This is why you should always proofread your jersey before purchasing:
Mere seconds before the 2008 World Series banner was raised high atop Citizens Bank Park, an elderly gentleman and a younger fellow took it upon themselves to settle their dispute the old-fashioned way…
BARE KNUCKLE FIGHTING!
I can’t even imagine what would cause these two to resort to fisticuffs as the World Series ceremony is taking place right behind them.
Oh yeah — alcohol. It was probably the alcohol.
(Dug up from the YouTube depths by Matt P of The 700 Level)
Since I didn’t get to watch my beloved Phillies in sync with my usual broadcast team last night (you can’t come soon enough, Tuesday night!), we, the fans, were deprived of a Sarge Matthews hat sighting on TV. Thankfully, a CBP-goer and reader of The Fightins named Steve took care of that problem when he snapped this pic of the Sarge and Charlie discussing the finer points of hitting while Jayson Werth was getting his BP on.
After the jump, a frontal Sarge shot as he’s shadowed by the New York Mets of sports talk radio…
If you were watching the game last night on ESPN, I’m sure you heard all about Jeff Francoeur’s brand-spanking new “open stance” which debuted to rave reviews from those three jaggovs that were manning the broadcast booth. Supposedly, this new stance allows Jeff to watch the incoming pitch with — get this — BOTH EYES. As opposed to his old-fashioned “closed stance” where he always kept one eye closed or something, hence the shitty batting average.
Side effects of Jeff’s new stance may include bug eyes and Fire Marshal Bill face:
In his quest to adopt an underprivileged child, Cole Hamels and his reality show star of a wife have run into the same problems as a certain leather-faced woman who used to sing really catchy songs. The Inqy’s newest beat writer comes equipped with quotes that bring validity to my last sentence:
“We were in the same situation as Madonna, and there is no way we could live over there for two years,” Hamels said. “It shouldn’t be so hard to try to give someone a better life. The government in that country, it’s shady.”
Ethiopian rules require only a nine-month waiting period. “We’re working through a stack of paperwork this thick,” Hamels said, holding his thumb and forefinger several inches apart. “But this is something we’ve always wanted to do, to help someone less fortunate.”
Damn those Malawians and their shady government tactics of not allowing famous people to come into the country and just take any kid they please!
Up with hope, down with Malawi.
Hamels is trying to adopt a child | Inquirer
Photo credit: Philly.com
It’s here! It’s finally here!
When we last saw our red pinstriped heroes in meaningful game action, they were finishing off their near-flawless playoff run by defeating those playful Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5b of the 2008 World Series.
Since then: we partied, we had a parade, Cole Hamels went on Letterman, Ellen and Dancing with the Stars, Utley had hip surgery, Sarge wrote a book, Hamels called the Mets “choke artists”, Burrell left, Ibanez came (yuck!), I had a kid, I met Sarge, J.C. got suspended, the Eagles lost, the Phillies practically re-signed their whole team, we got a new president, Zolecki left the Inqy, Spring Training began, Cole Hamels got the cover of SI, Adam Eaton got cut, Chase returned, Chan Ho Park won a job, Big Brown started mashing early, we waited, ‘Nova lost, and now…
The 2009 regular season starts tonight.
For the first time in 25 years, us Philadelphians get to go into the year as the defending World Fucking Champions. (by the way, my eternal gratitude goes Chase Utley for his help in making “World Fucking Champions” become a socially acceptable phrase) I’m not too sure what to expect or how I’m supposed to act as a fan of the reigning World Champs, but I’m definitely ready to find out.
Now let’s get out there and Defend Broad St. I see no reason why we can’t.
Seriously, do you think they want to give this beautiful trophy up?
Of course not.
So, if you aren’t one of the lucky ones that scored a ticket for Opening Night (like me), how about joining the scribes at The Fightins dot com for a kick-ass, expletive laden, barely coherent live blog tonight. I’ll be on the comp around 7:30 to get shit started with the pre-game festivities. Feel free to drop by any time after that.
After the jump, we’re steady gloggin’…
Number 2 –This:
Brett’s walk. Shane’s grand slam. Matt Stairs’ biggest home run of his 254+ career bombs. Burrell’s final at bat in red pinstripes. Brad Lidge’s perfect slider that Eric Hinske couldn’t hit even if you told him it was coming.
Found out the 1st, ATJ.
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