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C2 . MONDAY, JULY 7, 2003 THE MORNING CALL wakeupCALL HOT CUISINE SHOT DOWN 2 Phil on All-Star Team Wo f Ion The Reveil Matin cafe, the starting point of the first Tour de France 100 years ago, is enough to make a Francophile .wince these days. It's painted bright yellow, has been renamed the "Hacienda Reveil Matin" and is done up in 'a Cowboys-and-lndians theme: It's a Tex-Mex place. Lance Armstrong, a Texan who loves Mexican food, says It's a good omen in his quest for a fifth consecutive victory. Many in the town of 22,000, however, think the new owners have a bad sense of style and worse sense of history. STUCK IN THE 60S Chris DiMarco has shot a 69 or better in every round of three PGA Tour events this year the Sony Open, Phoenix Open and Honda Classic and failed to win any. DiMarco is no stranger to going low with nothing to show. He shot in the 60s in every round of seven tournaments without a victory in 2001 and 2002. Before you start feeling too sorry for him, he has won $6.75 million over the last 2''z years. in the BLEACHERS O 2003 Unirtrttl Prm SymJca 11 then you just press the button and - voila! It automatically tosses the argumentative coach right out of the game." MOUTH off ITS NOT THE MONEY To Gary from Bethlehem, Once again a Phillies fan is crying that his team doesn't have a chance against high payroll teams. Everybody cries that the Yankees' payroll is too high. Yes it is a high payroll. A lot of the players are homegrown and Steinbrenner pays to keep the players that his organization developed. Is this wrong? Also they get good players through good trades. Is this wrong? Every team has the same opportunity in the free-agent market. If a player doesn't want to go to New York then he doesn't have to sign with them. But everyone loves to play in New York. It's not because of the payroll, it's because of the class of the organization. By the way, you neglected to note what the payroll of the Angels was last year. Didn't they win the world series? Also a lot of the teams that are in the playoff hunt are "low" payroll teams. Apparently payroll doesn't mean as much as cry babies like you think. These teams have good player development. And if the Philly fans would support their team by going to the games in higher numbers, then they would be able to spend like the Yankees. So we'll see you on the golf course in October again this year. Rob from Bethlehem NUMBERS game (8 Number of the eight NL All-Star starting positions which will be filled with players from the Braves and the Cardinals teams. An ordinance banning bow fishing in Imperial Beach, Calif., goes into effect this month, ending a 15-year battle between those who want to shoot fish with steel-tipped arrows from the pier and those who, well, don't want to end up skewered. Bow fishermen contend there have been no documented bow fishing-related accidents in the state in a decade, but Council-woman Mayda Winter was unimpressed. She told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the council tried hard to find a compromise "but I just don't see how you can mix a lethal weapon and large groups of tourists." TRIVIA TIME Who played the most seasons between baseball All-Star Game selections? '(S86T pue zisi uaaMjaq suoseas H) U3A9Ag jjag :jbmsuv Wakeup Call is a collection of observations from sports figures and writers worldwide. www.ucomics.cofn KARIYA IS ALL CLASS Paul Kariya may just have become my favorite athlete. He just signed with the Colorado Avalanche for a modest $1.2 million. I say modest, because he made $10 mil last year for the Ducks. How many other athletes would give up almost nine million dollars a year for a better shot at a championship?? I cannot name one in the "me generation." The salesman that talked Kariya and Selanne into playing next year for a combined $7 million should be hired by the Flyers to replace Clarke. He brought Philly Jeff Hackett recently. Thanks, Bob. I'll still be a Flyers fan first, but I will keep daily tabs on Paul Kariya too. And when the Flyers are out, I know I can still cheer for PK. Matt from Bethlehem To Mouth Off on sports, call us at 610-820-6188, e-mail us at, go to and click on the Mouth Off icon, fax us at 610-820-8654, or write us at Box 1260, Allentown, PA 18105. When you "Mouth Off," you speak for yourself only and should not attempt to convey the opinions of others. Published comments are submitted anonymously and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Morning Call. - THIS WEEK'S QUESTION Other than Randy Wolf, which Phillie deserved an All-Star spot? L Jim Thome. He's been everything they could have asked for. 2. Mike Lieberthal. He's putting together a career year. 3. Kevin Millwood. Forget Wolf, he's the real ace. 4. Rheal Cormier. Best middle reliever in the NL. To reply to the question, visit our Web site at www.mcall.comsports. Results will be reported Saturday on Page C2. Despite gaudy stats, Lieberthal expected not to be selected. By Don Bostrom Of The Morning Call PHILADELPHIA The Phillies entered Sunday with the third best record in the National League, yet wound up with only one All-Star. Pitcher Randy Wolf (9-4, 3.40 ERA) earned that distinction for the first time. Deserving candidates Jim Thome(.264-22-62), Mike Lieberthal ( 326-5-35), Kevin Millwood (9-6, 3.87), Rheal Cormier (2-0, 1.45 ERA) and Turk Wendell (1-2, 0.88 ERA) took their All-Star snubs in stride. "I'm really surprised I'm the only one because some other guys have done great jobs," Wolf said. "Lieberthal has been outstanding, and Thome has come