Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Mary Ann" to hold auction on Saturday

Mary Ann is holding an auction.

Dawn Wells, at right, who played Mary Ann Summers on 1960s classic television show "Gilligan's Island," will be selling off the contents of her home in eastern Idaho on Saturday.

Wells, a native Idahoan who will turn 71 in October, said she will sign autographs for anyone who makes a purchase.

Among the items to be auctioned off are a Kenmore double-door refrigerator, antique Chinese rug, a picture frame cutter made in Denmark and memorabilia from the annual Spud Fest Family Film and Television Festival.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Phillies reach deal for hurler

The Phillies reportedly picked up a Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday, but not the one most fans were hoping for.

Both and were reporting that the Phillies had reached a deal with the Cleveland Indians for 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, above. The Phillies will also get right-hand hitting outfielder Ben Francisco.

The Phillies will give up three of their top Class AAA prospects -- pitcher Carlos Carrasco, infielder Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson -- and Class A pitcher Jason Knapp.
The deal means the Phillies will have 4 left-handed hurlers -- Lee, Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer and J.A. Happ -- in their starting rotation.

The deal means the Phillies did not have to give up either their top minor-league pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, currently pitching for the Reading Phillies, or their top minor-league player Dominic Brown, who is an outfielder with Class A Clearwater.
I was hoping the Phillies would acquire Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay, who would have balanced out the rotation. But Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. did not want to part with Happ, Drabek and Brown.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dog takes newborn from crib

A scary incident happened in Kentucky this week when a dog took a newborn baby from its crib and carried it outside of the home.

The baby was listed in critical condition with multiple punctures and brusies

The dog is a 4-year-old mixed breed called a Native American Indian dog.

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Couple with same name to get married

Couples meet through the Internet and get married all the time, but here's a new twist: this Florida couple has the same name.

Kelly Hildebrandt will marry Kelly Hildebrandt in October.

According to the Associated Press, it all started when 20-year-old Kelly Hildebrandt decided to search Facebook for other people with her name. Up popped Kelly Hildebrandt of Lubbock, Tex. For the next three months the two exchanged e-mails and then started calling each other.

He then decided to visit, and the couple, above, soon began dating. Eight months after Kelly Hildebrandt sent her first e-mail, he proposed. The couple plans to marry in October.

It hasn't been all smooth sailing. A trip on a cruise ship almost got canceled when the travel agent deleted one ticket from the system, thinking someone had plugged in the same information twice.

Mets falling apart all over

As the red-hot Phillies continue their hold on the National League East, the hated New York Mets are falling apart at all levels of their organization.

On the same day the injury-riddled Mets, who know trail the Phils by 10 games, were shut out, 4-0, by the lowly Washington Nationals, it was reported that one of their officials went ballistic on a minor-league team.

According to the New York Daily News, Tony Bernazard, the Mets vice president for player development, pulled off his shirt and challenged the Double-A Binghamton Mets to a fight. The Binghamton team plays in the Eastern League, along with the Reading Phillies.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

"The Dude" goes bankrupt

Former Phillies outfielder Lenny Dysktra, who led the team to the National League pennant in 1993 when he finished second in the MVP voting, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday.

According to reports, Dysktra had between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities and only $50,000 in assets.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Why you should never keep reptiles in the house

Police say a 2-year-old Florida girl was strangled by a 12-foot pet python on Wednesday. The python escaped from its aquarium and strangled the girl while she was sleeping in her crib.

The snake was the pet of the girl's mother's live-in boyfriend.

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Picking up where he left off

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was mired in an 0-for-19 slump last week when manager Charlie Manuel rested the 2007 NL Most Valuable Player for 4 games.

Rollins, at right, was restored to the leadoff spot for Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves and picked up where he left off when he last played in Tampa on June 24. He was hitless in 5 at bats, including two strikeouts. In 2 of the plate appearances, Rollins, now hitting .207, swung at the first pitch.

Much of the struggles for the defending World Champions this season are because of the pitching staff. But Rollins' problems are high on the list.

The Phillies need a lot more from their leadoff hitter. Rollins is 30th in the league with 41 runs scored. When he scores runs, they win. But it's hard to score runs when you can't get on base. Rollins' on-base percentage of .250 is the worst in the league for any regular.

Coming off a title, I expected more from this team than they've showed the first 3 months of the season. They should be running away with the National League East. But until Rollins begins to produce offensively, the Phillies will continue to struggle.