Lucy's Dugout - Week of Aug. 24, 2012

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Heartbreak of a loss for the Phillies

That's exactly how it went down this past Tuesday night at Citizen's Bank Park, when the Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds (5-4) – a heartbreak! Still winless at home, starter Cliff Lee pitched 6-2/3 innings, allowing three runs, nine hits. Lee struck out nine and walked one, but got the no-decision. He did receive help from his teammates; especially Kevin Frandsen, who made two spectacular defensive plays. One of these plays, a throw from 3rd base to home plate, was considered by the announcers the best defensive play they have ever seen in making the out at the plate.

Frandsen's other great play was his throw to first base. He and Howard combined in stopping the Reds from contributing more damage with Frandsen’s throw. Also, as far as offense, the third baseman smacked an RBI triple in the eighth inning, tying the game at four. Of course, if you watched the game, you know that in the ninth inning Jonathan Papelbon handed a home run (the winning run), to Cincinnati's Zack Cozart. There came the heartbreak!

Our guys played with an abundance of heart Tuesday night. Almost everyone in the lineup was a Phightin' Phil. That's how it goes, sometimes. Had this game played out in our favor, Citizen Bank Park's giveaway of the Hunter Pence bobblehead would have been more appreciated by me. Yes, since the figurine was already produced for Pence, the fans received the gift. Hunter sent a message of "Thanks for the memories, Philadelphia.”

Two more games were scheduled Wed. and Thurs. with the Reds. Tonight, our pinstripers are hosting the Washington Nationals at 7 p.m., WPHL; Sat., 7 p.m., CSN, and Sun., 1:35 p.m., WPHL.

Jerry's Take

In the winter of 1971, when I was working for a toy company, we decided to buy season tickets for the 1972 Phillies games at Veterans Stadium. A young, eager salesman let me sit in the available seats. Virtual reality did not exist then. My eventual choice was four seats, 17 rows behind the Phillies dugout. In the ’70s, there were no restrictions on what you could bring into the game with you. I don't remember the price of the tickets in 1972. We kept the same seats for eight years, and in 1980, the Phillies won the World Series.

There were no luxury boxes and no Diamond Club; no Stub Hub and no Craigslist. The Phillies won game six to win the 1980 World Series against Kansas City. The young, eager salesman who sold me the tickets was David Montgomery. Yes, the same Dave Montgomery who is now the President of the Phillies.

At the Brigantine Library on Tuesday, I found my reading material and something more: three Phillies fans. Anna was wearing a Chase Utley shirt and a Phillies cap. Signing up for the cupcake sale was Nick, who told me he reads my "take" every week, and wasn't happy with the announcers – "boring, repetitious and dull" were his words. I hope your wife feels better, Nick. Then there was Dan, who raises tomatoes and comes in daily to read the A.C. Press. He gives Nick some of his crop. Now we know where to find our readers!

Lucys-Dugout-pic This ticket from the Phillies’ 1980 World Series game cost $20, the most you could pay for a ticket. The pitcher and catcher for this game were Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw.

This ticket from the Phillies’ 1980 World Series game cost $20, the most you could pay for a ticket. The pitcher and catcher for this game were Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw.

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