The MLB-Phillies schedule lists no game today, following one of the poorest homestands in our history.  Todd Zolecki lists the seven worst homestands; I’ve lived through four of them.   Notice, the word “lived.”  So, don’t panic everyone.

While there is no game, every player and every front office employee will be at Citizens Bank Park this evening for the annual Phillies Phestival to benefit ALS, a progressive neuromuscular disease.

Since 1984, the Phillies have raised more than $10.2 million for the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s patient services and research.  Thanks go to the fans that have supported the organization’s effort to strike out ALS all these years.

Phillies leave after the Phestival for St. Petersburg and the final six games of interleague play.  We’re 2-4 at Tropicana Field in interleague history; 5-4 in Toronto’s Rogers Centre.  Our 23-9 road record is the best in the majors.

Ryan Howard will not be at the Phestival or on the team charter tonight.  Hopefully, he can fly to Florida tomorrow.

Everywhere the Phillies go on the road, their fans show up in large numbers.  Will be interesting to see how many Phillies fans will be in St. Petersburg the next three nights.

DH Time
Before Ryan’s illness, the logical DHs were Matt or Dobber, from the left side; Mayberry Jr., from the right side.  A lefty starts tomorrow night. 

IF Ryan is a no-go tomorrow night, who plays first? Dobbs, Bruntlett, Coste or the World Series home run bat of Blanton?

All-Star Voting
In-stadium balloting ends Sunday, which means Phillies fans need to hit the internet to keep voting for their favorite Phillie. 

Someone questioned ballot stuffing.  Everyone should be aware that MLB issues the same number of paper ballots to each of the 30 clubs.  Each club also gets 25 voting dates. So, we didn’t get more ballots or fewer ballots than other clubs. Our final shipment will go to the voting headquarters tomorrow.

Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m., July 2.  25 times is the most one fan can vote.   

Chase and Raul continue to lead at their respective positions.  Chase has fallen behind Pujols for the most NL votes.



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