2011 Phillies: Thank You for a Great Season!

Exactly one year ago today, our friend and guest blogger, Marisa Gothieposted a note thanking our 2010 Phillies... crazy how time flies and seasons swoop by.phils

Note:   It was my hope that when I was writing the reflection of this season it wouldn’t be until November; written after many celebrations, a parade down Broad Street and a ring ceremony in the future.  Sadly, this is not the case.  I needed time to compose myself after the NLDS loss to the Cardinals but hope you enjoy this reflection. One phrase to describe the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies Season….roller-coaster.  A roller coaster filled with high hills and low dips, one with twists and turns and flips that can turn you 180 degrees.  It was a season highlighted with some of the highest highs this franchise has ever seen:  102 wins, shattered pitching stats, batting crowns won and marred with inquiries and non production at times.

Work Ethic vs Raw Talent

Work Ethic. It is imperative to have good morals and apply them to your ambitions and career to truly succeed in anything in life. Don’t you agree?

Recent conversations, movies and discussions I have had the last two weeks really have me diving deep into the importance of morals and work ethic; Especially in the realm of sports. As we know, raw talent is a special gift, however when it’s coupled with positive, good work ethic, there is no stopping that person. However, when it is simply raw talent… well you are only as strong as your weakest link and not having a good head on your shoulders or playing bad politics in any industry will only hurt you, and most people around you, in the end. 

twitThe “Official Home of Nets Basketball” on Twitter recently started a discussion on which is more important. I immediately, without hesitation, go with work ethic. Not only can you use this in every area of your life, but you can also improve upon a skill easier than improving your morals. Do you agree? Would you personally rather have raw talent or naturally practice positive work ethics?

It's Easier This Way

As you may remember about a month ago I discussed baseball for probably only the second or third time. When you've been a Pirates fan your entire life sometimes talking about losing can become methodical and boring (especially after 18 years). I have been pretty pumped up since the season started over these "Battling Buccos". Then something happened. I refer to it as "the day the music died", July 26 2011.

Little Less Scorned

We are officially at the second half of the baseball season, and I can say with %100 certainty I am still digging it. I actually watched the All-Star game, Home Run Derby, and all the other stuff that goes with it. I pay attention to scores everyday and I've been to a few MLB games this year. I know, you're in shock. So am I.

Female Sports Professional: Susan Lulgjuraj

susanHappy Female Sports Professional Monday LadyBaller fans! Today we have a northerner holding it down in AC, NJ! Susan Lulgjuraj has been in the sports industry for roughly 12 years and is currently a staff writer at the Press of Atlantic City. She covers everything from the Philadelphia Phillies to local sports with an occasional poker story throw in there, I mean come on, she rocks Atlantic City, it's a must!

Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: I saw the job listed on and I applied. They loved an article I did on the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures, where I spent a good portion of my teens and early 20s. I interviewed for the job the day of Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS with the Yankees against the Red Sox. I told them I couldn’t stay long because I have a ticket in my pocket burning a hole (Yankee Stadium was two hours away). By the time I got back to New York, I believe the Yankees were already down 6-0. I went home instead and crossed my fingers that I got the job.

Female Sports Professional: Jessica Quiroli

We just can't get enough of the Female Sports Professionals! Today we make way for a lady on the diamond: Jessica Quiroli who offers an elevated view of Minor League Baseball with her blog High Heels On The Field and recently covered high school sports for Ultimate Athlete Magazine. We will learn about how she turned her passion into a writing dream and how she continually proves that women deserve a voice with sports! 

ESPNW - What's The Deal?

In December, ESPN launched a site geared towards female sports and solely has female reports: ESPNW. There are mixed reviews coming in from all sides on this site and we wanted to share some of ours plus ask you to share yours!

What ESPNW commits to providing and who they are about:

"We are excited to bring together some of the best and brightest writers in the business, all of whom are true sports fans at heart. Through espnW, we'll bring you commentary and analysis on the sports stories that matter to you. We'll also shine a brighter spotlight on the accomplishments of women athletes — elite and everyday.

For all of you who love sports we hope you find this product (and our products still to come) surprising, informative and inspiring. We want to talk with women who are both active and strong athletes and passionate and engaged sports fans. You'll find meaningful coverage of the games, teams and players you care about most right here." - Meet the Team


Guest Blogger: Marisa Gothie

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet my all time favorite Phillie, Darren “Dutch” Daulton. Darren was making an appearance at Appetites on Main, in Exton, PA.  I tried not to act like too much of a crazed fan but all my dreams of meeting him came true.

When Darren played for the Phillies he was a force to be reckoned with.  All his teammates looked up to him and all the fans wanted to know him.  He played hard and epitomized what a Phillie was supposed to be.

I fell in love with Darren Daulton after Terry Mulholland threw his no hitter in 1989.  I was watching the post game coverage of this feat, when the most handsome man I had ever seen filled the screen.  He had bright eyes, a strong jaw and, his muscles bulged. I was hooked.  It was from this point on that I became an avid Phillies fan and gave my heart to Dutch.

This Pitch Is Bad!

When your mother sends you an email suggesting a story to report on… it’s probably worth checking out and this one is definitely worth checking out.

- Another perfect pitching record this year, 12-0
- Threw second perfect game -- and predicted this one just hours before
- Fastball hits the mid-60s
- Sends opponents to the bench in tears; embarrassing them with a knuckleball

Taking the First Step

I had to go back to work this week after an excruciating month of July and I found myself doing nothing but listening to sports talk radio on ESPN1080 Orlando all week. Needless to say, on a 48 hour work week I'm pretty caught up on the world of sports. There are a few topics that I'm a little, shall we say, frustrated or confused about. The first being HGH testing in the Minor Leagues, and the second being the talk of the eighteen game regular season in the NFL.