Last season the Phillies won a franchise record 102 games with an average offense and great pitching staff. Expectations were high heading into the season with Cliff Lee joining the fold and those expectations didn’t change as the season went along. On September 17th,Philadelphia defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 and clinched their fifth consecutive NL East title. Following the win, the team went on an eight game losing streak that scared a lot of the fan base, however others mention that they had nothing to play for as a big factor. The Phillies finished the season on a four game winning streak, sweeping the Atlanta Braves and actually knocked them out of the playoffs on the final day. This allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NL Wildcard and set up a first round matchup against the Phillies. The Cardinals finished up 16-5 to conclude the season en-route to passing the Braves.
Marc Farzetta, Host/Update Anchor at Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia, was kind enough to join the Sports With Balls team for a quick Q&A session.
The Phillies are down in Clearwater preparing for another season, the Flyers and Sixers are inching closer to the postseason, and the Eagles are getting ready for a big off-season.
Marc provides some insight into the current events in Philly sports.
Sports with Balls question in italics.
Marc’s response in bold.
Do you believe DeSean Jackson will be back with the Eagles next season?
Yes, he will be back. This is a Super Bowl or Bust year (to use an overused phrase!). No
Super Bowl Appearance and Andy Reid will not return for a 15th Season as the Eagles Head
Coach. DeSean and Michael Vick already have the chemistry built. DeSean will be tagged
and kept because Reid won’t want to risk someone coming in and being a bust. I would love
to see the Eagles sign him to a 3-year 27 Million dollar deal, but doubt that would happen.
Who is the top team in Philadelphia right now? Eagles? Phillies? Flyers? Sixers?
No question about it: Phillies. They have given the fans the parade and not acted the least bit arrogant about it. The Eagles? No parade, but still a healthy helping of arrogance. Flyers and Sixers need some major changes to compete with either.
After playing 12 seasons with 3 major league teams, 35-year old Pat Burrell has retired from baseball.
Burrell blasted 292 career home runs over 12 big league seasons, 251 of which were hit in a Phillies uniform which ranks fourth in club history.
Pat Burrell was selected with the 1st overall pick in the 1998 amateur draft by Philadelphia.
After an up and down Phillies career Burrell became a fan favorite as a member of the 2008 world champion squad.
Following his 9-year Phillies career, Burrell headed to Tampa Bay for a 2-season stint before being released due to poor performance.
The 2010 San Francisco Giants signed Burrell to minor league deal during the 2010 season where he had an opportunity to win a second world series.
Burrell played in 2 World Series (2008, 2010) where he had 1 hit in 27 at-bats netting himself 2 World Series rings.
The Pro Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed its new class Thursday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. The class featured Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin, Arvydas Sabonis, Tom Sanders, Artis Gilmore, Reece Tatum, Teresa Edwards, Tara VanDerveer, Herb Magee and Tex Winter.
Dennis Rodman – Goes down as one of the best rebounders in NBA history. He played 14 seasons for the Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks, where he averaged 13 rebounds a game. Rodman was also a two-time all-star and NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Chris Mullin – Was an all-american at St Johns under the great Lou Carnesecca and won the John Wooden Award for the best college player in 1985. Mullin was drafted by the Golden State Warriors as the 7th pick in the 1985 Draft and went on to play 16 seasons with the Warriors and Pacers. He was a five time all-star and a member of the legendary Dream Team.
Arvydas Sabonis – Originally drafted by Atlanta in 1985, he decided to continue to play over seas. He was then drafted by Portland in 1986 but did not actually play for them until 1995. Over 7 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds a game.
Artis Gilmore – Had the luxury of playing in both the ABA and NBA for 17 seasons. Won the 1971-72 ABA MVP and was a 11-time all-star between the two leagues.
Herb Magee – Known as one of the best college basketball coaches ever in the Philadelphia area. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1963 but had a short NBA Career. Coaching for Philadelphia University he has gone on to win 922 games, becoming the winningest coach in NCAA history.
The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2011 PA State Champs.
2011 battle of Pennsylvania results:
6/3 Pirates 2, Phillies 1 (12 innings) from PNC Park
6/4 Pirates 6, Phillies 3 from PNC Park
6/5 Phillies 7, Pirates 3 from PNC Park
7/29 Phillies 10, Pirates 3 from Citizens Bank Park
7/30 Phillies 7, Pirates 4 from Citizens Bank Park
7/31 Phillies 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings) from Citizens Bank Park
Phillies win season series, 4-2.
The Phillies win their first state championship in 2 seasons.
The Pirates and Phillies renew their rivalry tonight when Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton takes on Philadelphia’s Charlie Morton.
Both cities take their sports seriously and don’t share much in common other than the state they are located in and the animosity they have for each other.
The past few years have given us some classic Keystone State Clashes, lets look back at a few.
Who can forget 2009 when Pennsylvania was home to 3 of the 4 major sports trophies.
11/7/2004 – Behind a stellar defensive effort and a rookie named “Ben” the Steelers rip through the undefeated Eagles.
5/18/2008 – The Penguins run the Flyers out of the Igloo on their way to an Eastern Conference Title.
9/22/2008 – Ben Roethlisberger was in for a rough afternoon as the Eagles defense sacked him 9 times en route to 15-6 victory. The Steelers however, had the final laugh as they lifted the Lombardi at the end of 2009.
6/25/2009 – Pittsburgh, behind Sidney Crosby, rallys from 3 goals down in Philadelphia to win Game 6 and move on to the 2nd Round.
7/12/2009 – Matt Capps blows a 4 Run lead in the 9th, ending in a Paul Bako walk off single at Citizen’s Bank Park.
8/25/2009 – An Andrew McCutchen error proved costly in the 9th allowing the Phillies to tie the game. Sweet redemption came in the form of a 2-Run walkoff HR in the home half of the inning off Brad Lidge.
10/7/2010 – Behind a stellar effort by “Bob” the Flyers spoil the debut of the Penguins new home, the Consol Energy Center.