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Oct
16
2009
NLCS Game 1 Recap: Phillies 8, Dodgers 6
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What happened?

The Phillies used the long ball to back a shaky start from Cole Hamels, as Brad Lidge saves his third straight postseason game in the win.

Who did what?

Cole Hamels (W, 1-0) allowed four runs on eight hits in five and a third. He walked one and struck out four.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 with a double (1) and two RBIs.

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 with a homer (1) and three RBIs.

Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 3 with a homer (1) and three RBIs.

Brad Lidge (S, 1) allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

Clayton Kershaw (L, 0-1) allowed five runs on four hits in four and two-thirds. He struck out three and walked five.

Andre Ethier went 3 for 5 with a double (1) and an RBI.

Manny Ramirez went 1 for 5 with a homer (1) and two RBIs,

James Loney went 3 for 4 with a homer (1) and an RBI

Russell Martin went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and an RBI.

What does this mean?

It was a game that no one wanted to win. A game that saw aces get knocked around, setup men get pummeled, and a career .246 hitter in the mix of it all.

With a trip to the World Series on the line, the Phillies broke out the bats agains the Dodgers, as Cole Hamels survived a shaky start to earn the win and take game one of the National League Championship Series.

Hamels, who allowed five runs in five innings in his start in the NLDS against the Rockies, didn’t fare much better tonight. After allowing a second inning homer to James Loney, Hamels would go on to retire eight of the next nine hitters to preserve the one-run deficit.

The Phillies’ bats struck in the fifth inning, when a single from Raul Ibanez, followed by a walk to Pedro Feliz, put two men on for Carlos Ruiz, who deposited a 2-1 pitch into the left field bleachers to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

Kershaw would be unable to escape the inning, as he walked Cole Hamels on four pitches, who was then erased on a fielders choice off the bat of Jimmy Rollins. After striking out Shane Victorino and walking Chase Utley, Kershaw allowed a two out, two run double to Ryan Howard, in what would prove to be his final batter of the game.

Cole Hamels ran into trouble in the bottom half of the frame, allowing a leadoff double to Russell Martin and a one out single to Rafeal Furcal. Hamels would induce a double play ball off the bat of Andre Ethier, but a bobble from Jimmy Rollins saw the Phillies only recording one out, with a run scoring to make it a 5-2 lead.

Instead of sitting in the dugout with a comfortable lead, Hamels found himself facing off against Manny Ramirez with a man on and two out. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Manny served a 2-0 change up into the left field seats to make it a one run game.

Hamels wouldn’t make it through the sixth, as he allowed two men on while recording only one out. Chad Durbin came on to retire Russel Martin, followed by Jay Happ, who walked Jim Thome to load the bases before retiring Furcal to end the inning.

Antontio Bastardo took the hill in the bottom of the seventh and promptly allowed a leadoff double to Andre Ethier. He was relieved by Chan Ho Park, who set down Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Casey Blake to end the threat and hold the one run lead.

The Phillies struck again in the eighth inning, when Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth worked back-to-back walks off George Sherrill, before allowing a three run homer to Raul Ibanez to give the Phillies  a four run lead.

The Dodgers tacked on two more in the eighth of Ryan Madson, who allowed four singles in the frame before retiring Manny Ramirez with two outs and two on.

With a two run lead, Brad Lidge came on in the ninth and shut the door, despite allowing a leadoff single to Matt Kemp, who was then doubled up off the bat of Casey Blake. After walking James Loney, Lidge got Ronnie Belliard to pop up to shallow left field to end the game.

To say the least, it was an exciting game. After Kershaw set the Phillies down with relative ease early in the game, it looked to be a pitcher’s duel, with Cole Hamels holding up his end of the bargain.

But after a botched double play ball in the fifth, Cole’s biggest problem came to light: He got flustered. If you recall, the same thing happened in his start against Colorado after he gave up the homer to Yorvit Torrealba. In fact, this has been Cole’s M.O. the entire season. Despite how well he is pitching, one bump in the road are capable of derailing his efforts. Had the Phillies turned that double play, then it’s quite possible that Hamels goes seven innings en route to an easy Phillies victory.

