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Apr
03
2009
Posted by at 3:54 pm ET 15 Comments

According to SI’s Jon Heyman (via MLBTR), the New York Mets have signed OF Gary Sheffield to a 1-year deal worth around 400K.  In case you forgot, here’s what sometimes The Fightins dot com contributor beelove had to say about Sheff when it came out that the Phillies might be interested in his services:

“The dude is practically tailor made for the Mets – he’s old, he’s an outfielder, he’s an asshole. Who gives a shit if we’d pay him the league minimum to crank 15-20 HR off the bench. He’s still Gary Sheffield, and Gary Sheffield ain’t no Phillie.”

Just what the Mets needed, too.  An old-ass outfielder who can’t get through one-quarter of the season without multiple trips to the DL.  HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHAH

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Apr
03
2009
Posted by at 2:34 pm ET 25 Comments

Yesterday I mentioned there was going to be a Pup Rally held at Rittenhouse Square Park in order to find homes for adoptable pets and raise money for the PSPCA.  The best part of the rally — the pièce de résistance, if you will — was the Pup Parade that urged dog owners to dress their mangy mutt up in his or her best Phillies outfit and march them around with the winner receiving some kind of prize or something. But it wasn’t the prize that dogs were competing for — it was all about puppy bragging rights.

I also pleaded with The Fightins reading audience to show up and take pictures so we can crown our own best-dressed Phillies dog without the corrupt contest judges from the PSPCA getting involved.

Well good news, folkers. The lovely and talented Miss Bee (@_missbee on the Tweets) stopped by the parade on her way home from work with her trusty digital camera and got some great pics that she is willing to share.

So now, without further ado… CUTEST PUPPY CONTEST!  (Don’t forget to vote for your favorite)

Puppy #1: Mardi Gras bead pup

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Apr
03
2009
Posted by at 12:09 pm ET 10 Comments

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So this is what awaits the faithful tonight? It’s October 27, all over again: We’re playing the Rays at home, it’s cold and it’s raining like a bastard. My greatest fear is that Bud Selig postpones the Opening Day game against the Braves so that these last few exhibition games can reach their meaningless conclusion.

To all those attending tonight: God bless you dedicated souls. Enjoy your 2 and two-thirds innings of baseball.

      
Apr
03
2009
Posted by at 10:09 am ET 11 Comments

Defend Broad St.

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Apr
03
2009
Posted by at 6:38 am ET 6 Comments

In October, everything is magnified. This was definitely the case for the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. A small knubber from Carlos Ruiz in May could have been just another infield single. But when that same knubber happens in the early hours of a Sunday morning in October, it suddenly turns into the game winning hit of Game Three of the World Series.

The same can be said for a lot of players. Matt Stairs’ monster shot. Brett Myers’ at-bat against C.C.
For Chase Utley, his October Moment came during part two of Game Five of the World Series.

With a one-run lead heading into the top of the 7th, the Phillies were just nine defensive outs away
from their first title in nearly three decades. With Ryan Madson on the mound to start the Bridge to Lidge, things were looking awfully bright on this cold, October evening. But after Rocco Baldelli muscled a Madson offering into the left field stands, things were back to zero, and the Phils could only hope to not fall behind.

Jason Bartlett singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice from pitcher J.P. Howell, setting the stage for J.C. Romero to face the pesky Akinora Iwamura with two outs and the go-ahead run on second. After a short battle with Romero, Aki hit a slow chopper up the middle and to the right of Chase Utley. Utley fielded it cleanly, but had no shot at the speedy Iwamura. After faking the throw to first base, Utley alertly fired a strike to Carlos Ruiz, who made a diving tag to nail Bartlett, who had rounded third and was heading home.

If not for Utley’s heads up play, the Rays would have taken the lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, with the Philles then having to play catch-up against an equally solid Tampa Bay bullpen. But that didn’t happen, and Utley made one of the greatest plays in World Series history.

Apr
02
2009
Posted by at 2:50 pm ET 14 Comments

I remember the good ol’ days when it was called Sports Illustrated for Kids :(

(via High Cheese)

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Apr
02
2009
Posted by at 2:08 pm ET 16 Comments

The Megan Fox-ish wife of Chase Utley sashayed into the CSN studio yesterday with her evil cat Azrael to inform viewers about the exciting Pup Rally that’s going on at 5 o’clock this evening over at Rittenhouse Square Park.

Ohjudono?  The PSPCA has all the cuddly details:

Dress your dogs in their Phillies best and join the the Red Phanatic, Phillies Broadcasters, and Phillies Ballgirls to raise funds and awareness for the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA).

Drop off much-needed blankets and toys for the PSPCA. Cash donations will also be accepted and donors will receive a special ticket discount for a future Phillies game. Cats and dogs will be available to adopt.

The event will take place rain or shine in Rittenhouse Square Park from 5 to 7 PM. It is free and open to the public.

At 5:45 PM there will be a pup parade and a costume contest for the best-dressed Phillies dogs. Prizes will be awarded!

If you do attend, PLEASE take pictures of dogs dressed in Phillies outfits so I can hold a cutest puppy contest tomorrow.  I’m begging you.

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Apr
02
2009
Posted by at 8:54 am ET 42 Comments

Oooooooh-weeee!

I love me some gambling.

Well, let me rephrase — I loved me some gambling.  Ya know, before it took over my life and went from a fun hobby to something that was negatively affecting my day-to-day life.   Seriously, I reached a point about 5 years ago where I couldn’t even watch a sporting event unless the result would either leave me $500 richer or frantically tearing through my room looking for something that would fetch good money on eBay.  Don’t get me wrong, I won a lot.  Like, a lot lot.  But most of the time, I couldn’t even share my newfound piles of cash with anyone I knew out of fear that they would catch on to my sickness and ask me to stop.  So I’d just stash it away until the inevitable bad week.  Then I finally had that really bad week that forced me into retirement.

As a matter of fact, the thing that helped me out the most when I was in the process of quitting was when I took the writing gig over at Bugs&Cranks in December of ’06.  Instead of spending every free moment studying the daily betting lines, I’d scour the ‘net for stupid Phillies news to write about.

That’s the key to stopping a bad addiction, folks.  By replacing it with something else equally as addicting.  (LESSON!)

But enough about me.  Let’s get back to the original point of this post; to browse the numerous future bets for the 2009 Phillies season and choose where we should invest our pretend money.  By the way, even if you are a current gambler, I don’t recommend laying any scratch down on these future bets.  They, along with parlays and teasers, are the suckerest of sucker bets.  There are waaay too many variables to be factored into a 162-game baseball season; you’re better off just taking whatever money you would have bet on these and buy something that you can actually get some use out of.  Like fashionable t-shirts!

After the jump, we’re picking over/unders.

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