Sunday, July 23, 2017

Comeback Falls Short; Photo Night Highlights! (Part One)

2017 Chachi Photo Night #22
Brewers 9, Phillies 8
Game 95 - Saturday Night, July 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 33-62, 5th place, 24 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Down 8-1 heading the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies mounted an improbable comeback but ultimately fell short in a 9-8 loss to the Brewers.

What It Means:  It was a fun few innings, but Hector Neris couldn't keep the Brewers off the board in the top of the ninth.

What Happened:  Cesar Hernandez (7) hit a three-run home run in the seventh, followed by a three-run home run from Cameron Rupp (7) in the eighth to tie it up.  Odubel Herrera went 4 for 4 with a solo home run (9) in the fifth, and an extremely impressive bat flip following a double in the second.

Jeremy Hellickson didn't improve his trade value with his shaky outing, allowing six runs on seven hits over five innings.

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Featured Cards/Field Report:  This past December 4th, while walking around the Valley Forge baseball card show, I missed a call from Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen.  Andersen left me a voice mail explaining I had won a prize in the early-bird season ticket holder sweepstakes (we have a partial plan), and I'd later find out that my prize was four Diamond Club tickets to a 2017 Phillies game.  My first choice for the game was the Pete Rose Wall of Fame night, but I was told no Diamond Club tickets remained for that entire weekend.  So I chose last night, Photo Night, as my second choice.

We had a blast on the field before the game getting pictures with the Phillies, and then we were lucky enough to be inside the Diamond Club when a brief tropical rainstorm passed over the area.  Similar to what I did last year (see below), I decided to make a Chachi insert set for the photos we took.  The Phillies were more than accommodating when posing for pictures and we only missed a few players.

Jenna and I felt that they were a little sped up this year due to the approaching bad weather and we missed pictures with Aaron Altherr, Ty Kelly, Cameron Perkins and Hoby Milner.  Those four players never made it to the area where we were standing.  Cesar Hernandez sped by too fast for a picture and Jeremy Hellickson understandably wasn't walking around as he was preparing for his start.

This is the first time I can remember the Phillies holding the event prior to a night game.  Both our boys have already asked if we can go back again for Photo Day/Night in 2018.

2017 Chachi Photo Night #1
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Memory Lane
1984 Phillies Photo Day
2006 Phillies Photo Day with Rick White
2007 Phillies Photo Day with Shane Victorino
2016 Phillies Photo Day - Parts One, Two and Three
2017 Phillies Photo Night

2 comments:

shlabotnikreport said...

Looks like you all had a great time! At first I thought the custom cards had light blue borders because they were "wax box" cards, and then I realized there was no such thing in 1982.

Jim said...

But there should have been! ;)