The tarp is off…
Upon exiting the hotel here in Philly, you got the feeling that today might get rained out or at least delayed. But the tarp is being taken off the field here at Citizens Bank Park and the grounds crew is hard at work down below getting this place ready for a game. If there is anyone at a ballpark who is under appreciated, I’ve got to think it’s the members of the grounds crew. I’ve written before about how good Eric Hansen and his staff is in LA but it can never be pointed out enough. These guys have degrees in turf management and probably spend more time at stadiums than almost anyone else. And by the time the stadium opens to the fans, they’re rarely seen – with the exception of the between-inning dragging of the field or changing of the bases. So here’s to them!
Last night was a great win. Randy Wolf pitched very well in returning to Philly and James Loney went deep for the key hit of the game. But aggressive baserunning, timely hitting and great defense contributed to another victory to get us back atop the big leagues with the best record.
Today, we try to make it two out of three from the defending World Champs. I’m guessing you’ll all be keeping tabs on the game at work. Here’s the lineup:
Billingsley, P (tied with Ted Lilly for the second-most wins in baseball – 21 – going back to the end of last April…only Roy Halladay has more)