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25 April 2007

Smack, and the talk thereof

So, went down to the Phillies stadium for a charity home-run contest yesterday and, in advance of tomorrow's column about the event, here's a nugget from the Daily News' Dan Gross who doesn't appreciate solid contact hitting when he sees it. (Photo from

It was one hell of a catch, but 6ABC's David Murphy suffered a dislocated left shoulder yesterday fielding a line drive by Q102's Diego Ramos during the 10th Annual Richie Ashburn Memorial Home Runs for Heart challenge at Citizens Bank Park.
Murphy, a trouper, continued to play for 15 minutes after the injury before casually strolling off the field and driving himself to an area hospital, refusing to have an EMT called to the ballpark.

A 6ABC spokeswoman said yesterday it was not clear whether Murphy, the morning meteorologist, would be on-air today.

NBC-10 meteorologist Doug Kammerer was the only contestant to actually score a home run during the contest, which also featured Your Humble Narrator, the People Paper's Dick Jerardi, Q102's Booker, 6ABC's Jamie Apody and Comcast SportsNet's Leslie Gudel, Fox 29's Rob Guarino, 610 WIP's Paul Jolovitz and Brian Startare, City Paper's Mike Regan and Brian Hickey (whose hitting was no match for his trash-talking), CN8's Gregg Murphy, and NBC-10's John Clark, among the batters.

Home Runs for Heart benefits the American Heart Association and lets fans pony up $250 a piece for a chance to swing for the fences at Citizens Bank Park. The event is May 22 and 23; to register call 610-940-9658.


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