9. Hines Ward arrested- One of the “good guys” in the NFL, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence early Saturday morning. According to reports, Ward, one of the faces of the Pittsburgh Steelers (along with fellow convict, Ben Roethlisberger), was pulled over after he swerved out of his lane and hit a curb. When he was pulled over he smelled of alcohol and, subsequently, failed the field sobriety tests. Yes, plural- Tests. He had a number of opportunities to pass but did not. He was booked and charged with misdemeanor DUI. He could face league discipline once the lockout is over.
7. Raul Ibanez had…. Well let’s just say he played well- Rauuuuuuuuuul, where have you been? Last week Ibanez exploded on the Braves, helping the Phillies take two of three from the second place team in the NL East. On Friday, Ibanez hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 10th to secure the Phillies first place heading into the All-Star Break. Then on Sunday, Ibanez drove in 6 runs as part of the 14-1 shellacking of the Braves to come away with, yet, another Phillies series victory. If he keeps this up, the Phillies offense is going to be a force.
5. Abreu walks on 2-1 Pitch- You can’t make this up. Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, former Phillie, Bobby Abreu, worked the count to two balls and one strike when Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez deliver the ball three and….. Abreu took his base. Yes, no one caught the fact that the fourth pitch of the at bat only made the count 3-1. The inning continued without any drama and Abreu was stranded on base by his Angel teammates. You’d think at that level, someone, SOMEWHERE would have been paying attention and brought it to the attention of the umpire.
3. Juan Perez is lights out- Phillies left handed reliever entered his third game for the Phillies in the 10th inning of the 2-2 game last Friday versus the Braves. All the reliever did was strike out the side on nine pitches. Perez looked like the Phillies lefty specialist as he came into Saturday’s game and recorded another two strikeouts. Juan Perez dazzled last weekend.