The Fightins'
Aug
27
2010
Bryce Harper tries stealing Tom McCarthy’s catch phrase
Posted by at 2:59 pm ET 308 Comments

Washington Nationals latest #1 draft pick Bryce Harper held his introductory press conference at Nationals Park yesterday where he schmoozed with the press and put on a show during an afternoon batting practice session. Apparently, this guy was hitting bombs into the third deck in left field (where only Adam Dunn hath ventured) and even showed off his raw power by hitting some impressive opposite field taters. But, of course, Bryce had his own special nickname for those, one you might actually be familiar with.

From Adam Kilgore’s story in The Washington Post (emphasis mine):

“Harper slapped on a red hat with a white curly “W” and sat before a room full of reporters, his family and members of the Nationals ownership group. Quickly, Harper introduced a new phrase to the franchise’s lexicon. He explained that during batting practice earlier he had hit several “oppo boppos” – opposite field home runs. “

BULLSHIT!

It’s well-documented that Tom McCarthy brought the phrase “oppo boppos” into the “baseball lexicon” a few seasons ago. Now, I’m not sure if TMac ever copyrighted that phrase, but he’s credited for it on Urban Dictionary, and I think that should be good enough to win a litigious battle.

Photo via D.C. Sports Bog

(Shout out to The Fightins reader Hahri for the tip)

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  • 85

    Congrats T-Mac, we’ve found someone more immediately unlikeable than yourself!

    /I’m just kidding ya, Tom. You’re alright.

  • http://www.firerubenamaro.net Phylan

    HOOOWWWW ABOUUUUT THAT

  • bigmyc

    If I’m McCarthy, I’d let him claim that abomination.

  • http://www.faultmeter.com toddrob

    look at that hair, what a douche.

  • http://www.goldenphila.com maria

    “He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccckkkk!”

    -That still makes me cringe.

  • Pat Burrell

    Better oppo boppos than cocko blockos, AMIRITE?

  • will.H

    yo brah look at ma new haircut

  • twc84

    I’m pretty sure that when TMac first started making mention of the “Oppo Boppo” he had accredited it to Raul Ibanez, who had coined the phrase while describing Ryan Howard’s power. There was a game or two where this was mentioned in early 2009.

  • http://www.cranekickchronicles.com Crane Kick

    “Harper later introduced another catchy phrase – “cocko docko” – to the franchise’s lexicon when he accidentally on purpose bumped bird heads with Drew Storen in the showers. “

  • Capt Murdock

    I can’t wait till Harper and Strasburg get some unsuspecting Redskins cheerleader in an Oppo Boppo.

  • Cole Handsome

    @twc84
    I believe that TMac accredited it to Brett Myers, not Raul Ibanez. Brett Myers surely heard it from some other white trash, hence Bryce Harper’s familiarity.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AdamEaton21 Adam Eaton

    Well look at this article here about Bryce Har….FUCK Soctt Barry.

    Straight sneak attack.

  • bigmyc

    Haircut aside, he still looks like a dickface.

  • Scott Barry’s anus

    When I get banged it’s sort of like an oppo boppo

  • will.H

    bigmyc i wouldnt even call it a haircut. more like a scalpfuck

  • Bryce Harper’s Hair

    Even im a dooche

  • Roops

    …this story doesn’t matter – what matters is that he looks like a true douche bag

  • Bozo

    I agree on the obvious douchiness

  • Nyjer Morgan

    This guy IS a true douche bag because he stole the spotlight from me and and my story.

  • Michael

    HE’S BAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCKKKKKKK!

  • Amandah

    Let’s cut the shit. It’s Friday. Bring on the Nig-o Jizz-o.

    Regards,

    Amandah

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk

    Now what? He’ll say that ball is Outta Here when he pulls the ball?

  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove
  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove

    damnable internet comments!

    what i was trying to say was: http://mauleofamerica.com/misc/tmacharper.jpg

  • Bozo

    So what’s everyone doing for the next 5 hours? I usually watch DNL but it’s been annoying lately so I don’t want to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabriellejuliet Gabrielle

    He should just put “The Situation” on his uniform cuz that’s honestly how fucking douchebag this guy is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabriellejuliet Gabrielle

    Ohhh emmmm geee beelove. I want that as wallpaper all over my room.

  • Nikita

    No that’s not how the presser went at all. Kilgore just jocked it up to make Harper look like a stud.

    Here’s how it really went down:
    “When asked who his favorite boy band was, Bryce enthusiastically replied – OH! – Menudo!!”

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    Just wait until he hits the bigs, and we have to deal with his stupid as all fuck, pseudo-roadwarrior eyeblack. Guy is such a douche.

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    I would hate to be T-Mac and having to take over for Harry. That is a thankless task.

  • Bozo

    Barkann in the opening of DNL…. A Big injury might hurt the Phillies playoff chances, referring to Danys Baez. What the fuck?

  • Boobs

    ha Bozo, i never watch ESPN or any sports channel when the Phillies lose. Let’s just say between 1993 and 2001 I didn’t see alot of Stuart BOOYEAH Scott.

