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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?

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#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.

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.

#9: Jim Thome January 9, 2012

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Jim Thome (via Wikipedia)

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Jim Thome. When I first started watching baseball, it was 2002. It was pretty cool watching guys like Burrell, Glanville, and Rollins play everyday but the team was kinda mediocre. But then that winter I started hearing rumors about the Phillies signing some guy from Cleveland who hits a lot of home runs. Now I didn’t know a lot about baseball yet, but home runs are always exciting to 11 year olds. Skip ahead however long, and then he has that press conference where he choked up a little about leaving Cleveland (and then he made a joke afterward!), he instantly became my favorite player. And then he went out and almost hit 50 home runs! And single-handedly made the Phillies playoff contenders! I really couldn’t like him any more, it was impossible.

The next year I started middle school, and they always have this book fair thing every fall. One time I was in there and I saw a Thome poster, and I knew I had to have it. That night I put it up over my head above my wall, and it’s been there ever since (I even brought it with me to college). It makes me feel safe at night. Even though he’s not a Phillies anymore, Jim Thome is still easily one of my favorite players, and that poster will stay above my head right up until the day it falls apart.

That day this winter when he signed himself back, I couldn’t have been happier.  I was walking to the wood shop that night, and I literally danced on my way for awhile (no one was looking, of course).  The fact that my boyhood idol came back to my team for a very, very good chance at his first ring really makes me giddy for this spring.

Even though it wasn’t in Philadelphia pinstripes, I’m glad he got to 600 home runs. The twelve year old me hopes he stays with the Phillies long enough to hit 700 (how cool would that be?), maybe even 763 (!!!), but the 20 year old me knows that won’t happen. I’ll just be glad if he finally gets his ring.

Greg Golson Traded November 20, 2008

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Scott Lauber breaking the news. It seems that new GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. is not afraid to make daring, original deals. The Phillies traded the double-A prospect to the Texas Rangers for power-hitting prospect John Mayberry, Jr.  I think this deal adds another potential bat into the mix for left field, if Pat T. Bat leaves as a free agent.  I like the  deal.  It’s basically a speed prospect-for-hitting prospect deal.  Mayberry is primarily a left fielder, and split his time  between AAA and AA, and I think he could make a fine replacement for Burrell in the 5-hole.

[Ed.’s Note: I’ll get numbers up eventually (yeah right).  I’m too tired right now, and NBC Thursday is on, as  well as Dodgeball on FX.]

What the Coco Crisp Deal Means To The Phillies November 19, 2008

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Earlier today, it was announced that the Red Sox traded outfielder Coco Crisp (please, no breakfast cereals jokes) to the Royals for middle reliever Ramon Ramirez. Crisp started the year off as the Sox’s starting center fielder, but ended it as a platoon with center fielder of the future, Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox had made it known publicly that they wanted more bullpen help, and with the addition of Ramirez (who is likely going to be the Sox’s primary setup man behind Jonathan Papelbon), which enables them to move righty Justin Masterson into to the rotation, where he is more comfortable.

This deal likely lessens free agent pitchers A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe’s bargaining power. The Red Sox figured to be a major player in the “bidding war” for either (or both) of these quality starters. With the bullpen likely settled, and Masterson in the rotation, the 2007 World Champions are likely set with pitching. This means, now, that the Phillies could swing in and pick one up (however unlikely that is).

On a lesser scale, the Royals were considered far-fetched suitors for Pat Burrell. I say far-fetched because they most definitely do not have the money it would take to afford the former #1 pick. However, this does not put them out of the running completely. If they trade away David DeJesus and/or Mark Teahen (as expected), and if they somehow garnered some cash, a deal could be made for the slugger.

In short, this deal means that Derek Lowe, A.J. Burnett, and Pat Burrell all have lost at least some bargaining power, which makes them all the more sweeter for the reigning world champions of baseball.

Ruben Amaro, Jr. to Be Named GM November 2, 2008

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Pat Gillick is going to officially retire on top, and his assistant Amaro is going to be named his successer. In a shocking move, Mike Arbuckle (who I considered the better man) is going to leave the organization and find better opportunities (another GM opening?) after losing out in the “two-man sweepstakes.” All of this is unofficial, of course, until Monday when the GM meetings kick off in California. It is not known whether or not other high-ranking officials will follow Arbuckle out the door.

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Game 5 Play-By-Play October 27, 2008

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I didn’t intend to do this, but I figured that this game was too important not to do. If the Phillies win today (and take NOTHING for granted), then the parade will be Wednesday afternoon, but I’m not sure what time exactly.

