Eau de Victorino

No one ever said the sweet smell of success would be a mixture of sweat and beer. But for Shane Victorino, that’s exactly what it was last night.

victorino beer bath.jpgWhile catching a fly ball off the bat of the Cubs’ Jake Fox in the bottom of the fifth, a fan threw a beer, cup and all, at Victorino. The beer and the ball arrived at the same time; amazingly, Victorino managed to make the catch.

[I of course do not condone throwing objects at players. I must note, though, that the perpetrator had impeccable accuracy in aim and timing.]

As for the actual game, the Phillies made it two straight against the Cubs, winning 12-5.

As is so typical for the Phillies, they broke out of their recent offensive malaise with a good old butt-whuppin’, in a game that featured an eight-run explosion by the Phillies in the top of the fourth.

Pedro Martinez made his much-anticipated Phillies debut, lasting five innings and giving up three runs. Not really that much of an improvement over a typical Jamie Moyer start, but it was good enough to get the win last night. And quite frankly, at this point in the season, I don’t care how they get the wins, but just that they get the wins.

Speaking of Jamie Moyer, he is apparently not all that happy with the Phillies over the decision to move him to the bullpen. But really, what other option was there? J.A. Happ has been pitching well, new Phillie Cliff Lee has been fantastic so far, and although Cole Hamels has been inconsistent this season, the team is not going to send their (supposed) ace to the bullpen. Joe Blanton has a 2.46 ERA since late May, as opposed to Moyer’s 4.40 ERA in the same time frame.

So who’s the obvious choice? Unfortunately for Moyer, he’s the odd man out.

E-A-G-L-E-S

Tonight I take in my first-ever professional football game. Okay, it’s just a preseason game, but still it should be fun. The Eagles will take on the New England Patriots at the Linc in their first preseason game this year.

Through channels I’m not knowledgeable about, my son’s football team got free tickets. Coincidentally, or not, they are also called the Eagles. Face value for these tickets is $95.00 (!!!). Yikes! Seems like a lot for a preseason game.

Woo hoo for free tickets! Everybody keep their fingers crossed that the rain holds off!

 

(Victorino photo by Tom Cruze/Chicago Sun-Times)

6 Comments

Sue – Your Eagles are taking on my Patriots! I’m very anxious to see Tom Brady play. They say he will – but if it is raining, I wonder if they will hold him out. I’ll be watching the game!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Oh, seems that the person that security threw out for throwing the beer at Vic was the wrong one. D’oh! But, the one who did do it is getting his picture shown all over the place. Hopefully, the cops in Chicago will soon be knocking at his door.

http://philliesredpinstripes.mlblogs.com/

That was such a dumb act by the fan who threw the beer cup at Shane Victorino. I hope that guy gets reprimanded soon. The Phillies are on a roll against the Cubs now.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

Makes you wonder about the intelligence level of some fans…
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Looks like you had good weather last night! Except for the crying from all the Eagles fans about the signing of Michael Vick….that must have been a shower all by itself. Yikes!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Julia – the rain held off! Brady and the Patriots looked pretty good; the Eagles not so much. No matter, a fun time was had by all.
Stanley – I saw today that the real culprit turned himself in. He said all the right things in his apology, but I still don’t know how sincere I thought it was.
Matt – See above re. culprit. The Phils will hopefully remain on a roll! Swept the Cubs, won the first game in Atlanta – woo hoo!
Ginny – Yep, it sure does. I guess he’s killed off a few too many brain cells already…
Jenn – Your anti-rain dance must have helped, it ended up being a very comfortable evening (except for the loss, of course). Michael Vick – blaghh! I don’t think too highly of this signing, though my husband thinks it was a good move. Time will tell.

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