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove

    jesus h christ – i think it was lynniemac that said it here: we don’t hate tmac because he’s not as good as harry, we hate him because he fucking sucks. franzke and LA are goddamn fantastic broadcasters, and i even think wheels is a great baseball man. sarge, i could take him or leave him, but i’d like him a whole lot better if he didn’t have to entertain mccarthy’s incessant nonstop babble-drivel-insanity.

    i feel like there should be an animated gif of mccarthy’s jaw flapping, his head spinning around maniacally with a spinning spiral in the background. and then that animated gif could be tiled in the background of a generic web page, with a .wav of “heeee’s baaaaaaaack” on loop like those on ytmnd.

  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove

    WHOA. YES. JUST LIKE THAT.

    ok, this proves i have seen that youtube link before, most likely in a drunken fit after a phillies loss. please disregard this and my previous comment.

    jesus h christ indeed.

  • Bozo

    I really want to beat the shit out of Barkann and Botallico of late. Fucking alarmists and moronic comments.

  • john randle

    That goofy slang for opposite field ding dong isn’t the only thing that kid has stolen.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    @beelove, actually I don’t hate T-Mac in actually. I mean, he annoys the ever-living piss out of me, and I really don’t like his commentary. But I don’t hate the guy; he has an unenviable position, in trying to fill the void of a Legend. Hell, all I ever hear about is how nice of a guy T-Mac is. I also recognize that he’s not the worst commentator in Baseball. But the issue is, he isn’t the best commentator that the Phillies have in their organization. That title belongs to Scott Franzke; who is by every measure superior to T-Mac. Scott Franzke should be the primary Play-by-Play commentator on Television. As for T-Mac, I’d keep him as a backup; maybe. Radio wise, Jim Jackson is still far superior to T-Mac, and should inherit that job from Franzke.

    In a perfect world, Franzke is on TV, Jim Jackson is on Radio, and T-Mac is a backup.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    “we don’t hate tmac because he’s not as good as harry, we hate him because he fucking sucks.”

    Lies and you know it. Or you don’t know it.

    Listen, I’m a “smark” wrestling fan. Everyone who’s “in the know” with wrestlers on the internet loves the heel wrestlers and hates the face, “good guy” wrestlers. Once the heels turn face, they’re instantly loathed for one way or another. They’re “toned down’, they’re “neutered” or whatever.

    Should LA or Franzke go to TV, it would be the same treatment. They damn sure wouldn’t be as popular on TV as they are on the radio because they’d be “watered down” or “forced to change their shtick”.

    Some of you guys live in a fantasy world where Franzke DOESN’T say stupid things like “The Astros in their red jerseys with their red cap with the Houston Astros logo in the middle of it”. In the words of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Ya THINK?

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Also, Bryce Harper can eat my shit.

  • http://twitter.com/waverider15 Bridge to Lidge

    Opposite field homerun, excuse me, OPPO BOPPO!

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    @Bozo, eh… it’s Barkann’s job to channel the general broad emotions of the Philadelphia Sports fanbase, and act on our behalf on CSN. That’s his role; to be us, basically. Sometimes, that means being a group that is a panicky over-reactive pack of idiots. It’s not an easy role, and I severely doubt that Barkann is as naive as he appears sometimes.

    …as for Ricky, he’s just as close to a Negadelphian, as a guy from Connecticut can get.

  • http://twitter.com/waverider15 Bridge to Lidge

    Also, the internet does not get any better than Urban Dictionary.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Ricky Bo’s a Tampa Bay Bucs fan.

    I bet he’s a bandwagoner from that time they won in 03.

  • The bait

    Brett myers first said it in the 2008 video yearbook, the perfect season – he called a Howard oppo poppa home run and Howard delivered

  • Harry Loves a Coors Light

    I hope this kid gets a career-ending injury, and has to get a real job. I can see him right now, walking across the used car lot to shake someone’s hand. What a nut sack, toolbag, douche!! I’d re-sign Padilla, just to crack him in his melon.

  • Greenman!

    doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouche

  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove

    swift: i’m sure tmac is a hell of a nice guy. andy martino said the mets’ problems were that they were nice guys and that the phillies were cocky, condescending a-holes. i find this all hilarious, but maybe tmac can go back to his previous employer with the other nice guys.

    tony: wait what. to each his own, of course, but i actually like that franzke gives those visual descriptions – he’s on the radio, where you can’t see things like uniforms and halladay slamming the rosin bag in disgust. i agree that if franzke and LA were moved to the tv, they’d have to tone it down a bit. that’s why i like the mlb.tv option of myphl video feed, WPHT audio feed. win-win.

    also, in the spirit of not losing focus here, bryce harper can suck it. is it ok to say that even though he doesn’t turn 18 till october?

  • Crocks

    Swift +1 #38, my feelings exactly

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    @beelove, I hope you read all of my shpeal, and saw that I don’t want T-Mac to remain the Phillies primary play-by-play broadcaster. I actually make a point for the exact opposite.

  • Amy Fadool’s camel toe

    I think he’s cute. I love his hair.

  • Bryce Harper

    I EAT COCK!!

  • Bozo

    Turns out Barkann was talking about Strasburg. Talk about a bait and switch.

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    I think T-Mac has a good voice and hasn’t been announcing AWFUL Phillies teams like Harry had to. Harry would live and die with the team, especially when they were actually a good team because the stakes were higher. In time, I think T-Mac will learn.

