The Phillies provided a pretty high priced grounds crew to help out at Coors Field in Colorado. Their move has brought national attention, but they insist they were just doing their part. Plus, we've got some news and notes on theinjury front and more.
In saving themselves from getting swept by the Colorado Rockies,
the Phillies may have saved several grounds crew members from
With driving rain and wind gusts whipping through Coors Field in
the seventh inning Sunday, the grounds crew rushed to cover the
infield. But the tarp flared in the air, covering some of the
workers and dragging several others. About 20 Phillies players and coaches raced from the dugout. Right fielder Shane Victorino grabbed a corner and pulled. Starting pitcher Adam Eaton wrestled another edge. Ryan Howard weighed down a section with his knee, while Abraham Nunez heaved sandbags toward other sections.
"It was so incredible. I was overtaken by it," head groundskeeper
Mark Razum said. "You think one or two players, maybe some bench
guys, but the whole lineup was out there. I looked over and
Victorino was like, 'I've got it. Don't worry.' (Bench coach) Jimy
Williams kept yelling, 'Where's the sandbags?' I've never seen
anything like it."
The video of the event showed up in various places including the CBS Evening News. Most of the reports pointed out that Latroy Hawkins was the only member of the home team Rockies to come the aid of the Colorado grounds crew, which seemed slightly odd.
Victorino said the Phillies weren't trying to be heroes, and they
certainly don't have any secret groundskeeping ambitions.
"We all reacted off instinct," Victorino said. "I mean, who
would've thought a baseball team would all go out there and help
pull the tarp? But when you see some guys go under, you don't want
anyone to get suffocated or trapped. It was fun to see guys, like
we know what we're doing or something. I'm just glad nobody got
Said Howard, "We're just regular guys. It was something you don't
see everyday, but it was just we were trying to go out there and
Maybe it was manager Charlie Manuel who figured out the secret as to why all the guys were out there. "They were having fun. They were out in the rain like little kids."
Notes from the City of Brotherly Love
RHP Tom Gordon, sidelined since May 1 with a strained right
rotator cuff, retired five of six batters Sunday in his second
rehab appearance for Class-A Clearwater. Gordon threw only 16
pitches, and his fastball was clocked at 90-91 mph. He'll make
another rehab appearance Wednesday for Clearwater and may rejoin
the Phillies for their three-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
Brett Myers is about to take his next step back to the
Phillies' bullpen. Myers, sidelined since May 23 by a muscle strain
in his right shoulder, threw 20 pitches from a bullpen mound before
Saturday night's rain-delayed game with the Colorado Rockies. He
uncorked fastballs and breaking pitches and didn't experience any
setbacks. Next up: Myers will report to Clearwater during the All-Star
break to throw a bullpen session Wednesday under the supervision of
rehab coordinator Brian Cammarota. If that goes well, he could pitch live batting practice or appear in a game for Class-A Clearwater next weekend.
Ryan Howard will attempt to win his second straight Home Run
Derby crown Monday night in San Francisco. Ramon Henderson will try
to win his third. Henderson, the Phillies' bullpen coach for the
past 10 seasons, was the batting-practice pitcher for Howard last
season and Bobby Abreu in 2005. He has become the rare bullpen
coach who gets recognized by fans at home and on the road. His
secret? "You want to throw it belt-high so (the hitter) can elevate
it," Henderson said. "And, also, you want to maintain the same
speed. If you throw one pitch 60 miles-per-hour and the next pitch
50, that's no good."
Pat Burrell belted a solo homer in the fourth inning Sunday,
giving him three home runs in his last five games. During that
span, Burrell is batting .429 (6-for-14) with five RBIs. For the
season, he's batting .215 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs.
The Numbers Game
34 Doubles for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, most in the National League. Utley is on pace for 64
doubles, which would tie Joe Medwick's NL record set in 1936. The
major-league record is 67 by Earl Webb in 1931.