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Game 38: Too Little, Too Late

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Phillies 8 @ Cubs 7

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • David DeJesus continues to get on base. He collected two more hits tonight. Hmmm, a lead-off man who gets on base. What a concept! Now he just needs to pick his stolen base attempts a little more effectively.
  • Starlin Castro tied the game (briefly) with a sac fly in the opening frame. He also smacked a solo homer in the 7th.
  • Wellington Castillo went deep in the 8th and drove in three with a bases-loaded double in the 9th.
  • Former 16th-round pick Blake Parker made his debut after six seasons in the minors. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go as planned.
  • I was smart enough to turn the channel before the 7th inning stretch. Who was it tonight, Jim Belushi? Tom Dreesen? Marilu Henner? Richard Marx? Some bench warmer from the 1990s Chicago Bulls? A Baldwin brother not named Alec? (I heard it was the Sarge, but you get my point.)

What Went Wrong

  • Chris Volstad got knocked around early and often. Before I could even finish my first beer, the Cubs were already trailing. His final craptastic line was 2 IP, 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs. For the record, that’s 19 consecutive Volstad starts without a win. Anthony Young would be proud.
  • As if Volstad’s outing wasn’t painful enough, I had to sit through a few innings of Casey Coleman’s batting practice stuff. He actually turned in a solid performance, but I still hate watching him pitch. The bullpen allowed four runs, which made the Cubs 9th inning comeback meaningless.

Gonna Fly Now

I’m a Philadelphia fan. The city, that is. I saw Paul McCartney play at the old Vet on my 21st birthday, the food is tremendous, and of course it’s Rocky Balboa’s hometown. Aren’t there some historical attractions, too? In all seriousness, what’s not to love about Philly?

I’ll tell you what…the sports teams, and here are a few annoying reasons why:

  • Steve Carlton: Certainly a great pitcher, but generally regarded as a weird, cranky pain in the backside. And I really got tired of watching him stick it to the Cubs during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Pete Rose: Charlie Hustle wore a Phillies’ uniform from 1979 to 1983 and was given credit for “teaching them how to win.” What a bunch of crap. Rose played 1B for Philly, a position that demands offense, and turned in slugging percentages of .430, .354, .390, .338, and .286.
  • Lenny Dykstra: I hope you didn’t invest any money with “Nails.”
  • Ricky Bottalico: He singlehandedly ruined my 1998 fantasy team: 1-6, 6.44 ERA, 27 K’s, 6 saves
  • Allen Iverson: Yes, he played his tail off in the 2004 Olympics, but otherwise he was everything bad about professional athletes, in my humble opinion anyway. To be fair, I still enjoy watching his “we’re talking about practice” press conference on YouTube. Let’s call this one a push instead.
  • Michael Vick: Sorry, I like dogs.
  • BLPCB

    Iverson played his tail off in the Olympics? Really!?
    Him and Marbury are why team USA got the bronze, they destroyed that team

    • Buddy

       Watch it again. He played his a$$ off.

  • AC0000000

    Iverson played his tail off in the Olympics? Really!?
    Him and Marbury are why team USA got the bronze, they destroyed that team

    • Buddy

       Watch it again. He played his a$$ off.

  • Yes indeed, you are spot on, Buddy. Being from northeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia teams were supposed to be “our” teams, at least as far as the map was concerned. But they were almost universally hated. The prevailing opinion in my neck of the woods was that they were dirty. It was meant figuratively, but I can vouch for the various stadiums being filthy from a literal standpoint as well! And that’s too bad because as you said the city itself is wonderful.

  • Yes indeed, you are spot on, Buddy. Being from northeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia teams were supposed to be “our” teams, at least as far as the map was concerned. But they were almost universally hated. The prevailing opinion in my neck of the woods was that they were dirty. It was meant figuratively, but I can vouch for the various stadiums being filthy from a literal standpoint as well! And that’s too bad because as you said the city itself is wonderful.

  • Katie

    My cousin got married in Philly. Saw a rat as big as a full grown cat; you know, like those ones that weigh 20 lbs and are really ornery? It came up from the sewer grate, and I was ready for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come busting through the manhole.

    But on the topic of the Cubs, I was glad for their comeback. They fought hard at the end, and Barney’s two-out RBI single surprised the heck out of me.

