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  1. Some Philadelphia Residents Assumed the Phillies Fireworks Were Racists Celebrating Zimmerman Verdict

    Jul 15, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT


    The Phillies typically awesome fireworks display at Citizens Bank Park hit a couple of snags over the weekend. It was pushed from Friday to Saturday due to inclement weather. Then the two Saturday games with the Chicago White Sox both going to extra innings pushed the festivities into the wee hours of Sunday morning. Add…

  2. A Rough Sports Week Begins But At Least the Phils Will Be at .500 for a While

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee, Charlie Manuel, Dom Brown, and the Phillie Phanatic

    Knowing that this week would be a struggle and mostly void of any real sport of consequence, the Phillies packed as much baseball as your little Phanatic-colored heart can handle over the last two days — three extra-inning games to be exact and a pair of victories to elevate them to 48-48 on the season.…

  3. Ben Revere Busted It Down the First-Base Line on a Broken Foot

    Jul 14, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT


    Say what you want about these Phillies. They may be too old, make too many poor decisions, and simply may not have what it takes. You can’t say they weren’t trying their absolute hardest to win on Saturday though. I mean, Jimmy Rollins faceplanting into home to score a game-winning run wasn’t even the most…

  4. Jimmy Rollins Faceplants Across Home Plate… For The Win!

    Jul 14, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT


    We’re sorry to inform you, Michael Young, that your Chevrolet Player of the Game honors for 07/13/2013 have been repossessed, and hereby awarded to Jimmy Rollins for his amazing sell-out, head-first slide into home on the game-winning play in the 13th inning of the second half of a LONGGGG double header that ended sometime the…

  5. What a Day at Citizens Bank Park

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT


    24 innings of baseball. One demoralizing loss. Then back to the park for another seemingly endless game. The feeling that the day game was happening all over again. An 11th inning wave-a-thon. Midnight came and went. Savery came in. Savery stayed in. But then, Michael Young delivered. Joy (and relief) filled the stadium. And then…

  6. Day-Night Doubleheader: Pettibone, Then Lannan, Then Fireworks

    Jul 13, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT


    Jonathan Pettibone is your Dayman and John Lannan your Nightman when the Phillies face the White Sox at 3:05 and then again at 8:15. Friday night’s game, postponed due to rain, is the 8:15′er so that those who had tickets for last night will still be able to see the postgame fireworks display tonight. And…

  7. There Will Be No Fireworks in South Philly Tonight (Well, At Least There Won’t Be at CBP)

    Jul 12, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT


    Tonight’s Philadelphia Phillies game against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed due to rain. It will be rescheduled for tomorrow night at 8:15 pm as part of a double header. The fireworks show scheduled following this evening’s game will now take place following tomorrow night’s game. The 4:05 game  tomorrow has been pushed up…

  8. Former Philadelphia Phillie Great Johnny Callison Taught His Parrot to Cuss at You

    Jul 12, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT


    The thing I’m most familiar with about former Phillie great Johnny Callison is that whenever a current Phillie guns down a player at the plate from the outfield, my dad likes to say it was Callison-esque. Dude had a great arm. He’s also very well known for a walkoff home run in the 1964 All-Star…

  9. Another Former Phillies Reliever Is Suggesting Rich Dubee Be Replaced

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee care not for your criticism. (AP)

    Remember Scott Mathieson, the Canadian reliever who made 15 total appearances with the Phillies over three seasons (2006; 2010-11) for a 6.75 major-league ERA? He otherwise spent nine seasons in the Phillies’ farm system before being released in 2011 and is now pitching in Japan? Why are we talking about Scott Mathieson on a Friday…

  10. The Evster Repairs the Images of Bynum, Lindros, Rolen and McNabb

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    I cannot wait to heckle Andrew Bynum when he comes back to the Wells Farg. I might even make a sign, even though I recognize that there’s nothing lamer than making a sign, and nothing more annoying than sitting behind a fan holding one up. And yet I’m still considering it. Right now my #1…

  11. Video: Jayson Werth Did Not Like the Aura That Post Game Microphone Was Putting Out, Abruptly Ends Interview

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT


    And you wonder why some Phillies fans feel like this? Jayson Werth had a reputation as being a bit surly with the media during his time in Philadelphia and a bit of that showed on Thursday night after the Nationals loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Werth is going through a pretty typical…

  12. How to Make the Vet Look Pretty: Fireworks + a Really Good Photographer

    Jul 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT


    We all kind of “miss” the Vet, but no one really misses the Vet. Over at the new digs — which we all continue to enjoy — the Phillies are promoting postgame fireworks on Thursday and Friday and dug up this old shot of the place whose bases now decorate the parking lot. Admit it,…

