The Phillies finally got a game in yesterday on Memorial Day, after multiple, lengthy rain delays. Unfortunately. For them. They dropped a 5-3 decision to the Mets at a soggy Citizens Bank Park. Todd Zolecki has the game story, and writes of Marlon Byrd's struggles at the plate. His notebook says Ed Wade is not going to be 'pushing any panic buttons when you're playing well.' Marcus Hayes notes that the Phillies have struggled mightily with runners in scoring position, including slugger Jim Thome, who stranded 5 runners all by his lonesome yesterday. Hayes talks about the growing ranks of the injured, with Jimmy Rollins and Vicente Padilla as the newest members of the disabled list. Meanwhile, Placido Polanco has heard the trade rumors, especially with the suprising play of Chase Utley in his absence. According to Dennis Deitch of the Delaware County Times, Polanco says "I've been through it before." Kevin Kernan writes about the "special" location of the visitor's bullpen, while also encouraging his readers to "take a ride down the Jersey Turnpike to Citizens Bank Park...and you'll see what you are missing."
In Sunday's Inquirer, Tim Panaccio said Sami Kapanen is considering retirement, as he wants to stay in Finland so his kids can go to school there. Adam Kimelman of the Trenton Times discusses some of the possible offseason moves for the Flyers, and vaguely references Panaccio's report.
Joe Juliano submitted his weekly NBA article on Sunday as well, where he quotes Jim O'Brien as saying high school players 'scare him,' especially the thought of using a lottery pick on someone who has the remote possibility of being the next Kevin Garnett, but a more likely chance of being the next Kwame Brown. Meanwhile, Bob Ford is happy the Sixers have a coach who is willing to speak his mind. Jeff McCaffery of the Delaware County Times agrees. "Being so blunt with his thoughts is likely to make him quite popular in his hometown. Beats clearing his throat and saying, 'Injuries...'"
In his Sunday column, Peter Vecsey called Philly's own Stephen A. Smith a "fool" and "Stephen A(nal)." Nice. And now that TNT has completed yet another playoff run, can we make one request to the Inside the NBA crew: please get rid of Magic. There's nothing like the objectivity of a part-Lakers owner on the "expert" panel, right Ernie Johnson? The next insightful and meaningful comment Magic makes will be his first.
CSN has Phillies-Mets tonight at 7:05. ESPN has Game 6 of Pacers-Pistons at 8.