Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola is an ace ready to prove it in September. Nola is an ace because he not only can pitch well against good teams, but has proven it by actually doing it. The Phillies righty is not only worthy of a big contract extension as a true ace, but the team needs him fronting their rotation over the next half-dozen years.
To say that the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies will always be remembered is an obvious statement. But that team is more than just memorable to those of us who lived the experience. For my Pop, who passed away in the summer of 1992 at age 83, and myself, and tens of thousands like us who are still around, those Phillies will always be beloved.
Well, those who wanted manager Joe Girardi to pay with his head, or at least his job, finally got their wish. On Friday, the Phillies announced that Girardi had been let go. His replacement, at least on an interim basis, is bench coach Rob Thomson.
No one watching on TV along with me here in Philly, or any among the 14,952 in attendance that afternoon at the venerable ballpark on Chicago’s North Side, had any clue as to the historic insanity we were about to witness.
Joe Morgan and Ferguson Jenkins, who put up the numbers that elevated them to the Hall of Fame while with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs respectively, were clearly among the greatest Black players to ever pull on a Phillies jersey. You won't find them listed...