Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tag Team Tuesday: Carlton & McGraw

1980- the only season in which everything in Philly was perfectly aligned and the Phils brought home a World Series championship. There were plenty of stars on that squad that helped pave the road to victory; Rose, Schmidt, Boone, Bowa, Luzinski, Maddox, and the two pitch-slingers Carlton and McGraw.

Steve "Lefty" Carlton is one of the best left-handed pitchers of all-time. He may have hated the media more than a current left-hander (Kenny Rogers), but he cemented his place in baseball history with some phenomenal seasons in a Phillies uniform from 1972-1986. That enchanted season of 1980 Lefty pitched flawlessly to a 24-9 record with a 2.34 ERA in a workmen's 304 innings pitched while striking out 286 batters...you just don't see yearly performances like that anymore. Carlton liked to start and end games (13 complete games in '80), but couldn't always seal the deal himself. That's where another lefty stepped in and finished business.

Tug McGraw is best known for delivering the pitch that ended the 1980 World Series. This pitch had a much better fate than the Mitch Williams pitch that ended the 1993 World Series. Tug was the Phils closer in his tenure with the team (1975-1984). In the charmed 1980 season he pitched to the tune of a sparkling 1.46 ERA with 5 wins and 20 saves in relief. He had a catch phrase, "You gotta believe", that rang true for the Phillies in 1980. In fact I wear a baseball bracelet with that saying on it. That bracelet was created by his son, country star Tim McGraw, in honor of his father and fight against cancer.

Carlton and McGraw were a true tag team, picking up where the other left off and not stopping until the enemy was properly served. They were like two outlaws from the West slinging pitches at the opposition until the job was done and they could ride off into the sunset victorious. The New Age Outlaws were a dominant tag team in the WWF during the late 90's and early 2000's. The team was composed of "Badd Ass" Billy Gunn and "Road Dogg" Jesse James. They too had a catchy saying just like Tug, "Oh, you didn't know? Yo ass better call somebody!". So, next time you recollect the good old days of the Tug and Lefty era, make sure to think of them as some new age outlaws, because they were bad-ass!

~Carson

22 comments:

GM-Carson said...

more rumors- rowand to mets for heilman. hrilman could be solid setup man or 5th starter.

rowand may be targeted by the rockies too, in exchange for a 3rf base prospect.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

wolf is rumored to be targeted by the hated yanks...damn them!

goDuke said...

Anyone else see there is a poll on who you want to see in leftfield for the Fightin's next year on the team's homepage? I want to know who the heck the 4 people who voted for Burrell over Soriano were. There should have been another option stating Burrell (with Soriano in right field) thats the only excuse for voting for Pat the Rat.

GM-Carson said...

the outfield i want next season- pat in left, vic in center, soriano in right...or flip-flop soriano and burrell.

~carson

goDuke said...

Somehow I don't think Pat would be able to make the switch to right... the ball coming off the bat the opposite way and all. I think since Soriano played 2B, he'd be up to the task. If we get him, we have 3 silver sluggers from last year... that would rock. Go Phils!

GM-Carson said...

goduke- i went and voted for burrell in that poll just to piss you off...ha.

from phillies.com- "Gillick told the paper the Phillies expressed interest in roughly 40 of the 180 or so players that filed for free agency. Those names include Joe Borowski, David Weathers, Miguel Batista, Chad Bradford, Tomo Ohka, Octavio Dotel on the pitching side, and Mark DeRosa, Wes Helms and Soriano on the hitting side."

stay away from dotel and derosa, the others i'm ok with.

~carson

goDuke said...

Tomo Ohka???? Ohka no! He sucks.

goDuke said...

Why do people insist on wanting to bat Rollins behind Howard? I just read that somewhere again and its such a silly idea... put your fastest guy behind one of you slowest. It'd be like buying a Ferrari, and only being allowed to drive it behind a tractor trailer on a one-way one-lane highway.

GM-Carson said...

rollins currently is miscast in the leadoff spot, but he's our best option right now for the 1 hole in the lineup.

~carson

Maria said...

I wasn't even alive in 1980, I want a Championship or at least the playoffs.

P.S.
Ryan Howard's going to be at Chickie and Pete's next Monday night celebrating his MVP.

GM-Carson said...

maria- i was barely alive, and certainly not old enough to remember it.

~carson

GM-Carson said...

update: mark derosa just signed a 3year 13 mil deal with the cubbies. i look at this as a good thing because i didn't want him, especially for that price.

now, i gotta go edit tomorrow's post.

~carson

michael said...

yeah i just saw that too. the cubs can have him

GM-Carson said...

3 years 13 million is insane for derosa. thids is why the cubs remain "cursed".

michael said...

yuk..he had a decent year this past season but NOTHING warranting that type of money, too long and too much money for him. just foolish deal.

GM-Carson said...

seems like all the contracts this season are a bit pricey. moyer is starting to look like a deal.

Los said...

IN case anyone cares - the outlaws are still a tag team in TNA. I believe they are called the James Gang (I know, it's sad that I know so much about wrasslin').

We'd probably break the strikeouts record with Burrell AND Soriano on the same team.

BenJah said...

no more derosa, but that's probably a good thing.

sorry goduke -- i would definately take burrell over soriano, and the price says it all! of course, if money is not object, we should sign jd drew for RF...syke!

i turn 26 tomorrow, but that means i was still 3 weeks from birth at the last philly championship. i hope i'm not part of some curse.

Bob D said...

I was 10 at the time and I remember the excitement of just listening to the games on the radio while my dad worked in his shop.
From then on I was hooked.

Maria, Benjah this upcomming year looks to be very promising for the team. You may very well see first hand a championship.

Out of all of the other NL teams the Phils need to do the least tinkering, so they have the upper hand at this time.
Good story on tag team today.

GM-Carson said...

as phillies fans we scrutinize every player/position on our club, but quite honestly like bob d said, we're not that far away from contention.

~carson

BloodStripes said...

Best tag team of all-time. Best year in baseball history. Great post.

GM-Carson said...

bloodstripes you're alive!