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Phillies Down Dodgers in Game 2

July 18, 2007

The Phillies dished the Dodgers a taste of their own medicine last night in Los Angeles. After the Dodgers blasted the Phillies for 10 runs on 10 hits in Monday’s contest, the most explosive team in the NL reciprocated the goodwill.

Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard, or the People’s Champ, hit 2 more home runs (24) and collected 4 RBI (72). If he’s the meat, then Chase Utley is the potatoes. He bolstered his league-leading RBI total to 79 with 3 more on the night, while going 3-6 and adding 2 doubles (39).

Chase Utley

Jimmy Rollins was 3-6…Shane Victorino 5-7…Aaron Rowand 5-6…and even J.D. Durbin, who I ridiculed yesterday, was 3-4 with a run scored…wtf?!?

These numbers look like Dwight Howard‘s field goal % at halftime. Except it’s really hard to hit a baseball, unless Mark Hendrickson is winging it in, and really easy for Dwight Howard to crush.

Dwight Howard

Unfortunately, the Phillie staff hasn’t made it hard to hit the ball, but Durbin tossed an unexpected gem. Among all the souvenirs in last night’s bout, only the lucky Dodger Fan behind the backstop saw any love from the rookie.

Alyssa Milano

Lowering his hefty ERA to 9.00, Durbin lasted 6 quality innings allowing only 8 baserunners and 1 earned run in a much needed win. He had this to say after the game,

“Every time I got the ball back, I took a deep breath. The game goes fast, and being in control is how you do things right. Less is more. I’ve always been max effort in terms of delivery. Today, I went out there and controlled myself, didn’t try to do as much. I was 88-92 today, and a couple of years ago, that was nothing. I’m not a thrower anymore. I’m trying to be a pitcher, working the ball in and out, up and down and get ahead of guys. Today, it worked out for me.”

Sounds like an inner sex monologue, but whatever works. I just assume it was a nice precursor to what Durbin would encounter later that night.

J.D. Durbin

At 25-years old, in the City of Angels, for a 3-day stint, after a dismantling of once NL-leading Dodger Faithful, this kid certainly celebrated.

In all, they collected 15 runs on 26 hits–the greatest outburst since I was a wee 9-year old lad in the summer of ’85.

3 paisons
Which wee lad am I do you think?

Fine. So I’m not 9 here (my brother looks adopted for the record), but even at 6-years old I knew Von Hayes would some day hit 2 home runs in the 1st inning of a game. Check the box score, thanks to Baseball Almanac, for the last time the Phils went on a killing spree like last night.

Baseball Almanac Box Scores New York Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 26
New York Mets ab   r   h rbi
Backman 2b 4 1 3 1
Johnson 3b 5 0 2 1
Hernandez 1b 2 0 1 0
  Christensen cf 2 0 0 0
Carter c 2 0 1 1
  Reynolds c 3 1 1 0
Heep cf,1b 5 1 1 0
Foster lf 3 1 1 1
Hurdle rf 4 1 1 0
Santana ss 2 1 2 2
Gorman p 0 0 0 0
  Schiraldi p 0 0 0 0
  Sisk p 2 1 0 1
  Staub ph 1 0 0 0
  Sambito p 0 0 0 0
  Knight ph 1 0 0 0
  Orosco p 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia Phillies ab   r   h rbi
Hayes lf 6 4 3 6
Schu 3b 7 2 4 2
Samuel 2b 7 3 5 2
Schmidt 1b 2 2 2 2
  Jeltz ss 4 1 1 1
Wilson rf 6 4 3 3
Diaz c 4 3 3 3
  Rucker p 2 1 2 0
  Andersen p 0 0 0 0
Maddox cf 4 3 2 2
  Thomas cf 1 0 0 0
Aguayo ss 1 1 0 1
  Gross 1b 2 1 1 2
Hudson p 3 1 1 1
  Wockenfuss ph,c 1 0 0 0
New York 0 0 3   2 2 0   0 0 0 7 13 2
Philadelphia 9 7 0   0 5 1   4 0 x 26 27 1
Gorman  L (3-3) 0.1 4 6 6 2 0
  Schiraldi   1.1 10 10 10 0 1
  Sisk   2.1 2 0 0 0 1
  Sambito   3.0 9 10 8 5 0
  Orosco   1.0 2 0 0 0 1







Hudson  W (2-6) 5.0 13 7 6 0 3
  Rucker   3.0 0 0 0 2 2
  Andersen   1.0 0 0 0 1 1







