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A Phil-Tastic Easter

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The Phillies began the day by putting catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-Day DL, noting that they are unsure of his actual return date from a right oblique strain.  Lou Marson, 22, who performed very well this spring, was called up to fill in; he and Chris Coste will share time behind the plate.  While it is sad to have lost Ruiz, this is a great opportunity for Marson to get some big league experience; plus, he is way more adorable than Ruiz, for which I award him bonus points :O)  A Happy Easter for the rookie, seen to the right in his Easter Egg costume.  Marson is even cuter in pastels.

Utley chicken.jpgAlso celebrating Easter with us here is Chase Utley, dressed as the Chutley Chicken;

Utley is off to a great start this year, batting .444 so far.  The surgically repaired hip is lookin’ good!  Tonight, Utley went 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored in the 8-4 win over the Rockies.   Ryan Howard redeemed himself tonight, after hitting into 3 double plays yesterday, by nailing a 3-run double in the 3rd inning.  Jimmy Rollins, however, is not having a fun year thus far, as he continues his struggles at the plate; Rollins is batting just .130 and went 1 for 5 in today’s game. 

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However, I am sure that the bunny costume I have prepared for his Easter celebration will cheer him up.  Who doesn’t love fluffy bunnies?

Brett Myers, while not having the best outing ever, did manage to keep the game in hand.  Myers pitched a full 7 innings with 4 hits and 4 runs surrendered.  3 of those hits were home runs, which continues to be an issue; but in all, he got the job done.  He also managed to recover quickly and without issue from his minor emotional outbursts, which is very good news for the Phillies.  After being seen in the dugout throwing a water bottle and cussing up a storm, he came out the next inning and sent the Rockies down in order. 

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And his reward?  Myers gets to celebrate Easter dressed as a marshmallow peep :O)

Aside from dressing up as bunnies, chicks, eggs and peeps, the Phillies will have to play ball on Easter Day tomorrow.  They finish their series with the Rockies at 3:10pm on Sunday afternoon.  Break out the jelly beans, veg-out in front of the TV, and enjoy the game!

 

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Phillies Fan Tossed Out Of Mets Citi Field

No, this is not an April Fools joke.  Reed Frazier, a Phillies fan who was working as a cameraman at the Mets new home, Citi Field, was told he could either remove his Phillies rain jacket or leave the building.  stomp jacket.jpgFrazier, told by his boss to wear rain gear, did not see a problem with his jacket. 

It wasn’t even a Mets game; it was the stadiums opening game with the Red Storm vs. Georgetown.  Despite pleading his case that the jacket did not affect his job in anyway, he was still asked to leave. 

Personally, I think he should sue for discrimination.  If they were not going to provide him with a uniform or company rain gear, they had no right to tell him what logo he could and could not have on his jacket.  Poor guy.  Well, just let the Mets try to tell opposing fans who paid ridiculous prices for a ticket that they cannot come inside.  In fact, I’d be happy to go to a Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field, dressed in all Phillies gear, just to see what would happen.  But I am not going to pay more than 3x’s the price to see the Phils play in New York as compared with my ticket price in Philly.  If anyone else would like to pay for me to go though, that’s fine :O)  Just remember hospital bills may factor in… :O)

In other news, RHP Bobby Mosebach has been offered back to the Angels and they decided to take him.  That leaves 3 relief pitchers and 2 spots to fill; JA Happ, Jack Taschner and Gary Majewski will battle for those spots.  Happ pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief today against the Yankees and did not fair too well; he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Happ may have difficulty adjusting to the pen as this is a role he is not used to.  Taschner and Majewski each pitched a scoreless inning in yesterday’s rout of the Blue Jays. 

I am still crossing my fingers and toes that Gary Sheffield does not land in Philly.  There have been rumors about Andruw Jones as well, but again, this guy is also way past his prime.  In 2007, Jones hit .222 and far worse in 2008 with an average of .158 as mostly a pinch hitter.  P2222328 cairo.jpgThe Phillies need a pinch hitter, but not one batting .158.  We already have Miguel Cairo who has performed pretty well this Spring and can still play the field; he is also versatile and can play multiple positions.  If it were up to me at this point, I would go with Cairo.  You still have Matt Stairs for power and Greg Dobbs for, well, just about everything!  Chris Coste can be use off the bench too.