  • http://mauleofamerica.com beelove

    swift, i did, and i hear you. i would just be happier if tmac were elsewhere (like the mets … or the riversharks … or wherever it is scott graham was exiled to) so that we didn’t have to be talking about him at all.

    but, i’m sure he’d be happy to see in these comments that he’s got some supporters.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    @Bozo, hahahah! I laughed when it turned out to be Strasburg; I imagine they laughed a little bit about that afterwards. Like I said, I severely doubt that Barkann is naive enough to think Baez is good.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    I think even Danny Baez knows he sucks.

  • Chuck

    What kind of name is “Danys” anyway?

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    I like Baez, he’s got a good arm. Most bullpen guys are always hit or miss every year. See: Durbin, Fultz, Cormier, etc. etc. JOSE MESA etc. etc. Todd Jones etc. etc. Jim Crowell, Brian Powell, Les Walrond, RJ SWINDLE

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Remember when JD Durbin pitched a complete game shutout over the Padres and Jake Peavy?

  • Whitey

    Hard to believe, Harry. What a douche. Oh, can I say that on the air?

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    Adlai Stevenson AKA EGGHEAD

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/AdlaiEStevenson1900-1965.png

    T Mac is gonna look like that one day.

  • Geoff Geary

    You forgot me J.H. Christ.

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHiv75FIOTw

    For anyone who doesn’t remember baseball before FOX Sports, this was back when baseball could pass for a watchable sport to most of the public and before heavy metal guitars dominated Sports Broadcasting.

  • Crocks

    FOX sucks in so many ways.

  • Chuck

    Jesus H Christ…. THAT was cool. It really took me back. What did he say? Something like two teams trying to “harvest the pennant”. Who talks like that anymore on sports braodcasts on TV?

  • Bozo

    Have you guys noticed that when they do the music video with highlights at the end of This Week In Baseball they rarely show Phillies highlights and when they do it’s of the other team making a good play?

  • Greenman!

    its because we didn’t do anything impressive this week Bozo

  • Bozo

    Or because Fox hates Philadelphia.

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk

    I thought the Phillies made the This Week In Baseball highlights but when i noticed a black guy playing 2b and his last name was Phillips making an impossible DP something tells me FOX never liked the Phillies.

  • Bozo

    We need a game thread so we don’t have to look at this douchebag everytime we refresh the page.

  • Bozo

    Hahahahaha. Tommy Hansons first pitch of the game is a lead off homer.

  • Bozo

    Hanson gives up back to back jacks to begin game.

  • Watrick

    Braves are awesome at home…. right. This has been awesome watching this. MLB Network missed the first pitch, came on live to show the guy Maybin circling the bases.

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

  • Bozo

    Sanchez has good numbers.

  • Boobs

    Yeah JHC, I love CBS Baseball too… but I really love Dragon Ball Z.

  • Bozo

    Dear Andy Steroid Freak Pettite and Joe Dickinmouth Girardi, get your “journey to comfort” commercials of my fucking computer.

  • Bozo

    off*

    That goes for you too Pujols.

  • Albert Pujols

    Bozo, you don’t wanna hear bout my yerney?

  • Bozo

    No not really. How about you give me a cut of your bajillion dollar free agent contract you get and I’ll think about it.

    Joe Maddon for 1 a day mens can fuck off too.

  • Bozo

    Chad Tracy just missed the Marlins 3rd home run according to the MLB gameday map.

  • Boo?! Fuck you!

    I’m gonna be good and drunk by the time the game starts, can’t wait. Go fish, almost 3 HRs

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk and saw Mike Williams and Larry King looking at bikes

    Hmmm, the Phillies got swept by the Astros at home where they played well recently. They took a flight to San Diego where pitchers are the dominant species over there. A struggling offense takes on some blonde dude named Mat Latos. Gee I wonder how many run(s) are the Phillies going to score

  • Bozo

    Tracy’s double would have been 15 rows deep in Philly.

  • Bozo

    Teehee. Bonafacio singled and advanced on throw by Heyward.

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    Well, we all know the Phils are gonna lose if the Braves lose, so why even BOTHER. BARKEEP, JOBU NEEDS A REFILL!!!

  • James Anthony Happ

    What a douche. He looks like he went to school at Duke.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    T-Mac bashing, LA/Franzke Verbal Fellatio, rival players bashing, rival teams bashing.

    It’s like The Fightins rolled into one post/

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Also, 5-0 Marlins over the Braves. Fuck yeah.

  • Bozo

    I really want to tell that douche that his name is MARTIN not MARTEEN

  • will.H

    and why does bryce look like one of the things from avatar in the first picture

  • Bozo

    Uggla drops teh bomb.

  • Bozo

    Gaby Sanchez has gone back to back

  • that guy

    oh yeah dan uggla homered to right, this is what i like (braves getting smacked down at home)

  • Boo?! Fuck you!

    will.H I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I knew he reminded me of something…one of the things from avatar mixed with Patton Oswalt

  • Indiana Sarge

    The term “oppo boppo” I believed was used by Brett Myers in the 2007 video yearbook Goosebumps when he predicted Ryan Howard would go “oppo boppo” to beat the Mets in extra innings suring that crazy 4 game sweep, a prediction that came true minutes later. Check it out no lie.

  • The Stupidest Fucking Haircut by a Pro Athlete in the Metro D.C. Area Award Committee

    Looks like Mike Green has competition for the Stupidest Fucking Haircut by a Pro Athlete in the Metro D.C. Area Award.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MikeGreen.jpg

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Dear Phillies

  • TonyIsDynamic

    *Inhale*

    YOU WERE JUST GIVEN A 7-0 GIFT FROM THE FLORIDA FUCKING MARLINS

    PLEASE ACCEPT THE GODDAMN FUCKING GIFT AND WIN TONIGHT. PLEASE?