    • Eddie Von White

      Gonna have to agree with you, Katie. I have never been in a filthier city than Philadelphia. Its been a few years since I’ve been there, but have no desire to go back. But Cliff Lee did and he chose the Phils over the Yankees – God bless him!

      • BLPCB

        I’ve been to Memphis, that’s a real shithole. Even downtown is a dump

  • Katie

    My cousin got married in Philly. Saw a rat as big as a full grown cat; you know, like those ones that weigh 20 lbs and are really ornery? It came up from the sewer grate, and I was ready for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come busting through the manhole.

    But on the topic of the Cubs, I was glad for their comeback. They fought hard at the end, and Barney’s two-out RBI single surprised the heck out of me.

    • Eddie Von White

      Gonna have to agree with you, Katie. I have never been in a filthier city than Philadelphia. Its been a few years since I’ve been there, but have no desire to go back. But Cliff Lee did and he chose the Phils over the Yankees – God bless him!

      • AC0000000

        I’ve been to Memphis, that’s a real shithole. Even downtown is a dump

  • Doc Raker

    The Phillies did give us our 1984 team including Ryne Sandberg, Bobby Denier, Keith Moreland, Larry Bowa, Sarge and the man who put it all together Dallas Green. Other than that you can take their cheese steaks and stick them up their freedom hall.

    • Eddie Von White

       
      Didn’t we get Pat Tabler from them too?

      • Dusty Baylor

        Tabler we got from the Yankees for Bill Caudill and Jay Howell.

      • Doc Raker

        Bill Caudill, was a very good closer for the Mariners. I saw him pitch at Wrigley vs the Dodgers. He retired the first 9 Dodgers in order then the second time around the line up they hit back to back to back jacks off of him. The Cubs in all their wisdom traded Caudill so someone else could make him a solid bullpen guy.

      • Buddy

        He was certainly great for Seattle in 1982: 95 IP, 65 hits, 111 K’s, 2.35 ERA. 

      • Doc Raker

        Thanks for clarifying Caudill’s stats,  I always sleep better when my memory of 30 years meets your approval with your statistical research.

      • Buddy

        I had those numbers memorized. Bill Caudill is my uncle.

      • Doc Raker

        On your dad or mom’s side of the family?

      • Buddy

        Sorry. I was just trying to be funny. Not actually related to Mr. Caudill. 

      • Doc Raker

        I know, just giving it back to you.

  • Doc Raker

    The Phillies did give us our 1984 team including Ryne Sandberg, Bobby Denier, Keith Moreland, Larry Bowa, Sarge and the man who put it all together Dallas Green. Other than that you can take their cheese steaks and stick them up their freedom hall.

    • Eddie Von White

       
      Didn’t we get Pat Tabler from them too?

      • Dusty Baylor

        Tabler we got from the Yankees for Bill Caudill and Jay Howell.

      • Doc Raker

        Bill Caudill, was a very good closer for the Mariners. I saw him pitch at Wrigley vs the Dodgers. He retired the first 9 Dodgers in order then the second time around the line up they hit back to back to back jacks off of him. The Cubs in all their wisdom traded Caudill so someone else could make him a solid bullpen guy.

      • Buddy

        He was certainly great for Seattle in 1982: 95 IP, 65 hits, 111 K’s, 2.35 ERA. 

      • Doc Raker

        Thanks for clarifying Caudill’s stats,  I always sleep better when my memory of 30 years meets your approval with your statistical research.

      • Buddy

        I had those numbers memorized. Bill Caudill is my uncle.

      • Doc Raker

        On your dad or mom’s side of the family?

      • Buddy

        Sorry. I was just trying to be funny. Not actually related to Mr. Caudill. 

      • Doc Raker

        I know, just giving it back to you.

  • Dusty Baylor

    DeJesus is 51/101 in steals for his career.  Probably, he should be stealing as little as possible.  Of course…I can think of at least 2 times a hit and run sign was missed this season.   Glad to see he’s getting on base though.

  • Dusty Baylor

    DeJesus is 51/101 in steals for his career.  Probably, he should be stealing as little as possible.  Of course…I can think of at least 2 times a hit and run sign was missed this season.   Glad to see he’s getting on base though.

  • Doug S.