But of course, nothing is up to me…Mr. Amaro needs to work it out.  Unless he would like a consultant…if so, I am available.  Call me ;O)

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Food For Thought

Although the Phillies outhit the Red Sox today and racked up 7 walks, they lost the game 3-1 as a result of having 12 men left on base.  The 4th inning was a great example of the trouble the Phils had closing the deal; Raul Ibanez singled off Jon Lester, followed by a Pedro Feliz double.  With runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs, John Mayberry popped out.  Keeping the inning alive, Chris Coste earned a walk to load the bases; but then Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino went down in order to end the threat.

The good news is that the Phillies made a habit out of this last year and still won the World Series.  The bad news is, lightning usually does not strike twice in the same place.  Not to say they cannot repeat, because they are more than capable, but the offense needs to solve the issue of leaving men on base to add to their chances.  Plus, many Phillies hitters are behind schedule from where they would normally be this time of year because of injuries like those of Coste, Feliz and Chase Utley.  Rollins and Victorino are also behind in the number of at-bats they should have because of the WBC.  Just a few thoughts for our offense to chew on.

Cole Hamels is also running behind, not only due to the elbow injury, but his rehab was further delayed today when the minor league game he was set to pitch in was reportedly cancelled due to rain.  The rest of the Phillies pitchers however, appear to be right on track. 

Joe Blanton has pitched very well this spring and gave up only 4 hits and 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings today against a strong Red Sox line-up.  We are all waiting now to see the new Phillie, Jack Taschner get into a game so we can see what he has to offer.  Aside from that question mark, the regulars in the pen look ready to go.

P7306527 Lidge.jpgAnd since we are on the subject of food, I just read an article about big league food in the MLB Insiders magazine by Jeremiah Sullivan.  According to Lance Berkman, the major leaguer with the biggest appetite is his former teammate, Brad Lidge.  “Brad Lidge will eat any and everything in sight,” says Berkman.  “It doesn’t matter what it is, he constantly crushes food.  He eats more than any other human being that I’ve seen in my entire life.  And everything has Tabasco sauce on it.”  Ok, gross.  P2222396 Utley.jpgSo what sort of food does All-Star Chase Utley like best?  “Sushi day is definitely my favorite,” says Utley.  “It is only served once every few home stands – that isn’t often enough.”  Raw fish; good to know.  Between that and the Tabasco sauce, I may never eat again.

And today marks 1 week until Opening Night in Philadelphia!  Whoo Hooo!  But until then, grapefruit league action will continue with the Phillies taking on Mr. Berkman and his Astros at 1:05pm tomorrow.

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Talking Trash / Paulino Traded

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The Phillies have revealed a new line of ballpark merchandise, food and other items; one of those items was a talking trash can.  Phil The Can,” a recyclable fan, is a talking robot / trash can.  Apparently, his job is to encourage fans to keep the ballpark clean and, of course, to recycle.  If you attempt to throw a plastic bottle away, rumor has it that “Phil” will clamp down on your arm and hold you hostage until the Green Police arrive to whip you with a wet soybean.  And if a non-Phillies fan walks near “Phil The Can”, this trash tracker will begin to trash talk the unsuspecting fan with Cole Hamels-like taunts of “choke artist!” and the like.  Vicious little guy; and he looks so innocent.  Go figure.

Going Green

In addition to the crazy talking trash can, the Phillies have stepped up their Green efforts for the 2009 season.  The park facilities manager, Global Spectrum, has committed to increasing recycle efforts at the park from 15% to 20-25% this year.  The Phillies have also added a new line of organic merchandise which will include tote bags made from recycled materials and a clothing line with hats, tees and socks.

Going Gold

gold jersey.jpgThe Phils revealed the new gold trimmed jerseys that they will be wearing only on Opening Night, April 5th, which include a gold

trimmed World Series patch.  After that night, the jerseys will be auctioned off for charity and the boys will wear their regular, non-Royalty like jerseys with the regular World Series patch the rest of the year.  Fans willing to shell out about $185 can buy a replica of the fancy jerseys and act out their own King of the Hill fantasies :O)

Going Blue

The Phillies have switched the batting helmets to be worn with their alternate home jerseys from red to blue.  The new blue helmets feature a red brim; replica’s of the helmet will be given out to kids 14 and under at the May 31st game.