    Regards,

    TID

  • The Original J. Dubs

    Seconded.

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk and saw Mike Williams and Larry King looking at bikes

    It’s better to give than to receive. The Phillies are that kind of ball club. A samaritan.

  • BigMiles

    @indiana sarge

    Except that Brett called it an oppo poppo, not boppo. But yes that is the origin. What really makes me upset about all of this is that at one point it was a legitimate claim to say that Howard was going to hit an opposite field homer in a big spot. He has hit a couple this year but he really seems to be pull-happy.

  • that guy

    please phillies, PLEASE! for the love of god! WIN! braves are freaking getting their vaginas pounded, make it an insult to injury by beating the ”hot” padres (who are medicore by the way in my opinion) just win

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk and saw Mike Williams and Larry King looking at bikes

    @that guy- you never met Bryce in a pub last year?

  • http://www.goldenphila.com maria

    The offense has become far too stationary. A leadoff single from Jimmy Rollins and then three straight outs as Jimmy is left stranded.A stolen base or a bunt would do wonders.

  • Keegan

    We will win.

    The curse will be reversed tonight.

    Start of a long winning streak.

    Where we will overtake first place.

    Have the phaith.

  • that guy

    @ post 105; nah i saw a dude who looked like him but he looked like more of a douche then this fellow

  • Greenman!

    FARGLE BARGLE!

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk and saw Mike Williams and Larry King looking at bikes

    fuck this shittyass night game at san diego. where mah bong at?

  • I went to K-Mart to buy milk and saw Mike Williams and Larry King looking at bikes

    there goes another play the phils are in in the This Week In Baseball highlights.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    How many 0-2 singles is the Oz going to give up tonight? Damn dude, throw one in the dirt or something.

  • stickaforkin’em

    we’re going to win this one…i’ve got a pheeling

  • that guy

    @phillyphan, I agreee with you so much on that one

  • Greenman!

    Howard went from being a 300 hitter to a 100 hitter overnight, incredible

  • stickaforkin’em

    what’s the over/under on howard getting a golden sombrero?

  • TonyIsDynamic

    I had Utley/Howard combined K’s at 6 on my Twitter.

    http://twitter.com/tonyisdynamic

    FOLLOW IT

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    This is a typical Howard slump. He’s just catching up on all those K’s he didn’t have from the beginning of the season. I think he comes out of it Sunday. As for the O/U on the Golden Sombrero, I’m thinking you got to give me some serious 10-1 odds, because he just isn’t seeing the ball. That curveball that he let go by him in his last at bat was a meatball.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    …What the fuck did Tejada just do? Was that shit for REAL…?

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    @TID- is it sad that I don’t really know how to follow or use twitter?

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Hahahaha, I didn’t understand Twitter either at first. Now it’s my life. It’s funny how things work themselves out

  • Bozo

    Good AB from Chooch

  • stickaforkin’em

    I just can’t get past the twit part in Twitter.

  • Bozo

    Ossssssswaaaaaaaaaalt

  • stickaforkin’em

    nice one, O

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    Jesus Wheels, you’d think your calling the game for San Diego….STFU

  • John Matrix

    Oswalt should bat 4th.

  • Bozo

    Wheels was trying his best to call Latos an idiot in a professional way. He wasn’t sucking up to the Padres there.

  • John Matrix

    What was the answer I couldn’t read it

  • Bozo

    JAYSON WERHT SAYS FUCK YOU WILL VENABLE

  • John Matrix

    Finally earning your keep werth

  • Bozo

    WERTH

  • Bill

    Thank god for the big ballpark. And the speed of Teen Wolf

  • Bozo

    Good defense that inning.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    Umm… Oswalt Haters, please stand up?

  • Bozo

    T-Mac is completely unfair by saying “Ryan’s last home run was on the 27th of July” when everyone knows he was on the DL for 3 weeks.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dcphi Bobby Payne

    I kind of like Strasburg, and other Nats like Zimmerman and Morgan have skills I admire, and don’t really irk me, but this kid looks like a tidal wave of cave-man douche.

  • Bozo

    I just hate when they play us. They can be scary in a few years.

  • stickaforkin’em

    No Sombrero Dorado por el Señor Howard está noche.

  • Greenman!

    Howard wen all Bryce Harper on that ball

  • http://www.twitter.com/AdamEaton21 Adam Eaton

    Has everyone forgotten…..?

    Fuck.Scott.Barry.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    There are two Natinals I’d like to have in red-pinstripes. Zimmerman to be a Third Baseman for the future, and Dunn cause he’s got pop, and is one of the classiest guys in baseball.

  • Bozo

    Three great at bats right there, lets get some more

  • Bill

    Nice to see some patience at the plate.

  • Bozo

    You’d take Dunn over Howard?

    I have my player and Howard at 3rd/1st base respectively in MLB10 RTTS and we combine for like 100 homers and 250+ RBIs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    @Bozo, I’d take Dunn in addition to Howard. Hahahah!

  • Bozo

    Fuck yes. Good job.

  • Bozo

    Yeah haha, I figured that’s what you meant. I just finished 2014 in RTTS and I’m batting 3rd in front of Howard and robbing all his RBI’s. I hit close to .400 with 75 home runs and close to 200 RBI and he still had like 40HR/100RBI. We were the 1st/2nd in the MLB in pretty much every category except SB.

