Welcome Home, Brian

Good news on Brian Schneider joining the Phillies.  He was a Phillie killer, 6 homers, 53 RBI, most against any NL team (going into 2009). 

Did you know he caught the first pitch in the history of the Washington Nationals, a called strike from Livan Hernandez at 3:07 p.m. on April 4, 2004, at Citizens Bank Park?

He’s a grad of Northampton (PA) High School in the Lehigh Valley so he’s coming back home to play ball.

NL Leaders
Friend Vince Nauss, who used to toil in the Phillies PR department, sent an interesting note:

“In the last 30 years, only 4 teams have been to the World Series 5 times (or more), led by the Yankees who played in 8.  The Phillies, Braves and Cardinals have each played in 5.” 

We share the NL crown which is pretty impressive.

Happy Birthday
A day late….happy 29th to Shane Victorino.  Since he made the last out in the WS, he hosted a charity golf tournament back in Hawaii, got married and won a Gold Glove.

Holiday Gifts
Cyber Monday is gone but there are plenty of online shopping options remaining on this website.

Starting on Friday, Phillies Six Packs will go on sale online for the first time, the first chance to buy individual game tickets for next season.  You get to pick six games (some restrictions apply). Great stocking stuffer.

One of the best sports books this holiday season is View From The Booth by Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler.  Very entertaining publication filled with behind-the-scenes stuff.  He’ll be signing copies of the book this Saturday, the first of a weekend Holiday Sale at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park.

Baseball Hall of Fame Museum has opened the annual Autumn Glory exhibit featuring the two World Series teams.  Obviously, the Phillies have a lesser role this year.  But, many of their items from last year’s display will soon resurface in the timeline sector.

The cap worn by Cliff Lee (4-0, 1.56 in five postseason starts) and a bat Chase Utley used in the World Series when he hit a record-tying five homers, are part of this year’s Autumn Glory display.

The Museum is open every day of the week, year round, except for Christmas, New Year’s and Thanksgiving.  Trip to Cooperstown is a great family holiday gift.  Be sure to take a snow shovel if you are going this winter.

Twitter Swan Song
Going to bow out of the twitter world (barons63).  Thanks to all of you who have been followers. 

Instead, I will be a contributor to philaphillies, the official twitter of the Phillies.  So, sign up, if you haven’t already.

Never did get into facebook, however.  Always said I have a face for radio!


1 Comment

Larry – sorry to see that the Twitter spammers brought so much trouble to your account. Your blog is an underappreciated treat for Phillies fans. Thanks for writing!


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