Friday, September 29, 2006

Phillies Phlashback Phridays: The Contributors

Take a walk down memory lane to a place that was happier, to a land where our Phillies frolicked in playoffville. That's right I'm taking you back to '93. 1993 was a magical year. Sure the Phillies fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but at least they got to the World Series. Many fans remember names like Daulton, Dykstra, Kruk, Schilling, Mullholand, Stocker, etc. However, there were some key contributors that fail to be recognized.
Jose DeLeon and Roger Mason both pitched 40+ innings in the bullpen that season and should be applauded for their efforts. That's not all they had going for them either, as each was a Phucco...gotta love those Pitt/Philly players! The biggest omission from celebratory memories was short-stop Juan Bell. Juan Bell wasn't around to celebrate the clinching of the NL pennant, and for good reason...he sucked! In fact he sucked so bad that the Phillies got rid of him after the first couple months and brought up the young and unproven Kevin Stocker. Kevin Stocker ended up being the missing link and became a vital member of the Phils playoff push. Stocker later brought us Bobby Abreu...stupid Devil Rays! So, Juan Bell should be held in high esteem in the city of Philly...his departure lead to many good things.

This current season is screwing with our minds and hearts as we are living and dying with every pitch and every swing of the bat. If the Phillies do obtain the Wild Card they will have unsung heros like Geoff Geary, Alex Gonzalez, and David Bell to thank. Of course I mention Geary because he's undervalued. Where would the bullpen be without him? But Gonzalez and Bell you ask. Yep, those two sucked respectively in their own way before leaving the Phils (Gonzalez via retirement, Bell via best trade ever!), but the emphasis being on that they left. To think we could be suffering through a player batting around .200 right now playing 3rd if Gonzalez wouldn't have decided to call it quits. Wait, what the hell, we do have a guy hovering around .200 playing 3rd...dammit! Anyway, the single most momentous thing that happened this season was purging of David "H-Mo" Bell, the '93 team had to shed a Bell to make the playoffs, so maybe it'll work for the '06 team too. So, although we haven't gotten the Wild Card yet, I'm sure there will be plenty of fond memories from this year's squad too. And for these last 3 games have fun with all that stress and anxiety...ain't it soothing?

~Carson

37 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I tried not to be a total downer this morning...very difficult obstacle. As rocker bad boys Poison would say "Just give me something to believe in".

BloodStripes said...

Great post DQ. 1993. What a wonderful year. The enchanted season. Gypies, tramps and thieves coming together to pull off a memorable season. Juan Bell committed a horrendous amount of errors. Rookie Stocker did a great job when he came up. Maybe thats the trick. Trade a Bell for a pennant. I feel very relaxed after reading that. Good memories.

GM-Carson said...

I aim to please. I actually just reread the post myself, and I managed to make myself feel better. Damn good post today.

BloodStripes said...

You gotta do a Krukker or a Dude post one friday. Those guys along with Daulton, Hollins, LA and Williams et al were just awesome. What an unlikely bunch. Awesome team.

I honestly believe our current team will get there over the next couple of seasons and in 10 or 15 years we can talk of the days when Howard, Utley, Rollins and co won a pennant. I'm hoping so anyway.

GM-Carson said...

I started the Phillies Phlashback Phridays to showcase less prominent Phillies from the past. The guys that I do every Friday are pretty obscure to the everyday fan, only the true Phillies Phans know these guys. With that said, in the off-season, which may not be far away, I will take your recommendation and do a '93 Phillies breakdown.

BloodStripes said...

Thanks mate. A tribute to the great ones of '93 we all knew and admired would be awesome. I just wanna read your take on them thats all. I'm sure it would make for a good post.

I figured you like to show the forgotten ones. Why not? Its a good idea. I always look forward to the phlashback. Good fun!

GM-Carson said...

BloodStripes- I know there's not much time left or hope left, but give us a rally cry for good measure!

The Rev said...

I think we are in good shape for next year, no doubt.

But I'm sorry to say this... we are done this year. Even though they are not mathematically eliminated, I have no hope left.

And if Jon Lieber is in a Phillies uniform next year, I will picket the ballpark.

GM-Carson said...

Rev- if you picket the ballpark you're bound to end up on Philly Sports talk radio and t.v., good luck with that.

We need a miracle to happen. And it still could happen. The Astros were living a dream and a prayer, and it looks like they might just catch the Cardnials. So, we might just catch the Dodgers, I have to hold some hope, or what's the purpose of these last 3 games...Bloody Hell Phillies, C'mon!

BloodStripes said...

I gave up after the last loss. I kept thinking 'just give up, whats the point'. But once the dust settled my Phanatic heart could'nt help but hold on to the last glimmer of hope. Here it is;

The Phils just lost a series to a team they have not played well against this season. A 9-10 record. Off to Florida they go to play a team they 'have' played well against. They wont have too much pressure on them straight up and will be thinking they have nothing to lose. A sweep is possible.

SF and LA have a longstanding rivalry and SF would love to finish LA's hopes. They certainly have nothing to lose. They will want to spoil big time. LA have'nt been that great on the road either, so I am tipping a SF series win. Given all this, the Phils can still tie.

Cmon Phillies, last chance, just bloody go for it! Crack them whips and bring the hot sticks!!! GO!!!

:]

Los said...

Get your season tickets for next year!

GM-Carson said...

"Crack them whips and bring the hot sticks!!!"...that's just classic. Sounds like something I would want to do with J-Lo...yummy, or Winnie Cooper.