  • Greenman!

    Fuck Barry Scott

  • http://www.twitter.com/SwiftOnSports Swift

    @Bozo, I never tried RTTS as a position player. I’ve done 2 starting pitchers however; One fastball thrower, one Knuckler. I play a shit-ton of franchise mode though.

  • Greenman!

    I cant believe we trade Happ for Oswalt, such a terrible trade.

  • Bozo

    I don’t like RTTS as a pitcher, can’t use the catcher view. For whatever reason I pitch better online than against the computer. When I play the CPU it’s like the pitch never goes where I want it to.

  • Greenman!

    Starcraft is better nerds

  • Greenman!

    in case of emergency use stairs

  • http://www.phoulballz.com Jay Ballz

    Weight loss or not…Matt Stairs’ batting average is down around “The Anthony Hewitt Line” this year.

  • Lidge’s mole

    miss you buddy!

  • Bud

    heart attack!

  • Fuck?

    Fuck.

  • CTM

    so…close…

  • Lidge’s mole

    FUCK THIS SHIT!

  • stickaforkin’em

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!

  • ryan

    You must be fucking kidding me. Kidding.

  • Nick

    Time for all you fairweathers to call for Lidge’s head. . .

  • stickaforkin’em

    You hit a guy with two strikes and two outs to load the bases and then balk in the tying run! Fuck!!

  • Bryce Harper

    This is unfuckingbelievable.

  • Greenman!

    Oh well, thats Lidge for you! He’s muh closa

  • Brad Lidge

    Haha you fuckers thought you could go to bed, but nope we’re goin alllll nighhhhttt longggg!!!!

  • ryan

    @ Nick. No loaded in the bases and balking in a tying run in a must-win game is totally cool for a guy who’s been shitty for 2 years. He get’s a pass.

  • KruksLeftNut

    LA: Are you kidding me?????????????????????????????????

  • ryan

    Jesus I can’t type when the Lidge-angers get to me.

  • Bozo

    Sigh. Need to win this.

  • Phils Phan

    What a fucking disgrace. A balk? You worried they’re going to steal with the bases loaded? And two outs? Throw the fucking ball, you mental midget.

  • stickaforkin’em

    I’m not calling for his head, I want his fucking head IN the game, and it clearly wasn’t. He almost threw away the one IBB pitch, he then hits a batter with two fucking strikes, and then he allows himself to get distracted and balk. Yeah, I want his head…

  • Joe Blanton

    Ok so I didn’t see it… but are u fucking kidding me? Seriously? Did we just not win a game bc of a balk call???

  • Brad Lidge

    I’m a Pussy

  • Greenman!

    Joe you should be less disgusting while eating in the dugout, the way you inhaled those nachos clearly distracted Lidge

  • stickaforkin’em

    Do something, Werth-much-less-than-when-the-season-began!

  • Mike P

    Just a bizarre inning of pitching. Lidge threw some really nice pitches, hitting corners, getting into good counts. In many ways, he threw better than he has in months, getting up in the 93 mph range with the fastball. He just had 2 really, really stupid mistakes.

    On a side note, I never like seeing Chooch set up high with Lidge on the mound. He’s much better tossing sliders in the dirt than high fastballs.

    Let’s see if the Phils have enough gas in the tank for yet another dramatic extra-inning win.

  • Scott Barry

    Fuck Brad Lidge

  • What really happened….

    Lidge: One more out, Lidgey. You can do this.
    Chollie: Lidge!
    Lidge: Yes?
    Chollie: Braves lost!
    Lidge: Double-secret squirrel. Got it.
    [Lidge balks.]
    Lidge: That just happened.

  • CTM

    Oh Jayson, you’re so clutch.

  • Bozo

    Oh boy that was a hanger

  • ryan

    Werthless

  • Bill

    Jayson Werth just fell down the stairs… I wonder if it was because Bell stuck his tongue out at him

  • stickaforkin’em

    Put Jayson on the DL after that slip-and-fall and bring in the Domonator

  • ryan

    Remember when we used to hit HRs? Yeah me neither.

  • Phils Phan

    Jayson Werth for a Schmitter. Straight up.

  • Greenman!

    ok don’t get on Lidge or Werth. Lidge pitched fine he just fucked up. His bad, whatever we should be used to it by now, he does dumb stuff sometimes (like not covering third). He had good stuff. Werth also got a really tough pitch, but yea I agree he needs to work on RISP. Or maybe just have him pretend no one is on base every time he is up.

  • stickaforkin’em

    Now we just give up HRs…

  • Watrick

    Chooch hit one on Monday…

  • CTM

    Grab a snack, fellas. This could be a long one.

  • Fuck this team

    If Charlie doesn’t make a change at Closer, his managerial abilities should be question and his managerial worthiness should really be reevaluated. We need as many wins as we can get and we can’t afford to keep trotting the bag of shit that is lidge into crucial games. Madson is more than capable of handling the 9th. put him the fuck in. make him the god damn closer

  • stickaforkin’em

    That’s it Greenman! He can pretend the bases are empty. Shit, they’re always stealing on him anyway when he’s aware they’re on base…let’s make it easier on them!

  • ryan

    Can someone explain how the balk happened considering no one could steal? I’m only on gamecast.