Going Yard

Jayson Werth and Matt Stairs each smacked a home run today in the Phillies 6-5 loss to the Astros.  Eric Bruntlett, Pedro Feliz, Shane Victorino and Werth each had a 2 hit game, with Chris Coste collecting an RBI on a sac fly.  Brett Myers gave up 1 home run to the Astros Miguel Tejada; Myers lasted 5 1/3 innings and also surrendered 8 hits and 4 runs. 

Going To San Francisco

Ronny Paulino has been traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for left-handed reliever, Jack Taschner, 37, according to beat-writer Todd Zolecki.  With the Giants for 4 years, Taschner has a lifetime ERA of 5.01 in 140 innings pitched with 8 saves and an 8-4 record.  Hopefully, he can help fill the 50-game left-handed void left by JC Romero’s ridiculous suspension.

Phillies travel to Bradenton, FL tomorrow to take on the Pirates at 1:05pm.  The game will air on Comcast Sportsnet – tune in!

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Madson Sticks Up For Romero

Early in March, Ryan Madson called into the Preston & Steve radio show on WMMR and gave a very entertaining interview.  I managed to snag a clip from that interview; the segment you will hear begins with Madson defending teammate JC Romero for what most have come to see for what it is; a totally bogus and ridiculous 50 game suspension.  Madson shares his thoughts on the subject.  After that, you will hear a very funny story about how Madson celebrated his World Series victory at a TGI Friday’s in Southern NJ.  I am not kidding; apparently, he is there so often, that he even hangs out and plays video games with the staff.  You will have to hear it for yourself:

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In other news, the Phillies took a pounding today from the Yankees in grapefruit league action; but on the upside, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard went back to back with the long ball in the first inning.  Sadly, the scoring ended there. 
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Carlos Carrasco got some work in; he pitched 5 innings, gave up 6 hits, 4 runs and a walk.  Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning and looks like he is ready to go, injury free.  Poor Scott Eyre had what one might term as an “off” day, surrendering 5 runs in 1 inning, 3 of which came off home runs.  It was looking like the inning that may never end for Eyre; he probably couldn’t wait to get out of there.  Relax though…it’s only Spring Training!  Take 2 and call me in the morning…

Another player who may have been experiencing a somewhat long day was Ronny Paulino.  Rumor has it that Paulino is up for grabs and the Phillies will be trying to showcase him to other teams in the next week or so. 
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As such, Paulino played all 9 innings today.  Paulino had 1 hit in today’s game, bringing his average to .194, but that is certainly not a lot of bait to reel in many potential suitors.  Regardless, this is good news for Chris Coste who now appears to be a lock for the back-up catching spot.  Phillies fans everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief for Coste :O)

The Phillies will travel to Kissimmee, FL tomorrow, right next door to one of the happiest places on earth, to take on the Houston Astros at 1:05pm.  If anyone returns wearing Mouse ears, I hope someone will send me a photo.  Thank you in advance :O)

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Creeping Slowly Towards Opening Day…


While we wait for Opening Day to arrive, the Phillies got in some more grapefruit league action today, just barely squeaking out a win against the Blue Jays.  
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Trailing 6-4 going into the 9th inning, they mounted a comeback, scoring 3 runs.  The tension grew thicker in the bottom of the 9th when pitcher Gary Majewski loaded the bases, thanks in part to an error on Miguel Cairo.  But Majewski managed to avoid disaster and pitched out of the jam.

Chan Ho Park started the game and went 4 innings with 4 hits given up, 3 earned runs and 1 walk; he also struck out 7.  Not a great outing, but not bad either.  Yesterday, JA Happ pitched 5 innings against the Yankees and only surrendered 1 earned run on 5 hits, but he also walked 3 batters.  The two pitchers are still very close in the contest for the 5th starters spot, but after today, Happ may have a slight edge. 

For the offense today, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth both went deep; Werth had 2 hits and one RBI on the homer and Utley racked up 3 RBI, including his 2-run blast.  Pedro Feliz went 2 for 5, which is encouraging; he has been slow at the plate since rehabbing from his back surgery.  Looks as if he and Utley are nearly at full speed.