While Cole struggled, the bullpen stepped up. Chad Durbin, Jay Happ and Chan Ho Park came up big in a tight game. The most impressive of the three was Park, who made his first appearance in nearly a month after a stint on the disabled list. His fastball had life and velocity, and his control was solid. If he can maintain this for the rest of the post season, things will be much easier on the beleaguered ‘pen.

And of course, Brad Lidge earned his third straight October save. It wasn’t a typical save from Lidge, but it’s good enough.

With game on in the books, the Phillies can breathe a sigh of relief, especially with Pedro Martinez taking the hill in game two. Having not pitched in an actual game since the Phillies clinched the division, a lot is riding on him and his right arm. But knowing Pedro and his penchant for the spotlight, the Phillies could find themselves in a very advantageous position tomorrow night.

What’s next for our 2009 National League Division Series Winners?

In game two of the NLCS, Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.63 in the regular season) takes on Vicenta Padilla (1-0, 0.00).

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  • http://www.majorleaguejerk.com Gonzo

    Firsties, bitches.

  • http://twitter.com/flyerguy18 Manny Ramirez’s Juice

    LA SUCKS CHODE! ALYSSA MILANO IS A LESBIAN WHORE! MARY HART IS A BITCH! PAT SAJAK TEXTS IN THE WHOLE GAME! LA IS FULL OF CHARACTERS! FUCK EM ALL!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/swift5648 Swift

    A few points:

    1) Carlos Ruiz is amazing in the Postseason, truly he’s developing into one of the games great catchers.

    2) RRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3) Cole Hamels needs to grow the fuck up, hanging a teammate out to dry like he did after the botched double-play was just another sign of his immature, selfish attitude.

    4) Manny Ramirez is a fucking prick.

    5) Ryan Howard is cementing his legacy in Phillies Postseason lore, as he now stands alone, as the all-time Posteseason RBI leader.

    6) Chan HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7) Welcome back Brad Lidge, good to have you again. Kudos to the electrician who finally got around to fixing the lightswitch.

    8) Game one in the books, pressure is off.

  • Oliver

    Don’t worry, soon you’ll be off about A-Rod’s juice…

  • Eric

    Didn’t necessarily need to take one of the first two in LA, but it sure as a mother fucker helps. This makes tomorrows game completely irrelevant to us if we lose. This puts some serious pressure on LA. Awesome to take game 1. It sure as hell wasn’t pretty but that means very little come post season time. Nice fucking win.

  • Mike

    I was disgusted by Cole’s reaction to the botched double play. I hope someone shows him the video so he can see how childish he looked. Not only does he complain to the media about nonsense, but he’s also becoming a bad teammate. You’d think with how much his life has changed in the past year he’d have done a lot of growing up, but all his actions suggest he is regressing.

  • Eric

    Yea, unfortunately Cole didn’t use the last year to grow up, he used it to become more Hollywood and petty. Truly a waste of a talent right now with where his head should be.

  • http://twitter.com/JayDashDog Jdashdog

    Cole Hamels is a jerk off. Chan Ho is still a beast. Madson has scared me lately. Chooch and Howard are co-Mr Septembers. See ya.

  • http://www.superfantabulousblog.blogspot.com maria

    I was disappointed when I saw Cole do that, but hopefully something was said to him because he was way out of line. They always play great defense behind him, and they botched a DP. No one threw their hands up in the air when he gave up the homerun to Loney and Manny.

    I liked it when they mentioned the Dodgers had asked Davey Lopes to be one of the ones throwing out the first pitch and he declined. He’s so cool. And yeah, it was an awesome win tonight, although I’m still a little shaky. We’ll have to do it again in 14 hours.

  • MP

    Cole is such a whiny little bitch. I’m done with believing in him after tonight. His behavior was worse than Schilling throwing the towel over his head in 93. I hope Chase and Jimmy don’t even give him the time of day after that. Fuck what he did last year, as every game goes by it looks more and more like a fluke.