  • stickaforkin’em

    While Lidge did have a brain fart of an inning, let’s not forget the bases were loaded with Phils with 1 out and we managed to get 1 run across. Once again, no offensive support for an outstanding 8 innings of starting pitching.

  • Fuck this team

    @Greenman!

    At this point in the season, we dont need him to just make good pitches or look good, we need results. If you were being sarcastic then fuck me and disregard everything I said

  • Bill

    @ryan…. Lidge started his windup, and then felt like stopping for no explainable reason, and a run scored

  • stickaforkin’em

    Toss him!

  • CTM

    Hooray for shitty pitch calling!

  • Greenman!

    can you say frrrrrrrrontrunners

  • stickaforkin’em

    That’s it, take your time Ryan, he’s not running or anything.

  • KruksLeftNut

    Altogether now, FUCK scott barry.
    He wouldn’t take such an assault on his authority

  • Scott Barry

    I swear Torrealba better not come at me, cause I’ll drop that muther fucker…

  • Bozo

    Shane should try bunting for a hit more often. He’s fast enough.

  • stickaforkin’em

    @ Greenman! Frontrunner (n): Also known as “Fair-weather fan”. People who only support sports teams that recently win championships and then claim they liked that team all along. These people can be highly annoying, approaching them may result in increased levels of stress and aggression.

    I starting sitting in the Vet in 1971 so DON’T FUCKING CALL ME A FRONTRUNNER!

    And fuck Scott Barry.

  • Greenman!

    wellll maybe you can understand Lidge fucks up from time to time. His pitching overall has been outstanding. Cool off.

  • Bozo

    Keep your eyes on the fucking ball Francisco

  • Franscisco

    Watch Out Bro

  • CTM

    Boo to shitty pitch calling!

  • ryan

    I’d honestly rather let Madson hit so at least we don’t have to waste him. With Francisco, it’s the same result anyway.

  • Bozo

    Seriously, he swings so fucking hard his head is in left field while he is swinging.

  • ryan

    Have you ever been more sure of an out than anytime once of our bench players is hitting?

  • stickaforkin’em

    @Greenman! I think you meant to say his recent pitching has been outstanding. I’d agree with that…

  • oh hi denny

    sweet hair fag

  • Moose

    We’re pretty aware by now Lidge fucks up, he’s been doing it since last year. Yeah he helped us win a Championship in 08, but that’s two years ago, how many free passes does this guy get? The season is winding down, we need wins, we need guys to produce, and if he’s gonna go out there and shit the bed like he appears to do more often than not, then he should not pitch when it matters.

  • Andrea

    How hard is it to get one fucking run? Jesus H. Christ.

  • Valdez

    Why settle for one out with Ben when I can give you two or you money back!!

  • ryan

    The night is young. I’m sure we’ll still get to see some of the Valdez/Dobbs duo of shittiness.

  • Mike P

    @ Moose

    He threw 1 bad pitch in that inning, along with a very, very strange balk. I’m the first to admit when Lidge goes out and sucks, but that wasn’t the case tonight. This wasn’t the same Lidge who strolled out a month ago and couldn’t throw a strike.

  • Greenman!

    Scott Barry would have called Gonzalez safe

  • Mike P

    For the record, I’m not saying this was pretty. I’m just saying that of all his blown saves, this isn’t the one that should cost him his job. He threw strikes, and outside of the hit-by-pitch, he had decent control. The decision to go upstairs was a bad one, and the balk was ridiculous.

  • Crocks

    Sweet Chewbacca. Top of the order…

  • ryan

    Sooo loading the bases and balking in the winning run is better than his other shitty efforts? Gotcha.

  • Bozo

    That’s not a strike

  • Crocks

    I agree with Mike P.

  • Bozo

    Didn’t a pitcher earlier in the year balk in the winning run? Think there was a wild pitch walk off as well.

  • Moose

    @Mike P

    But thats his M.O. Aside from his last 7 outings or so, there were many times he’d go out there, get 2 outs, and then fall apart. This is baseball, one bad pitch is all it takes. I’m not saying everyone should be perfect everytime, but this guy has failed so much, a change needs to be made. Bill Baer’s article over on CrashBurn Alley the other day about Madson is a good read on why he (Madson) should pitch the 9th.

  • stickaforkin’em

    Why isn’t Young James on third? LOL…nice Jimmy!

  • ryan

    I don’t care if it’s pretty or not, just get results. We have lost too many games this year due to Lidge meltdowns. This is a vital game and he absolutely fucked it up. That’s his job. If he can’t do it, find someone who can.

  • Mike P

    @ ryan

    The first hit was a grounder that found a hole. The second baserunner reached because Lidge was told to intentionally walk Gonzalez. The third was the regrettable hit-by-pitch, where Lidge threw his one bad pitch. The balk, as I wrote, was ridiculous.

    My point is that he didn’t get hit around. He didn’t have serious control problems. He made one bad pitch, and the stupid balk. Closers lose their jobs when they can no longer control their stuff. That wasn’t the case tonight.

  • Greenman!

    its ok, he’s safe and secure on second

  • Watrick

    Yeah, let’s blame Lidge, not the offense that already got Milt fired. I guess I can get down with that.

  • Bozo

    I think if the Phillies want Madson to close they need to say in Spring Training “Hey look, you’re our closer this year. Not the back up plan, you’re our guy”. Give him the defined role

  • ryan

    As long as we get this run in, all the Lidge talk will be forgotten. Let’s just get this W.