On to the PBP. As with Games 1 and 2, this is going to cover all plays in the game as best as I can (plus a few extra tidbits), big plays boldified, and grammar be damned.

What a  game, huh?  If you wanna “relive” the magic, click for more. (more…)

Game 3 Play By Play October 24, 2008

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…is not gonna be done by me. now, I know I said that about Game 2, and then went back on my word, but this time I mean it. I’ve got schedule conflicts, and definitely will not happen…maybe.

Scratch that. My plans have been canceled, and Game 3 play-by-play is BACK ON, if there is a game. See you then!

PREGAME

Rain delay. Till Death sucks. Rain, rain, go away.

EDIT: F*ck it. Game’s not gonna be on until 10, which means it won’t be over until 1:30 am. So, forget it. Sorry, folks.

EDIT II: If you wan’t commentary, as oppposed to pbp, join me at Back She Goes! in this thread.

2008 World Series- Game 2 Play-By-Play Recap October 23, 2008

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Here we go again. I’m going to attempt to cover the game play-by-play, pitch-by-pitch as best I can. Brett Myers takes the mound tonight against James Shields, as the Phillies try to get a two game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays, and take it back home to Philly. Like yesterday, big plays are bolded, and grammar will be damned.

POLL!

PREGAME

Tim McCarver misses the opening speech, my guess is, he went to the can.

PHILLIES LINEUP: RAYS LINEUP:

JRoll, SS Iwamura, 2B

Werth, RF Upton, CF

Utley, 2B Pena, 1B

Howard, 1B Longoria, 3B

Burrell, LF Crawford, LF

Victorino, CF Floyd, DH

Dobbs, DH Navarro, C

Feliz, 3B Baldelli, RF

Ruiz, C Bartlett, SS

Myers, P Shields, P

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2008 World Series: Game 1 Play-By-Play October 22, 2008

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I’m going to try to do play-by-play for this whole, entire game. I’m gonna update it every inning, and boldify the important plays. Am I crazy? Probably, but, lets see how it goes.

EDIT: ho, boy. This was crazy-hard to do. Unless one of my faithful reader(s) wants to do it, there’s no way I’m gonna do this again. This is too long, so I’m putting it after the phold.

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Not One, Not Two, Not Three, But FOUR Posts For The Price Of One (Plus two polls!) October 21, 2008

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POST ONE: Today is a holiday

First, it’s the 28th anniversary of the last time time the Phillies won a Championship (1980, for those who can’t do math), but more importantly, it’s my birthday (Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…). This is the second World Series in my lifetime, but only the first that I remember. Hopefully, this one will end better…

POST TWO: J.D. Durbin has Been Released

WOOHOO!!! I hate this guy. I’ve seen him several times this year at both AAA Lehigh Valley, and AA Reading. He S-U-C-K-E-D. The first start that I saw him (one of his first starts), he gave up 6 runs in a third of an inning. Yes, that gives him an ERA of 18.00 for JUST THE ONE START! C’MON! I can do better!!

POST THREE: Pessimists Never Win

Since the beginning of the season, I said that the Philllies wouldn’t make the playoffs. I knew they’d be good, but I didn’t see them as a serious playoff threat, and that 2007 was a fluke. I felt this all the way through the year, even though the team proved me so very, very, very wrong so many, many, many times. Even when they were a lock for the playoffs, I kept saying they wouldn’t make it. And I held on to this. Until they made it. Then what did I do? I played the pessimist card again. I said that I would be surprised if they could win one game against the power-heavy Brewers. How wrong I was. They then made it in 4, and what did I say this time? Manny and the Dodgers were gonna take the Phillies in 5 or 6, and lose to the Sox in the WS. That’s so wrong, it’s laughable. but now what am I doing? I’m jumping back on the Phillies bandwagon and saying Phillies in 7!! Although, following my current trends (NERD), I probably shouldn’t predict stuff. I’m 0-life in this postseason. Ahh, the heck with it. GO PHILLIES!!

POST FOUR: Why The World Series Has Convinced Me To Vote (if i could) For Obama

Throughout this whole “political season”, I couldn’t decide who to vote for. I generally didn’t agree with McCain (and I REALLY don’t like Palin), but I didn’t think Obama had enough experience. He’s too young, and hasn’t been in the Senate for too long (I believe). I thought the same thing of the Devil Rays this fall when they made the playoffs. What have they done? They advanced past two pairs of Sox (baaaad pun), and are in their first ever World Series. They have a serious chance of winning the championship, despite all the inexperience up and down the roster. If the Rays can make the World Series, why can’t Obama win? Forget what Curt Schilling or anyone else tells you, Obama is the way to go.

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