While the prospect of patching up the road ahead may be bumpy, especially when you trudge through the potholes of 2014, some past wisdom may help us along the way.
Jimmy preached expecting the best at a time when Philadelphians were instinctively expecting the worst. More than any other player, Rollins changed the culture, not just in the clubhouse, but in the city itself.
I was 6 years old when I went to my first Major League game on October 2, 1964. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Edith Houghton liked to call herself the first female solo scout for major league baseball. She was a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946 to 1951. And Effa Manley was a pioneer in baseball at a time when women were nonexistent in sports and blacks still had few rights,
Sports programming is different than any other kind of programming because it is publicly subsidized, by far the most highly rated, and therefore critical to robust competition in the video market.
It's finally spring (fingers crossed), and that can only mean two things: I may soon have to appear in public wearing shorts, and the endless, soul-sucking, heart-breaking baseball season is underway.
There is no amount of money, fines, settlements or payments that is commensurate with the hardship that the arrogance, unethical and fast dealing behaviors of banks and their leaders have caused.
What's it like to be working on a new book, entitled Legendary Philadelphians? For me it's been a Philadelphia history refresher course. The purpose of the book, you see, is to profile over one hundred living or dead notable Philadelphians.
Even as he suffered his worst season yet with the Phillies, Manuel refused to step down. And when it came time to announce his departure he was adamant in saying that the team fired him. To Charlie, that's better than telling the world that he quit.
As the season enters that delicate time between the All Star Break and the trade deadline, it is clear that the Phillies as sellers makes about as much sense as a sand-flavored ice cream sandwich.
Baseball has been experiencing an interesting power shift over the last few years. Just as complaints about east coast bias in baseball coverage became widespread, east coast baseball began to get a lot less interesting.
In recognition of the importance of repentance and judging others with the benefit of the doubt, I wish Delmon Young the best in Philadelphia. I don't suspect he will find himself getting in trouble again since I wholeheartedly believe he learned his lesson well.
In the New York area they're making a big deal of the new NBA rivalry, New York vs. Brooklyn. There are no such things as instant rivalries in sports. Let them battle it out in the playoffs a couple of times before we anoint this intra-borough squabble a rivalry.
The streak is over. The Phillies did not sellout last night's game against Atlanta, thus ends the longest National League sellout streak in history at 257 games.
Predictions that Ryan Howard would return to the lineup in late spring, and then before June, have been blown away, and it appears he still has a ways to go.
Despite an impressive 6-3 record to start the season, the New York Mets' defense will not keep them above .500 for much longer.