  • Jay Cho

    great win but i’ve said this before and i’ll say it again.. cole hamels is a fucking infant. Errors happen, it’s part of the damn game… but this softy has the audacity to mean mug two of the best motherfucking middle infielders in the game… how many times have these same guys bailed you out of jams??! If we can get through this postseason that’s awesome, but the organization really needs to wake up and realize that pussywood hamels does not belong on this team and has shown nothing but a detrimental attitude this whole season. Errors fucking happen… the best that you can do is do your job and pitch to get out of the damn inning.. but of course he gives up a three run bomb immediately afterwards. His body language during that play showed nothing but straight disrespect towards his own teammates and its a goddamn disgrace. This kid needs to get his head out of his ass and just fucking pitch.

  • Tony Is Dynamic

    Cole needs to get his head out of his ass…but your heads will all be in his if he goes out there and throws 7 or 8 scoreless in game 4 or 5. Oh well, that’s the way it is. It was a little disrespectful, but the thing’s been blown out of proportion in my mind.

  • http://www.majorleaguejerk.com Gonzo

    Well said, Tony. The rest of you are HARSH.

  • Jon in SoCal

    Just drove home from Dodger Stadium.

    Went into Enemy Territory wearing my RED PHILLIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHIRT AND HAT…got a lot of boos from the Blue Beaners.

    Some of them were nice, others were drunk, pot smoking, peanut shell and lime throwing bastards.

    Overall, going to the ravine reminds me of going to the Vet in the 1970′s, with all those plastic seats and old scoreboards…

    Dodgers fans are very disorganized; and don’t pay attention to the game unless there are a lot of baserunners. They’d rather do the WAVE or play with beachballs. Most don’t even know when to applaud for their own team sometimes. They loved chanting
    PHILLIES SUCK…even after Raul’s 3 run homer.

    Both teams made some pretty basic mistakes; pitching; baserunning—and serving up meatballs. It was anyones game at anytime…made it pretty interesting. It was a good game.

    However, I never had a shred of doubt in my mind that the Fightins WEREN’T going to take this one.

    I even called ESPN radio in LA and told them that it would be an all red WS.

    Never saw Hamels expression. I’m sure he’ll hear about it from his teammates, loud & clear.

    GO PHILS!

  • http://www.majorleaguejerk.com Gonzo

    Jon, got any pics of disgrunted Doyer fans?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI Griswold

    dear manny,
    david ortiz’s team has been eliminated from the playoffs. see if you can borrow some female fertility drugs from him.
    -The Beer King

    Thus Says the Lord

  • http://www.thefourthof.com Seth K

    Anyone see this on ESPN.com? I only found this screenshot, but I thought it was gold.

    http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t211/elutske/1255651158247.jpg

  • Phylan

    You’re all making a huge thing about a little bit of frustration shown by Cole. Yeah, he was pissed. He shouldn’t have flashed that look towards the infield. But pitchers do that shit all of the time. I’m sure if you asked Cole or Jimmy or Utley, there are no hard feelings at all. The media loves to play on this shit but it never ever is a factor in the end. It’s disgusting to watch Phillies fans throw one of their best pitchers under the bus.

  • Phylan

    Oh and Chan Ho fucking Park being back and effective is so huge for the bullpen, which is our biggest liability in this series.

  • BigMiles

    @Seth K…. Sean Connery would be proud of the Phils

  • Phylan

    Also, I love the two random Philly fans in the front row that flip out when Ibanez’s homer lands right next to them

  • http://www.majorleaguejerk.com Gonzo

    Seth, that’s been all over the internet today. Very funny.

  • Phylan

    For what it’s worth, Hamels sounds sorry

    “”It’s tough because you’re battling,” Hamels said. “I got exactly what I wanted and unfortunately the results didn’t happen. It takes a lot out of you because these guys are very tough hitters, so when you do get them in a situation where you can seal the deal, it takes a lot to really get through that. I really thought we had that. It’s the process I’ve had to go through all year – learning how to deal with my emotions and learning to control them and forgetting about what just happened.”"