  13. Ruben Amaro Finally Spits Some Truth (Admits He Doesn’t Really Know If Buyers or Sellers)

    Jul 11, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT


    We all do it. Because when there’s not a whole lot to talk about, expressing one’s opinion on whether the Phillies should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline will usually elicit a response from someone who feels strongly for or against whichever side of the argument you fall on. But mostly we all…

  14. Cliff Lee Hit a Fan in the Head with a Baseball (Off of Anthony Rendon’s Bat)

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT


    The Phillies lost 5-1 to the Nationals on Wednesday night, which is okay because you can’t win ‘em all, and we’re all sort of waiting for the bottom to fall out anyway. However, we’ve come to expect wins when Cliff Lee takes the hill, and it was the rare failure to deliver that stood out.…

  15. Charlie Manuel: Roy Halladay Is “Coming Along Real Good”

    Jul 10, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT


    The Phillies are creating a bit of buzz once again with their latest stretch of good baseball, taking two of three from a pair of first-place teams, and the first two so far in a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. We’re still skeptical about a potential playoff run as we’ve seen this team go…

  16. Did You Notice That Ben Revere Is Hitting Over .300 Now?

    Jul 10, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT


    What a difference a BABIP makes, huh? Ben Revere, the 25-year-old we gave up Vance Worley for in the off-season to be our center-fielder of the future, hasn’t looked like that much different a player the last month, but turn around and all of a sudden he’s hitting .302. This is no small feat for…

  17. Ian Desmond Shaved in the Middle of the Nationals Loss to the Phillies Last Night

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT


    Maybe the old Cole Hamels is back? The Cole Hamels that breaks faces. Or at least alters them in strange ways in the middle of games. Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond must have come close to having his face broken by Hamels when he grounded into a double play early in the game on Monday…

  18. Charlie Manuel Pulled the Old ‘Close But No Cee-gar’ on Jayson Werth

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT


    Cole Hamels worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning by striking out Ryan Zimmerman with heat and battling Jayson Werth who had already taken him deep earlier in the game. Once Hamels won the final battle against Werth in the eighth, the Citizens Bank Park faithful erupted. Hamels commented…

  19. Phils Turn to Hamels to Mimic Lannan’s Success Against Nats. Wait, What?

    Jul 9, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT


    John Lannan was awesome on Monday night in the Phils series-opening victory over his former team, the Washington Nationals. Lannan got a standing ovation when he exited after completing the 8th inning with a zero under the Nationals’ score. He allowed just four hits while striking out four and handing out two free passes. It’s…

  20. Ryan Howard Needs Surgery for Torn Meniscus, Could Miss 6-8 Weeks

    Jul 8, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT


    Welp. Apparently the MRI results today were not great for Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. The Big Piece has a meniscus tear that will require surgery and he’ll need 6-8 weeks to recover from it, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. who spoke with reporters before tonight’s game against the Nationals. That would be around the…

  21. The Phillie Phanatic Giving You a Mini Plush Toy of Himself for Your Birthday is the Best Gift Ever [Video]

    Jul 8, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT


    The Phillies kick off what could be a season-shaping series with the Washington Nationals tonight at Citizens… WAIT, did you see the Phillie Phanatic gave T-Mac and Sarge little plush Phanatic dolls for their birthdays over the weekend? Someone in Philly apparently bought a winning lottery ticket worth like $700,000 but I’d say T-Mac and…

  22. Cliff Lee’s Reaction to the Phillies Team Meeting Was Very Cliff Lee-esque (Awesome)

    Jul 8, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT


    The Phillies won another series over the weekend. This time they did so against the division-leading Atlanta Braves to cut one game off their lead which now stands at 7.5 games on July 8th. Every little bit of ground is needed at this point. But a series victory was not the only news to come…

  23. Dom Brown, Cliff Lee to Represent Phillies in 2013 All-Star Game

    Jul 6, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT


    The results are in, and there are no real surprises here. Major League Baseball announced the participants for the 2013 All-Star Game on Saturday, and while no Phillies were voted in by the fans, two were deemed worthy of inclusion on the National League roster. For Cliff Lee, this is nothing new. The 2008 American…

  24. The Evster’s Guide to Sports on TV this Weekend not Involving Laynce Nix

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

    Tennis: 2013 Wimbledon Bartoli vs Flipkens

    While many Philly sports fans will spend their Independence Day weekends outside having cookouts or going to the beach or heading down to Citizens Bank Park to check out KEVIN THE FRANDSINATOR FRANDSEN, I will be staying on my couch to limit my chances of getting skin cancer. If you too are terrified of THE…

  25. Friend of The Level, President Thomas J. Whitmore, Wishes You a Happy 4th of July

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT


    Good morning, Cole Hamels and the Phillies square off against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at 1:35 p.m. in the rubber match of a three-game set. And perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and that the Phillies will once again be fighting for their freedom. Not from tyranny or oppression or…