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After A Long Break Here…

Posted in Phillies with tags , on February 26, 2011 by FalconiPhilliesFan

Dear Whomever May Read This blog,

Sorry for the lack of posts since I was added onto this blog, but I definitely wanted to get one in tonight due to the momentous occasion today. Phillies baseball has officially been played! This afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies faced off against the New York Yankees in exhibition down in Florida. After an overlong introduction in the Yankees spring training home-field, the game was underway. To start, much of the lineup was off from what you will see come opening day as players like Wilson Valdez and Pete Orr filled in for regulars like Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Overall, Hamels looked good in his first outing, though honestly, two inning is never enough to truly say much. Other notable pitchers in the game were Vance Worley who started a few games last season and is a relatively young prospect for the Phillies baseball club and Mike Zagurski who tossed an inning striking out one. Going ahead early in the top of the second, the Phillies eventually lost their 1-0 lead after backup catcher Francisco Cervelli drove in the Yankees’ first run with an RBI double into the left field corner in the second inning, knocking home Robinson Cano, who had reached on an error. From this point, after the second inning, the game went back and forth with the Phils scoring two runs in the top of the fifth taking a 3-1 lead but only to have that lead knocked back to 3-2 after the bottom of the fifth. In the seventh inning the Yankees finally took their first lead off of a two-run homer by Jorge Vasquez making it 4 to 3. No worries though because in the eight inning, off of Eric Wordekemper, Dane Sardinha hit a two out, two run single to regain the lead.

Final Score: 5-4 Phillies

Final Thoughts: Overall, being the first of many exhibition games in the 2011-2012 spring training season, this was an entertaining way to kick things off. This step was just one of the many in the process of getting back and ready for opening day and the rest of this exciting season. Again, I apologize for the lack of posts, but hopefully this helped some of you that were wondering how the game ended up going this afternoon. Stay tuned, I promise to try and stay steady here. Have a good one…

– MikeF.

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Interesting Little Bit…

Posted in Phillies, Player News on January 30, 2011 by FalconiPhilliesFan

Raul Ibanez, Phillies left fielder, has been working on recovering from an injury plagued season like much of team from last year. Comcast Sports Net put a small bit on television not to long ago about his recovery. Sporting a new beard and seemingly in much better shape, hopes are high for Raul. As in my last post, spring training has not yet commenced so there still some waiting to be done until we can actually see how in tune this team is. Last season Ibanez held a .275 batting average while driving in 83 runs. Here is the link to the small piece done by Philadelphia blog, Crossing Broad, with the video from CSN:

About Two Weeks Away…

Posted in Phillies with tags , , on January 29, 2011 by FalconiPhilliesFan

To be exact, February 26th will be the official start of the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies spring training exhibition games. Game one, the New York Yankees. Before any games are played though, the players will be reporting to camp down in Clearwater Florida to get back into the swing of things. The season looming is one with much expectation of this Phillies team as they have added a new player, I should say they have welcomed back a player, Cliff Lee. Already a strong rotation of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt, the addition of Cliff Lee makes one think, “How will any team be able to stop this rotation in a series?” Obviously the loss of Jayson Werth will hurt the team offensively, but with such strong pitching it may not matter a whole lot. Another valid point to make in this situation would be the fact that a fresh season brings a healthier team to the dugout. Last season had to be one of the worst in terms of injuries, rarely did the entire normal lineup play together and consequently, the players never had much of an opportunity to mesh and get into a collective rhythm. Potentially, with a consistently healthy offense/defense and a starting pitching staff that rivals some of the best in the history of baseball, this team can live up to the high expectancy level this coming season. One worry, and a worry that should not be taken lightly is that of the bullpen for the Phillies. Can Brad Lidge be ’08-like, is our middle relief strong enough, will Ryan Madson have to pitch in the closer role more? All of these questions are preseason nervousness I suppose, and we cannot say until spring training kicks into high gear, or even the regular season begins. By my count, the amount of aspects to be optimistic about outweigh the negative aspects, for now. All I can say, at this moment, is I am certainly pumped for the fresh start and hopefully this fueled your inner Phan. Thanks for reading…

– Mike F.

FalconiPhilliesFan…

Posted in Phillies on January 29, 2011 by FalconiPhilliesFan

I added one of Delaware’s best writers to my blog. He is going to be a future filmmaker and does journalism on the side. He is definitely a legend in the making. Anyway im going to let him introduce himself futher-deesixersfan.
Hello, my name is Mike Falconi and I will begin blogging about Philadelphia Phillies baseball here soon. I am now in association with deesixersfan. Together we will cover two of Philadelphia’s major sports teams, Sixers and Phillies respectively. Hopefully if anyone is checking this out you are entertained with each of our blogging. Thanks a lot

– Mike