    And I mean, if Rollins hadn’t double-clutched that flip, gotten it to Utley in time for him to make an accurate throw, everyone leaves that inning with the Phillies still up 5-1. It doesn’t excuse Hamels’ glare, but I would be frustrated to.

  • joe

    Sure all you Hamels haters, why don’t you just get rid of him, and have someone like Kendrick pitch instead. Let him go somewhere else where he’ll win 3 Cy Youngs, and then you’ll bitch about how the Phils let such a fan favorite leave.

    He’s having a down year. It happens all the time with pitchers getting a huge jump in innings, plus the extra month of the postseason (I must have imagined how he was one Ryan Madson pitch away from being the first pitcher ever to go 5-0 in the postseason.) In the offseason, many of the media talked about this being a possibility, but no one wanted to believe it, and when it happened, no one wanted to look at the history. This is one of the best pitchers the Phils have ever developed & he IS still young. The vile I’ve seen about him this year is just crazy.

    Oh, and they WON the game, you know.

  • Mr. Gotz

    LA PELOTAA NO REGRESSA! RAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLL!

  • Watrick

    New Cooch chant-iViva El Senor Octubre!

  • Dutch Daulton’s Comb Over

    chooooooooooooooochhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Jay

    Chooch Loves October!

  • Lynniemac

    Is it 4 o’clock yet?

  • Andy

    ” It wasn’t a typical save from Lidge, but it’s good enough.”

    Wait, what? His WHIP is like 1.8, he ALWAYS has men on base, and at least one is always a walk. That was the most typical lidge save i have seen.

  • Here Come Da Judge

    has anyone else seen any players on the phillies throw their hands up and glare towards cole when hes thrown countless shitty pitches this year?

    i also liked all the shit talkin going on between victorino and martin

  • will.H

    well you see, russ martin is a big pussy. id love to see victorino round third.. martin would have a bullseye on his vag. ram ‘em Vic, ram ‘em straight in the vag.

  • Eric

    Yea, you Cole “supporters” have all missed the point.. by a mile. The retorts of “you’ll all like him when he throws a good game” and “oh you just want to get rid of him” are off base and very fucking stupid. It’s not about hating the guy as a talent, it’s hating his childish antics, which have no place on a big league ball club in the heart of a pennant chase. It’s bush league and counter-productive to the cause. Jimmy and Chase are the two guys on the field who know most how important that double play was. They literally did all they could to turn it. Cole doesn’t need to show those two up. And this is not an isolated incident. I love that he is fiery, but he needs to control that shit and not show up teammates.

  • will.H

    eric, i thought these guys got a pass for the next ’5 years’

    you’re half right though.. but you’re all over the place

  • jessem

    The Cole thing was kind of annoying, especially the dugout shot after he got taken out, but get rid of him? Yeah right. It is interesting to see how Hamel’s handled that botched DP (still got an out!) in contrast to how Lee handled Ibanez’s outfield error and clears up any question about who our ace now is for me.

  • don

    Cole’s a bit of a prima donna, but c’mon. He just went through a whole season where it seemed like he was always one out from turning the corner, and then someone would get totally fooled and break their bat, but the ball would drop down the line and two runs would score. Got to be frustrating.

    Plus, he just had a kid. He probably had a decent night’s sleep in months.

    “I don’t condone this. But I understand.”

  • Dutch Daulton’s Comb Over

    any youtube clips of C. Seber trying to fuck with Lidge’s head in the post game interview???????????

  • Heathcliff Slocumb

    Ya’ll do need to calm down about the Cole thing. I saw it and was a little annoyed, but it really is not as big a deal as it’s being turned into, especially here. Let he who has done no wrong throw the first stone….meaning all this banter about Cole is no different than the “whining, childish antics” that you’re railing him for.

