Where Has That Been All Year?

Where has that been all year? Phillies post a 5-1 victory. A night of unusual activity unfolded at Citizens Bank Park Friday evening.
Behind Zac Wheeler (7 hits for innings pitched, 1 run, scattered 7 hits, a pair of walks, and 8 strikeouts) the Fightin’s picked up an impressive win over a reeling Atlanta Braves.

The unusual?

Joe Girardi allowed Wheeler to go seven innings throwing 111 pitches. JT Realmuto started the unusual evening with a solo home run but Freddy Freeman evened things with an RBI single. Freeman now has an unusual streak. He has gone thirty-three at-bats without a swing and a miss. Jean Segura plated a pair with a two-run double that pushed it to 3-1.

Now, not to be redundant, but, more from the unusual department. Bryce Harper singled then stole second, advanced to third on a ground out. Rhys Hoskins, who was on first, apparently was picked off but Freeman’s throw to Ozzie Albies was offline, and recognizing the issue, Harper broke for home and easily beat the throw.

It was the first steal of home for Harper since May 2011 off, of all people, Cole Hamels. Hamels had intentionally plunked Harper as a “welcome to the big leagues” kid. The incident got Hamels suspended and was the lynchpin that ignited the Phils- Nationals rivalry.
Rhys Hoskins closed the book on the 5-1 scoring and the final oddity as the Philly bullpen. Archie Bradley worked out of a jam in the eighth and Ranger Suarez picked up the save. Where has that been all year? This remains the question.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.