Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (8-23-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo is a shot of Chase taking a swing at a ball.  Not sure if Chase got a hit but I sure do miss seeing Chase play here in Philly.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Zach Eflin Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin was placed on the 10-day DL (Disabled List) with a strained right shoulder yesterday (August 22nd).  The injury isn't thought to be serious and the Phils are hoping that Eflin only misses one start.  Minor League pitcher Yacksel Rios has been brought up from Triple A to take Eflin's place on the 25-man roster.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Vincent Velasquez Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

The Phillies announced yesterday (August 22nd) that starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez will be having season ending surgery to help the blood flow to his injured right middle finger.  The injury occurred on August 11th (Vincent Velasquez Placed on DL) and Velasquez hasn't pitched since.  Velasquez is expected to be completely healed and ready for Spring Training.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 124: Marlins (61-62) at Phillies (45-78)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:*

Miami Marlins:                               7
Philadelphia Phillies:                   4

* Game 2 of a doubleheader

SP:   Nick Pivetta

LP:   Nick Pivetta (4-9)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (26)
Andres Blanco = 2 (9)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (59)

Home Runs:

Nick Williams = 1 (7)
Andres Blanco = 1 (3)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (18)

Runs Scored:

Nick Williams = 1 (24)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (45)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (4)
Andres Blanco = 1 (8)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 123: Marlins (60-62) at Phillies (45-77)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:*

Miami Marlins:                              12
Philadelphia Phillies:                   8

* Game 1 of a doubleheader

SP:   Aaron Nola

LP:   Aaron Nola (9-9)


RBIs:

Rhys Hoskins = 2 (11)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (28)
Maikel Franco = 1 (60)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (23)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (58)
Andres Blanco = 2 (7)

Home Runs:

Rhys Hoskins = 1 (6)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (13)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (8)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (17)
Andres Blanco = 1 (2)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (61)
Nick Williams = 1 (23)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (10)
Tommy Joseph = 2 (44)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (3)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (31)
Andres Blanco = 1 (7)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Krispy Kreme Eclipse Doughnut

Hi everybody,

To help celebrate the solar eclipse yesterday (August 21st), Krispy Kreme decided to sell a special chocolate glazed doughnut.  The doughnut was sold all day yesterday and a few hours on Saturday and Sunday (August 19th-20th).

As soon as I heard about these bad boys...I knew that I had to have at least a couple dozen.  My friends were nice enough to drive me into South Jersey to visit the Krispy Kreme in Collingswood on Saturday afternoon so I could get some of the first ones made.  After waiting in line for a little while, I saw those special doughnuts heading down the conveyor belt toward me.

Krispy Kreme Collingswood

Waiting in line.....

Here they come...

After purchasing a lot of them, we headed home and admired our bounty before I got down to some serious eating.

Need doughnuts....

Time to eat the first of many....

I quickly ate the first dozen and when I was ready to eat the next batch...I showed them off to my best pal Little Sherlock before offering him some.

Admiring the doughnuts with my pal Little Sherlock

Thanks for making these Krispy Kreme.  I hope to see them again someday...preferably before the next eclipse.



Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, August 21, 2017

Odubel Herrera Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting center fielder Odubel Herrera was placed on the 10-day DL (Disabled List) with a sore left hamstring before Friday night's (August 18th) game against the San Francisco Giants.  It is believed that the injury occurred during last Monday's (August 14th) game against the San Diego Padres.  El Torito hasn't played since and will be eligible to return to the roster on August 26th if he is ready.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 122: Phillies (44-77) at Giants (50-75)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                     5
San Francisco Giants:                   2

SP:   Ben Lively

WP:   Adam Morgan (2-1)
SV:    Hector Neris (15)


RBIs:

Pedro Florimon = 3 (4)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (3)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (9)

Home Runs:

Rhys Hoskins = 1 (5)

Runs Scored:

Rhys Hoskins = 2 (9)
Maikel Franco = 1 (48)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (3)
Nick Williams = 1 (22)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 121: Phillies (43-77) at Giants (50-74)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, August 19th:

Philadelphia Phillies:                    12
San Francisco Giants:                   9

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

WP:   Adam Morgan (1-1)
SV:    Hector Neris (14)


RBIs:

Cameron Perkins = 2 (7)
Rhys Hoskins = 3 (8)
Pedro Florimon = 1 (1)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (52)
Ty Kelly = 4 (14)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (27)

Home Runs:

Rhys Hoskins = 1 (4)
Ty Kelly = 1 (2)*
Cameron Rupp = 1 (12)