  E–Johnson (3), Santana (9), Hayes (3).  DP–New York 2, Philadelphia 1.  2B–New York Santana (7,off Hudson); Foster (9,off Hudson); Johnson (2,off Hudson), Philadelphia Diaz 3 (3,off Gorman,off Schiraldi,off Sambito); Wilson 2 (11,off Schiraldi,off Sambito); Schmidt (9,off Schiraldi); Samuel (11,off Sisk); Schu (3,off Sambito); Rucker (1,off Sambito); Jeltz (1,off Sambito).  3B–Philadelphia Schu (2,off Schiraldi); Maddox (1,off Schiraldi).  HR–Philadelphia Hayes 2 (5,1st inning off Gorman 0 on, 0 out,1st inning off Schiraldi 3 on, 2 out).  SF–Santana (1,off Hudson); Foster (2,off Hudson); G Gross (1,off Sambito).  HBP–Aguayo (3,by Schiraldi).  IBB–Maddox (1,by Gorman).  CS–Backman (3,2nd base by Hudson/Diaz).  SB–Samuel 2 (17,2nd base off Gorman/Carter,3rd base off Gorman/Carter).  WP–Schiraldi (2), Rucker (1).  BK–Hudson (1).  HBP–Schiraldi (2,Aguayo).  IBB–Gorman (1,Maddox).  T–3:21.  A–22,591.
Baseball Almanac Box Score


June 4, 2007

We all perceive daily experiences differently due to a variety of influences from the past and present. Perhaps, our tendencies are dictated more genetically, or more through repetitive processes that form who we are today. Maybe we are affected more by failure than triumph, or more by love than hate. Maybe its more by eBay than Amazon, or Judaism than Christianity, or stocks than bonds. Choices affect us all, but how does the understanding of others’ perceptions assist in building bridges to the future?

Bridge Building

In the past, those lucky enough to have a family, or anything resembling the typical nuclear model, could be perceived as being lucky. But today with so much collaboration available to us from so many inexpensive sources, how important is the role of the “mom” or “dad?”

Suppose a 15-year old boy loses his father and must become the “man” of the house prematurely. Will he quickly learn to become a “father” figure to his younger siblings, or will he remain in a “big brother” role? And how much faster would this transition occur today than compared to 20 years ago?

Now imagine that he has been abused.  Imagine he has been abused by both parents, but with only one parent remaining. Imagine he has been abused by one but not the other. Imagine if the abuse was physical, or emotional, or psychological. Imagine a combination of abusers and effects of abuse.

I am from the school of thought that claims 10% of life is what happens, and 90% is how we react to it. In this situation, if the child matures quickly to better serve a “father” figure role, it could be the result of an ingrained characteristic, or simply a positive reaction to life experience. The child could also mature more slowly though, where the same “loss of a father” would cause an entirely opposite negative reaction.

But suppose the same 15-year old accepted additional responsibilities, helped forge his family forward, while becoming a leader before his time. Suppose he applied these skills to the military for an education, instead of a University system for instance, because his leadership skills were so advanced at such a young age, that he needed to lead others. And suppose he is sent off to war to live or die. And then again a year later. And then again.

But, i’m not talking about life or death from war, which is awful to even think about. I’m talking about the aspects of life that these leaders lose because of war, and because they are so capable of being strong leaders. I’m talking about each patch on their shoulder that represents 15 friends and soldiers killed by someone, or some cause, that they couldn’t trust. How does this same decorated leader, that began supporting his family at 15 years old, experience the beauty of falling in love, the freedom of traveling with a friend, or all the other experiences that shape us even into our 20’s and 30’s.

Sometimes life is what we make it, and other times, life is what is handed to us. But, usually its a hybrid of our past and present influences, and how we manage them. For some, life may never exist again with trust or faith as core components. Then again, maybe trust and faith are the glue that hold the family together in times like these, and are the same core components that the soldier seeks to redeem from past losses or premature expectations.

But soldiers don’t get to check their blogs, or watch LOST, or speed-date every Tuesday night. They don’t get to accept love on their own terms, or at their own pace, or from the same pool that we all enjoy. And, ultimately, they don’t get to naively trust casual encounters in life:  a luxury that allows us to implement our vast perceptions into productive romantic, business, and societal relationships. It is critical that we exhibit the ability to perceive, and understand, similar experiences through the eyes of others, thereby continually building bridges for collaboration and societal evolution.

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