October 2009

A Laugher

Game 3 recap
Brad Lidge entered the hotel elevator after Friday’s Game 1 nail-biter in LA, “When are we going to have a laugher?” 

Well, Brad, it happened last night.  Aerial fireworks greeted the Phillies as they took the field for the start of the game.  In their first at-bat, fireworks continued on the field as they scored four times and then tacked on two more in their second AB.  End result: a brilliant pitching clinic once again by Cliff and the biggest romp in Phillies postseason history.

Heck, we out-scored the Eagles!

The Big Piece continues to pepper the postseason record book.  He’s an RBI machine.  Cliff tied the club postseason record with 10 strikeouts (Steve Carlton and Curt Schilling).  Teammate Scott Eyre called him amazing.

Quietly Chase has also entered the team’s postseason record book.  After going hitless in his first postseason game in 2007, he’s now hit in 23 consecutive games.   Then, there’s Chooch.  Ruiz is a certified hot hitter.

Then, there’s Jayson.  Werth now has the most extra-base hits in team postseason history, 14 in 76 ABs.  Schmidt had 13 in 140 ABs. 

Postseason Memories
Mickey Morandini, a second baseman with the Phillies (1990-7; 2000) is throwing out the ceremonial first ball tonight.  His postseason career with the Phillies came in 1993.  During the NLCS, he hit .250.  In the World Series, .200, in 3 games.  His big league career also included the Chicago Cubs (1998-1999) and Toronto Blue Jays (2000).  Now 43, Mickey resides in his native Indiana.

What was the biggest change when you played in the postseason?
“Biggest change since I was in the postseason has been the addition of the wildcard team.  We only had two rounds, the NLCS and Series, which made for a shorter postseason.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Beating the Braves in the NLCS was something I’ll never forget.  As far as my foundest personal memory, hitting a triple off Greg Maddux to clinch Game 6 at Veterans Stadium.   Standing on third base and hearing the Phillies fans make all that noise was quite a thrill.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was watching the game on TV with my family in our home.  We had to have the loudest cheer in Indiana after the last out.”

Postseason history
Phillies are 1-1 on this date.  They took a 3-2 lead in the 1980 World Series with a 3-2 win in Kansas City on Manny Trillo’s game-winning single.   13 years later, they fell behind the Blue Jays in the WS, 2-1, after losing 10-3 at the Vet.

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Ready for Game 3

Weather is looking OK for Game 3 tonight.  Field is longer covered by the tarp.  Wind is helping dry everything.  Couple of ground crew members are touching up (painting) the logos on the field.  Logos were diluted by the rain.

Usual pre-game interview room will have Manuel and then Blanton starting at 4:30 p.m.; Torre at 5:30 p.m., followed by Wolf.  Clubhouses are closed to the media pre-game.

With the volume of media, the normal press box isn’t large enough.  An auxiliary press box has been set up in Sections 236 and 237 of the Hall of Fame Club, which is the same level as the Press Box.  In LA, the auxiliary press box was in the upper deck of Dodger Stadium.

Postseason Memories
Chris Wheeler is the senior member of the Phillies broadcasting team, having finished his 33rd year in the booth.  He originally joined the organization as a member of the PR department in 1971.  “Wheels” has just published a book, “View From The Booth”.  The 64-year-old is a Penn State U. grad and proud of it.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Saw a lot of games on TV but my favorite memory was watching Sandy Koufax in the World Series.  He was something special.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Being with the team for the 1980 and 2008 World Championships and riding in those parades.  Thought the ’80 parade was breath-taking until last year’s ride.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“Sitting next to Harry and hearing him call the last out.  I know I over-reacted as everyone has seen on the videos, but what the heck.”

Postseason History
Phillies have played only one other postseason game on this date and it came in 1980.  Willie Aikens hit two homers and the Royals won, 5-3, to even the World Series at 2-2.  But something happened in the fourth inning that set the tone for the rest of the Series.  Dickie Noles brushed back George Brett on an 0-2 count.  Brett would only get three singles and Aikens one hit in the remaining two games.

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Back Home

Rainy, damp and cold day at Citizens Bank Park.  Good there’s no game scheduled for tonight.  Team arrived home around 3 this morning to 41 degree temperatures. Game time in LA yesterday was 93.

Both teams have scheduled workouts for the afternoon. Managers and starting pitchers for game 3 will be available in the interview room.

Game 2 recap
Postseason nail-biters continued yesterday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.  This time, the Phillies were on the short end of a one-run decision.  Pedro was magnificent with seven shutout innings.   Fateful eighth told the story: three LA hits plus two walks and an error led to two LA runs off five Phillies relievers (31 pitches). The nightmare half-inning took 28minutes.

