Tagged: Hooters

Phillies Tie The Jays

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JA Happ had a not so Happ-Y day pitching against the Blue Jays yesterday; but not to worry.  As Charlie Manuel told the media after the game, every pitcher is going to have a rough start now and then.  It was not a total disaster for Happ; he pitched 4 innings with 3 hits and walk, giving up 3 runs.  All three runs came off the long ball.  Look for Happ to rebound his next time out.

Jayson Werth, on the other hand, had a very happy day; Werth picked up 3 RBI on 2 hits and scored 3 times as well.  No signs of injury or fatigue on his part, which is great news.  One of Werth’s two hits was deemed a ground double after one of the Hooters girls, who pretend to be ball girls at Spring Training, picked up the fair ball when it rolled over to her down the first base line.  So proud that she actually stopped a ball without breaking a nail or getting a run in her pantyhose, she cheered, high fived a fan and then tossed the ball into the crowd.  Her mama must be so proud… ;O)

Also doing well, even after a scary hip surgery, is Chase Utley, who collected his first hit of the spring yesterday and appears to be on the road to a full recovery.  Another member of the off-season surgery club, Pedro Feliz, is still looking for that first hit, but he did snag an RBI on a sac fly in the game.  The Phillies led 7-4 going into the 9th inning, but the game ended in a 7-7 tie as minor league pitcher Joe Biseneus gave up 2 walks, 3 hits and 3 runs in the inning.

Chat With Charlie

Have a burning question you feel the need to ask Phillies Manager, Charlie Manuel?  Here is your chance!  Stop by the PHL 17 web site and fill out the “Ask Charlie Manuel” form.  Manuel will answer viewer questions during “The Charlie Manuel Show” to be aired on PHL 17 before every Sunday Phillies home game.  I plan to ask if he thinks Jamie Moyer’s fastball is quicker or slower than the average air-speed of an unladen swallow; after all, Manuel is the King of Philadelphia.

The Phillies will take on the Marlins today at 1:05pm in Jupiter, FL.  They may travel to Saturn next, but only if Southwest is running a Space Shuttle group discount.


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Kendrick Gets Pounded in Atlanta

As the battle for the 5th starting pitching spot continues, Kyle Kendrick appears to be cracking under the pressure.  In 3 innings against the Braves today, Kendrick surrendered 8 runs on 10 hits and a walk, including 2 home runs.  His ERA for the Spring has ballooned to 14.29.  Yikes!  Pitching coach, Rich Dubee is probably about ready to throttle the poor kid.  Not because he is stinking up the place, but because Dubee knows Kendrick is capable of getting the job done; but to this point, Kendrick has just not found a groove.  He is leaving the door wide open for the other 3 guys to take what was his spot to lose, and run with it.  What do you think the outcome will be?  Vote at the end of this blog.

Besides Kendrick, know who else is likely to take a beating?  The Hooters girls.  I have been yapping about this since Spring Training last year; in Clearwater, they stick Hooters girls out on the field to pretend to be ball girls.  They also give these un-athletic, baseball-ignorant chicks lawn chairs and allow them to sit throughout the game and read a book (I am SO not kidding) while line drive go whizzing past their bleach-blonde heads.  While I understand the entertainment value for the men who are apparently bored with the game and prefer to stare at plastic Barbie dolls, it is a dangerous game they are playing in Florida.  At one game, I watched as a line-drive flew so close to a Hooter’s girl’s head, that her hair flew up in the air as the ball went by and she never even looked up until after it was past her and she felt the breeze.

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There was another close call during the game today as well, as announcers Tom McCarthy and Gary “Sarge” Matthews pointed out.  Matthews said he hopes it never happens, but that the day it does, the Hooters girls will be done in Clearwater.  Seriously, one of these girls is going to be killed someday.  Some of them don’t even have gloves…and those that do, have NO idea what to do with them.  Again, I understand the need to entertain the crowd; heck, when I get bored, here is what I start taking photos of:


But I am pretty sure that my photography is unlikely to get my head ripped off.  Plus, I know how to catch a ball.  And besides, who doesn’t want to see photos of Greg Dobbs’ behind? :O)

Ok, that is my rant for the day!  Back to real baseball…and more nice views from the field:  Jason Donald! 

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What a cutie!  And this kid is determined to show off his stuff!  Ok, not that stuff; his hitting skills, of course :O)  Donald went 3 for 4 today and used his speed to score 2 runs.  Another hopeful, John Mayberry Jr., got back into action today, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI including a solo home run.

Joining the hit party were Ryan Howard with 1 hit and 2 RBI; Raul Ibanez with 2 hits and 2 RBI; and Greg Dobbs with 2 hits and an RBI.  And it looks like no one really felt like pitching today, because the final score was 12-10; Atlanta had 21 hits and the Phillies ended up with 15.

And I am still trying to get hold of more information on Ryan Howard’s new tattoo for everyone.  Waiting patiently…  I have not forgotten :O)

WBC Highlights

I was pretty sure I had cursed Team Italy yesterday after proclaiming that I was rooting for them; well, they fell to Team Venezuela, 10-1.  So, Venezuela will play Team USA tonight for the right to move on to Round 2 in the Classic, and I will only root for the team that I do NOT want to win :O)  Brushing up on my Spanish…  Adiós!