How about a game where delightfully fat and slightly injured Chooch hits a two-run, pinch-hit, game-tying bomb in the hell hole known as Flushing, New York?
Sign me up!
Carlos Ruiz’s two-run blast in the top of the seventh tied last night's game at 3-3 and prevented Cliff Lee from being eligible for yet another loss. The Phillies would explode for seven more runs on their way to a 10-6 victory against the Metropolitans.
Carlos, predictably, was so happy: [Phillies.com]
"I'm so happy to have that big home run right there. I was trying to get at least a base hit to get the inning going. I got a good pitch to hit and made a good swing."
Charlie Manuel, predictably, knew his pinch-hitter would come up big:
"I had a feeling he was going to get a knock," Manuel said. "That's why I put him up there."
Cliff Lee, predictably, and like Roy Halladay, thinks Chooch is the best player on the team right now:
"He's a great player, and he's proven it day in and day out," Lee said of Ruiz. "He's been a great catcher ever since I've been involved with him, and now he's starting to prove it even more with the bat. It just shows how complete of a player he is. He's our best player right now and has been the whole time."
The Amaro Lies
Amaro was asked if he believed Howard could be back before the end of June.
“I don’t believe so,” he said. “I don’t think so.”
Could Howard be back by the All-Star break?
“I don’t know,” Amaro said.
Now on to Halladay…
Doc saw another doctor yesterday in New York– Dr. David Altchek, who performed surprise Tommy John surgery on Twin Scott Baker. There’s no indication that anything is wrong with Halladay’s elbow… but there are a number of odd occurrences involving Doc since March that make us uneasy:
Decreased velocity in spring training, denies injury.
Leaves team after poor outing – in which he once again looked overheated – for “personal family issue,” returns next day.
Wild rumors pop up about Doc’s health as people speculate what’s wrong and why he left team.
More bad starts.
Shoulder soreness, pulled from start.
Lat strain, out 6-8 weeks.
Second opinion, will speak with media on Friday, likely in a secret, staged meeting by Phillies PR gestapo.
Does this worry anyone else, or is it just me?
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I bet John wishes she was biting into his meat. What, too graphic?