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Nicknames: Past and Present

Shakespeare once posed the question, “What’s in a name?”  In baseball, a player’s nickname can stick like glue, whether they like it or not.  Here is a rundown of some of the Phillies player’s nicknames, past and present.

 

2010 Phillies Players

 

Brad “Light’s Out” Lidge

Ben Francisco – Scoots

Brian Schneider – Hoops
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Carlos Ruiz – Chooch

Charlie Manuel – Chuck

Chase “The Man” Utley or The Model (given to him by J-Roll) or Chutley

Cole Hamels – Hollywood Hamels

Greg Dobbs – Dober (he actually doesn’t like it, but everyone calls him this anyway!) or Roy Hobbs, from “The Natural”

Jamie Moyer – Grand Pappy or Dyno (for Dinosaur – given to him by J-Roll)
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Jayson Werth – J-Dub or Werewolf

Jimmy Rollins – J-Roll or Papa Smurf (I know this one is accurate because Jimmy told me himself that this is what he was called “back in the day.”)

Juan Carlos Romero – JC (did anyone even know his real name was Juan Carlos or did you read this and go, who is this guy??)

Juan Castro – “Manos de Oro” (means gold hands)

Milt Thompson (current coach)- Uncle Milty

Plácido Polanco – Polly

Roy Halladay – Doc

Ryan Howard – The Big Man or Rhino

Ryan Madson – Mad Dog

Shane Victorino – The Flyin’ Hawaiian

 

Previous Phillies Players:

 

Antonio Alfonseca – El Pulpo or The Octopus (because he has 6 fingers on each hand….seriously…I have photos)

Bake McBride – Shake n’ Bake

Bobby Abreu – El Comedulce (means The Candy Eater)

Chris Coste – Chris Clutch

Chuck Klein  – The Hoosier Hammerer

Curt Schilling – Schill

Darren Daulton – Dutch

Dick “Don’t call me Richie” Allen

Ed Delahanty – Big Ed, Human Grasshopper

Garry Maddox – The Secretary of Defense

Gary “Sarge” Matthews

Geoff Jenkins – Jenks or Brett Favre (he is his long-lost twin :o)

Greg Luzinski – The Bull

Grover Cleveland “Old Pete” Alexander

John Kruk – Krukker

John Titus – Silent John

John Vukovich – Vuk

Juan Samuel – Sammy

Kevin Saucier – Hot Sauce

Larry Bowa – Gnat (does this mean he is annoying?)

Lenny Dykstra – Nails

Mickey Doolan – Doc

Mickey Morandini – Dandy Little Glove Man (Is it just me, or is this like the gayest nickname ever?)

Mike Lieberthal – Lieby

Mike Schmidt – Iron Mike or Schmidty

Mitch Williams – Wild Thing and Mitchy-Poo (Harry Kalas coined that one)

Otto Knabe – Dutch

Pat “The Bat” Burrell

Pat Corrales (manager) – Ike

Pedro Feliz – Pete Happy (literal translation of his name)

Pete Rose – Charlie Hustle

Richie Ashburn – Whitey

Rudy Seanez – Action Traction (I have NO idea what this is about)

Steve Bedrosian – Bedrock

Steve Carlton – Lefty

Todd Jones – Roller Coaster

Von Hayes – Five-for-One

Willie Jones – Puddin’ Head

 

Have any more to add to the list?  Leave your favorites in the comments :O)

Photos by Jenn

 

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Phillies Players – Strange, Fun & Unique Nicknames

It has always been a tradition in baseball to assign players a nickname.  Whether that be a descriptive one, a play on words, or just plain weird, most guys seem to get one at some point that winds up sticking with them.  I have compiled a list of nicknames for the 2008 Phillies that I could find and then other Phillies from years past.  I tried to avoid any media-given names and just stick to the stuff the players use amongst themselves.  I also put years by some of the older or more obscure player names.  Hope you enjoy it…have a Happy Holiday!!!

2008 Phillies Players

Brad “Light’s Out” Lidge

Carlos Ruiz – Chooch

Charlie Manuel – Chuck

Chase “The Man” Utley or The Model (given to him by J-Roll) or Chutley (ya know, like my Chutley Smurf :O)PA260205 Smurf.jpg

Chris Coste – Chris Clutch

Cole Hamels – Hollywood Hamels

Geoff Jenkins – Jenks or Brett Favre (he is his long-lost twin :o)

Greg Dobbs – Dober (he actually doesn’t like it, but everyone calls him this anyway!)

