Fitting Jeter Exit


No more bus rides, Delta Charter flights, late arrivals in at hotels.  Yep, the Phillies road schedule ended last night in Miami, their 45th loss in 81 games across the country.

In losing two of three against the Marlins, Phillies hitters produced a total of six extra base hits, all doubles. Three came from Hamels, Kendrick and Buchanan.  It’s been that kind of a season for the offense.

Now, three home games this weekend with the Braves ends it all.  The Phillies will finish last for the first time since 2000

Number of the Day
2 For Derek Jeter who played his last game in Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.  His manager Joe Girardi, who was asked during the game if there were any special plans to remove Jeter from the game one last time, Joe responded, “Most fitting would be a game-winning hit.”

That’s exactly what #2 did for the Yankees with a walk-off single in the last of the  ninth, capping an absolutely brilliant career by one of the classiest persons ever to wear a baseball uniform in the major leagues. Well, it really didn’t cap his career as three games in Boston will end it all.  After the game, he said, in respect to the Boston fans, he will play all three games but not shortstop.  That was reserved for Yankee Stadium. Only fitting.

Thanks for the ride, Derek.

More Phillies Awards
Gordon Lakey, Director, Major League Scouting with the Phillies since 1998, will receive the Dallas Green Award for scouting excellence prior to Friday night’s game.  Lakey has been a scout since 1970.

Chris Wheeler will receive the Richie Ashburn Award before Sunday’s game. The award is given yearly to a member of the Phillies organization who has demonstrated the same loyalty, dedication and passion for the game as the award’s namesake.  “Wheels” has been a member of the Phillies organization since July 6, 1971, spending 37 of years as part of the broadcasting team.

This Date
September 26, 1954
CF Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, a Phillies all-time record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950, and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with LF Del Ennis during a spring training exhibition game at Wilmington, DE.

September 26, 1976, 1st game
After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal park.

September 26, 1998, 2nd game
RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.

September 27, 1977
RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15-9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.

September 27, 2003
Phillies beat Atlanta, 7-6, in 10 innings for final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits the last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.

September 27, 2008
The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

September 27, 2010
For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8-0, in Washington with five games to go.

September 28, 1919
In the fastest game ever played in the major leagues, it takes the New York Giants 51 minutes to beat the Phillies, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds.  Most batters swung at the first pitch and ran the bases at will.

September 28, 1958
CF Richie Ashburn goes 3-for-4 in the final game of the season, a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh, to edge Willie Mays, .350 to .347, for the NL batting title.  The Phillies haven’t had a batting champion since.

September 28, 1983
C Bo Diaz has five hits, including two homers, and 2B Joe Morgan, four hits and three RBI, as the Phillies clinch the NL East, 13-6, at Chicago, their 14th win in the last 16 games.

September 28, 2003
Before a sellout crowd of 58,554, the final game in Vet history is won by the Atlanta Braves, 5-2.  Following the last out, emotional and memorable closing ceremonies are held featuring the 2003 Phillies and nearly 100 alumni, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw. During the ceremonies, Schmidt raised the left arm of Jim Thome to signify the passing of the torch.


September 28, 2011
Phillies set club record for most wins in a season with 102 as they beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 13 innings. Charlie Manuel sets club record for most wins by a manager with 646, passing Gene Mauch.

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
**Sunday Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.



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