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Why Blow It Up? June 6, 2013

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Call me a homer or what have you, but I really don’t think it’s necessary that the Phillies blow it up, and that all of these articles across the web saying so are just that typical “Negadelphianism” that happens an awful lot. Even if Hamels is somehow reverting to his 2009 form and Halladay is probably done (sad), we still have Cliff Lee blowing people away, and Kyle Kendrick somehow or another following closely behind. I hate the guy, but even Papelbon has been solid, and outside of Pettibone, the kids in the ‘pen need some work, which is fine by me, as long as they have Lee/Kendrick (wtf)/Hamels before them and Papelbon after them.

And that’s just on the mound. Dom Brown is quite obviously lighting it up, Utley’s not done yet, and Galvis and Hernandez still have more to prove. The Phillies aren’t going to win the World Series with the roster as is, but I think they’re closer than people give them credit for. Why should they blow it up? Why not retool and continue to take a shot?

Someday November 17, 2012

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Someday this site will be something.  I promise.  I kinda dropped the ball here, but I still have big plans for it.

Crosspost! Fuechse! Stomp Stomp Stomp May 30, 2012

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Handball is basically the greatest thing ever, I wish it were this big in America…

Original here: http://wordpress.philau.edu/germany2012/2012/05/30/fuechse-stomp-stomp-stomp/

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Crosspost! It’s a Small World After All May 19, 2012

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Life is funny sometimes.  And Austria is hot. Go Phillies.

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Crosspost! Nürnberg May 19, 2012

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On to Austria! Or not.  I don’t know.

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Crosspost! “Because I Am Here, and He Is Not.” May 17, 2012

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Day 3 of my European Vacation.  I didn’t get lost this time.

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Crosspost! Hallo An Alle May 16, 2012

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For the next three weeks, I’ll be in Europe studying abroad as part of a school trip (course credit for drinking German beer studying hard in a foreign country? say whaaat).  Part of the class requirements are to blog about our experiences on the class site here: http://wordpress.philau.edu/germany2012/ .  Along with that, I’ll also crosspost all of my posts over here, because that’s what a blog is for, or something.  Enjoy!

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Hang In There February 10, 2012

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I didn’t forget about you, life just got in the way, you know?  I fully intend to keep up with this, so keep checking it out.

#16: The Number 16 January 16, 2012

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For my color blind readers, this says "Sean Maguire is the greatest writer ever!"

When I was in the 3rd grade, our reading books for English class were always numbered (I think it was like 1-36), and they were given to us in alphabetical order.  I was given number 16.  It had become my number.  It was MINE.  The next year, in 4th grade, my homeroom teacher took attendance by assigning us a number and having us call it out.  Guess what mine was…

Yup.

#15: The 2002 Phillies January 15, 2012

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The 2002 Phillies sucked on ice.   But 2002 was the first year I started paying attention to baseball and the Phillies.  I was 10 years old.  Now, the Phillies may not have been very good, but they were my team and I loved every single one of them, except Jose Santiago, fuck that stiff.  Oh, and Scot Rolen. What a fucking traitor.  Oh, and Travis Lee, fuck that whiner.  But there were some interesting characters…

Doug Glanville, the hometown engineering student from Penn (what an egghead!).  Pat Burrell, the lady’s man (what that means to a 10 year old?  It meant all the ladies played his Playstation, of course!).  J-Roll, the young stud that was going to be the anchor for at least the next ten years.  Mike Lieberthal, the greatest catcher in team history.  Jeremy Giambi, who was the latest in a line of wrong brothers on the Phillies (holy hell could he mash the ball!).  Randy Wolf and his Wolfpack.  Vicente Padilla and his near no hitter.  Jose Mesa, aka Joe Table.

Listen, the team wasn’t very good.  But the players were fun, and 10 year olds love fun.

#14: The 2009 Phillies January 14, 2012

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2008 was a great run, but 2009, in my opinion, was an even funner ride.  We saw what this team could do (win the whole fuckin’ thing), and they only got better (adding such characters as Pedro fucking Martinez, Rauuuuuul Ibanez, and Chan Ho Park) on their way to their second straight pennant.  Perhaps it might not have been as fun without the reining WFC over our heads, but it seemed that 2009 was wire-to-wire ecstasy.  We lost in the World Series, but somehow it seemed OK.  I mean, the Yankees are stupid, but they absolutely outplayed us while we played our best, and we were the first team to make back-to-back World Serieseses since those Yankees in 2000 and 2001.  The end was disappointing, but it all seemed OK.  We were in a magical place, and everyone could feel it.

