Juan Pierre getting shot to be spark plug at top of Phillies lineup

Pierre stole 68 bases for the Chicago White Sox in 2010, and has racked up 554 steals for his major league career.

There were no promises, no guarantees.

That hope is still there for Juan Pierre. A 1-3 start isn’t going to diminish any of that.

“I came to the Phillies on a minor-league deal because of the chance to win,” Pierre said. “I wasn’t going to be given anything. I worked like crazy to earn my way on the roster. One thing about being around as long as I have — you’re going to go through ups and downs. It’s how you come through it. I know we will come through it.”

Pierre largely made the roster for his ability to bat in the leadoff spot, something that he has done in the past two games. He is 2-for-9 (.222), including a pinch-hit appearance this season.

“If Charlie [Manuel] puts me in the lineup, I’m going to do what I do best, get on base, use my legs and try to manufacture some runs for us,” Pierre said. “You know, this club has a ton of talent and pop, too. We can score playing small ball, but we also have some pop with Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, [John] Mayberry [Jr.]. Hopefully, we’ll get the big guys back soon.”

Without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the Phillies understand they’ll have to score runs in a different way. Even at 34, Pierre can provide a spark at the top of the lineup.

“I believe we will win a whole lot of games this year.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…