Matt said...

Roger Mason . . . man, that reminds me of something. My Dad and my brother shared a season ticket plan starting in 1993 (a good year to start, right?). Back then, at the end of the season, the Phillies would do a carnival/meet & greet type thing for season ticket holders. During this event, they would do a Q & A with the manager, GM, and a few players. I went to the event several times. So, during one of the sessions when Fregosi was still here, he was talking and then they opened it up for questions. A kid up front, he couldn't have been more than 6 or 7, asks, "Why did you take Roger Mason out?" The crowd erupted in laughter. I can't remember what Fregosi answered with. But the best part was, and I'm not making this up, the very next year the same exact thing happened. Fregosi was still around taking questions and it was the same kid asking the same exact question -- and Fregosi remembered him. It was hilarious. Anyway, you mentioning Roger Mason made me think of that. Good stuff.

GM-Carson said...

Matt- and that is the reason for the "phlashbacks"...even thought the players we're remembering weren't all that great, we as Phans still have memories of them.

Fat Ted said...

I got my end of season phillies rant posted if you want to check it out. I'll wait for yours.

IUP Philly Fan said...

roger mason...what an interesting guy. as long as we're doing these flashbacks on 1993, we should write about bobby thigpen, don pall, ben rivera, and wes chamberlain.

kevin stocker was a really good player though. do you remember his first game? it was that wild 20 inning game against the dodgers where mike williams pitched 5 shut out innings in relief, then the dodgers took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 20th only to see lenny dykstra hit a two run double for the phils to win it! what a game!

GM-Carson said...

Wes Chamberlain is my favorite Phillies of all-time not named Michael Jack Schmidt. "Big" Ben Rivera was good too!

GM-Carson said...

Fat Ted- I'm holding out on my rant, as this weekend dictates the severity of it.

fans said...

I can't believe I actually watched the game last night - my biggest complaint was when Manuel took out Lieber who only had 82 pitches and replaced him with Fultz who immediately gave up 2 runs. Doesn't Manuel realize how exhausted the bullpen is?

I guess I'll watch again tonight - I'd feel better if it weren't for the Dodgers who look like they won't lose this wkend.

GM-Carson said...

Bobby Thigpen still holds the single season record for saves at 57 for the Chicago Whitesox.

Everyone is talking trash on the Phils too. The f'n gNats are saying how great it felt to knock them around, and now the Fish are gearing up for the knockout blow.

Maria said...

I'm not going to stress these last three games because I know the Phillies probably won't win the WC. I can at least, though cheer Ryan to hit a HR & Chase and Jimmy to get their hits....Next Year!

Maria said...

There have been some good Phillies moments...Buenos tiempos.

BloodStripes said...

I wanna see Olsen get smashed. If we cant make the playoffs lets have a bench clearing brawl and belt some fish.

Maria said...

I hope Nuñi can fuck Olsen up. And for the fun of it, I hope he gives up 18 runs.

BloodStripes said...

DQ your 'new here' post on PhilliesPhans.com was quoted as turning into an all-timer. Well done mate, you really got it going. Haha!!!

BloodStripes said...

Shit yeah Maria. I'm pissed at the stupid trash talk. What a buch of wankers.

BloodStripes said...

At least our boys look loose tonight. 10 runs coming up. have some fun Phils!

BloodStripes said...

Pat the Bat where have you been? Now thats protection. A double and home run. Well done Pat. A bit late though. Better late than never I suppose.

BloodStripes said...

Alright! The Phils are gonna stay alive and in a few hours my Aussie rules football team are playing in the grand final. Our super bowl equivalent. The mighty red and white bloods of Sydney are trying to win back to back premierships after a 72 year drought. '05 and '06, lets do it BLOODS! This could end up as one helluva good day. As long as the Phils are alive I'm happy.

Cheer, cheer the red and the white!

BloodStripes said...

Well the Bloods lost by 1 point and the Giants lost in the 9th, leaving the Phils on life support. 2 killer blows are making feel like a good vomit. My standard 2 or 3 beers a week have turned into about 8 already along with some galliano sambuca. I have that lost feeling and am very disappointed. For SD or LA to lose 2 now and Philly to win 2 really would take some sort of miracle. A thousand bucks the Phils fall short by 1 game again. I feel like I've lost a good friend but at least with sport I will get over it quickly. I'm still smilimg......just.

Do us proud Phils and mash those fish!

BloodStripes said...

I also posted this on Beerleaguer. Sorry about the repeat.

I was lucky enough to be alive for the 1980 world championship. 10 years old. I did'nt realize then how tough it can be to win one. 26 years is a long time but the day will come when us Phillies phans will be rewarded. I'm counting on our current crew to bring it, but one day soon it will come.

GM-Carson said...

On "life support"...how true is that.

BloodStripes- you broke out "wankers"...that's good stuff my man!

Working on Saturday poll now.

BloodStripes said...

Man I'm devastated. Bloody Phillies and bloody Sydney bloody Swans my football team went down by 1 bloody point. Fuck it!

BloodStripes said...

Check your blog email account mate. A little something there for you to laugh at. After all these beers I was mucking around and created a blog. It will be pretty shit but I might have a go for something to do.

BloodStripes said...

I have already linked your blogs. I dont need anyone to read it yet. Maybe just you blokes. Wait until I get my shit together. If I can that is. Hahaha! Don't even know what I'm gonna talk about.

GM-Carson said...

Dude, I'll be linking your blog shortly.

BloodStripes said...

I better come up with something good to say then.