Youth vs. Veteran

This is one of those “good news”, “bad news” scenarios: the Baron’s Corner will appear daily for the rest of the Phillies’ 2006 season.  Hopefully, that journey will carry to Halloween.

Behind the scenes will be the theme.  Intent is to post before the game starts. 

When the sun rose this Sunday morning, the Phillies were a half-game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL Wild Card race. 

Today is Fan Appreciation Day in which the Phillies salute their passionate fans with between-the-innings prizes and surprizes.  It has been a Phillies tradition since 1971, the first year of the Vet. 

But, the “big news” is game three of this three-game weekend series against the Marlins, who handled the Phillies en route to the post-game in past years.  A Phillies sweep is going to be tough with the Marlins running Scott Olsen to the mound.  He’s a tough lefty even though he is only 22 years of age.

Charlie Manuel’s lineup:

Jimmy Rollins, ss
Shane Victorino, cf
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Jeff Conine, rf
Pat Burrell, lf
Chris Coste, c
Abraham Nunez, 3b
Jamie Moyer, p

Both Moyer and Conine are veterans who have been in pressure games during their careers.  GM Pat Gillick brought them here to help this young team in such situations.  The 43-year-old Moyer gives the Phillies a lot of stability and experience to the staff.

Last regular-season home game is tomorrow night, 7:05 against the Astros, who have to fly to Philadelphia following their 8 p.m. (EDT) ESPN Sunday Night telecast in Houston. 

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