The Phillies released Adam Eaton today, still owing him $9.15 million dollars. No other teams will likely be dumb enough to sign him before he clears waivers, avoiding having to pay his huge, ridiculous contract. If anyone does pick him up after that, they will only be required to pay the Phillies $400,000. Ouch. But what would be more painful, is having to keep Eaton around any longer.
Eaton has got to be the luckiest idiot on the planet; he’s a millionaire, he gets a World Series ring and what did he do for it all? Nothing. Perhaps he could teach that trick to a few of us? It’s the least he can do for the two years of pathetic baseball he pitched for the Phillies fans. Glad as we are to end the Eaton-era, my question is, who will we pick on now?? :O)
A Blue Jays fan asked me at the game on Thursday if Shane Victorino was going to play for Team Hawaii. No kidding; he was very serious. I calmly explained to him that Hawaii was part of the United States and that, at that time, only Jimmy Rollins was scheduled to play for Team USA. I was tempted to see if he had ever heard of the state of Delaware, but was afraid I’d get the “Dela-where?” question. Canadians are fun. Anyway, it was announced today that Victorino would play for Team USA after all, replacing Grady Sizemore who is nursing an injury. Nice of them to include Shane as a real American :O)
Phillies Lose To Reds
The Phils went down to the Reds today, 10-3. However, the bats are beginning to wake up; Victorino went 2 for 3; Raul Ibanez and Greg Dobbs each went 1 for 2 with 1 RBI apiece; and former LA Dodger, Pablo Ozuna went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. JC Romero pitched 2 solid innings and Ryan Madson pitched 1 scoreless. The loss went to rookie Andrew Carpenter who gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks to start the game without recording an out.
The Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow at 1:05pm in a World Series reunion. Pat Burrell has chosen to make the trip to see his old teammates. Pictures to come! The game is sold out and should be the highlight of 2009 Spring Training to date.
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