The Pedro Party started last night and it was entertaining. In the end, his line resembled the man he replaced (Jamie Moyer), but this was his first outing in a long time, so one could surmise he'll improve upon this start. His pitches had good movement, he just got hurt when he missed his spots (just like any pitcher). One thing for sure, he's every bit as charismatic.
The catch of the night came via Shane Victorino's grab of a routine fly ball that some buttplug Cubs fan decided to douse him in beer while the ball was coming down. Vic- "I gotta tip my hat to the guy, he had perfect timing."
The offense was the real story last night as they broke free from whatever was ailing them and posted 12 runs in the first 4 innings. Jimmy and Vic were the table setters atop the lineup that ignited the fire. Everyone collected a hit except for the pitchers and that ass-hat Eric Bruntlett (who also committed an error). By the way, I love watching guys leg out triples, and Ryan Howard's was a thing of beauty as the big man chugged around the base paths.
Reading Phillies thirdbaseman Neil Sellers has become a favorite of mine in the minors. I look at his stats and possible versatility and I get giddy over the idea he could displace Eric Bruntlett. He's batting .320/.876, 54 r, 28 dbl, 13 hr, and 69 rbi. Jay Ballz of Phoul Ballz was at the game last night in Trenton and was kind enough to ask Neil some questions for us.
Q: You're batting .320 this year and really putting forth a solid effort all around. Can I get you to talk about your success a little bit?
A: I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. One of my goals was to get out to a good start this year and I was able to do that. I was, just, pretty pleased with that. I just try to keep it going, one day at a time and at bat by at bat.
Q: When asked about what players on the team have a shot at making it at higher level, manager Steve Roadcap mentioned you. How does his confidence in you make you feel?
A: That's good. That's nice to get his respect and he's been around the game a long time and he knows his baseball and knows his players, so that's nice to get that respect and to be mentioned with the Michael Taylors' and stuff like that. It's real encouraging.
Q: If you were approached about becoming a utility infielder, a muti-positional bench guy, how would you feel about that?
A: I would be open to it. My dream is to get to the Major Leagues and stay there and I'm willing to do whatever it takes. You know, I've actually played a little bit at second base and first base, and just being able to play all those positions would be beneficial to me.
Q: What ball player would you most likely pay to see?
A: I'd say Chase Utley. He's a superstar and plays the game hard. He has great at bats, and I love watching him hit. Just his approach at the plate as well as his approach to the game too. He's out there every day- playing hard, working hard. It's encouraging to see from one of the best players on the team.
Q: What was your favorite team growing up?
A: I was a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I live in western Kentucky, an Busch stadium was an hour and a half away, so we grew up going to a lot of those games and watching a lot of those games.
Q: What are some differences between the Houston organization and the Phillies organization? (Seller drafted 32nd round by Houston in 2004 draft)
A: There weren't a lot of differences, but as far as the location and stuff...we were down south pretty much (for all my stops) with Houston, and here- we're in the north east at pretty much every level. So that's one thing (with Houston) I got to play closer to home. But they're both real similar- they like guys that work hard and play the game the right way, as well as those who are great individuals off the field.
Q: What ballpark would you most like to play in some day?
A: I'd like to say the new Busch Stadium, since it's the closest park to home. I grew up going to games there, I know it's a new stadium now, but going to that city. But, the number one answer is Citizens Bank. It would be nice to call that home every day. That would be a dream come true.
Q: What would you say to internet bloggers who campaign for your promotion to the Majors? (That would be WSBGM's)
A: Ya know, that's great! It's nice for people to be out there pulling for you. Hopefully, that counts. It's nice that people see the type of season I'm having and that I'm playing hard. And we're doing it as a team as well. We're in second place. We're having a great season as a team. It's nice to be out there and have those people pulling for me.
*Lehigh Valley Iron Pig outfielder Michael Taylor hit for the cycle last night, going 5-5 with 4 rbi (1 single, 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 1 homerun). He seems to be the real deal, but with a talented group of outfielders already in place in Philly, not sure when he gets he chance to shine in the big show.
Don't forget to tune in at 2:20 today for the series finale, as Cliff Lee and Phils look to sweep the Cubbies with Ryan Dempster on the mound. If you're at work, put on one of the score trackers (ESPN, Yahoo, or MLB) to follow the action...it's sometimes better than listening to T-Mac and Wheels.