There’s a reason they refer to baseball lovers as diehard fans – our hearts take collective flight when our team soars, and take a beating when they struggle the way the Phillies will this year. The news seems to just keep getting worse, and the loss of Cliff Lee means the Phils are not only with one less viable starting pitcher, but lose the opportunity to deal him for any meaningful return. No doubt this will be discussed at The Margerete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday, March 23 at 7 pm, when Paul Hagen, Jim Salisbury and Todd Zolecki representing beat reporters from the Phillies join insider experts from the other area teams – the Yankees, Rays, and Blue Jays for Pitch Talks on Baseball.
I’m sure the evening with Salisbury, Hagen and Zoleki and company will be nice, but an intimate setting with this trio is even nicer. They refer to Frenchy’s original cafe on Baymont Street, across from the Sandpearl, as quaint. That’s a polite word for crowded – particularly in the bar area, where local fire inspectors surely don’t visit at night. Among the regulars who visit during the month of March are Salisbury, Hagen and Zolecki who were there last night when our friends Steve & Gail invited me for a drink or two or three – and how can you say no on 99c Bud Light Night?