Jamie Moyer – Grand Pappy or Dyno (for Dinosaur – given to him by J-Roll)

Jayson Werth – J-Dub or Werewolf

Jimmy Rollins – J-Roll or Papa Smurf (I know this one is accurate because Jimmy told me himself that this is what he was called “back in the day.”)

Juan Carlos Romero – JC (did anyone even know his real name was Juan Carlos or did you read this and go, who is this guy??)

Milt Thompson – Uncle Milty

Pat “The Bat” Burrell

Pedro Feliz – Pete Happy (literal translation of his name)

Rudy Seanez – Action Traction (I have NO idea what this is about)

Ryan Howard – The Big Man or Rhino

Ryan Madson – Mad Dog

Shane Victorino – The Flyin’ Hawaiian

Previous Phillies Players:

Antonio Alfonseca – El Pulpo or The Octopus (because he has 6 fingers on each hand….seriously…I have photos)

Bake McBride (1973-83) – Shake n’ Bake

Bobby Abreu – El Comedulce – The Candy Eater

Chuck Klein (1928-44) – The Hoosier Hammerer

Curt Schilling – Schill

Darren Daulton (1983-97) – Dutch

Garry Maddox – The Secretary of Defense

Gary “Sarge” Matthews

Greg Luzinski – The Bull

John Titus – Silent John

Juan Samuel (1983-98) – Sammy

Kevin Saucier – Hot Sauce

Larry Bowa – Gnat (does this mean he is annoying?)

Lenny Dykstra – Nails

Mickey Doolan (1905-18) – Doc

Mickey Morandini – Dandy Little Glove Man (Is it just me, or is this like the gayest nickname ever?)

Mike Lieberthal – Lieby

Mike Schmidt – Iron Mike or Schmidty

Mitch Williams – Wild Thing and Mitchy-Poo (Harry Kalas coined that one)

Otto Knabe (1905-16) – Dutch

Pete Rose – Charlie Hustle

Plácido Polanco – Polly

Steve Bedrosian (1981-95) – Bedrock

Steve Carlton – Lefty

Todd Jones – Roller Coaster

Von Hayes (1981-92) – Five-for-One

Willie Jones – Puddin’ Head

 

And as always, feel free to add your own here in the comments :o)

Moyer Is Back! And Utley Speaks…Again.

Jamie Moyer signed a two-year contract extension today with the Phillies for a reported $13 million.  I do believe that this is a bargain considering the veteran leadership he brings to the team.  Of course, the Phils did need to set aside some extra cash for Depends and Metamucil.  I kid, of course J  I LOVE Jamie and I am SO happy he will be back!

Chan Ho Park has also been signed by the Phillies for 1 year and 2.5 million.  This signing does not thrill me so much, but we shall see!  Park is likely going to be used in a relief role.  Last year, Park was 4 and 4 for the Dodgers with a 3.40 ERA, 2 saves and 79 K’s.  His career ERA is 4.34.  My guess is that Park will slide into the spot that we assume will be vacated by Rudy Seanez – he’ll just be a guy used for particular match-ups.

Thumbnail image for P2272564 Utley.jpgChase Utley held a press conference today to address his hip surgery.  He said, “The pain was bad early on…some days it was bad; some days I did not have any pain at all…I knew something wasn’t right.”  He also said that he did not know how bad it was until after the season when he had it looked at.  Utley admitted that he didn’t necessarily have to get the surgery, but elected to as he felt he was young enough and in good enough shape to come through it ok.  He then proceeded to walk right off stage without any assistance, crutches or any help at all.  He appears to be recovering very well.

Utley was also asked to address the use of the F-Bomb at the World Series Parade where he exclaimed, “World F*&#@ Champions!”  His response to the criticism was, “That was definitely an emotional day that we all had…was one of the best days of my life…I could have used different words to express myself.”  He also gave a mini-public service announcement to all the kids watching; “Kids: that’s a bad word; don’t say it.”  You heard it kiddies!  Utley says NO to the F-Bomb.  Clearly, a role model for all. J  Love ya Chase!  Get well soon!

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Where Is The Love?

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Ruben Amaro Jr. is off to a great start; well, a great start in totally confusing and possibly pissing off Phillies fans everywhere!  Amaro & company declined to offer arbitration to ANY of the four eligible players, including Jamie Moyer and Pat Burrell.  I expected as much for Tom Gordon and Rudy Seanez, but the other two are surprising.  By not offering arbitration to Moyer or Burrell, they have just given every other team in Major League Baseball a super incentive to sign them:  If you sign a player who has NOT been offered arbitration, then you do not have to give up any draft picks when signing that player away from his current team.  And in the same respect, the Phillies will get nothing if another team picks up one of our players.  So I ask then, where is the love for Moyer & Burrell?

