PHILADELPHIA -- It is Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies on Saturday celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1993 National League championship team.
"They haven't changed a bit, I'll tell you," former manager Jim Fregosi said Saturday afternoon. "They're still kind of a grisly little group."
Fregosi, former general manager Lee Thomas and former players Mickey Morandini and Danny Jackson reminisced with reporters for nearly 25 minutes about a team that, despite not winning the World Series, remains as beloved in Philadelphia as any World Series championship team.
"This city has embraced the '93 team so much," said Jackson, who played on World Series championship teams with Kansas City in 1985 and Cincinnati in 1990. "In Cincinnati, they still remember the 1990 team, but not to this extent with this city. The Royals, they've only won one in their whole history. There's a lot of people that remember it, but there's a whole lot of people that don't even know when I walk around the street who I am. But when I walk around here they all know exactly who I am. Especially when I take my shirt off."
Along with many of their teammates, they had been sharing stories throughout the weekend.
"That particular team, we were all hard-nosed players," Jackson said. "We were down to earth. When we were out in the community, whether we're eating or gassing up cars or whatever, we were always respectful to the fans. I think that team as a whole, we were in a situation that a lot of Philadelphia may have felt themselves. We're supposed to be the outcasts."
"Yeah, you've got it right!" Fregosi bellowed.
Ruf reaches on single, extends streak to 31
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf singled in the second inning Saturday against the Braves to reach base safely in 31 consecutive games, dating to last season.
It was the longest active streak in the big leagues, and longest for the Phillies since Chase Utley reached base safely in 33 consecutive games from Sept. 7, 2008 to Apri, 22, 2009.
Ruf was batting .310 with a .402 on-base percentage and .992 OPS in the first 30 games of the streak. Fifteen of his 31 hits have been extra-base hits.
Bastardo a steady presence in Phils' bullpen
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' bullpen has been a mess much of the season, but left-hander Antonio Bastardo has done his best to stabilize things.
He has a 1.42 ERA (three earned runs in 19 innings) in 19 appearances since June 16. That includes 24 strikeouts and a .169 opponents' average. He has allowed just two hits in 23 at-bats against left-handers in that stretch.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.