With 2006 just around the corner, it's a good time to look back at the anniversaries that Phillies fans may want to either celebrate or forget. We'll go back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 years in our special Looking Back series. We start with a look at Larry Bowa's return to the Phillies in 2001.
December 30, 2005
In the clearing stands a boxer<br> And a fighter by his trade<br> And he carries the reminders<br> Of ev'ry glove that laid him down<br> Or cut him ‘till he cried out<br> In his anger and his shame<br> "I am leaving, I am leaving"<br> But the fighter still remains<br> <br> <I>"The Boxer"<br> Simon and Garfunkel</I>
October 6, 2004
The Phillies list of candidates to fill their newly vacant manager's office will likely start off as a long list of characters. With the Phillies in no immediate rush to fill the job, the list may take a while to whittle away at and the final decision may not come until after the general manager's meetings in early November. Here's a look at some of the candidates and their odds of having the Phillies sign their paycheck next season.
October 4, 2004
It seemed completely inevitable that Larry Bowa would be making an exit as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Still, when the official word came, it took some by surprise, not just because of the timing of the dismissal, but simply because nobody figured on Larry Bowa failing as the manager of the Phillies. It was a match made in heaven and had all the makings of a classic storyline. Now, it's just another in a long trend of changes that the Phillies seem to make every few seasons.
October 3, 2004
The Phillies didn't wait until the season ended to make a move in their dugout. Larry Bowa was given his walking papers with two games remaining and the temporary reins were handed to bench coach Gary Varsho. The firing wasn't unexpected, but the timing was.
October 2, 2004
When Larry Bowa first heard that the Philadelphia Phillies were in search of a manager to replace the departed Terry Francona after a dismal 2000 season, he could never have imagined that he would seriously be considered. After all, his relationship with many of the top Phillie brass was poor at best, and his previous managerial job with the San Diego Padres had ended abruptly. Yet, what Bowa could not have known was that he was about to enter his Autumn Years… as manager in Philadelphia.
September 13, 2004
Larry Bowa may not have known it then, but his Spring Years ended the day he was traded from the Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in late 1981. If Spring had been a period of abounding opportunities and success, then the Summer Years were a period of irony and transition. It is this writer's belief that there are no coincidences in life and Bowa was about to set out on a journey filled with irony and missed chances. Let us now look back on the period from 1982 to 1999 in his life...the Summer Years.
September 6, 2004