on lately. I know it's hard for set-up guys to be recognized, but Turk and Rheal have been amazing." Veteran reliever Dan Plesac understood the politics that go into making a team. "There are always going to be guys that get caught in a numbers crunch," Plesac said. "Lieby, Benito Santiago and Paul LoDuca are all having great years. You could put the three in a bag, pull any of them out and you could make a case for them being an All-Star." Lieberthal's career-best 326 average and his 14 doubles, five homers and 35 RBIs didn't impress the fans or fellow players. "I kind of planned not to make it," said Lieberthal, who was beaten out in the player vote by Javy Lopez (257 votes) and Paul LoDuca (107 votes, which guaranteed him a spot when the fans voted Lopez in). "I wanted to make it and I had a chance because I've been pretty consistent all year, but the talk I've heard the last two weeks was that I wasn't in it." Lieberthal thought he would be beaten out by Pitts PHILLIES FROM PAGE CI With 6-3 win, Marlins sweep Phillies league, and they're back to back. When they're on base, they're going to run and you have to worry about them. You have to keep them from going so it puts you in a tough spot. If you keep them off base, it gives you a much better chance of winning." Wolf was particularly annoyed that he had let his team get swept by the Marlins for the first time at Veterans Stadium. He was even more perturbed that his sub-par showing was a direct result of going against his own pitching YANKEES FROM PAGE a Mueller's homer Boston's 11th of the series. He retired 16 straight between Kevin Millar's leadoff single in the second and Manny Ramirez's one-out single in the seventh. "If you make a mistake, they're going to hurt you," Pettitte said. "Even when you don't, they'll get you. They're a great hitting ballclub. I was very fortunate to be able to hold them down." By the time Ramirez got his hit, the Yankees led 4-1 despite Ams swept From staff and wire reports The Allentown Ambassa dors were swept for the sec-ong straight day in a double-header with the Bangor Lumberjacks and lost five out of six games the two teams played in three days. The Ams led game one 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but relievers Carlos Gomez and Wade Miller surrendered two runs in the bottom of the seventh and Allentown fell 5-4. burgh's Jason Kendall and was stunned to learn that hadn't happened. Thome, who ranks in the Top 10 in the National League in home runs (22), RBIs (62) and walks (60), took his latest disappointment in stride. He was left off the American League squad a year ago in the midst of a 52-home run season for Cleveland and hasn't been an All-Star since 1999. "That's the way it goes," said Thome, who was beaten out in the player vote by Todd Helton (277 votes) and Richie Sexson (84 votes, which led to the automatic berth since the fans also voted Helton in). "I don't get caught up in it. You try to do your job and help your team win. The guys that do go deserve it." Phillies manager Larry Bowa was "very surprised" Thome wasn't include in the final online fan vote for the 32nd and final NX. roster spot. Those candidates are Orlando Cabrera, Luis Castillo, Geoff Jenkins, Corey Patterson and Benito Santiago. Thome had some advice for Wolf. "Just have fun and enjoy every minute of it," Thome said. "Savor it, take it all in with your family and friends because it's a lot like the playoffs, you might never get back. He'll never forget his first one . for sure." Lieberthal hopes the new arrangement, which includes home field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, will stimulate fan interest. "It's for real and this time it counts," Lieberthal said. "At least that's what they've been telling us every three minutes on ESPN." "The game is going to be whatever the fans want," Bowa said. "If they want a showcase, that's what it will be. You'll have Curt Schilling telling A-Rod he's giving him nothing but fastballs. You'll see Larry . Walker go up there the oppos-site way with his helmet on backwards. You'll see Barry Bonds lifting up Torii Hunter after getting robbed of a home philosophy. "I went away from my fastball too early, and that hurt," Wolf said. "I had a pretty good fastball, but I didn't trust it and I didn't use it enough. When that happens, it's really hard to take." Wolf was in immediate trouble. The pesky Pierre led off with a double, Castillo reached when Placido Polanco dropped a throw on a sacrifice bunt and three runs came in on an Ivan Rodriguez sacrifice fly and a two-run Juan Encar-nacion home run. Florida (46-43) added three more runs in the third on a Pierre single, doubles by Castillo and Rodriguez and an Encarnacion sacrifice fly. "I built a large hill, almost a mountain, for us to climb," Wolf said. The loss dropped Philadelphia 7l'i games behind Atlanta in the NL East. "We can't pack it in," said again squandering many scoring opportunities. New York was l-for-12 with runners in scoring position in and 2-for-28 in the series until breaking through in a three-run seventh. But it didn't matter because Pettitte allowed just four hits to win his fifth straight start The Red Sox, who lead the majors in runs and hitting, averaged nearly 10 runs per game over their last 11 contests before being shut down by Pettitte. "He had everything working together today. He was nasty," Ramirez said. "It was the best we've ever seen Pettitte." in doubleheader by Lumberjacks again MINOR LEAGUES Ender Gonzalez provided most of the offensive punch for the Ams going 3-for-4, with two runs and an RBI. Three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning were all the Lumberjacks needed to win game two as the Ams were shutout 3-0. Allentown starter Mike Riley went the distance in the loss, allowing three earned runs on six hits. U ' f V 1 ' f , f .m. ' H , ..." 