Got To Hang Around

Big win last night, especially after coughing it up in the ninth.   This team is resilient and they will need to continue that way with Chase and Polly now on the DL.

Gosh, the starting second baseman, third baseman, catcher, a starting pitcher and a two key bullpen pieces are all on the DL. That’s pretty heavy.  Guess we’ll just have to hang around like possums and monkeys until the DL is clear.

Valdez certainly has stepped up from being a non-roster spring training invitee.  Had one homer in 342 major league at bats before this season.  The guy’s played in 20 different cities in the states plus the Dominican, Korea and Japan. That’s a lot of different uniforms.  He, too, can be called resilient.

Last season, he was in the Mets’ minor league system until Reyes was sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury.  This season, he’s been a fill-in for J-Roll and now for Chase.

After today’s game, the Phillies head for four games with the Pirates in Pittsburgh. It is a very easy road trip, as far as a lifestyle.  No middle of the morning arrivals. They got to Cincinnati on Sunday night at 7:45 p.m., are scheduled to land in Pittsburgh at 7 this evening and be back home at 7:30 on Sunday night.

On to Anaheim
Congrats to Marci Schankweiler – founder of Crossing the Finish Line which provides respite for adult cancer patients and their families – for being selected as the “Phillies All-Star Among Us!” Marci will be honored at the 2010 All-Star Game on FOX and featured in special pre-game ceremony on July 13th at Angels Stadium. More than 1.7 million votes were cast.

We know Charlie will be heading for Anaheim but we don’t know which or how many Phillies will be with him on a Sunday night flight, July 11. 

Don’t forget: Phillies All-Star voting ends Thursday, July 1!



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