The other side of this is that if Moyer or Burrell were actually to go to arbitration, they may have gotten salaries beyond what the Phillies want to pay for them.  I guess after getting burned on Ryan Howard’s arbitration last year where he was awarded 10 million dollars, they did not want to take this risk.  But I also think that not offering the arbitration may be sending a signal to these players that management does not mind so much if they do not return to the Phillies; and that may turn out to be a real issue.  It also makes signing new players more difficult.  For example, both A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe (pitchers) were offered arbitration by their teams.  So, the Phillies will lose draft picks if they decided to sign one of these guys.  And since they now gain nothing for losing Moyer to another team, they will be unlikely to sign a guy to replace him, like Burnett or Lowe, who has been offered arbitration.  If they did that, they lose draft picks and Moyer…it’s a double blow.

Last week, the Phillies did sign veteran reliever Mike Koplove; a 32-year old with a career ERA of 3.82 in the majors.  However, they expect him to spend a lot of time in AAA, as he did for most of his career.  So, why do the Phillies sign a 32-year old minor leaguer?  For the same reason they skipped arbitration for Moyer and Burrell this year – the Phillies management are CHEAP.  I guess they figured we won our World Series and that will be enough for the next 28 years.

Now say it with me everyone…take a deep breath and let it out….UUGGHHHHHH!!!!!!

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Marlins Make 1st Place Magically Disappear

A little wave of the magic bat, and POOF!  Just like that, 1st place is gone.  With the awful 14-8 loss tonight, combined with a Mets win over Atlanta, the Phillies sink to 2nd place again in the NL East, trailing by ½ a game.  P9192371 The Marlins bats were so magically that they even stood up on their own, as if to beckon its owner to pick it up and get a hit.  See how Chris Coste looks puzzled by this?  Well, he is not the only one.  Brett Myers absolutely self-destructed in this game; perhaps as a result of his last outing being on only 3 days rest?  He was responsible for TEN runs in only 4 innings.  Yikes!  Well, the bullpen did no better as Rudy Seanez surrendered a run, Les Walrond got hit for 2 runs and Kyle Kendrick, in his 1st relief appearance, gave up a solo homer.  In all, it was a pitching disaster.  In fact, the most entertaining part of the game was when the Marlins male dancers came out and shook their groove thang.  P9192303There are so many things that are disturbing about this photo, I simply cannot begin to express it…it is just wrong on multiple levels J 

Tonight was also a terrible waste of a solid offensive performance.  Ryan Howard hit his 46th homer of the year; Greg Dobbs was 2 for 2 with a home run before being pulled in a double switch; Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 as well.  Scoring 8 runs is usually enough to win a game, but not tonight.  Well, if you can stomach it, here are some more photos from the game tonight.  Top row:  J-Roll tags out a Fish trying to nab second base and Jayson Werth slides safely into home.  Bottom row:  J-Roll is about to miss this ground ball…not good; and another J-Roll shot as he fouled a ball of his toe and hit the ground, in obvious pain.  I hope he is ok, because he was still limping into the bottom half of the inning.091908

So tomorrow I have the pleasure of seeing Joe Blanton pitch.  Ugh.  Well, you all know how I feel about him.  The good news is, I saw him taking BP today and the boy can hit!  He sent one ball about 420 feet into the deep part of center field.  I guess the practice may pay off… we shall see.  I am more concerned about his pitching…the Phillies cannot afford to lose this series.  Let’s hope the Fish leave their magic wands at home.

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Missed Opportunities

The Phillies blew a great opportunity tonight to really take the steam out of the Mets’ sails as they lost 6-3, after leading the game by a score of 3-2 until the 8th inning.  Right now, I am feeling like I ate some very bad Chinese food.  This is just sickening.  Yesterday I mentioned how many scoring opportunities the Phils squandered away, yet still came away with the win.  Tonight, they were not so lucky.

Here’s the ugly breakdown:  5th inning, with men on 1st & 2nd, Chase Utley grounds out to end the inning; 6th inning, Pat Burrell hits a lead-off double and then Ryan Howard walks – Shane Victorino proceeds to strikeout, Jayson Werth pops out and Pedro Feliz strikes out.  Lead-off double and a walk wasted; 7th inning, Chris Coste hits a lead-off single, but Greg Dobbs grounds into the double play to wipe them both out.  Still, they had more chances here…Rollins walked, Utley was intentionally walked, but Burrell grounded out to end the inning.