Got to give credit to Padilla.  The former Phil silenced the Phillies bats in 7.1 innings, allowing one run on Howard’s towering drive into the left field bleachers.  Howard had half of his team’s four hits.

Howard’s driven in a run in six straight postseason games, matching Bernie Williams and Pudge Rodriquez for second place in baseball history.  The great Lou Gehrig holds the record, eight straight games.

Howard has now reached base in 15 consecutive postseason games.  He has 15 hits in postseason road games over the last three seasons, best among all NL players.

Scouting the AL
Phillies have five scouts following the Angels-Yankees ALCS: Chuck LaMar, Charley Kerfeld, Gordon Lakey, Howie Freiling and Tim Kissner.

Ceremonial first balls
Darren Daulton will throw out the ceremonial first ball tomorrow night; teammate Mickey Morandini will have the honor on Monday night.  Dallas Green is scheduled for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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Another nail-biter

Got to love those three-run homers.  Ruiz and Raul did the damage as the Phillies took game one.  LA lefty George Sherrill had given up two runs in 30 appearances after joining the Dodgers on July 30.  Left-handed hitters batted .128 with no homer in last 141 at-bats over two seasons. Raul took care of that hitting the first pitch he saw from his former teammate in Seattle.  It turned out to be the game-winning blow.

Brad gets the save but Chan Ho should also get a save for his outing.  He was really sharp.  Madson got himself in a jam but also pitched out of it.

Numbers
Phillies are 14-4 in their last 18 NLCS games.  Under Charlie, they are 15-7 in the playoffs.  Road record this year: 3-0.

Postseason Memories
A first baseman, Ricky Jordan played for the Phillies from 1988 through 1994.  He also played for the Mariners in 1996.  His postseason experience was 1993, the NLCS vs. Atlanta and WS vs. Toronto.  He led the club with 16 pinch hits in ’93.  The 44-year-old resides in northern California.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Watching Reggie Jackson hit home runs for the Yankees back in the 70’s and becoming known as Mr. October.”

As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“Having to rise to a different level, because more media and fans would be watching you on a bigger stage with more at stake.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Being in the starting lineup as the DH for the first World Series game back in 1993 against Toronto.  As far as the fondest team memory, beating the Braves that year.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“Well, I was back at home in California.  After being at Citizens Bank Park for Game 3 and part of 4, I returned home because Game 4 got postponed for a couple of days because of bad weather.  My Bad.”

Postseason History
Phillies are 0-2 on this date, losing the 1983 World Series to the Orioles and losing the first game of the WS in Toronto 10 years later.

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Postseason Memories
Jim Eisenreich was an outfielder who played for the Phillies from 1993 through 1996. He also played for the Twins, Royals, Marlins and Dodgers during a 15-year career. He played for the Phillies in the 1993 NLCS and World Series and was a member of the 1997 World Champion Marlins.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“My memory of October baseball as a kid was pretty limited. I was a Twins fan, and except for 1965, they were never in the playoffs.  Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’ and Reggie Jackson with the Yankees hitting home runs are the things that stick out for me.”

As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The biggest change when I played in the post season was the number of media people there. Also, the time that was allowed for them before and after each game.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“My most treasured memory of the postseason was in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, bottom of the 11th, bases loaded and I’m on second base in a 2-2 tie with the Cleveland Indians and Edgar Renteria got a single to drive in the winning run. We were World Series Champs.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was at home last October watching the Phillies win the World Series as well as texting some of my Philly friends who were at the game.”

Postseason History
A year ago on this date, Cole Hamels beat the Dodgers, 5-1, sending the Phillies to the World Series.

Alumni Reunion
Former Phillies on the Dodgers include Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Jim Thome, Larry Bowa, Mariano Duncan and Ken Howell.

Last Day Game
Tomorrow’s game begins at 1:07 (PDT) and will be the final day game of the postseason schedule.  It is also a travel day:
**7:30 a.m., early team bus leaves for Dodger Stadium
**9 p.m., 2nd team bus
**11 a.m., club officials, player wives/family bus
**Post-game, 4 buses depart for airport and Delta charter flight
**Approx. 3 a.m. Saturday, back home
**Sleep, sleep, sleep

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Soggy Los Angeles

Postseason Memories
Larry Andersen (“LA”) just completed his 12th season as a member of the Phillies broadcasting team.  A former pitcher, LA played 17 years in the majors with six different teams, including the Phillies twice (1983-86; 1993-94).  He is one of handful of Phillies to appear in two World Series (1983, 1993).  The 56-year-old is a native of Portland, OR.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“As a kid we got to watch the World Series in school because all games were day games.”