  • Bill

    what a fucking slide!!!

  • Bozo

    THAT WAS FUCKING CLOSE, FUCK YES.

  • stickaforkin’em

    JIMMY!!!!!!

  • Mike P

    FUCK YEAH, JIMMY!!!!

  • ryan

    Close one?

  • Phils Phan

    Yowza.

  • Greg

    Slide of the year

  • stickaforkin’em

    way too close…but we’ll take it. who’s coming in for the save?

  • ryan

    Walking Utley to get to Howard. Sad.

  • Greenman!

    I can’t believe a team is actually walking Chase to get to Ryan. wtf

  • Mike P

    I’ve got bad reception, so it’s really hard to tell, but it looked to me that Torrealba got Jimmy with the back of his glove. Anyone else feel that way?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining :)

  • Bozo

    Howard’s had two good at bats in a row so hopefully it backfires on SD.

  • Moose

    @ Mike P

    If closers lose their jobs when they can no longer control the stuff, why does Lidge still have his job? He should have been long gone by now. The IBB was the right call, but I knew it meant disaster was ahead. I feel like there have been other times where Lidge is throwing decently and then is required to IBB someone and things blow up immediately after.

  • Ryan

    I would at least think you would walk the bases loaded to get to Werth. What’s the point of pitching to Howard w/ a righty?

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    That was a dope ass slide by Jimmy. @ Greenman, I don’t think they’re walking Utley to get to howard, I think they’re doing it to force the DP, and I’m not talking about the uncomfortable kind.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    Greenman, you a yuengling fan by any chance?

  • stickaforkin’em

    Lo siento. Aquí está su Sombrero Dorado, el Señor Howard. ¡Llévelo con orgullo!

  • Phils Phan

    Shit, we’re out of golden sombreros.

  • Eric

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM_OWaItNJM

    This song made me happy today.

  • ryan

    Oh, that’s why they walked to get to Howard.

  • Greenman!

    oh yeah man, and I’m pissed we can’t get it here in Chicago. Don’t get me wrong I love the Goose Island stuff but I miss Yuengling

  • Moose

    Why doesn’t Howard swing at pitches over the plate?

  • Watrick

    Wait, wasn’t Jimmy outside the baseline?

  • Mike P

    @Moose

    I don’t have a problem saying that he should have lost the job months ago, but since the blown save in DC, he has been really, really good. Tonight, his stuff was good. Sometimes, shit happens. It wasn’t pretty, but if Cholly hasn’t given up on him yet, tonight shouldn’t be the reason to abandon him.

  • stickaforkin’em

    Thanks for nothing, Jayson.

  • Crocks

    Ryan also there were no outs and a base open when they walked Chase. You obviously don’t want to walk the bases loaded with no outs

  • CTM

    Boy Ryan, you sure do get paid a lot to strike out at least 3 times a game…

  • Phils Phan

    Howard gets the Golden Sombrero.

    Werth gets the Golden Dick.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    If there is anything I can’t stand it’s when Lidge comes in to a game when he’s had significant time off. He needs to pitch every other day. I knew for sure that there would be at least 1 baserunner with him coming in after a long ass layoff. It’s a guarantee.

    @ Moose. I have to disagree. I still have a good deal of faith in Lidge. He sucked last year, but this year, especially of late, Lidge has been in good form. In all honesty, I know there are guys better (papplebon, rivera, bell) but there are far more that are worse….(too many to list)

  • Bozo

    Good point on the IBB in the 9th, I didn’t like the idea of it but who knows what happens if Lidge didn’t hit Ludwick. It’s moot now so whatever.

  • Bill

    Scott Barry Syndrom

  • KruksLeftNut

    In a crunch, out west here, I’ve combined one can of PBR and one can of Steel Reserve in a giant frosty mug for a faux Yuengling lager.

  • Crocks

    Just the fact that Lidge consistantly hit 93mph tonite makes me happy. Also he threw some fastballs for strikes which i don’t remember seeing in a while…

  • Greenman!

    lol I like this umpiring crew

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    Greenman, I’ve talked with a bunch of distributors, It’ll be here next year. Just so ya know….I’m pissed my kids stuff took up too much room in ma car to grab a couple cases when we went to the shore a couple weeks ago. But damn, no one out here knows about that stuff, it would absolutely KILL here.

  • Bozo

    Not a strike but thank you.

  • Moose

    @ Mike P

    I don’t know. I just feel like he’s going to cost us more games than not down the stretch. I just have more faith that Madson can get it done than can Lidge.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    @ Kruks Nut- Change the PBR to Old Pyle and you’ve got yerself a winner.

  • Greenman!

    haha that sucks man, to be honest I’ve heard the city wants too much money from people that want to sell beer here. Not mafia related at all of course, all sorts of theories to why we can’t get a lot of beers here.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    @ Moose- So let’s play king for a day…..Who do you think is better in the bullpen or down on the farm that is better than Lidge….?

  • ryan

    Round of applause for Chad Durbin really holding it down the last 2 innings.

  • Watrick

    Madson has shown in the past nothing that can give me hope that he would make a good closer, or even a serviceable one.

  • stickaforkin’em

    Put this one in the win column for the Fightin Phils!! 2 games back of the Braves and a half-game lead for the NL Wild Card…shame Roy doesn’t play into the decision, but the W is more important.

