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Win Your Very Own Copy Of “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly”
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As you’ve probably heard, Phillies beat writer extraordinaire and friend of The Fightins, Todd Zolecki, is about to release his first book under the publishing company Triumph Books entitled, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments From Philadelphia Phillies History.”

Since Todd is such a good guy, he forced Triumph to send us 3 copies to do whatever we please with. And what pleases us is pleasing you, so I figured I’d hold a Phillies-centric contest and choose three winners to receive their very own copy. I say “Phillies-centric” contest because I believe one should at least have some knowledge of my favorite team in order to win the book.

After the jump, I’ve assembled a grade school-style matching quiz that will test your knowledge of Phillies players and their corresponding on-the-field quirks. Once you’ve correctly matched all eight of the players and their habit, simply fire off an e-mail to FightinsContest[at]Gmail[dot]com (Subject header “ZOLECKI”) and your entry will be graded for accuracy. If you’re one of the lucky ones to go 8-for-8, your answer sheet will then be thrown in a pile and I’ll pick the three random winners at the conclusion of the contest

The contest will end promptly at 3:59pm EST on Monday, February 22nd, 2010.

Get your quiz on, after the jump.

FYI: When sending the answers, simply write the matching number and letter, no need to write out the whole thing. Good luck.

zolecki match test
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Remember, send your answers to FightinsContest[at]Gmail[dot]com.

Thanks for playing.

Oh, and you could always just buy the book if your knowledge of Phillies mannerisms isn’t so hot:

  • Shawn

    Done & Done! Answers Sent!

  • Joe D

    How long until someone posts their answers as a comment?

  • maria

    That was fun. There should be one a month. If for nothing else, pride.

  • Joe D

    I see from Lauber’s tweet that Hamels talked to John Wetteland about throwing a cutter….hopefully he talked to him about getting roids too.

  • Lynniemac

    Finally, a test for which I actually studied.

  • shocksterman

    God Bless the Phillies!

    Seeing the site really rolling already with silly quizzes to keep me busy and Mets players making stupid predictions and radio hosts making stupid proclamations makes my heart all warm and fuzzy

  • Jdashdog

    Daaayum teach! These tests be mad hard, yo.

  • maxL

    Jesus I suck at this. If I do enter, half of my answers are going to be wild guesses.

  • Todd Zolecki

    Damn, I’m glad I don’t have to take this quiz. It’s tough!

  • Ghettoduce

    The guy for ‘rests bat in crotch area between pitches’ does it in the MLB 2k9 game too. Of all the habits players have it always seemed like a peculiar one to feature in a shitty video game.

  • World Forking Champions ’11

    Damnit, I only got about 4 of these right :(

  • Bobby D

    I love that iconic picture of Tyler Walker and Chooch on the cover.

  • World Forking Champions ’11

    No Bobby, that picture is of Tyler Walker and…Tyler Walker?

  • Tim McCarver

    um, its Ruez

  • freddie the k

    Answers submitted. I am more anxious about these test results than that oral swab test I had to take a few months back when… Oh, nevermind.

  • Gaze_NJ

    Pencils down, here.

    Submitted. I have a feeling there will be more 8 for 8s than there will be people who get them wrong. Visiting this site is the equivalent of having an open book.

  • maria

    Also, I wouldn’t want to sway or have you fix” who the winners are, but I’ll just say my birthday is Tuesday (22th) and I could think of no better present.

  • ThatTomGuy

    Just sent it in. I hope I win because I love Zolecki’s stuff.

  • PhillyCuban

    I had 2 left before I wasnt sure, but I think I got them right. Was close to ordering the book myself a couple days ago, but Ill think about it for awhile now until the contest is over at least

  • John

    What the fuck ever, this blog always talks about the most errelavant bullshit. ST started and you monkeys are talking about crap I don’t care about as always. YAWN

  • HummerX

    oh god, if this was like, the middle of May i could do this easily. I need to research

  • kraeer

    John, nice spelling.

  • will.H

    John, how do you type with Downs?

  • Watrick

    Answers submitted. Please take note of the way I submitted them. I think it deserves a copy of the book just for my creativity.

  • thekdotcom


    “Phillies news that has little to do with baseball.”

    P.S. Monkeys don’t talk about crap. They throw it.

  • John Kruk’s Lonely Nut

    Hey John, take your dad’s tubesteak out of your mouth and type something coherent you purplemonkeydishwasher.

  • gm-carson

    Hey John- go read a newspaper if you want the same old boring hashed out, color by number bullshit. Seriously, The Fightins and some other Phils-centric blogs are entertaining, get with slapnut!

  • Amandah

    Hey John, it’s Friday. The day you rub up against women on the subway and then go home and wag off while putting a dust buster on your balls to make it feel like a nut-lapping.

  • Heathcliff Slocumb


    Well, not really. E-Z if you spend all of your free time between April and October on nothing but Phillies.

    Good shit. Glad it wasn’t dumb crap you could Google.

  • Anthony

    As usual, the guys with the stupid comments can’t spell either. It’s “irrelevant” John, you genius.
    What, exactly, do you care about?
    I know 4 of those answers. The others would be guesses. Don’t they all like ice cream?

  • Gaze_NJ

    who DOESN’T enjoy Ice Cream? I could house a pint of Graham Slam right now….

  • fuck the mets

    Am I eligible?


    You certainly are.

  • J-D

    So, ESPN is reporting that Ed Wade is getting a two year extension. How many more former Phils can get rack up on his roster?

  • Max

    $10 bucks says he’s on the phone with the Nats’ GM this very second to get Bruntlett back.

  • Sal Fasano’s Beard

    I love this website.

  • Argive

    I bet Ed Wade lies awake at night wondering how that crafty SOB who runs the Twins managed to snatch Clay Condrey away.

  • thekdotcom

    Am I nitpicking if I point out that it says the contest ends Monday, February 21st but that Monday is actually the 22nd?


    haha, not at all. I’ll fix it.

  • maria
  • Sal Fasano’s Beard

    Rod Barajas had more RBIs in a three game series against the Phils then the whole season he played for the Phils. hahaha

  • game5

    I’ll wait and buy the book. Brain not working currently.

  • Lynniemac

    Note to Phillies coaching staff: immediately inform all players that in games with the Mets, they should attempt to slide through Barajas’ legs on all plays at the plate. Aim for his vagina.

  • erk

    shooot i think i mixed up raul and jayson

  • will.H

    lynnie, i had that same philosophy through all 4 years old college.


  • Ray

    i hope i’m the first to pass this little piece of gold along:

  • Phylan

    While that is hilarious, I swear I read somewhere that, if you adjust for inflation, the deferment ends up costing the Mets less than if they had paid it all out to him at the time.

  • Watrick

    Of course the numbers guy would know that….

  • Phylan

    Well “I swear I read somewhere” is about as reliable as “someone forwarded me an email that said” so take it with a grain of salt

  • dlhunter


    No, you’re not.

    PS- Chan Ho to the Evil Empire.

    I’m burning my tshirt at dawn.

  • John Russo

    Nice little quiz. I think I got 8/8 (I better have since I have a blog haha). If I don’t win the book, I’m definately buying it. Zo is an excellent writer.

  • waaaah

    now that the contest is over what are the correct answers

  • Watrick

    And who won?

  • Jdashdog

    lolz John Russo you should fix your URL (since you have a blog)

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