As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“The fact that game times were determined by television.  And, mass media everywhere.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Getting a save in Game 5 of the 1993 NLCS against the Braves and riding in the parade last fall.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“Knowing I wouldn’t be on the air in the late innings of Game 5 last year, I went down to Section 117 to sit with my girl friend, sister and other friends. I got to experience the last out with all the fans.”

Postseason History
Phillies have played one game on this date, 1980: Bake McBride’s three-run homered keyed a five-run third inning that carried the Phils to a 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series.  It was the first World Series game to be played in Philadelphia in 30 years.

Dreary LA
Soggy, rainy day in southern LA.  Team landed at 1:30 this morning.  Charlie had scheduled a 5 o’clock workout at Dodger Stadium this afternoon, same time as game time tomorrow.  Forecast for tomorrow and Friday is clear and in the 80s, quite a change from Denver.

Phillies must submit their NLCS roster by 10 tomorrow morning (PDT).  While flying over the northern most border of Texas, Ruben, Charlie, Dubee, Green, Proefrock and Looper all huddled on the Delta 757 aircraft for about 15 minutes.  Another meeting today.

Chan Ho, on the DL for the NLDS, was on the flight to LA.  Todd Zolecki will file all the news stories on phillies.com.  Check often.
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On to LA

Tummy Twister
What an NLDS series.  Final three games came down to the final at-bat in one-run games. Brad posted back-to-back saves to send the Phillies on to LA.  For the fifth time in NLCS history, the Phillies will battle the Dodgers.

Phillies are known for their long ball and not always playing small ball.  They should also be known as playing resilient ball. 

Team arrived in Philly around 3 this morning.  Early this evening, a Delta charter flight will depart for Los Angeles.

If you haven’t noticed, Scott Eyre is writing a blog on phillies.com.  It is must reading.

Postseason Memories
Dickie Noles was a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies from 1979-81 and again in 1990.  His 11-year major league career also included the Cubs, Ranges, Indians, Tigers and Orioles. In three postseason games with the Phillies in 1980, he allowed one run in 7.2 innings.  Now, 52, Noles is the Employee Assistance Professional for the Phillies.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Mine was the 1969 New York Mets. It was the first year that I fell in love with baseball. I could not get enough, playing or watching.”

As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“I thought the biggest change was the so called pressure.  You get so pumped up ( in sports they say don’t get to high and don’t get to low) that everything seems better–the food you eat tastes better, your clothes fit, you feel better, your focus is better. This is what you dream of as a kid. Plus, I believe that as a minor league player in the Phillies farm system, we were taught to look forward to these situations.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Winning the World Series in 1980.  Just looking around the Vet with Tug on the mound and the excitement of the fans. All players have that dream, bases-loaded, game on the line and you win the championship. I can still see that moment as though it was yesterday.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“I was in the stands with our employees and then went inside to watch everything on TV.  Another great moment.”

Postseason History
Phillies are 1-2 on this date, including winning the NL pennant in 1993. A year ago, Phillies won Game 4 of the NLCS.  This year, Game 1 of the NLCS is Thursday night.

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Huge a.m. win

Postseason Memories
Ron Reed came to the Phillies as a starting pitcher and was converted into a durable reliever (458 games) from 1976-83.  He also pitched for the Braves, Cardinals and White Sox. His postseason experience with the Phillies includes one Division Series, five NLCS and two World Series, 1980 and 1983.  The 66-year-old Notre Dame grad also played in the NBA for two seasons. 

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“Watching the Yankees in the World Series. It seemed like they were always in the World Series. I was a big Mickey Mantle fan.”

As a player, what was the biggest change between the regular season and postseason?
“Has to be the level of intensity. My first playoffs were with the Braves against the 69 ‘Miracle Mets.’ I remember all of the excitement and the feeling in the clubhouse of ‘Hey, we are really in the playoffs with a chance to go to the World Series.’  And that carried over into all of the playoffs when I was with the Phillies. Unbelievably intense atmosphere.”

What is your fondest personal postseason memory?
“Getting the ‘SAVE’ in Game 2 of the 1980 WORLD SERIES is my fondest personal memory from all of the postseasons I participated in. And of course being part of that great Phillies team is a great memory. After getting to the playoffs in 1976, 1977, and 1978, and losing all three playoff series, 1980 was special and a memory I’ll always cherish.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“At home watching fellow Golden Domer Brad Lidge get the final out. The Phillies have won only two World Series in their history and both times a former Notre Dame pitcher was in the bullpen!”

Postseason History
Phillies are 1-3 on October 12.  The lone win was a big one, clinching the NL pennant in Houston 29 years ago.

Game 3 Recap
“The absurdity of a wildly entertaining game was that it didn’t end until 2:14 a.m. Eastern time in temperatures in the mid-20s, which begs the question that if no one was awake to see it, did it really happen?”, wrote Martin Frank in the Wilmington News-Journal.

For those Phillies faithful that were able to stay awake, it indeed was an entertaining game and a huge win; Credit goes to both teams for playing a mistake-free game in bitter cold conditions.  Tip of the cap also goes to the Colorado fans who sat through the marathon game.  Hope no one got frostbite.

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Postseason Memories
Jim Jackson’s just completed his third season of hosting the pre-game and post-game shows on the Phillies Radio Network.  He’s also the voice of the Flyers, having spent 16 seasons with the NHL Club.  The 46-year-old is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“I was 10 years old and got home from school just in time to see the famous brawl between the Reds and Mets in the 1973 NLCS sparked by Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson.  It caught my attention so that I followed playoff baseball from that point on.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“Sitting in the Phillies radio booth right next to Harry as he made the call of the final out, a call he wanted so long to make.  It was such as tremendous thrill to see the absolute joy in his eyes.  And, of course, one seat away, Wheels was showing us all how to do the ‘Wheeler.'”

Postseason History
Phillies are 2-3 on this date in postseason history, winning last two.  A year ago, Myers beat the Dodgers in NLCS game 2.

Numbers
Rockies had the second-best home record in the NL (51-30) . . . Phillies, the best road record (48-33) . . . At Coors Field, Phillies are 27-28.

Tonight
Parkas and gloves will be available to the Phillies . . . Dugout will also contain portable heaters and oxygen . . . Plus, Harry Kalas’ blue blazer and white shoes.  Last game Harry called was in Coors Field on April 12.

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On to Denver

Postseason Memories
Scott Franzke is the radio voice of the Phillies who’s just completed his fourth season in the booth with Larry Andersen.  The 37-year-old Texas native is a graduate of SMU with a degree in broadcast journalism.

What is your favorite memory of October baseball as a child?
“I grew up following the Rangers, so no October memories there. In Texas, October was for football. I think the ’86 series between the Mets and the Red Sox was the first that I really followed, pitch-by-pitch. I had a friend who was a Sox fan; but more than anything, I was drawn to the drama of it all. Whether it was Buckner’s error in ’86; Gibson in ’88 (as a Rangers fan I didn’t much care for A’s closer Dennis Eckersley); the Game 7 between the Twins and Braves in ’91; or (sorry, folks) Carter’s homer in ’93 – those were the classic moments I remember most.”

Where were you when the Phillies won the World Series last October?
“People ask me all the time, whether I was in the booth with Harry watching that scene unfold? The answer is, no. I was in the groundskeepers room under the ballpark watching on TV. I was in there with 2 or 3 other ‘reporters,’ ready to storm the field and do post-game interviews, plus a few officials from Major League Baseball. Once the umpires had cleared the tunnel, we were allowed onto the field. It was amazing watching it all from that perspective. Once the players came out of the dogpile, I stopped Shane Victorino for an interview, and realized we were standing right on top of the pitchers mound. There was so much joy in his eyes. Mine, I’m sure, were pretty wide too watching from field level as 45,000-plus people went crazy.”

Postseason History
On this date, the Phillies are 2-3.  First game was in 1915 at Baker Bowl and Woodrow Wilson became the first U. S. President to throw out a first ball.

Game 2 Recap
Game was filled with a lot of drama.  Biggest at-bats belonged to Fowler.  Twice we had two strikes on him and each time he hit a sacrifice fly and we lost by one run . . . Shane had three hits and his bid for a 4th needed a foot more to Barmes’ left to fall in for a game-tying hit in the last of the 9th.

Today
Both teams had charter aircraft waiting for them after yesterday’s game.  Flight time: four hours. Phillies were scheduled to land at 9:45 p.m., which would be 11:45 in the east.  Phillies are scheduled to work out at Coors Field at 1 this afternoon.

Game times
In case you haven’t heard, Sunday’s game will begin at 10:07 p.m. (EDT).  Game 5, if necessary, will be either 6:07 or 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Citizens Bank Park.  If it is the only game that day, then it will start at 8:07 p.m.

MLB’s press release on the remaining game times included the following:  “Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.”  Saturday’s Denver forecast: high of 30 degrees and snow.  Stay tuned.

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