  • Bozo

    Fuck yes!

  • Bill

    Fuck Yeah, Good ‘Ol Trusty Chad

  • Phils Phan

    Well ain’t that a peach.

  • FanSince1883

    You young hooligans are too young to remember, but back in my day baseball games used to only last NINE innings!!

  • Bozo

    I know others might argue with me but Durbin is the MVP of our bullpen this year. He looked great since Spring Training.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    We just have one of the highest tax rates in the country, so it’s not as profitable for people that don’t manufacture here to sell their beer here. YEAH CHAD!!!!!

  • CTM

    Finally! Progress!

  • Crocks

    Moose – Either way we still need a solid 8th inning guy. It seems that in the past, every time Madson is throwing well and we put him into the closer role he fails. So lets just keep him where he seems comfortable.

  • Greenman!

    wow seriously, no more 2am games please

  • Bozo

    Oh and now I can say it that we won… Fantastic performance by Oswalt

  • Mike P

    @ Moose

    I hear you, and I totally understand your feelings on it. I’ve seen Bill Baer’s article on it, too, and at the time, it made sense. Still, after he wrote the article, Lidge turned around and put together some really nice performances.

    You’ve got to appreciate Durbin’s work this year. He has been great.

    I couldn’t turn on the game until the 8th inning. I haven’t seen Oswalt pitch since his debut. Blah.

  • Moose

    @PhillyPhaninChi

    Ryan Madson. This article makes the point for me: http://crashburnalley.com/2010/08/16/ryan-madson-abc-always-be-closing/

  • http://www.goldenphila.com maria

    I know it sucked that Brad Lidge blew the save, but at least he kept the game tied. Not a complete implosion. Positives, people.

    Huge sigh of relief. Great game from Oswalt and Jimmy Rollins. This looked like a game destined for disaster. It’s great to pull this one out.

  • Mutombo

    You suck Venable. Fuck Princeton.

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    I know this is very after the fact, but once I saw JRoll playing well, I knew we’d win. Yeah, yeah, yeah….I know people don’t like the whole “When Jimmy goes, so do the Phil’s” but his swag and confidence goes a lot further than people think….

  • Bozo

    Holy shit, 506W-277L when Jimmy scores a run in his career. Unless I misread that, might have been 227

  • Greenman!

    Gif of Jimmy’s slide anyone?

  • Bozo

    Oh phew, I thought the game was on Fox but T-Mac said WPHL

  • http://www.goldenphila.com maria

    Bozo, I thought it was on FOX too. I guess WPHL is the lesser of two evils.

  • Bozo

    Don’t show the IBB to Adrian Gonzalez in the highlights. Just make Lidge’s blown save worse than it was.

  • CTM

    Wow, DAMN that’s a good slide.

  • Bozo

    Yeah I think that actually said career 506-227 not 277 when Jimmy Scores a run. That’s insane

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    @ Moose- I read the article. I have to say that I’m of the people that really thinks that Mad Dog is, and always will be a GREAT set up man. I’ve seen far too many games where he unravels in the 9th. He can hold it together in the 8th (hence the ridiculous babip) but in the 9th, he just can’t do squat. I was at his first game as a starter against the White Sux back in the day. Ever since then, I’ve always held it true that he can pitch for sure in situations where the pressure isn’t fully on him. And I’ll hold true to that till I die. (I lost some serious dough in that game btw).

    The only guy I can see filling in for Lidge is Contreras. Other than him. Bubkiss

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    After that stat line about Jimmy, I feel much better about how I feel about him. Does that make any sense? Damn tequila.

  • Crocks

    I never really liked those stats that say what a teams record is when “whoever” scores a run. Maybe it would be better if I had some relative info like the said teams record when every other player scores a run…

  • CTM

    Just checking the replay, I find it hilarious when they showcase Bell as being a good closer, it’s basically a montage of Werth striking out against him swinging.

  • http://twitter.com/fuckthemets fuck the mets

    HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE’S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/tommccarthyis TomMcCarthyIs

    You’re welcome, Philadelphia! This comment is brought to you by… Independence Blue Cross! http://www.twitter.com/TomMcCarthyIs

  • Tyler

    fuck bryce harper

  • http://www.firetmac.com Here Comes Iguchi !!!!!!

    Meech and everyone else,

    Do not give that Phraud T-Mac credit for anything! The phrase is actually “OPPO-POPPO” and is used among ball players to describe opposite field homeruns. The first time I heard it was from Brett Myers, predicting a Ryan Howard Homerun. I’ll set the stage for ya.

    August 28th, 2007, game 2 of a 4 game series with the mets. The game is tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th. There is a camera shot of Brett Myers pointing to left field and saying “OPPO-POPPO” as Ryan Howard approaches the plate. Sure enough…. Long driveeee Deeeeep Leftttt…. this ball is OUTTTAAAAA HERRREEEEE…..

    I can’t believe some of you kiss T-Mac’s ass like you do. He SUCKS! He is fake, he is a phraud! He is not a PHAN behind the microphone, he is an selfish employee. He is so obsessed with stats and game situations that he fails to “DELIVER THE GAME”. Most of us watch the pre and post games show, leave that stuff to them, do your job man, better yet, leave town! He grew up a mets fan and left here back in the day to go work for them. And after 2007 when they collapsed, he came crawling back, he is a FRONTRUNNER.

  • Roops

    he looks like the Trololo singing guy in the first picture

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