LOOKS LIKE free agent
's pretty serious about leaving town. The Phillies slugger and wife
listed their six-bedroom colonial in Garnet Valley, Delaware County, for $985,000 12 days ago.
The couple bought the 6,750-square-foot house in February 2006 for $799,000 and according to the listing with Long & Foster, in Media, have added $200,000 in "additional features." That means they're listing it for a loss, and seemingly in a hurry to sell.
The house on a cul-de-sac features a 42-inch wood-burning fireplace with marble surround speaker system for the plasma TV. Among rooms is a conservatory, though Prof. Plum and the lead pipe are not included. Phillies GM Pat Gillick said last week it was "a long shot" the team would come to an agreement with the centerfielder, who is looking for a deal of at least five years.
* In other Phillies news, 100.3 The Beat
DJ Janita "Applebaum" Styles, a former Daily News Sexy Single, was picked as one of the team's 2008 ball girls.
State rep's a real speed racer
State Rep. Michael H. O'Brien was clocked at 82 mph yesterday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but was not issued a speeding ticket, instead signing a formal warning when pulled over by a state trooper, the 175th District rep has confirmed. Shortly after 9 a.m., O'Brien's black Chrysler 300 was stopped as he raced toward Harrisburg.
One gleeful motorist whom the car had whizzed past miles back was glad the car was detained.
"I pushed it a little bit and I got caught," O'Brien said yesterday, adding that he doesn't normally drive that fast and that although he could give reasons he was racing to Harrisburg, he didn't want to make any excuses. "If I get caught again I get double-banged," he said, referring to having to pay the next ticket, as well as the one he evaded yesterday.
Because state police said it had no info about the stop, we couldn't ask whether O'Brien had been given preferrential treatment, but we are confident that if we were pulled over we'd have gotten a ticket.
"I'm all about openness and transparency," O'Brien said when we thanked him for returning our call promptly and owning up to the traffic infraction.
Out and about
Neil Young and his band took over the back room at Public House (18th & Cherry) Saturday night to watch Floyd Mayweather knock out Ricky Hatton. Young and crew, who stayed at the Four Seasons and played the Tower Theatre Sunday and yesterday, had appetizers and sipped Amstel Lights and wine.
* Could be the Chinese colossus was protesting the English-only ordering policy at Geno's, or he could have just been hungry, but Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was among the crowd at Pat's King of Steaks about 9 Sunday night. After eating, the 7-foot-6 baller posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans.
* Celebrated New York chef
Eric Ripert dined at Brasserie Perrier (1619 Walnut) Friday night with his family. The kitchen prepared a special seven-course tasting meal for the table. Ripert, who's bringing a new restaurant to the Ritz-Carlton, tried Rouge (205 S. 18th) on Saturday.
A presidential appointment
Havertown's Denny Somach traveled to New York Friday to produce a radio interview with former President Bill Clinton to promote Clinton's new book, "Giving." Somach says Clinton's camp hired him after being impressed by a recent radio special he produced in conjunction with Eric Clapton's new autobiography. While most of the special focuses on Clinton's book, Somach got Clinton to talk about his favorite musicians. He named Stan Getz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sarah MacLachlan and Diana Krall. Somach, who runs ClassicRockCentral.com, says the special will feature the interview but be peppered with rock songs throughout. It should air locally, but Somach's not sure where or when.
Subterranean homesick booze
Fairmount women looking for their husbands or boyfriends on football days should check the basement bar of St. Stephen's Green (1701 Green). The private room with several flat-screen TVs sits underneath the dining room of the new restaurant. Over the weekend CBS 3's Bob Kelly and Alycia Lane stopped by for dinner and drinks along with her beau, Q102's Chris Booker. Kelly, ever the cut-up, ducked his head into the kitchen to give a traffic update. *