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Jul
08
2013
Posted by at 8:24 am ET 3 Comments

Stomp these f***ers. I don’t care about the trade deadline. I don’t care about what message Ruben may infer from on-field performances. I don’t care about how much certain players (whose names may or may not rhyme with Felmon Tongue) annoy you. Beat the Natinals. Beat them bad. Break them.

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Pic from Nats blog Let Teddy Win
Jul
03
2013
Posted by at 11:00 am ET 3 Comments

I’m an incredibly tough judge when it comes to mascots, mostly because I’m a giant homer and think the Phillie Phanatic is the be-all and end-all when it comes to them. That said, the Pirates parrot made me chuckle last night when he basically rubbed some bald old dude behind home plate’s head for an entire half-inning. I have no idea how to embed this so just CLICK HERE AND WATCH.

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(Vid comes from the Vine of a kid named Robert Mosqueda)
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Jul
02
2013
Posted by at 9:12 am ET 2 Comments

From Todd Zolecki’s depressing read yesterday:

The Phillies considered trading Rollins, 34, last July, but in the end held onto him. He is in the second year of a three-year, $33 million contract that includes an $11 million option for 2015 that automatically vests based on 600 plate appearances in 2014 or 1,100 plate appearances in 2013-14. If he is healthy, that should not be a problem, but that money owed is why he will be difficult to trade.

Of course, it also must be noted Rollins cannot be traded without his approval. He has 5-and-10 rights.

I’ve got the power,” he said last month.

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Jul
01
2013
Posted by at 12:29 pm ET 2 Comments

  • Mike Adams is cooked
  • Halladay is out
  • Kendrick has a concussion
  • Rollins is delusional
  • Utley is getting traded
  • The Big Piece sat in the dugout during a 16 run outburst
  • The Pirates own the Phillies in Pittsburgh when they don’t have the best record in baseball
  • The Pirates have the best record in baseball
  • Zambrano’s shoulder looks like pulled pork
  • The Phillies traded for John McDonald
      
Jun
30
2013
Posted by at 10:34 am ET 1 Comment

Let’s loosely look at last night’s eighth inning through the lens of a few random observations:

  • Delmon Young isn’t fast.
  • Charlie Manuel wanted to pinch run for him, but John McDonald apparently isn’t appreciably faster than DELMON YOUNG.
  • John McDonald has a career .602 OPS.
  • John McDonald has a career batting average- over 15 seasons- of .236.
  • Delmon Young couldn’t score from first on a double.

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Jun
29
2013
Posted by at 8:44 am ET 2 Comments

I’m not going to lie to you, kids, I was rooting for Carlos Zambrano to make it to the Phils because: (a) he’s a lunatic who cracks me up and (b) I hate John Lannan’s face. The odds of that happening took a serious hit last night in Lehigh Valley, where he left after two innings with “serious pain”– Ruben Amaro’s words– in his shoulder. Here, read a real journalist’s report.

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Photo: Kevin Mingora, THE MORNING CALL

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Jun
28
2013
Posted by at 11:18 am ET Comments Off

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Oh yeah, that’s some good shit

A dispatch from The Zo Zone last night:

“No one has really stepped out and gone crazy. We’re only seven back. We had one streak where we’ve really played well and we’ve only had a fairly brief time where we’ve had our team on the field. We’ll find out. I honestly think it’s going to end up going to July 20 or 30 or somewhere around then when we’ll decide which direction we’re going to go.”

That’s a Ruben Amaro quote about why he’s going to wait until the last minute to decide whether or not he’ll buy or sell. Seems to me that he’ll be selling and that he knows it right now. Read more »

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Jun
28
2013
Posted by at 9:28 am ET 1 Comment

Can I write something about the game that this expression doesn’t already say? (h/t @BckwoodsPayback)

Ryan Howard squandered opportunities and killed a rally, and De Fratus got Puig’d on an 0-2 slider and that’s pretty much the end of that.

Lost in Zolecki’s recap was Greinke’s perfectly executed backhanded compliment to the Phillies’ aging core: Read more »

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