* Grand Slam in the 6th inning

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 2 (51)
Nick Williams = 2 (21)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (7)
Maikel Franco = 1 (47)
Ty Kelly = 1 (7)
Cameron Rupp = 2 (30)
Cameron Perkins = 1 (6)
Pedro Florimon = 1 (2)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 120: Phillies (43-76) at Giants (49-74)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, August 18th:

Philadelphia Phillies:                     2
San Francisco Giants:                  10

SP:   Zach Eflin

LP:   Zach Eflin (1-5)


RBIs:

Freddy Galvis = 2 (51)

Runs Scored:

Jorge Alfaro = 1 (2)
Pedro Florimon = 1 (1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, August 18, 2017

Game 119: Phillies (43-75) at Giants (48-74)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                     4
San Francisco Giants:                   5


SP:   Aaron Nola

LP:   Aaron Nola (9-8)


RBIs:*

Cameron Rupp = 1 (26)
Nick Williams = 1 (25)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (1)

* An additional run scored in the 6th inning during a double play ball hit by
  Tommy Joseph

Home Runs:

Cameron Rupp = 1 (11)
Nick Williams = 1 (6)

Runs Scored:

Nick Williams = 1 (19)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (5)
Maikel Franco = 1 (46)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (28)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday (8-17-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is from a few years ago when I went to a Phillies game and got my Chase Utley Bobblehead figurine.  When we got home I couldn't wait to open it.  My friends said that after I opened it I stared at it for a long time.  What a cool giveaway from the Phils!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 118: Phillies (43-74) at Padres (53-66)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                0
San Diego Padres:                    3

SP:   Nick Pivetta

LP:   Nick Pivetta (4-8)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (8-16-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo of Chase is just a cool shot that I found.  Looks like he either just got a hit or is running the bases after another home run.  I'm just going to assume that it is the latter.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Daniel Nava Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the 10-day DL (Disabled List) with a strained lower back before last night's (August 15th) game against the San Diego Padres.  It is believed that the injury occurred during Friday's (August 11th) game against the New York Mets so Nava's DL stint is retroactive to Saturday, August 12th.  This is the third time this season that Nava has been on the DL.  Cameron Perkins has been brought up from Triple A to take Nava's place on the roster.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 117: Phillies (43-73) at Padres (52-66)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                4
San Diego Padres:                    8

SP:   Mark Leiter Jr.

LP:   Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3)


RBIs:

Jorge Alfaro = 2 (2)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (5)

Home Runs:

Jorge Alfaro = 1 (1)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (3)

Runs Scored:

Nick Williams = 1 (18)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (4)
Maikel Franco = 1 (45)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Game 116: Phillies (43-72) at Padres (51-66)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                4
San Diego Padres:                    7

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

LP:   Ricardo Pinto (1-1)


RBIs:*

Odubel Herrera = 1 (46)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (3)

* An additional run scored in the 6th inning due to a fielding error

Home Runs:

Rhys Hoskins = 2 (2)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (60)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (3)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (42)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ryan Howard Signs With The Colorado Rockies

Hi everybody,

Former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday (August 12th).  Howard has been looking to sign with a team ever since he was released by the Atlanta Braves back in May (Ryan Howard Released By The Atlanta Braves).  Congrats and good luck Big Piece!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Vincent Velasquez Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez was placed on the DL (Disabled List) with a finger injury to his right middle finger before Friday night's (August 11th) game against the New York Mets.  Velasquez was taken out of the game on Thursday (August 10th) after pitching just one inning.  It is not known if Velasquez will return this season although Velasquez believes that he will.  It is not yet known for certain who will replace Velasquez in the starting rotation but it is believed that it will be Mark Leiter, Jr.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Alumni Weekend

Hi everybody,

It was Alumni Weekend at the ballpark this past weekend and it was a somber affair as the Phils honored three Wall of Famers (Dallas GreenJim Bunning and Darren Daulton) who passed away this year.  The Phils honored Dallas Green, Jim Bunning and Darren Daulton with a tribute video and a speech by Mike Schmidt as other Phillies Wall of Famers looked on.

Watching the tribute video...

National Anthem

I want to repeat what I wrote on Twitter on Saturday night as my tribute to the Phillies legends that we lost:

I raise my glass to the 3 icons that have left us. Cheers to Jim Bunning, Dallas Green & Darren "Dutch" Daulton!




Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 115: Mets (52-62) at Phillies (43-71)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

New York Mets:                          6
Philadelphia Phillies:                 2

SP:   Zach Eflin

LP:   Zach Eflin (1-4)


RBIs:*

Rhys Hoskins = 1 (1)

* An additional run scored in the 5th inning due to a wild pitch

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (59)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (49)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 114: Mets (52-61) at Phillies (42-71)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, August 12th:

New York Mets:                          1
Philadelphia Phillies:                 3

SP:   Aaron Nola

WP:   Aaron Nola (9-7)
SV:    Luis Garcia (2)


RBIs:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (22)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (49)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (57)

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 1 (48)
Nick Williams = 1 (17)
Maikel Franco = 1 (44)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 113: Mets (51-61) at Phillies (42-70)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, August 11th:

New York Mets:                          7
Philadelphia Phillies:                 6

SP:   Nick Pivetta

LP:   Hector Neris (4-5)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (24)
Maikel Franco = 1 (59)
Tommy Joseph = 2 (56)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (45)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (21)

Home Runs:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (7)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (58)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (47)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (51)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (1)
Nick Williams = 1 (16)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, August 11, 2017

Charleston Photo of the Month (August 2017)

Hi everybody,

This month's Charleston photo was taken during my trip to Charleston last September.  We took this shot of one of the many churches in Charleston while walking around one evening.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 112: Mets (50-61) at Phillies (42-69)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

New York Mets:                         10
Philadelphia Phillies:                 0

SP:   Vincent Velasquez

LP:   Vincent Velasquez (2-7)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday (8-10-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is a photo of the day that I first tried Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  I was brought a dozen from one of my friends and I loved them.  I quickly ate almost all of them and instantly wanted more.  It was the first of many dozens of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that I have eaten over the years.

I look pretty dapper in the hat too....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Happy Birthday Ann Onymous

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to wish my good friend and occasional blog poster Ann Onymous a very Happy Birthday!  Although she has repeatedly tricked me so she can put up (as she calls them) "hot" pictures of my hero Chase Utley.....she's a really great person who gets me lots of food and is one of my best friends.  Happy Birthday, Ann Onymous!!!

Time for birthday cake...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 111: Phillies (41-69) at Braves (51-60)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   3
Atlanta Braves:                             2

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

WP:   Jerad Eickhoff (3-7)
SV:    Hector Neris (13)


RBIs:*

Odubel Herrera = 1 (44)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (48)

* An additional run scored in the 3rd inning due to a throwing error

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (56)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (46)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (50)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (8-9-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's pic is just a shot of Chase taking a swing at a pitch.  Not certain that he hit it but I will just assume that he did.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Andrew Knapp Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp was placed on the DL (Disabled List) on Monday (August 7th) with a bruised right hand that also has a small fracture.  Knapp is expected to be out for a few weeks.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 110: Phillies (40-69) at Braves (51-59)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   5
Atlanta Braves:                             2

SP:   Zach Eflin

WP:   Zach Eflin (1-3)
SV:    Hector Neris (12)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (23)
Zach Eflin = 1 (2)
Maikel Franco = 1 (58)
Odubel Herrera = 2 (43)

Home Runs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (12)

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 1 (45)
Maikel Franco = 1 (43)
Odubel Herrera = 2 (49)
Nick Williams = 1 (15)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, August 7, 2017

Philles Legend Darren Daulton Has Passed Away

Hi everybody,

Just wanted to share the sad news of the passing of Phillies legend Darren "Dutch" Daulton last night (August 6th).  Daulton played catcher for the Phillies from 1983-1997 and was a three-time MLB All-Star.  He was also the leader of the 1993 National League Champion Phillies who captured the hearts of Philadelphia throughout that amazing season.  After being traded to the Miami (Florida) Marlins in 1997, Dutch finally won a World Series ring before retiring at the end of the 1997 season.



Here is the statement released by the Phillies about Daulton's passing (Darren Daulton Passes Away):

The Phillies have announced that Darren "Dutch" Daulton passed away today at the age of 55 after a four-year battle with brain cancer.
 
Born on January 3, 1962, Daulton attended Arkansas City (KS) High School. He was selected in the 25th round - the 628th overall selection - of the 1980 June draft by the Phillies. He developed into a three-time All-Star who played 14 seasons with the Phillies (1983; 1985-97), the longest tenure for a catcher in franchise history. Known throughout baseball as one of the game's toughest players, Daulton made 143 starts at catcher in 1993, which was the most in Phillies history and tied for the most by any catcher that season. The Phillies won the National League pennant that year with Daulton's leadership playing a significant role.