    Everyone watching the game had the exact same reaction as Cole. You’re lying if you say you didn’t. Yeah, I understand it’s different because he’s on the field and there’s some unwritten code about not “showing up your team mates.” But it’s clear he had no intention of showing anyone up. He’s an emotional pitcher who is knowingly taking steps to control those emotions when it comes to situations like last night.

    In no way is it comparable to Schilling putting the towel over his face. Schilling was a downright dick and had clear intentions to make sure everyone saw it and got the message.

    I eagerly await until the next time Cole’s emotions turn into a gem of a game an ya’ll are swingin’ from his nuts again.

  • Drew

    Cole is King. Kiss the ring, or become a Nats fan… this is getting ridiculous.
    By the way…
    That was the biggest fucking botch job of the season- and regardless of how good Chase and Jimmy are usually, that was the second significant botched sure-thing double-play this post season…
    Cole is right… Pick it up boys!
    F all haters.

  • jessem

    On a positive note, CHOOCH COMING THROUGH YET AGAIN!

    I find it pretty disgraceful that you cannot buy a RUIZ phillies shirt in the majestic shop or at Modell’s without having it custom made. Seriously?

  • J-D

    Since Pedro won’t do it, I really hope Cliff Lee puts one in Manny’s ear hole.

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    I’m going to jump on the quasi-Hamels-defending boat here. Obviously, he shouldn’t have had that reaction to the botched DP – but don’t go pretending he’s the only pitcher that does that, I see it all the time even from the most professional of pitchers. A pitcher has a shitload of pressure on him the entire game, and in a big spot like that it’s going to be emotional. (In fact, I’d think the fact that Jimmy and Chase are so good in the field probably made it even more frustrating for Hamels – ‘You guys had to choose now to screw up?’). But I’ll probably never convince anyone who believes he should be tarred and feathered for that otherwise.

    However, I do think it’s ridiculous to imply that he let his emotions keep him from pitching a good game. After the non-DP, sure, he gave up a 2-run (not 3-run, whoever said that) HR to Manny, but it was off a good pitch. I really really really hate to give an credit to Manny, but he is, in fact, a good hitter, and not a lot of people would have hit that ball out. It’s not like Cole served him a 88MPH fastball dead center in the strike zone. Or got so flustered he walked in a couple runs.

    In short, Cole needs to remember there are cameras on him. And we need to remember that not every game can be a 3-hit shutout.

  • http://twitter.com/JayDashDog Jdashdog

    “Nobody wants to see The Manny,” Park said. “Nobody wants to look at The Manny.”

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    Also, how about a candidate for the most ridiculous statement made by a TBS announcer: When talking about how good Cole has been against the Dodgers, one of the guys says something along the lines of “Well, it’s every Southern California kids dream to be standing on this mound [at Dodger's Stadium], and Hamels grew up nearby in San Diego.” Yeah, ass, where he was a Padres fan and most likely dreamed of pitching in San Diego. He probably hated the Dodgers!

    And before anyone points out ‘Yeah, but he would have dreamed about pitching against his rivals in their home stadium and beating them,’ you know that’s not what that guy meant – the same thing he’d mean if he saidevery East Cost kid dreams of pitching in Yankee Stadium – pitching in the Majors is good in all, but your dream is never complete until you pitch in one of the places that *really* matters: LA, CHI, or NY.

  • DP

    Relax Cole “supporters”. No one is saying to get rid of him. He just needs to grow up. Cole is shaping up nicely to be a classic anti-Philly athlete. That is, someone who clearly has skills but just doesn’t “get it” with respect to the fans. In the end, I could care less how he acts as long as he does one thing…win. Once he stops performing, he’ll get destroyed by the media and fans b/c he he doesn’t have the luxury of the benefit of the doubt. The truth sucks but that’s just how it is. So Cole, in short if you want to be an Ace in Philly:

    1. don’t complain about the start time of playoff games and then give up 4 runs in 5 innings.

    2. don’t show up your SS and 2B, both of whom are all-time Phillies and beloved by the fans.

