Now's The Time
The Phillies finished a disappointing 2-4 road trip with yet another loss, this time gettting crushed 12-3 at historic Fenway Park by the Red Sox. Todd Zolecki and Marcus Hayes have the game stories. Jim Salisbury says the next 2 weeks will say a lot about what this team accomplishes this year, as they have a 14-game homestand heading into the All-Star break. Zolecki's notebook says Mike Lieberthal wasn't a happy camper about not being included in yesterday's lineup. Speaking of Fenway, Tom DiNardo mentions some interesting studies down by an MIT professor, "warning" of the effects that changes in the configuration of the old ball park (such as putting seats on the Green Monster in left field) could cause, and explains why there's a section of bleacher seats that are off limits to fans during day games (in case Phillies fans were wondering during their visit this past weekend). And it seems that lots of Philadelphians made the trip to Fenway this weekend, as was noted by Mike Shalinin in the Boston Herald yesterday, among others. Shalin also had an article about the red hot Jim Thome. The Phillies faithful were particularly vocal on Saturday (as heard on the FOX broadcast), especially seeing that Red Sox fans bailed during the late stages of the game when the outcome was not in question. However, we could have done without the "Eagles" chants. This just makes Philly fans look foolish, especially when you're going to a baseball game in the metropolitan area that is home to the team that has won 2 out of the last 3 Superbowls. How about next time we just stick to the "Let's go Phillies" chants, OK?
Tim Panaccio has Bob Clarke acknowledging that talks aren't going particularly well with free agent Alexei Zhamnov. Rob Parent notes the Flyers selected John Carter in the NHL draft, and that "Carter also happens to be the first African-American draft choice in Flyers history." Carter spoke of paving the way for others. "Maybe I can make my mark and make the path easier for other African-Americans when it comes to this game." Parent also sees Mark Recchi becoming an ex-Flyer and joining the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Caryl Kauffman gets Jim O'Brien's thoughts on his offensive schemes next year, and how Iverson will be featured: "I think Allen will probably be more comfortable with the way I coach offense than anybody that he has played for maybe in his life." What's the over/under on the number of games into the season before Howard Eskin criticizes O'Brien's game plan? Over the weekend, Stephen A. Smith wrote how the Celtics' picking Delonte West at #24 in last week's draft affected him: "I just started crying when my name came up on TV." Jack McCaffery is still incredulous that Jameer Nelson's stock dropped so far on draft night and says "there will be years and years of NBA games now, after which so many coaches and G.M.s will be caught muttering, 'How'd we miss that guy?'"
On our sister site, David Scott has nothing nice to say about the Philadelphia fans who visited Fenway Park this weekend.
CSN has Expos-Phillies at 7:05.