    Re- Philly..
    It’s OK. I’m a fan of cities with vibrant downtowns. Walking around downtown Philly I keep thinking ‘where is it?’
    I like that they have their sports venues in one location. Went to game at the Vet and was kinda dreading it from all the stories I’d heard. Really wasn’t bad at all and was close to the subway station. Their new ballpark = very nice.

    Cubs losing before first beer finished = bad sign.

  • Doug S.

    Re- Philly..
    It’s OK. I’m a fan of cities with vibrant downtowns. Walking around downtown Philly I keep thinking ‘where is it?’
    I like that they have their sports venues in one location. Went to game at the Vet and was kinda dreading it from all the stories I’d heard. Really wasn’t bad at all and was close to the subway station. Their new ballpark = very nice.

    Cubs losing before first beer finished = bad sign.

  • Jedi

    Kerry Wood is retiring today.

    • Cubs Future

       Can we get Soriano to do the same?  Wood I figured would do this if he couldn’t get things turned around.  I think he could have, but a lot of mental obstacles.  I commend him for doing it even though not exactly how he wanted.  You would think Soriano would at least feel bad for stealing so much money and want to do something about it.

    • Jedi

      Looks like the new report is he will retire after pitching one more time…have to think it’s either today or tomorrow.  Cubs are saying they won’t shoehorn him into a game – with a ‘pen full of crappy relievers, I’m not sure how it could ever be determined that Wood was forced in ahead of another guy.  He’s also working on the most rest of anyone in the bullpen.  Don’t miss today’s game.

      • Joe Aiello

        With Kerry Wood retiring, the Cubs can now shift Volstad to the pen where his skills will fit right in. It also allows for Travis Wood to be called up to assure the Cubs still have Wood and do not need to see their doctor.

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Jedi was right–I hope you guys got to see it.  Struck out one last batter, on three pitches no less, and came off to a standing ovation.  His son came out of the dugout to great him coming off the field.  Awesome.

    • Doug S.

      Class move by Kerry.
      Go to school Marmol.

    • Buddy

      Wood’s body retired a long time ago. I guess nobody told him. 

      • Jedi

        This seems poorly timed.

      • Very.

      • Buddy

         His retirement, or that joke? Or both?

  • Jedi

    Kerry Wood is retiring today.

    • Jedi

      Looks like the new report is he will retire after pitching one more time…have to think it’s either today or tomorrow.  Cubs are saying they won’t shoehorn him into a game – with a ‘pen full of crappy relievers, I’m not sure how it could ever be determined that Wood was forced in ahead of another guy.  He’s also working on the most rest of anyone in the bullpen.  Don’t miss today’s game.

      • Joe Aiello

        With Kerry Wood retiring, the Cubs can now shift Volstad to the pen where his skills will fit right in. It also allows for Travis Wood to be called up to assure the Cubs still have Wood and do not need to see their doctor.

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Jedi was right–I hope you guys got to see it.  Struck out one last batter, on three pitches no less, and came off to a standing ovation.  His son came out of the dugout to great him coming off the field.  Awesome.

    • Doug S.

      Class move by Kerry.
      Go to school Marmol.

    • Buddy

      Wood’s body retired a long time ago. I guess nobody told him. 

      • Jedi

        This seems poorly timed.

      • Very.

      • Buddy

         His retirement, or that joke? Or both?

  • Verncrowe5

    At least we didn’t have to see a one inning disaster for Volstad. He was able to drag it out for two last night

  • Verncrowe5

    At least we didn’t have to see a one inning disaster for Volstad. He was able to drag it out for two last night

  • Tom_C

    EDDIE: I spent 30 of my 40 years living in NJ and I disagree about Philly, at least about the Phillies. Now New York City has obnoxious teams, stars, radio personalities, etc and if you want a dirty city/area filled with inbred morons, look no further than Pittsburgh/western PA. Growing up Dad either had to take us to Shea to see the Cubs or the Vet to see the Cubs. Dad settled on the Vet, mainly because Philly fans didn’t throw beer and lit cigarettes at me at the age of 10 like the NYC fans.
    BUDDY: Take the few names you mentioned away and the Phillies had some great characters like Al “Mr.T” Holland, Ozzie Virgil, John Denny, Von Hayes, Stevie Jeltz, Juan Samuel, etc…

    • Buddy

       You’re right Tom. John Kruk would be on my list of favorites as well.

  • BM3

    I really like Philly, until I actually visited the place

    • Jedi

      Someone had already taken BM1 & BM2?

