2008 Topps #305 Carlos Delgado
The New York Mets defeated the Phils 6-3 on Wednesday night taking first place back from the Fightins. Carlos Delgado led the Mets offense hitting his 29th and 30th Home Runs of the season. The two homers extended Delgado’s record for career home runs by a Puerto Rican born player to 461. I would have to say that Delgado is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate.
The Mets and Phils split the two game series, with the Mets giving up the lead in the 9th inning of game one and the Phils returning the favor in the 8th of game two.
Plus - Free tickets from our dear friends Susan n Dave! Kyle Kendrick holds his own versus Johan Santana. This year’s edition of Sam Adams October Fest is out at the ball park.
Minus - Phils cannot manage any key hits after dingers by Howard and Werth in the first two innings. Phils don't acquire Mark Kotsay.
Meh - Parking $10, Turkey BLT Wrap $10.50, Beers $20, Pretzel 3.75. So our night at the ballpark with free tickets still amounted to cost $44.25.
Welcome Aboard – Drew Carpenter made his major league debut for the Phillies last night. Carpenter was ranked ninth among Phillies prospects by Baseball America prior to the 08 season. He pitched a scoreless top of the 9th keeping the Phils within three runs of the Mets.
BlogBlogBlog – In other prospect news the Arizona Fall League rosters have been posted. The Phils will be sending their US Olympic team members, Catcher Lou Marson and Second Baseman Jason Donald, out to the Grand Canyon state. Other Phils on the way to the AFL are Pitchers Carpenter, Joe Bisenius Sergio Escalona, and Patrick Overholt as well as Outfielder’s Quinitin Berry and Jeremy Slayden. The Phils will play for the Mesa Solar Sox squad who count Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as a member of their coaching staff.
2007 Topps '52 Rookies #88 Joe Bisenius
Around the League - Preliminary 2009 MLB schedules have been leaked and according to the New Jersey Star Ledger the NL and AL East will each play each other. The Phils are expected to visit the New Yankee Stadium in 09.
In more schedule news the local A-10 Basketball teams all released their slates for the upcoming season:
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Off the Diamond - The LPGA is thinking of requiring that it's members speak English - I find this odd as there are moments after I have done something wrong, bad, or just plain dumb I find that I wish my favorite Lady would stop speaking English.
Useless Info – Phils set a Citizen’s Bank record with there 45th sellout of the season. Last night was potentially the final game the Phillies will ever play without instant replay.
On Deck – It will most likely be the Mets again. Team Phungo has scheduled a farewell trip to Shea Stadium on the first Saturday in September to catch one more Phils vs Mets contest. In the interim the Phils embark on a road trip to Chicago and Washington.
Scoop – By losing the Phils fell out of first place, which puts them in position to block any waiver claim made by the Mets. This could potentially relate to a potential move for Rockies closer Brian Fuentes.
And finally right before it got ugly I took this photo of what I call the baseball card inning. This is one is sponsered by Upper Deck. As far as I know this is not a design used on any of their cards. They just make it appear like a UD Card. As for the ugly part look at the scoreboard. This picture was taken when thing were still happy. The Phils were still leading in the bottom of the 7th but you can also see doom lurking. On the right it is noted that Greg Dobbs has already pinch-hit for Scott Eyre, foreshadowing the appearance of the games eventual loser Rudy Seanez. Then look to the left. We can see that The Mets #3 hitter for the upcoming inning is Carlos Delgado who will hit the game tying homer that will extend the fateful 8th inning.