    3. don’t admit half-way through the season you didn’t prepare like you should have iin the offseason, go 10-11 and expect any sympathy.

  • Minty Fresh

    Cole’s reaction to the botched DP was awful. Do you think someone in the clubhouse spoke to him about it? Player? Coach?

    This team is such a friggin….TEAM….that I have to think someone would call Cole out and let him know its ok to be frustrated, but another to show up your teammates.

    On another note – how about the shitbag Manny staring into our dugout after his HR?!?!?! Me thinks there may a brawl before this series is over.

  • me

    it was a routine DP and he should have been out of the inning.
    the only thing i was disgusted by last night was ricky botallico and co. lecturing cole hamels during their postgame report…those guys are jackasses.

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    DP, I swear somebody said something about getting rid of him.

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    Also, the umpire was named Randy Marsh. Ha!

  • James Fayleez

    I wept openly when they flashed to Chan Ho in the bullpen and saw THE BEARD WAS IN BLOOM.

    I knew we were golden when he got in the game.

  • j_romes

    LOL, i was thinking “show me the beard, show me the beard…he gets his power from the beard….YESSSSS”

  • James Fayleez

    Chan Ho without his beard is like cornflake wit out da milk…this is his world, we just a squirrel try’in to get a nut….

    100 points to whoever can get this reference.

  • WB-Tony

    Didn’t like Cole’s reaction to the botched DP, but it should have been turned. As much as I hate the guy, I have to give kudos where they’re due. Cole’s pitch to Manny should have been nothing but a slow roller in the infield, and he lambasted it. But, me thinks Pedro isn’t going to put up with Manny stopping and watching the ball leave the yard.

  • Heathcliff Slocumb

    @ jessem – the not-being-able-to-buy-a-chooch jersey thing is a big suckfest. I went the “have one custom made route” last year for my (now ex) girlfriend, from the Phillies website. They sent me the wrong size – not once, not twice, but THREE times! God damn ridiculous. He keeps up this tear and they’ll have no choice but to make em readily available.

    @ James – the beard is king. I felt the same way when I saw it. I knew we were saved.

    Chan Ho will carry the pen like he carries the 2×4 on his Birdland shirt.

  • me

    @ slocumb
    its crazy that you can probably find a Bastardo shirt (novelty of a curse word-surname i guess) but not a Ruiz shirt.

    @ fayleez
    his beard should be voted LCS MVP.

  • James Fayleez

    Chan Ho’s Beard > Dutch Daulton’s comb down

    And that is a close one…..

  • Eric

    Will, you may be the dumbest commenter here. I give them a pass if they don’t win the World Series, given they play hard and work to succeed. I do not give a pass to a pitcher acting like a child on the mound and showing up his team.

    Seriously, did I have to explain that to you?

  • bigmyc

    What is with you Polar pillow biting fuckheads?

    Everyone knows what Cole is about.
    Everyone understands what he can do as a starting pitcher.
    Most people understand the kid is 25 years old.

    So, what’s the surprise here? The guy clearly strives for perfection which, in and of itself is completely innocent. So he takes a little emotion out on his team mates…he knows they are also capable of perfection, or at least, approaching it.

    Chill out.

    And to the bone headed pig humpers who seem to think that criticizing Cole’s behavior constitutes “Cole Hating,” I can only tell you to go butt fuck your mother one more time.

    F U.

    The guy goes out and tries and he tries really hard. Ty Cobb was a total shit bucket as a person, but you’d love to have had him running the bases for your team. Cole’s HUGE PROBLEM is that he grew up as a priveledged California boy…what a travesty.

  • me

    dutch’s combdown is more of a comb-all-around. i think its one strand of hair that he wraps around his skull like a turban. a hair turban. ew.

  • bigmyc

    Oh yeah,

    and…

    Chooch Ruiz, you Arrrrre the Mannnn.

