On to NY
Well, we’re now down to a seven-game season and it all starts Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium. Weather forecast is a little iffy but we’ll worry about that later.
59 years ago, the Yankees swept the Phillies’ “Whiz Kids” bunch in the World Series. Time for revenge. Hall of Famer Robin Roberts is one of six Phillies from that WS roster who is still living. He’s going to do the interview room today before the Phillies 1 p.m. workout. Robbie is also scheduled for the Today Show on Wednesday morning in NY.
After the workout, the Phillies will bus to 30th Street Station to board an AMTRAK charter train for the trip north. A workout in Yankees Stadium is on the schedule for Tuesday. Phillies played there back in May, winning two of three.
Tuesday also means meeting day for Ruben Amaro Jr., his staff and Charlie and his staff. Chuck LaMar, Charley Kerfeld, Gordon Lakey, Howie Freiling and Tim Kissner have been scouting the Yankees-Angels series and they’ll provide feedback. The 25-man World Series roster has to be filed with MLB by 10 a.m. on Wednesday which will be part of the meeting.
Bob Boone caught for the Phillies from 1972 through 1981. During his 19-year big league career he also played for the Angels and Royals. He was a four-time All-Star and winner of seven Gold Gloves. With the Phillies he played in four NLCS and the 1980 WS (.412 average). Now, 61, Bob is the Assistant GM, VP of Player Development for the Washington Nationals.
What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Being a bat boy for the Milwaukee Braves at the Coliseum in 1959 vs. the LA Dodgers in the playoff game that determined the team that would play the White Sox in the World Series. The Dodgers won the game as I kneeled with my dad in the on deck circle as he was to be the next hitter as the game ended. The irony of the situation is that my dad had started that season with the White Sox and was traded to Milwaukee mid year.”
As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“I always felt that the playing was the same. The difference was the idea that every pitch was a ‘do or die’ situation. This certainly upped the adrenalin and focus level.”
What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Definitely the parade in 1980. To be able to share that with my family was a career highlight.”
Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“Saw it on TV as I was in Phoenix scouting the Arizona Fall league games”.
Phillies have played only once on this date and it was a year ago at Citizens Bank Park. Ryan Howard homered twice as the Phillies crushed the Rays, 10-2, in Game 4 of the World Series to take a commanding 3-1 lead.
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