Jan Vandenende won the annual Golden Ticket contest, which encourages kids from 7 years old to 12 years old to search the daily paper for a golden ticket symbol for three weeks and then write the date on an entry form next to the advertisers name. Jan, who attends Bothwell Middle School, was the grand prize winner, receiving a $500 gift card. He purchased himself a Play Station 4 game console with two controllers and Madden NFL 18, something you expect a boy of his age to do.
Then came the fifth inning in Game 4 and Blanton belted the ball to left field to increase Philadelphia’s lead to 6 2.Blanton said his approach to hitting was simple: He just closes his eyes and swings hard in case something good happens.”I think when I had to throw the warm up pitch in the next inning,” he kidded.The righty became the 14th pitcher to homer in the playoffs and the second Phillies pitcher to do so in the postseason (Steve Carlton, 1978 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers).Coincidently, the last pitcher to hit a homer in the World Series was Ken Holtzman of the Oakland A’s, Blanton’s former team before he was traded in July. Holtzman sent one sailing in the third inning of Game 4 on Oct. 16, 1974.With all the hullabaloo about his homer, it was easy to lose sight of his pitching performance.
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Marcell Dareus had a decent season debut last Sunday after missing four games because of his suspension and three because of a hamstring injury. On Monday night, he needs to play even better and serve as a primary reason the Seahawks don’t suddenly rediscover their running game. That’s the least of what the Bills should expect from their $100 million man..
A year ago Bear made a big step forward offensively, potting 65 points in 69 regular season games, then adding 22 more in 18 post season games as the T Birds made a run all the way to the league finals. Altogether that was 87 points in 87 games, which by my math made Bear a point per game player in his Draft +1 season. 27 of those were goals, 15 of them on the powerplay where he had both an excellent understanding with playmaking wizard Mathew Barzal and the big shot to convert..