Daulton was traded to the Florida Marlins on July 21, 1997, where he would spend the final two and a half months of his playing career. The Marlins would go on to win the World Series that year and manager Jim Leyland credited Daulton's clubhouse leadership as an important factor.

In 1992, Daulton won a Silver Slugger and led the National League with 109 RBI, becoming just the fourth catcher to win the RBI title. He is the only catcher in Phillies history with two 100-RBI seasons (109 in 1992 and 105 in 1993) and holds the Phillies single-season records for a catcher in walks (117), doubles (35), putouts (981) and double plays (19). Each record was set in 1993.

Daulton batted .245 in 1,109 Phillies games with 189 doubles, 134 home runs and 567 RBI.

Daulton received the Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year Award (1997)
and the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award (1997). He was inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame (1997). He was also selected as the starting catcher on the All-Vet Team (2003) and was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame (2010).


"Darren was a true leader of men. The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership," said Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles. "In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. Darren was a super human being. His teammates loved him, I loved him like he was one of my own. In fact, he called me 'Uncle Bill.'"

"All of us at the Phillies are saddened to hear of Darren's passing. From the day that we drafted him until today, he constantly earned our respect and admiration as both a player and person," said Phillies Chairman David Montgomery. "Darren was the face of our franchise in the early 1990's. Jim Fregosi asked so much of him as catcher, clean-up hitter and team leader. He responded to all three challenges. One of my toughest decisions as team president was to approve his trade to the Marlins in July of 1997. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children. Dutch was truly "one of a kind" and we will dearly miss him."

Throughout most of his adult life, Darren resided in Clearwater, Fla. Starting in 2010, he spent the season in Philadelphia hosting a radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic, "Talking Baseball with Dutch," five days a week. On July 1, 2013, he underwent surgery for resection of two brain tumors related to glioblastoma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It didn't deter Dutch, who proclaimed, "Right on; Fight on," typical of his toughness.

He established the Darren Daulton Foundation in 2011. In 2013, the foundation's mission shifted to raise funds for brain cancer which claimed the lives of other Phillies including Johnny Oates, Ken Brett, Tug McGraw and John Vukovich.

"Dutch" is one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Phillies uniform. He is survived by his parents Carol and Dave of Arkansas City, Kansas; one brother, Dave Jr.; of Arkansas City, Kansas; his wife Amanda of Clearwater; and his four children Zachary (27), Summer (17), Savannah (16), Darren Jr. (15), all of whom reside in the Clearwater area.

Funeral services for Darren will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darren Daulton Foundation Foundation, 1339 Chestnut Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


I will never forget that 1993 season and the happy memories of it that I carry with me.  Rest in Peace Dutch and thank you!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Aaron Altherr Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting outfielder Aaron Altherr was placed on the DL (Disabled List) with a strained right hamstring before Saturday night's (August 5th) game against the Colorado Rockies. The injury occurred during Friday night's (August 4th) game and is the second DL stint for Altherr with the same injury this season (Aaron Altherr DL Stint July).  Altherr missed 10 games during his last trip to the DL but is expected to be out longer this time.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 109: Phillies (39-69) at Rockies (64-47)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                  3
Colorado Rockies:                      2

SP:   Aaron Nola

WP:   Edubray Ramos (1-7)
SV:    Hector Neris (11)


RBIs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (57)
Cameron Rupp =  2 (25)

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (17)

Runs Scored:

Maikel Franco = 2 (42)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (2)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 108: Phillies (39-68) at Rockies (63-47)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, August 5th:

Philadelphia Phillies:                  5
Colorado Rockies:                      8

SP:   Nick Pivetta

LP:   Nick Pivetta (4-7)


RBIs:*

Daniel Nava = 3 (20)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (47)

* An additional run scored in the 4th inning during a double play ball hit by Nick Williams

Home Runs:

Daniel Nava = 1 (4)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez =  1 (55)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (44)
Daniel Nava = 1 (19)
Andres Blanco = 1 (6)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 107: Phillies (39-67) at Rockies (62-47)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, August 4th:

Philadelphia Phillies:                  3
Colorado Rockies:                      4

SP:   Vincent Velasquez

LP:   Luis Garcia (1-3)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (22)
Maikel Franco = 1 (56)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (49)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (54)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (47)
Nick Williams = 1 (14)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, August 4, 2017

Game 106: Phillies (39-66) at Angels (53-55)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                4
Los Angeles Angels:                 5

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

LP:   Luis Garcia (1-2)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 2 (21)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (46)

Home Runs:

Nick Williams = 1 (5)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (53)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (47)
Nick Williams = 1 (13)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase