Friday, May 31, 2013

2008 Upper Deck Phillies World Series Champions #PP-41 Shane Victorino

Red Sox 9, Phillies 2
Game 54 - Thursday Night, May 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 26-28, 3rd Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Red Sox got to Jonathan Pettibone early and the bullpen continued to underwhelm as the Phillies lost, 9-2.

What It Means:  It means the Phils can try again for .500 in a few days.

What Went Wrong:  The Phillies scored in the first on Delmon Young's two-run home run, and that was it for the night.  Red Sox pitchers allowed a total of six hits.

Pettibone allowed four runs in the top of the first before the fans at Citizens Bank Park were even settled into their seats.  Jeremy Horst (two runs in two innings) and Chad Durbin (three runs in the ninth) failed to keep the game close.  Durbin now owns a 9.00 ERA in 16 appearances this year.

Featured Card:  Perhaps the best part of last night's game (other than the Incredible Hulk throwing out the first pitch) was the mini-tribute to Shane Victorino in the middle of the fourth inning.  The Phillies played a highlight video celebrating Victorino's time in Philly, and the Flyin' Hawaiian stepped out of the Red Sox dugout following the tribute to tip his cap to the crowd.  Victorino is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

On a related note, was 2008 really five years ago?


Steve F. said...

I was at the game Wednesday night (the 4-3 win), and it was nice to see the tribute Vic got from the fans then as well. I guess they showed it both nights. Maybe Wednesday's wasn't shown on TV? Regardless, contrast that to the boos that Papelbon got and then tell me who has the classier fan base. (Present company excepted, Section 36 guy, if you're reading this.) Great card choice to show him tipping his cap to the fans, since that is what he did to the same fans as a Red Sox player too.

Jim said...

The Victorino tribute was pretty cool. I tend to think the receptions received by Victorino and Papelbon have more to do with the players themselves and less to do with the fanbases. Victorino was and is a popular player and he seems like a genuinely good guy. Papelbon (despite his track record) isn't really that popular and he seems like a complete nutjob.