1 -J ... , .--"'..' . . ' -. i ' " ... ?. - t ' f - - vl 'i X " 1 , : '"V ' Ns- v : , r? Lj't, ". ' V 'i Brad C Bower Associated Press PHILLIES' FIRSTBASEMAN JIM THOME is meeting expectations for the Phillies but goes another year without an All-Star nod. PHILLIES NOTEBOOK run. If you want a competitive, real game, you can't have that other stuff. It's a joke." Pearl Jam: During his Seattle days, David Bell became friends with Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. Since the group was playing at the Tweeter Center this weekend as part of the Riot Act 2003 tour, Bell arranged for them to take batting practice, visit the. clubhouse and get a behind-the-scenes look at Veterans Stadium. San Diego surfer Vedder is a huge sports fan Pearl Jam was originally named "Mookie Blaylock" and their first album "10" was a tribute to Blaylock and has a collection of autographed batting helmets and skull caps at home. "I go back to guys like Hank Aaron," Vedder said. "I began my collection with plastic helmets. Then I wondered what the real ones are like. I try to get to as many games as I can." Vedder made a point of getting Mike Lieberthal's signature on a catcher's skull cap. Wolf, 2-8 with a 5.32 ERA against Florida in his career. "We showed that we could make up ground quickly, and we can do that again. We can't lose hope." Mark Redman (7-3, 2.80 ERA) gave up a two-run home run to Jim Thome in the first and a solo shot to David Bell in the fourth and little else as he threw a 140-pitch complete game. Bowa was frustrated by the approach his hitters took against Redman. "There are 27 outs in a game," Bowa said. Hitting coach "Greg Gross must have said 27 times, 'Don't try to pull this guy.'" The message never sunk in. "No one said, 'Shut up, Greg!'" Bowa said. "You have to listen because he said it every pitch." The game's momentum shifted for good in the sixth when, with the Phillies down 6-3, Thome singled and Bobby He even shut down David Ortiz, who became the first visiting player ever with consecutive multihomer games at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte fanned Ortiz all three times. "Pitchers are trying to figure out how to get hitters out and hitters are trying to figure how to get hits," Red Sox manager Grady Little said. "I think Andy figured it out a little better today." The Yankees overcame the early deficit quickly, scoring twice in the first inning against John Burkett (6-4). Soriano led off with a double and Burkett retired the next two batters before Ruben Sier The Ams fall to 16-25 on the season. EASTERN LEAGUE Baysox 7-3, Phillies 6-4: At Reading, Juan Camilo's two-run home run sparked Reading's comeback and helped the Phillies beat Bowie in the second game of a doubleheader. The Baysox won the opener behind Juan Diaz's four RBIs. Reliever Brad Pautz (2-3) earned the win in the second ?" f TIB i '', w : Vedder, in turn, gave a brief lesson before signing an electric guitar for Lieberthal, who will display it above a juke box in his den. Vedder was drenched in sweat after shagging flies and taking BP. How did he assess his performance? "I hit like Mickey Mantle," Vedder said. "Hung over." When asked what position Vedder should play, Lieberthal said, "Right field. Isn't that where they always put the worst kids in Little League? He definitely should stick to music. I'm a big fan. I've listened to him my whole life. He has the best rock and roll voice ever." Dontrelle Willis and Jim Thome were some of the stars who made a point of getting Vedder's autograph. Dis 'N Data: The annual FatherChildren game and Run the Bases promotion were held Sunday. ... Winning pitcher Mark Redman is 0-for-30 this season after Sunday's 0-for-4. 610-820-6506 Abreu doubled high off the right field wall to put two men in scoring position with one out. They were stranded when Pat Burrell popped out and Bell flied to center. Burrell, Bell and Marlon Byrd were a combined l-for-12 Sunday. "We have to find production from the bottom of the lineup," Bowa said. "We can't keep relying on the top five guys." Bowa pointed out it's no coincidence Abreu' and Thome rank Nos. 2-3 in the National League in walks. "Other teams say, 'Don't let them beat you,'" Bowa said. Other than "batting Thome eighth," Bowa said the only course for him to take is patience. "The law of averages is on our side," Bowa said. donald.bostromia 610-820-6506 ra hit a soft single to center to tie the game. Sierra scored on Hideki Matsui's double to left-center. The Yankees left the bases loaded in the second without scoring and loaded the bases again with two outs in the fifth. Burkett walked Robin Ventura on four pitches to force in a run. Pride started the sixth with a drive over the center-field fence off Burkett for his first major league homer since May 27, 2001, with Montreal game with three shutout innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Brad Guy pitched the final two innings for his first save. Camilo hit a homer in the fifth to tie it 2-2, and Garry Maddox II gave the Phillies the lead with an RBI single during the two-run sixth. In the first game, Diaz drove in four runs with a double, single and sacrifice fly for the 7-6 win by the Baysox. Reading reliever Frank Brooks (3-4) took the loss. ? f

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