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July 31 CSN Philly
With the rest of the team already on the field taking batting practice a few hours before Saturday night’s game at the Bank, Ryan Howard’s young son Darian came dashing up the tunnel from the clubhouse with the news everyone was waiting to hear. “He’s coming! He’s coming!” Certainly it was big news for everybody on the Phillies that Hunter Pence had arrived following Friday night’s trade. But it was especially a big deal to Darian and his dad who had been waiting for someone to show up in the Phillies lineup ever since Jayson Werth jumped to the Washington Nationals.
July 31 CSN Philly
There was another love fest at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night. Like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt before him, Hunter Pence felt the affection of 45,000 Philadelphians who are crazy about their baseball team. And that was just during warmups. Pence, acquired in a trade with Houston on Friday night, got the full you’re-one-of-us-now treatment as he ambled to the plate before his first at-bat as a Phillie. The place went bonkers for the 28-year-old outfielder, who general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called “the missing piece” in what he hopes will be a drive to the World Series.
July 31 Allentown Morning Call
Jim Thome went to Charlie Manuel after being sent down to the minor leagues during the 1993 season when both were in the Cleveland Indians organization. Manuel, then managing the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, read the body language and heard the disappointing tone in Thome’s voice. Thome, a 13th-round pick four years earlier, was told by others that he belonged in the majors. He told Manuel that and wondered why he was sent down. Manuel’s response was succinct.
July 30 Houston Chronicle
Depending on how you look at it, Hunter Pence is either headed into focus or out of focus. Into the focus of the baseball world, as he is moving from the worst team in all of major league baseball, straight up to No. 1. Into the focus of one of the best baseball cities in America, a rediscovered title for what was for much of the last decade, clearly a professional football town. But out of the focus of the lineup as the Phillies now have a strong and well-balanced mix from 1-8. No longer is he THE guy. He’s a guy, and a good one, whom Charlie Manuel told Phillies writers would hit in the No. 5 spot.
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