#13: The 2008 Phillies January 13, 2012

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:)

#12: The 2010 Phillies January 12, 2012

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As much of a dicktease as the 2011 playoffs were, 2010 was bigger.  It started off innocently enough, the team was reeling off two back-to-back pennants, and was the heavy favorite to win a third, especially so after trading for Roy Halladay, the best pitcher in baseball.  Even Opening Day showed promise, with an 11-1 pounding of the Washington Nationals, but at some point all the wheels fell off the wagon.  It seemed that everyone was injured.  We fell to second place.  Then, we fell back seven games.  All seemed lost.  But then suddenly the team got hot.  They won seven in a row, and then traded for the best available starting pitcher on the market, Roy Oswalt.  He had a rocky first start (breaking our win streak in the process), but after that he rattled off 7 straight wins to finish off the year.  By mid-August, the team had caught fire again and was now two games back of the hot, young Braves.  The Phillies retook first place on September 7th, and then took it for good four games later.  The Phillies brought back proper form in August-September, and went on to beat up competition again, and finished in first place by an astounding seven games.  All was right with the world.  The Phillies kept up the hot streak in the playoffs, including that one game, you know, that had a whole bunch of zeroes or something. Whatever.  And then they won the next two games to sweep the Reds.  Whatever, bring on the next sacrificial lamb, the juggernauts of the NL were doing their thing.

But then something went wrong.  As had been the trend lately, the hotter team heading into the playoffs went on the roll over their opponents.

Except this year, it wasn’t the Phillies.  It was the fucking San Francisco Giants.  I hated those guys.  They had that douchebeard Brian Wilson, that goddamn elf Cody Ross (who somehow managed to make his way from the Marlins to the Giants via waivers), turdface Aaron Rowand, and the overhyped Tim Lincecum.  The only redeeming qualities the Giants had were getting Pat Burrell his second ring, and that beautiful ballpark of theirs.  Grumble, grumble. Whatever, fuck the Giants.

Really, 2010 wasn’t meant to be.  That great three-month spell was a hell of streak, but 2010 just wasn’t our year.  But it was one heck of a year.  Perhaps, in fact, the most eventful one of recent memory.  So here’s to the awesome ride that was 2010.

#11: The 2011 Phillies January 11, 2012

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102 Wins.

Roy, Cliff, Cole, Roy.

Domonic Brown.

Hunter Pence.

There’s not really much more I can add here, I mean, this team was, with no slight trepidation, the greatest team to ever play in Philadelphia.  The only not awesome part?

Don't make me relive this.

Ugh. (via Washington Times)

…yeah.  I still love the man, but he gets really frustrating at times.

Ryan Madson Signs With Cincinnati January 11, 2012

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1 year deal, as per Jerry Crasnick on the Twinker.  I guess  he wasn’t opposed to a one-year deal, but was opposed to not closing.  In return, the Phillies are to be compensated with the 14th pick in next year’s June draft, which, according to Phuture Phillies, is the highest they’ve held since drafting the awesome Gavin Floyd 4th overall in 2001, as well as a sandwich pick in the early-to-mid-30s (exact pick TBD).  RIP Mad Dog, it was a great ride.

For more, read up at The700Level, as well as Phuturephillies.

Update: For some reason, the Red’s pick is protected under the old CBA, so instead of the 14th pick, they now get the 72nd pick (originally the Reds’ second rounder).  What a bummer.  We still get the 30-something sandwich pick, however.

#10: Kevin Millwood’s No Hitter January 10, 2012

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Kevin Millwood is surrounded by his teammates as he celebrates his April, 2003 no hitter against the San Francisco Giants (via ESPN)

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Back when the Phillies weren’t very good and I was just getting into the glorious sport of baseball, my dad took me (and usually my little sister) to a lot of Phillies games.  One of those games was April 27, 2003, also known as the day Kevin Millwood pitched the last no hitter in Veterans Stadium.  I don’t remember much of this game, I mostly rely on stories from my dad as well as the internet for resources.  One of those stories my dad has is this one: “Once he struck out Bonds in the 7th inning, it was that moment that I knew he was going to throw a no hitter.”  According to the baseball-reference boxscore linked above, that was the 7th inning, which is right around the same time I remember getting really excited that something good was about to happen.

I remember  the 9th inning.  Millwood had made it to two outs.  The stadium was about to erupt.  Grissom took a pitch, ball one.  Millwood sets up again.  Nails it in there. Grissom swings, makes contact.  Ball’s hit deep. Ledee chases it.  The ball keeps flying.  Ledee runs toward the wall, the ball in his sight.  The crowd is on its feet.  The wind is swirling.  The ball comes down.  Ledee makes a running grab.  He caught it! He caught it! Millwood pitched a no hitter!  Everyone is screaming!

I remember going to school the next day, very excited to tell my classmates about what I had witnessed.  To this day, that game there was one of my favorites.  In fact, all the way up until 2008 to the present, the 2003 Phillies were my favorite team to ever suit up in Philadelphia.  This team and that game will surely be one I tell my future kids about.

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