Marlins Weekend

Didn’t think we would go the entire season with one loss.  Bullpen had gone 29.1 consecutive innings without allowing a home run until the fateful eighth yesterday.

So, we move on to tonight.  Charlie’s creed: play one game at a time.  May sound boring, but it works.

First homestand ends with three games against the Marlins (starting tonight) and then a nine-game trip to Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco.  Tough trip that ends against that tough Giants pitching staff. 

Sellout string this weekend should climb from 45 consecutive to 48.

Happy Birthday
Sunday, the Phanatic.  Age: Unkown.  Pre-game show includes the Zooperstars (Clammy Sosa, Pee Wee Geese, Cow Ripken Jr., Harry Canary, Ichiroach Suzuki, Ken Giraffey Jr., Monkey Mantle and Nolan Rhino).  Those mascots crack me up.  Cake will be made of Tastykakes.  Lucky Phanatic.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Jim Lonborg (1973-79), 68 . . . Tomorrow: INF Solly Hemus (1956-58), 87 . . . Sunday: 1B Rico Brogna (1997-2000), 40; OF Jim Eisenreich (1993-96), 51 and RHP Ron Schueler (1974-76), 62.

Phillies History
Yikes.  Phillies were no-hit on April 16 by Burt Hooton (Cubs, 1972) and Bob Forsch (Cardinals, 1978) . . . April 17, Bill Stoneman (Expos, 1969).

April 18, good news: 1987–Mike Schmidt homers at 4:53 p.m. on 30 pitch off Don
Robinson in Pittsburgh to become the 14th player to reach 500 homers.  Threerun
homer in the 9th beats the Pirates, 86.

Exciting New Publication
Philadelphia Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition will be coming off the presses in early May.  The 250-page publication (over 400 photos) is a celebration of Phillies history from 1883 through the 2009 World Series.

Have a great weekend!






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