Tagged: Gary Sheffield

Under The Big Top


After the oddities involved in yesterday’s Phillies-Mets match-up, including a game-ending unassisted triple play, the circus act continued into the beginning of today’s game.  Yesterday, the Phillies hit two 3-run homers in the first inning; today, they only managed one 3-run homer in the first inning, but still an amazing feat.  Ryan Howard provided the power after Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch and Chase Utley walked.  Victorino also stole second and then wound up on third base after a throwing error that same inning, leaving the Mets looking like a pack of clowns.

But the spectacle got even weirder in the bottom half of the 1st; Chase Utley must have taken up juggling in his spare time, because that is exactly what he did with a routine pop-up from the first hitter for the Mets, Angel Pagan.  Utley dropped the ball as Pagan sped around the bases and then proceeded to join the Mets clown troop by throwing the ball away into left field.  The double error allowed Pagan to round the bases and score.  Pagan is the same Met who wound up with an inside-the-park homer in the 1st inning of yesterday’s game after Victorino became confused over the Citi Field ground rules and did not field a ball that got stuck under the outfield wall padding.

Next, Jayson Werth put on his clown suit as he over ran a ball to right field, stumbled around trying to catch it on a hop and looked absolutely ridiculous doing it.  Gary Sheffield wound up with a triple and eventually scored.  And this was only the 1st inning.

Oh yes, the circus has indeed come to town.  But Sheffield, despite his triple, was next in line to receive his badge of silliness as in the 2nd inning, he too dropped a routine pop-up which came off the bat of Phillies catcher, Paul Bako

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I suppose he did not Utley to feel alone in his humiliation.  Hey thanks, Gary!

But after the 2nd inning, things began to calm down and Cliff Lee was amazing, yet again.  Ignoring the shoddy defense at the start of the game, he buckled down and pitch 7 solid innings, allowing 6 hits and NO earned runs.  Both Mets runs were unearned due to the Utley errors.  Lee is now 5-0 as a Phillie and has yet to even walk a batter!  Lee is the anti-clown; just amazing.

Howard hit another homer (say that 5 times fast) in the 3rd inning and the 2-run shot plus the 3-run shot earlier was all the offense Lee needed to notch the win.  But just for fun, Raul Ibanez knocked in one more in the 9th inning on a double to left that scored Utley.

Chan Ho Park and Brad Lidge took the 8th and 9th inning respectively and shut down the Mets.  Lidge looked good which is excellent news, especially considering he went into a non-save situation and still got the job done cleanly.

Player of the Week

Jayson Werth has been on fire!  Whatever has been lit under his backside recently has earned him Player of the Week honors for the National League.  Werth led the majors with 5 home runs and 29 total bases plus he hit .440 for the week.  Today, he did not have a hit in the game, but did walk three times.  Congrats to Jayson!

Unlikely Hero

Eric “I am only hitting .158” Bruntlett has been asked to send his jersey to the Hall of Fame.  Yesterday, Bruntlett turned an unassisted, game-ending triple play after a horrible start to the inning where he committed 1 official error and bobbled another ball that was eventually scored a hit.  But redemption is sweet as Bruntlett not only saved the game, but he made history in the process.

This will actually be the 2nd item for Bruntlett in the Hall; last year, he donated his “Elmer Fudd” cold-weather, ear-flap cap from the World Series.

Next Up

The Phillies are on their way to Pittsburgh to begin a 3-game series with the Pirates tomorrow.  Joe Blanton will take the mound for the Phillies; game time is 7:05pm.


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Whew! SO Happ-Y!

Relief washed over me as I read the news that Gary Sheffield is NOT coming to Philly.  Whew!  Instead, he will be hanging with our rival New York Mets and frankly, that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :O)  For various reasons I mentioned earlier this week, I was not happy about the prospects of the problem-child Sheffield joining our currently relaxed and serene Phillies clubhouse.  Sheffield is at best a distraction and at worst the destroyer of all things peaceful; he should fit right in with the Mets ;O)  You have to wonder though; did the Phillies fake interest in Sheffield just to get the Mets to take him?  Hmmmm…

I am also Happ-Y today because JA Happ has made the 25-man roster as a relief pitcher; the boy pitched his butt off this spring and deserved a spot.  P3024925 JA Happ.jpgJack Taschner, recently acquired from the Giants, will fill the last bullpen spot.  That means there is no room left at the inn for Gary Majewski, who will start the year in the minors.