Ryan Howard Tattoo Update

So a few weeks ago I reported that Howard got a new tattoo in early March; sorry this took a while, but my friend who was with Howard when he got the tattoo had her computer blow-up. 

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She is back on-line and yesterday morning, she sent me the following information:  The tattoo is based on his nickname; it is a hooded Samurai warrior with swords and in the background, there is a large Japanese Dojo and a sunset.  Also interesting to note, a day or so after he got the tattoo, he was nailed with a ball in the arm, right where the new and still healing tattoo is!  The ball caused the tattoo to scar up, but apparently Ryan liked the effect and left it as is.  So, there you have it; a scarred up Samurai.

Battle of the Backstops

It was said at the beginning of Spring that the back-up catcher’s job was Chris Coste’s to lose.  So far, Ronny Paulino has done nothing to take the job away from Coste.  Paulino is batting only .185 in 12 games played with 3 hits in 27 at-bats.  Although Coste is off to a slow start after a hamstring injury, the Phillies know what Coste is capable of both at and behind the plate.  So, unless a miracle occurs for Paulino, it is likely that Coste keeps the job.

P2242901 Marson.jpgAs for the 22-year old catcher, Lou Marson, he has been sent to triple A.  Marson was happy about the assignment for several reasons; last year, except for a brief September call-up, Marson spent the year in double A, so this represents a promotion for him.  Also, as a back-up in the majors, Marson would not get a lot of playing time, thus limiting his opportunities to learn and develop as a player.  Marson told beat-writer, Todd Zolecki, “I’m moving up a level; I know I got called up in September, but I was in Double-A the whole year.  I’m moving up a level.  That’s all I can ask for.  There are a lot of guys that would like to be in my situation, playing every day.  I can’t complain at all.  I’m happy about it.”  This kid is so darn cute, you just want to pinch his cheeks. :O)  Great player, great attitude and he is really grounded for his age.  Let’s hope the Phillies keep him around.

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Blanton Mows Down The Marlins


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The Phillies Joe Blanton and the Marlins’ Chris Volstad battled today for King of the Hill.  Each gave up one hit and struck out 3 with the only differences being that Blanton pitched 2 more innings (6) than Volstad (4) and the only hit off Blanton was a bunt single.  Winner: Blanton.  And the Phillies went on to win the game, 5-1.

Chris Coste, who has been struggling to get back in the swing of things since his hamstring injury, officially got his first hit and first RBI of the Spring today.  Coste probably breathed a big sigh of relief after that; in an interview with Scott Palmer earlier this month, Coste told Palmer that he believes “hitting is so mental” and talks about his “mental and physical bat speed.”  The home run he refers to at the beginning was during a scrimmage.  See what Coste has to say about coming back from his injury:

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Most Phillies fans are pulling for Coste to keep his job as the back-up catcher to Carlos Ruiz, so this is a good step forward.  The other option is Ronny Paulino who the Phils picked up from the Pirates in the off-season, but Paulino does not appear to have the consistency at the plate that Coste does; Paulino is batting only a .200 so far this Spring.  Lou Marson could step in, but he is probably better off staying in the minors one more year to gain experience and get his at-bats.

Cole Watch

All eyes are on Cole Hamels as he begins to throw after a sore elbow sidelined him a few days ago.  Hamels did some long-tossing with Jamie Moyer today and reported afterwards that he felt good; no more soreness except at the site he received the cortisone injection.

And as fascinated as we are with the arm, more people seem to be interested in what the World Series MVP is driving these days.  Check out this photo from The 700 Level:Cole minivan.jpg

Yes, that is a minivan you see him driving.  Not very macho, you say?  Well then, add this to it: 

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Cole also owns a small, white, fluffy yip-yip dog.  Last Spring Training, I watched as his wife drove him out of the stadium; Hamels had her stop the car so he could say hello.  As he rolled down the window, the yipping dog put his tiny paws on the window sill and bounced around in Cole’s lap.  While I was too stunned to grab my camera, the photo to the right shows approximately what the dog looked like.

You may have varying opinions on the subject, but any man who is so unconcerned with his image that he drives around with a fuzzy ankle biter in his lap while traveling in a grocery getter, has got to be very secure in his own self-image; oh, and it also probably means he is filthy rich.  When you have that much money, really, who cares what anyone else thinks?  Just my opinion :O)

 

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