  • Tom_C

    EDDIE: I spent 30 of my 40 years living in NJ and I disagree about Philly, at least about the Phillies. Now New York City has obnoxious teams, stars, radio personalities, etc and if you want a dirty city/area filled with inbred morons, look no further than Pittsburgh/western PA. Growing up Dad either had to take us to Shea to see the Cubs or the Vet to see the Cubs. Dad settled on the Vet, mainly because Philly fans didn’t throw beer and lit cigarettes at me at the age of 10 like the NYC fans.
    BUDDY: Take the few names you mentioned away and the Phillies had some great characters like Al “Mr.T” Holland, Ozzie Virgil, John Denny, Von Hayes, Stevie Jeltz, Juan Samuel, etc…

    • Buddy

       You’re right Tom. John Kruk would be on my list of favorites as well.

  • BM3

    I really like Philly, until I actually visited the place

    • Jedi

      Someone had already taken BM1 & BM2?

  • Gymjok

    Another drag bunt by Campana in the 6th inning.
    Glad to see he’s progressing with his corrections/adjustments.
    Everything looked good- just pulled it a little bit.
    Should have it down pat in the next attempt or 2.

  • Gymjok

    Another drag bunt by Campana in the 6th inning.
    Glad to see he’s progressing with his corrections/adjustments.
    Everything looked good- just pulled it a little bit.
    Should have it down pat in the next attempt or 2.

  • Seymour Butts

    Today’s educational tidbit, brought about by our favorite unsuccessful pitcher…

    The National Prohibition Act, known informally as the Volstead Act, was the enabling legislation for the Eighteenth Amendment which established prohibition in the United States. The Anti-Saloon League’s Wayne Wheeler conceived and drafted the bill, which was named for Andrew Volstead, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who managed the legislation.

    And now you know.
     

    • Jedi

      The Volstad Act (acquisition via trade) makes a lot Cub fans thankful for the repeal of The Volstead Act.

      • Doc Raker

        Drink up Harry!

      • Doc Raker

        Drink up Harry!

  • Seymour Butts

    Today’s educational tidbit, brought about by our favorite unsuccessful pitcher…

    The National Prohibition Act, known informally as the Volstead Act, was the enabling legislation for the Eighteenth Amendment which established prohibition in the United States. The Anti-Saloon League’s Wayne Wheeler conceived and drafted the bill, which was named for Andrew Volstead, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who managed the legislation.

    And now you know.
     

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Haven’t been to Philly in quite a few years. Not so sure I’d want to watch the Cubs play there, at least not while visably supporting the Cubs based on what I’ve heard has happend to fans of opposing teams at and after Flyers and Eagles games.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Haven’t been to Philly in quite a few years. Not so sure I’d want to watch the Cubs play there, at least not while visably supporting the Cubs based on what I’ve heard has happend to fans of opposing teams at and after Flyers and Eagles games.

  • I’m beginning to think that Volstad isn’t very good at pitching baseballs.

    • Buddy

      Not good so far. How much longer do you think they’ll keep him the rotation?

  • I’m beginning to think that Volstad isn’t very good at pitching baseballs.

    • Buddy

      Not good so far. How much longer do you think they’ll keep him the rotation?

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I actually watched most of the game until my nephew–Jedi’s eldest son–asked to watch Bob the Builder instead.  At that point we were down 6 runs with only 3 outs to go, and I figured we wouldn’t miss much so he an I plopped down for some constructive claymation.  It wasn’t til much later that I realized the Cubs put together some hits and made a run at it in the 9th.

    Still, I’m glad I didn’t stick with it.  After such a do-nothing game, it would be just like the Cubs to get me back into it only to fall short in the end.  Plus I got to see Bob build a barn and a miniature golf course.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I actually watched most of the game until my nephew–Jedi’s eldest son–asked to watch Bob the Builder instead.  At that point we were down 6 runs with only 3 outs to go, and I figured we wouldn’t miss much so he an I plopped down for some constructive claymation.  It wasn’t til much later that I realized the Cubs put together some hits and made a run at it in the 9th.

    Still, I’m glad I didn’t stick with it.  After such a do-nothing game, it would be just like the Cubs to get me back into it only to fall short in the end.  Plus I got to see Bob build a barn and a miniature golf course.