The Phillies are currently in the 3rd inning against the Rays in pre-season action; score is 1-0, Rays, thanks to a

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Pat Burrell RBI single.  The Phillies honored Burrell’s previous 9-year run with the Phillies today by handing out a commemorative Burrell photo to all fans in attendance and they also showed a Burrell tribute video before the start of the game.  I have yet to see the video, but will try to get my hands on it eventually.  Nice move by the Phils all around.  Burrell will also be in attendance on Wednesday for the World Series Ring Ceremony!

There is one game left in this On Deck Series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm and then, it is on to the real thing Sunday night!

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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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Geoff Jenkins Released; 5th Starter Determined

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In a surprise move, the Phillies released Geoff Jenkins today, content with eating the over 8 million dollars they owe him.  The Phillies are trying to find another right handed bat to balance out the line-up and Jenkins is a lefty, so he does not fit into the plan for 2009.  However, picking up Jenkins to begin with was not a great move, which I stated way back when that happened.  His numbers were steadily declining with his age and the Phillies more than overpaid for him.  What I did like about Jenkins though throughout 2008 was his personality, his work ethic and they way he fit into a tight knit clubhouse.  Jenkins is a super nice guy with a great sense of humor.  He will be missed.  I have a few photos of Jenkins for you throughout this piece to remember him by.

And now on with my rant; Todd Zolecki has reported that the Phillies may now be interested in Gary Sheffield who was just released by the Detroit Tigers.  Let me state for the record that as much as I opposed picking up Jenkins in 2008, I am even more convinced that Sheffield is a far worse idea. 

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I’d rather have 2 Jenkins’ than one Sheffield.  And here are the numerous reasons why:

In 2 years with the Tigers, Sheffield played in a TOTAL of 18 games in the field.  Yes, 18 out of like 324 games; he served as the team’s DH.  Therefore, at 40 years of age, it is obvious Sheffield can no longer field.  Not to mention Sheffield himself said publicly that he wanted to go to the Rays, an America League team.  Apparently, he knows he can no longer play outfield and thus, prefers the DH role.  So, if the Phillies pick up Sheffield, are we then saying we believe Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, who have been injury prone in the past, will stay healthy ALL year long?  Not to mention Raul Ibanez, who is 36 year old.  Someone please hire us a Geriatric Nurse, quick!

So you say Sheffield can hit?  Sure, 20 years in the majors and he stands at 499 home runs.  Great.  But his numbers in the last 2 years, as he has gotten older, have declined.  He hit .265 in 494 at-bats in 2007 and then hit .225 in 418 at-bats in 2008.  You cannot say he did not get his AB’s, because as the regular DH, he did.  How can the Phillies, or any other team, expect improvement if he gets to hit off the bench only once every 2-3 games?

And then there is my favorite issue: personality.  Sheffield is the same guy who picked fights with Joe Torre and Derek Jeter of the Yankees; two of the MOST respected guys in baseball.  He called Torre a racist and then turned around and said Jeter  “ain’t all the way black.”  Hypocritical, if you ask me.  Not to mention, Joe Torre is one of the best managers in the game and wouldn’t hurt a fly. 

Not convinced yet?  How about the steroid allegations?  Sheffield admitted to using steroids, P2232711 Jenkins.jpgexcept that he says he did not know they were steroids.  How many times have we heard players say that now? 

Do you believe it?  Read the article here about Sheffield’s issues, and former relationship with Barry Bonds, and judge for yourself.  And even if the man is innocent, do the Phillies really need that kind of distraction in their clubhouse?  Again, I’d rather have 2 Jenkins than one Sheffield.

I do hope my rant has been a waste of time and that the Phillies do not go anywhere near the problem child, Sheffield.  But as in life and baseball, stranger things have happened.  Crossing my fingers and toes that this will NOT be the case here…

UPDATE:  The Phillies have contacted Sheffield’s agent.  UGH!  No word yet on what will happen next.

Also, in a day filled with weird news, the Phillies also just announced that Chan Ho Park has won the 5th starters spot!  JA Happ’s future is uncertain except that he, Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner and Bobby Mosebach will now compete for 2 bullpen spots.


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