So why then, with a one run lead, do we allow Rudy Seanez to pitch to Carlos Delgado, who had already homered once in the game?  Frankly, I do not understand this “not available” crap with the pitchers.  Coaches treat these guys like porcelain dolls instead of the athletes they are.  JC Romero should have handled that batter, no question.  Even so, Seanez gets the nod and Rich Dubee, pitching coach, even came out to the mound to talk to him and Coste before they pitched to Delgado.  So, exactly how is it that Seanez comes out immediately tossing low balls to Delgado?  EVERYONE knows that Delgado hits the crap out of the low ball!  I mean, don’t they?  Every home run this guy has hit off us has been on a low pitch!  How do they miss that?  And it wasn’t a mistake that they threw him low either…Coste was set up low so it was obviously intentional.  UGH!  And that home run in the 8th inning that tied up the game is the one that totally turned the ball game over to the Mets.  Then Charlie Manuel puts Brad Lidge in for the last out of the 8th, in what is then a non-save situation, and of course, they hit the pants off of him too.  Next thing you know, a 3-2 lead turns to a 6-3 disaster.  And people wonder why I have an ulcer after watching this team play…

Screaming And because I feel like screaming right now, let me continue…  Did Manuel NOT think this game was crucial?  We have a 4 game series against the 1st place Cubs coming up who are just crushing teams right now; the Phils needed this win to take some of the pressure off them going into the Chicago series.  So again, why are any of our pitchers not available?  Sure, they are all tired.  Sure, they had a rough night last night.  But it is nearing September and the time for rest is over…everyone should want to get in the game every day and Manuel needs to stop babying these players.  They are not going to make the playoffs with this kind of approach.  This is the time to bear down, suck it up and earn your friggin’ millions!

Now excuse me for a moment while I try desperately to find my “happy place” so I can get some sleep tonight…  Ahhhhh….  Think, puppies & rainbows; kitties & wildflowers… J  Ok, I think I have meditated my way from furious to mildly annoyed.  And how are all of you doing out there in baseball hell?  Feel free to drop me a line and let me know!  We should not suffer alone. J

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Phillies Sweep The Nationals

Get off your bums and party people!  We just swept the Washington Nationals!  Yee-haw!  What?  Not that excited?  Oh, ok…I know it’s just the Nats, but it’s still three games; I’ll take it.  And we are now a full game in first place.  Have a drink.  Relax. J

I know, many of us are still highly annoyed with Mr. Gillick for the lack of effort put forth into getting this team some Gillick.jpghelp before the trade deadline today.  But you see, Pat was obviously very busy with other obligations.  Concerned as he is with our teams’ morale, he decided to spend the Washington series impersonating one of the Nationals mascots (Dead Pres., Mr. Washington!).  He knew it was sure to bring smiles to the faces of all our players.  Now if we only still had that guy on our team who liked to whack mascots with his bat…I believe his last target was a Brewers Sausage?   Hmmmm….  Well, I guess Mr. Gillick did the best he could.  And as we are all well aware, his best does usually involve the chirping of crickets…

I’ll tell you who is not P7306801 cr.jpgupset about the Trade Deadline passing…Shane Victorino.  Shane had another 2 hit night in the 8-4 victory over the Nats, although he did get caught stealing a bag, which I am sure did not go over well.  But once that clock passed 4pm, he probably had to ask someone, “You mean I don’t have to go pack now?  Seriously?  Awesome.”  All for the better in that area I think.

Jimmy Rollins came up big in the final win as well…3 RBI’s for J-Roll with 2 coming off a home run.  Ryan Howard had 2 hits and one RBI; Pat Burrell had one hit and drew 2 walks and Chase Utley had a hit and was intentionally hit by a pitch in the 8th inning.  I would have liked to have seen some retaliation for this, especially with the score as it was, but Rudy Seanez wimped out.  Speaking of which, why on earth do we keep putting this guy out there when he constantly gets into trouble and gives up runs?  What is going on with Seanez?  His ERA has jumped to 3.58 and he looks worse every time they put him out there.  Just a random observation…

Next series is in St. Louis where Ryan Howard will stay at home with Mom who will cook him pancakes for breakfast every morning and he will going on a hitting spree…  we hope J  Hey Momma Howard…put some magic in those pancakes!  Go Phillies!