Former Phillie and, more relevant to this writing, Cub, Doug Glanville was on hand at Wrigley Field Wednesday to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch. For a former major leaguer, this one didn't exactly go as planned, with Doug air-mailing the plate in his return to the big leagues. In fairness, the guy played his entire career in the outfield. Had they backed him up another 200-feet, that thing would have been on the money.
Anyway, for those of you who haven't been following Doug's activities post-retirement, the former centerfielder is now enjoying a successful career as an analyst. Having been hired as a color commentator by ESPN in 2010, Doug has frequently appeared on both SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight, joining another former Phillie in John Kruk. He has also expanded his resume to include a role as a guest columnist for The New York Times. An intelligent, well-spoken, well-written individual, and, oh yeah, not too bad a ball player either, we remember fondly Doug's time in Philadelphia and continue to wish him success.
Now watch him totally screw up this pitch after the jump...
Thanks to CSN Chicago for supplying the video.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.