  • will.H

    eric, you dont see the humor in acting like a child while scolding someone for acting like a child? i so stupiiid

  • PhillyCuban

    @jessum+Slocumb

    I was annoyed by the same thing. I wanted to get a Ruiz shirt-sey for my gf too since hes always been her favorite player. Didnt really know or ask about the custom made shirt deal tho lol.

    @Fayleez
    I thought that was a 50 lyric for a second, but realized its: im similar to a squirrel, looking for a slut with a nice butt to get a nut

  • Ozzie Virgil’s Beard

    I was annoyed with what Hamels did. I got over it. I was more annoyed that he couldn’t get out of the 6th and the Phils had to burn through some of the bullpen to get out of that inning.

    What’s done is done and they move to this afternoon’s game against the Flotilla. TBS cut into a clip of Manny and Vicente talking in the dugout. I’d pay to know what the fuck that conversation was about.

  • Capt Murdock

    We need to stop bashing Cole and start bashing Shane for that Bush League play in the first inning. I love Shane. I love his fire, his attitude and his ability but at that moment I was embarrassed. That is something that absolutely should not be happening on this team.

    With that said, Phils in 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • j_romes

    @Fayleez: Scat! don’t touch that coat….

  • James Fayleez

    j_romes rulz.

  • Ozzie Virgil’s Beard

    Am I the only one that doesn’t think Joe Torre is a good manager? Fuck, if you put the players he’s had with the Yankees and Dodgers, I could probably find my way into the playoffs too. When he managed the Mets, Braves, and Cardinals he had winning percentages of .405, .529, and .498 respectively. And that bullshit of him schmoozing the umpire so Randy Wolf could go and find his fuckin cleats was ridiculous.

    To hell with LA. I originally said Phils in 6, but now I hope they just flat out humiliate this team in 4.

  • http://www.superfantabulousblog.blogspot.com maria

    @Fayleez, I remember hearing that on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Christmas episode with Evander Holyfield.

    Just for the record, I would never want to get rid of Cole Hamels. I understand being frustrated and letting out emotion, but it’s still something you don’t want to see again.

  • bigmyc

    Don’t make me come out of my office….

  • http://www.superfantabulousblog.blogspot.com maria

    How about you have your opinion and I have mine, and we’ll leave it at that.

  • bigmyc

    How ’bout you acquire a sense of humor and maybe we wouldn’t have to leave it at that?

  • http://www.superfantabulousblog.blogspot.com maria

    I actually agree with a lot of the things you say on this blog but if someone doesn’t agree with you, there’s no need to write a a huge post about how people should get over it. People are entitled to their opinions and this issue with Cole Hamels doesn’t have a right or wrong answer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/swift5648 Swift

    Wow… alot of you people need to understand, that just because we don’t like it when Cole has his hissy-fits, and think that he needs to stop them, doesn’t mean we want him off of the team, or think that he sucks.

    The people who just shrug it off, and say “He’s Cole, let him do whatever he wants.” Are the same people, who would welcome a guy like Manny Ramirez onto the team, despite the fact that he’s a dickhole, and a juicer.

  • James Fayleez

    Maria,

    Was Oran “Juice” Jones on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Evander Holyfield?

    Because I was referencing his one hit, “Walk’in the Rain.”

  • http://www.superfantabulousblog.blogspot.com maria

    Do I at least get 50 points?

  • bigmyc

    No. Incorrect. I would never want Manny on this team. Didn’t even want T.O. on the Eagles. Don’t want Michael Vick on the team now.

    I just don’t think that Cole’s “bitchyness” is that much of an issue as he’ll get tired of being that way and grow out of it.

    ..and, I don’t automatically disregard people who disagree, but I was trying to be light about it with the “coming out of the office” thing. That’s all. Sheesh. It’s amazing how people take what I post so seriously. There should be more than enough whimsy in my posts to clue you people off to the fact that I’m entertaining myself as well as anyone who’ll partake.

  • James Fayleez

    You want 50 points for being wrong?

    Sure.

    Is it 4:07 yet?

  • joe

    Rollins & Werth both said on Todd Z’s blog that they didn’t have a problem with it so that’s all that matters.

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