You Can Buy This Photo of Jim Fregosi and Richard Nixon

Jim Fregosi and Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon meets former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi. (Courtesy Worthridge Auctions and Retail)

Jim Fregosi was the manager of the Phillies’ pennant-winning 1993 team. Now, you can get a signed photo Richard Nixon gave him.

That’s just one of the items Fregosi’s estate put up for auction at Worthridge Auctions and Retail, a North Carolina auction house. Fregosi died in February 2014. Read more »

10 Years Ago Today, Aaron Rowand Ran Into a Wall in South Philly

Aaron Rowand broken nose catch

Aaron Rowand broke several bones in his face when he made this catch on May 11th, 2006. (AP Photos: Miles Kennedy, left; H. Rumph Jr.)

“I didn’t want to go into the wall for nothing.”

That was Aaron Rowand, three days after he broke several bones in his face making a catch in center field in Citizens Bank Park. Still heavily bruised, Rowand held a press conference and was explaining his action immediately after running into the wall while making that catch. He held his glove up in the air — to show the umpires he’d caught the ball.

Rowand was in just his 33rd game in a Phillies uniform when he made the catch that broke his nose. He’d been acquired in the offseason for Jim Thome, who’d become expendable after Ryan Howard‘s breakout rookie year. He’d looked good so far: Rowand was hitting over .300, he’d hit six homers already and the Phillies were 18-15.

It was in the top of the first inning in a game against the Mets, and it was raining. Forecasters said it was going to rain harder later in the night, and there was a possibility the game would be shortened. (Games in Baltimore and Pittsburgh had already been rained out that day.) Then the Mets loaded the bases against Gavin Floyd in the top of the first. When Xavier Nady drove a two-out, 3-2 pitch to center field, it looked like the Phillies would be down 3-0 in what very well could have been a five-inning game. Read more »

Ryan Howard Puts His House On The Market

The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell.

The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell. | Images via Bristol Real Estate

After a rough couple of seasons, the Phillies are turning things around so far this year, sitting at 16-11 after a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis Tuesday night. The one run came on a home run off the bat of Ryan Howard, who already has six on the season.

It looks like Ryan is trying to take the positive vibes from the plate into the real estate market, as Philly.com reports that he has recently put his home in Blue Bell back on the market. Howard, who also has property in Rittenhouse, tried to sell the home in 2014. Like the Phils were in 2014, however, he was uncuccessful.

Now, after a significant price cut, it’s back on the market. The home has six bedrooms, seven full and one half bathrooms and 8,921 square feet of interior space, and was refurbished last year for $500,000. The first floor has hardwood flooring and a gourmet kitchen with handcrafted cabinets, granite counters and a butler’s pantry with copper sink and wine cooler between the kitchen and dining room. The home also comes with a walkout basement, a gym, a movie theater and a sauna. Outside, a manicured lawn frames the house’s stone exterior. In the back, there’s a large slate and brick patio, a pool, pool house and fire pit.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 6

BATHS: 7 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 8,921

PRICE: $2,690,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: It’s got a three-car attached garage and a three-car detached garage that has a finished area with a full bath above it.



The Red-Hot Phillies Are Five(!) Games Over .500

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

The Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after a 2-1 win against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

In late December, ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote that baseball had a tanking problem. He singled out the Phillies, Braves and Brewers as three teams that weren’t really trying to be good in 2016. “This practice is a growing source of conversation and controversy in front offices,” he wrote, “with some executives believing that MLB and the players’ association need to step in and do something to reduce or eliminate the incentive to lose.”

He ended up writing a follow-up column singling out the Phillies — some local writers didn’t like Olney’s first column — and adding that “the concern about this kind of thing among some club executives is growing.”

Those club executives were right to be angry at the Phillies, but for the wrong reasons: It’s May 2nd. The Phillies have won six straight games and are 15-10. If the season ended today, the Phillies would be in a play-in game for the final Wild Card spot. (It would be really weird if the season ended after 25 games, however.)

Bringing up Olney’s columns isn’t done to pick on him. It’s to point out that the Phillies were expected to be so bad this season they were accused of being like the Sixers. But 15 percent of the way into the season, only three teams in baseball have more wins than the Phillies. Read more »

Hey, the Phillies Have a Winning Record

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

When Jeanmar Gómez struck out Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning last night, the Phillies got something they hadn’t had in a really long time: A winning record.

The Phillies lost 99 games last year, but they actually started last season 3-2. But the last time they were over .500 this late in the season was early May 2014, when they were 15-14. Read more »

The Phillies Batted the Pitcher 8th Last Night

Jeremy Hellickson batting 8th

The Phillies won last night on a walkoff single in the 11th inning, with Peter Bourjos driving home Freddy Galvis to salvage one game in a three-game series against the Mets.

Bourjos was in that position last night because the Phillies did something they hadn’t done in nearly 40 years: Last night, manager Pete Mackanin batted the pitcher 8th. Per beat writer Matt Gelb, it was the fist time since June 1, 1979, that the Phillies batted the pitcher 8th. Read more »

WATCH: The Phillie Phanatic Faces Off Against Tommy Laswordfish

The Phillies won on a walk-off single by Freddy Galvis in the 10th inning yesterday, beating former closer Jonathan Papelbon. The 3-2 win over the Nationals was exciting, for sure, but up to that point the highlight of the Phillies’ game yesterday was the team’s annual promotion celebrating the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday.

Before the game, the Phillies trotted out a murderer’s row of mascots, including Swoop from the Eagles, Franklin from the Sixers, a bunch of college mascots (Hooter the Owl, the Hawk, Will D. Cat, the Quaker, the La Salle Explorer, et cetera), a few minor league affiliates, the ZOOperstars (a bunch of inflatable mascots that parody famous athletes, such as Stallion Iverson) and the Galapagos Gang (four inflatable mascots that often join the Phanatic at the ballpark nowadays). Read more »

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