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Live Journal: The Phils season opener is over…

Originally posted April 2, 2007:

And they lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in 10 innings. I’m pissed. No, I’m not poed over the fact that they’d lost their opening game, something that they’d seems to enjoy doing over the last decade or so. And no, it’s not because they wasted a good effort by their starter, Brett Myers, even if he did give up a home run in the top of the 8th that tied the game after the starters had fought their way against John Smoltz to take over the lead, who in most cases appear to be hitting the ball good right now (a good sign that they’re going to break a few games wide open later in the season). And it’s not because they blew an opportunity to break the game open while leading 3-2 with runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the 7th, or that they blew an opportunity with runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the 9th to win it. No, I’m pissed because Ryan Madson, who came in to pitch the top of the 10th in relief of ‘Flash’ Gordon, gave up a two run home run to lose the game. I mean, what is up with him? It seems when the relief corps blows a game, he seems to be the one leading the way. Well, it at least seems that way to me since last year. And with his previous year’s ERA of giving up over 5 runs a game doesn’t instill a lot of confident that this year he won’t continue blowing it when he’s given the ball.

From what I see right now, it looks like the relief corps will determine how far the Phils will go this season. And, if Madson continues to go on the pitcher’s mound and blow up the game just like he did today, the Phils aren’t going into the playoffs.

I’m hoping that I’ll be proven wrong, but he’s going to have to go out there and show me that he can go in there and not give up runs!


Live Journal: How Opening Day use to start…

Originally posted March 31, 2007:

Well, the Major League Baseball 2007 season will start tomorrow night, April 1, with a night game between the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and the National League Eastern Division Champion New York Mets. But I won’t be talking about that. What I will be talking about is a tradition that appears to have all but disappeared within the last decade or so, that baseball no longer starts its season in Cincinnati. Before any of you say what do you mean, since Cincinnati plays a home game Monday afternoon, what I mean is that when I was growing up, back in the 1970s and 1980s, I and I’m sure of lot of other baseball fans did as well, knew that the season had started once we’d heard that the first pitch had been thrown by the Cincinnati Reds’ opening day starter against the first batter of his team’s opponent for that day.

Now, if you’re wondering about the tradition behind it, it goes like this: In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the possible ancestors of the present-day Cincinnati Reds or Redlegs, which had been formed earlier in 1866 as an amateur team, became the first team in the country to pay all of their players. Before then, all teams, the majority of which came from the East Coast and were mostly formed from members of gentlemen clubs, were made up of amateur players, which meant that they only played the game part-time. With that year’s Cincinnati club, people were now being paid to play baseball full time. This is important as these full timers went across the country, or rather across the Eastern half of the country, to play against the more traditional amateur teams, as well as some college clubs, and for the that year the team went 57 and 0. The following year, in 1870, the team won 24 more games in a row before it finally was defeated, 8-7, by the Brooklyn Athletics in Brooklyn on June 14. So, for over a year, the team won 71 games in a row before finally losing a game. The team was disbanded in 1871, as the club that own the team couldn’t afford putting together another team of professionals for that year.

Meanwhile, after seeing what a team made up of paid professionals could do, several other organizations started to create teams that were made up of paid players. This in turn led to the first organized league of professional teams, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1871. This would in turn lead to the creation of the present-day National League in 1876, which replaced the NA because that league had been dominated by one club, was inflicted by franchise instability, lacked a central authority and had been corrupted by gambling.

Anyway, as far as I know, the long standing tradition, or at least the tradition was during the years that I was growing up and until lately, had opening day beginning with a home game being played first in Cincinnati in honored of that particular team. But now, it appears that that tradition is now a thing of the past. I don’t know why it happened, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be because the guys who are presently running major league baseball no longer honor certain traditions.

Live Journal: Well, the Phils have finished their second Spring Training game…

Originally posted March 2, 2007:

And this time they won, beating the Cleveland Indians at their Clearwater, Florida, home, 6-4. The bats are still hitting, including a homer from Ryan Howard in two at bats, Nobody committed an error, so that’s good, and the pitching seem to have held up. Well, Spring Training now have the Phils even at 1-1.

Live Journal: Well, the first Phillies Spring Training game is over…

Originally posted March 1, 2007:

and they lost to the American League champions Detroit Tigers, 9-7. From the boxscore, it looks like the players are hitting the ball, but they need to do something about the glove work. Three errors? Either someone’s glove is leaking, or its one of those who won’t be around when the team heads for Philly later this month. Also seems the pitching needs some work. But, it is only the first game.


Live Journal: Spring Training starts in earnest today….

Originally posted February 28, 2007:

Well, I’d just discovered that Spring Training games started today. For the Phils, their first game is tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm and will be against the Detroit Tigers. Now we’re going to see if the team will do better this year. After all, if they’re going to be the league best, they’re going to have to get out of the gate, running. Hopefully, they’ll actually do it this year. Fingers very cross.


Live Journal: Well, Spring Training starts  today…

Originally posted February 15, 2007:

The pitchers and catchers of all of the major league teams will be reporting in Florida and Arizona today, along with a few players who just want to get an early start, and that mean some of the Phillies will be working out in Clearwater, Florida.


Live Journal: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….

Originally posted February 14, 2007:

Well, as I’d thought, old man winter came back yesterday. As snow. And although it’s no longer snowing, it’s coming down as freezing rain. Gee, I thought it was suppose to be getting warmer with all this global warming talk. Guess all of the hot air from the wind bags just haven’t reached the atmosphere yet. I know, I know, bad lion, bad lion! Like I give a care.

Anyway, the pitchers and catchers will be reporting for Spring Training tomorrow. Wee, I can’t wait. Can you see me bouncing around the room like Tygger? You can’t? Sorry, but, I can’t help that.

Looking into the Spring Training section of the Philadelphia Daily News. Huh? Conlin is already predicting the Phils will win the National League East? I just hope the old boy isn’t blowing smoke. Anyway, the article is interesting. I just hope it’s the team’s actual opening day and after lineup. Well, guess we’ll see come April 2 against those pests from Atlanta. What was their name again? Oh, yeah, the Braves. Time to keep them down while we have the chance. I don’t want to spend another winter seeing National League Eastern Division Champions the Atlanta Braves. GGGRRRRRR!!!!!!!