Big Farewell Weekend


Can’t remember an icon ending his Phillies career as will happen with Ryan Howard this weekend at Citizens Bank Park.

Four Phillies Hall of Famers had different exits. Richie Ashburn was traded in the winter (1960) while Robin Roberts was sold to the Yankees in spring training (1961). Steve Carlton was released during the season (1986) and Mike Schmidt retired on the road during the season (1989). Howard’s teammates, Chase Utley (2015), Cole Hamels (2015) and Carlos Ruiz (2016), were traded during the season. Jimmy Rollins’ final season (2014) ended with a strained left hamstring on September 8. He was traded three months later.

None were able to receive a final farewell in front of Phillies fans. That’s about to change.

The Phillies will have a special pre-game presentation to Ryan at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Game time is 3:05 p.m. Remember, Saturday’s game time has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. for a FOX national telecast as the Mets continue their push for a wildcard postseason berth.

While the Phillies are limping to the finish line there’s going to be the excitement of Ryan’s final games and trying to spoil the Mets season. Phillies fans will need to drown out the Mets fans.

Citizens Bank Park will be energized as the season closes. Cell phone cameras will be in action.

Howard HR Facts
Career, 381
Vs. Mets, 47, second most against any team
Citizens Bank Park, 197, most for any Phillies player
Batting fourth, 303
Batting fifth: 43
Number of pitchers, 255
RH pitchers, 290
LH pitchers, 91
Different ballparks, 26
Tonight’s pitcher: Gsellman, 0 in 3 AB
Saturday’s pitcher: Colon, 3 in 30 AB
Sunday’s pitcher: Syndergaard, 1 in 10 AB

On this date
2005, #23, Livan Hernandez at Washington
2007, #129, Mike Bacsik vs. Washington

Milestone HRs
#1 9/11/04 vs. Mets, Bartolome Fortunato, Shea Stadium
#100 6/27/07 vs. Reds, Aaron Harang, Citizens Bank Park
#200 7/16/09, vs. Marlins, Chris Volstad, Land Shark Stadium
#300 9/22/12, vs. Braves, Mike Minor, Citizens Bank Park

End Of Road
Jeanmar Gomez’s nightmarish month continued as the Phillies lost their last road game and their final game in Turner Field last night. Entering a 1-1 game in the eighth, he walked the leadoff hitter. It led to a four-run inning and a 5-2 defeat.

Jeremy Hellickson left the game after 3.1 innings because of a sprained right knee and the Phillies leading, 1-0. Hellickson scored that run after a single in the third inning. The other run came on a pair of two-out hits in the ninth.

So, the Phillies finished 34-47 on the road, losing six of their last seven. Yet, it was an improvement on last year’s road record (26-55).

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets
**10-6 vs. Phillies this season
**4-2 at Citizens Bank Park
**Won the season series from the Phillies for the sixth straight year.
**Enter tonight’s game having scored 25 unanswered runs vs. the Phillies
**Bluntly, they own the Phillies

This Date
September 30, 1951
CF Richie Ashburn goes 4-for-8 in final game to finish with 221 hits, the first Phillie to lead the NL in 18 years. Phillies defeat Brooklyn, 9-8, in 14 innings at Shibe Park.

September 30, 1971
CF Willie Montanez sets a club rookie record with his 30th home run as the Phillies end the season with a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at the Vet.

September 30, 1978
LHP Randy Lerch (11-8) hits two home runs and picks up the win as the Phillies capture their third straight NL East title, 10-8, at Pittsburgh.

September 30, 2007
Phillies beat Washington, 6-1, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League
Eastern Division title in last game of season as New York Mets who were tied
with Phillies for first place lost to Florida, 8-1.

September 30, 2009
Phillies beat Houston, 10-3, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch the National League
Eastern Division title with four games left for third straight year and eighth overall.

Twitter: @ShenkLarry

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