Friday, April 16, 2004

Closing the Deal

Todd Zolecki describes the Phils' come-from-behind (with 3 runs in the eighth) to win 6-4, notching their first win at Citizens Bank Park. Phil Sheridan talks about the serious heat that was thrown by closer Billy Wagner, who got the biggest cheer from the "Citizens Denizens" (didn't take long to coin a new nickname) when he threw a ball (go figure) that was clocked at 100. Marcus Hayes calls it the "most popular Ball 1 in Phillies history." Hayes also says Lieberthal's 3-run 8th inning homer could be "the rally that saved the season (maybe)."

Tim Panaccio says the Flyers aren't worried about the ghosts of playoffs past. Edward Moran has Ken Hitchcock saying he'd rather be playing Game 5 today, rather than waiting until tomorrow.

Don Steinberg chronicles today's retirement of Philadelphia sports radio icon, Steve Fredericks. Perhaps a little known fact is that Fredericks was at the other side of the dial, broadcasting the game for the Sixers, when late Celtics' announcer Johnny Most called his infamous "Havlicek stole the ball" ending. Bill Fleischman also mentions Fredericks' last day on the job, which will include a 3 to 7 stint with Howard Eskin on WIP today. Fredericks left to work in Boston in 1965, worked there until 1978, and he returned to Philadelphia in 1980. Fleischman also previews Fox's coverage of tonight's Red Sox-Yankees duel at Fenway Park, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver calling the game. Paul Hagen also previews the renewing of "the" rivalry. He includes a quote I hadn't heard from Yankees president Randy Levine, who allegedly shouted "Take that, you 1918 [expletives]" after the Bronx Bombers prevailed in Game 7 last year.

In his weekly Morning Bytes, Frank Fitzpatrick hypothesizes that "a Philadelphia team's chances of winning a title are in inverse proportion to the level of anticipation."

Comcast SportsNet has Phils-Expos at 7:05 (HD available). FOX29 has Red Sox-Yankees at 8. Look for lots of distracting new graphics that Fox will be "experimenting" with. Apparently they didn't learn their lesson from the failed "glowing puck" experiment during Fox's NHL telecasts.

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