Frustrating Phillies!

July 2, 2021

he Phillies season is unraveling. A good, but pathetic illustration, is what happened last Friday. Aaron Nola tied Tom Seavers' record from 51 years ago when he had 10 consecutive strikeouts against the number one ranked New York Mets. The Phillies proceeded to lose the game anyway, because of our lack luster hitting and TERRIBLE bullpen performance. This was one of the reasons they did not make the playoffs last year and there certainly hasn’t been any improvement with this season either. No lead of any kind is safe or a guarantee and it has to be affecting team morale at this point. If the Phillies were in any other division in the National League they would be hopelessly out of playoff contention.

They are coming up against the San Diego Padres this weekend so I am already dreading what will come of this series. I am desperately hoping it won't be too depressing!

The Euro 2020 Soccer Tournament is down to the last eight countries; including my favorite, England. I think they can win the whole tournament. Belgium and Italy are the other two really strong teams and they have to play each other in the next round. I'm so glad that they have been able to get this done, and with fans here in the summer of 2021. It's been a lot of great matches so far. The final is next Sunday, July 11.

The College World Series Baseball Tournament was won by Mississippi State this past Tuesday. The final score was 9-0 in a one hit shut out over the defending champion  Vanderbilt University. That had to hurt being shut out in the final game. I want to congratulate the Gelof brothers who both play for the University of Virginia for a great showing in the tournament. It was fun to follow their personal progress and feel connected in a small way.

As you would expect, I am also watching Wimbledon but won't report what happens until the end of the tournament. That's just a lot easier to do.

Everyone enjoy the July 4th holiday and stay safe!

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at

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