Tom G from Balls, Sticks & Stuff!!! He guessed that our favorite announcer Chris Wheeler would mention the size of Petco Park during the final 3 games of the Phillies-Padres about 9 times. I counted 10 times throughout the 3 games, putting Tom almost spot on! Congrats Tom, and I hope you like the shirt. And everyone else go get their favorites, courtesy of the Chris Wheeler Glossary and Cole Hamels Facts.com.
Or he’s already hit it:
On Friday, A-Rod will be on deck when the Yankees resume a suspended game against the Orioles in the eighth inning. If he homers in the completion of the suspended game, it would count as being hit on June 28, when the game began. That would make it home run No. 493 — and Wednesday night’s would become No. 500.
Alex, the obvious AL MVP, is having a sick season where he’s putting up a 1.072 OPS as a 3B in a ballpark that gears towards left-handed hitters, not righties. He’s already hit the same amount of homers (35) as he did during the entire 2006 campaign, and is only one double (25) behind last year’s total.
Him hitting home run number 500 at the age of 32 is a tremendous accomplishment, and he could literally retire tomorrow and probably still be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. However, he’s going to continue playing, and will likely have several more years of peak performance. Rodriguez might be the first player to net $30 million in one season, should he resign with the Yankees or opt out of his contract and go out on the free market. I hope I won’t be the only one enjoying watching his career finish out.
After Antonio Alfonseca almost blew the game for the Phillies when he gave up 3 runs in the 9th, Jimmy Rollins smacked a triple to left center and then sprinted home on an errant throw to tie the game back up at 5-5. It took 5 more innings for either team to put anything up on the board, with the Phils squandering a ridiculous chance to score when Chase Utley and Howard were walked to start the bottom of the 10th and then this horrible sequence occurred:
|– A. Rowand popped bunt out to third|
|– M. Bourn grounded out to first, C. Utley to third, R. Howard to second|
|– C. Coste hit for J.C. Romero|
|– C. Coste fouled out to first|
Bunting with a guy hitting as well as Aaron Rowand? Not being able to hit the ball further than 60 feet? Kudos to all involved. Kudos indeed.
And then there was Ryan Howard. He wouldn’t let the Phillies go down to the lowly Washington Nationals…no no no, he smacked a Chris Booker pitch into the 2nd deck in right field to end the game 7-5 in the Phils favor. It was Howard’s 28th bomb of the year and 9th this month. His march towards player of the month of July (357 average, 460 OBP, 771 slugging percentage and 9 homers) continues. This guy is simply on fire, as is much of the rest of the offense. Score one for the good guys!