also has a birthday today, #68.

Learned the following took place today:

Bobo Holloman, of the St. Louis Browns, pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics in his first major league start. He never pitched another complete game in the majors.

Just think, Bobo has more career complete games than LA, 1-0!

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