Friday, December 15, 2006

Phillies Phlashback Phridays: Hanukkah Edition

Shalom, and welcome to the special Hanukkah edition of Phillies Phlashback Phridays. Hanukkah, or Chanukah, or whatever one of the 10 or so spellings for this holiday starts at sundown today (5ish in PA). Therefore, I decided to pay homage to past Phillies Hebrews. And don't worry, I had a rabbi come by and bless this blog, so everything is kosher. So go ahead and spin your dreidel, chow down on some gefilte fish, and torch your menorah because here come the Jews.

Thanks to Wikipedia, I was able to find a list of baseball players that were from Jewish heritage. From that list were some Phils like Erskine Mayer (from 1912-1918 and member of the elite Phucco family), Morrie Arnovich ('36-'40), Phil Weintraub (1938), and latter day heroes Mike Lieberthal and David Newhan.

Mike Lieberthal has been a mainstay on the Phils roster, just not always the active roster. Liebby is a former 1st round pick by the Phils back in 1990, and he made his MLB debut in 1994 and has been catching for the Phils ever since. However, Mike's contract finally ran out and he has now moved on to bluer pastures, Dodger blue that is. During his tenure in Philly he did provide above average production from the catching position (150 homeruns), and believe it or not at one time was an elite defensive catcher as well (won a Gold Glove). I know he's received his fair share of low-blows on this site, but bottom line is he was a good guy and decent catcher when he was healthy.

David Newhan was a Phillie from 2000-2001, but only for 17 games and 23 at-bats. He went on to create his niche as a super-sub with Baltimore and recently was non-tendered and mentioned by me as a possible player of interest for the Phils...I'd rather have Newhan on the bench than that no-talent ass-clown Danny Sandoval (although Bloodstripes looks like him).


Now in honor of our Hebrew brothers, I bring to you a blurb from one of the funniest Jews ever- Adam Sandler.
The Chanukah Song:
Put on your yarmulke,
Here comes Chanukah,
So much funukah,
To celebrate Chanukah,
Chanukah is the festival of lights,
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
So, tell your friend Veronica,
It's time to celebrate Chanukah,
I hope I get a harmonicah,
Oh this lovely, lovely Chanukah,
So drink your gin and tonicah,
And smoke your marijuanikah,
If you really, really wannakah,
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah.
Happy Chanukah!

~Carson

26 comments:

BloodStripes said...

Well I've done my bit and had some of the last verse. Didn't know it was Chanukah but its friday night here and thats good enough for me so happy Chanukah.

Good piecemate! We didn't have to phlashback far for Leiberthal but he has made Phillie history. Well done to the man.

Hello....Newman.

Sandman is gonna step it up in '07. Along with the rest of the mighty Philles!

GM-Carson said...

Memo to Bloodstripes- your body double Danny Sandoval sucks!

BloodStripes said...

Mate! Its the off-season. Everyones cookin' in the off-season.

BloodStripes said...

DQ! I wanna consult the Oracle. Even though its Phlashback Phriday. If everything comes together, each to a man, how many innings do you reckon our likely '07 rotation can crank out?

GM-Carson said...

Garcia- 210, Myers- 200, Hamels- 175, Moyer-200, Eaton- 165. 950 innings total from the staff, and that's if everything runs to the course seemlessly.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

Hope your below. Would be good to see a couple 225+. I'm amped about the rotation. Nice way to round out 2006 with Leiber also in hand. Phils are lookin' good.

GM-Carson said...

Bloodstripes- you have to remember that starters in the NL average less innings per start because of need for pinch-hitting. In the AL they have to dumbass DH thing...pansies!

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

Yeah true, the DH thing is pretty soft. The extra moves made in the NL make it more enjoyable. More moves, more intrigue. Pitchers are wrapped in cotton wool these days with the pitch count too. If Bunning and Carlton can keep on throwin' em why can't the boys of today go longer. What happened to stamina. I'm sure their other halves would enjoy some more stamina.

GM-Carson said...

"What happened to stamina?"

Viagra, Cialis, Enzyte...quick fixes, that's what happened.

BloodStripes said...

Chemical assistance iss the easy way out. Gotta go natural.

GM-Carson said...

I've been reading that Lieber's percieved value is dropping, as he might not even land the Phils one quality relief pitcher let alone a package deal. Sounds like Gillick should have taken the Brewer deal and ran.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

Thats no good. Someone will eventually want him. If he was seen hanging out at the gym his stocks would rise but because he is always hiding out at krispy kremes and dunkin' donut shops he's getting a bad rap.

GM-Carson said...

I gotta believe that Gillick will get something useful for him and not pull another Vincente Padilla trade like blunder.

Joel Pineiro is drawing interest from the Pirates.

Toby Hall is appearing in more rumors linked to the Phils.

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Hey Bloodstripes, you notice we're the only two people commenting on here today. I'll be pissed if people were offended by this piece today, as I was extra careful not to be offensive with the reference to Jews. This was all done if good taste, and was still funny.

BloodStripes said...

No way people will be offended. Its a great post. Fully kosher man. I really enjoyed it. 2 ex Jewsish players being recognized, a funny song from a good movie. No worries mate!

Everyone must be out drinking gin and tonicahs and smoking marijuanikah having a happy Chanukah.

:]

BenJah said...

see that DQ, i told you lieber was worth nothing! honestly, i wouldn't mind keeping him, b/c as big of a phan as i am, i have to be realistic about the innings our SPs will crank out. i think you're high on some of them......which is fine, b/c i'm high too.

btw...as a phlogger and a jew, i was not offended! although, to be honest, i expected to be!

BloodStripes said...

LOL!

GM-Carson said...

i'm working 8 to 11 today and i'm pretty busy but i jumped on and had to comment on this:

"as a phlogger and a jew, i was not offended! although, to be honest, i expected to be!"

classic.

we should garner the best comments on the blog and put together a post of the funniest.

corey

TrekMedic251 said...

Oy!

das411 said...

I had a student teacher in HS who had a *huge* crush on Mike Lieberthal. She disappeared suddenly right around the time Lieby shredded his knee on that pickoff play in Arizona...hmm...

200 innings from Moyer?? Sounds like someone is...celebrating...somethin quality over there.

Can any of the Pirates watchers (aka "chumps") on here tell us whether Torres would make a decent Batista-type swingman? That is, 100-150 innings, 6th-7th inning type guy who can spot start, basically a 2007 version of Amaury Telemaco?

GM-Carson said...

Torres reinvented himself as a reliever and is probably only fit to go 1-2 innings at a time. He really is a decent pitcher too, but to expect him to be a swingman is a stretch. Aaron Sele on the otherhand could be a swingman, and the Phils could get him dirt cheap...not that they necessarily want him though.

Benjah- I knew you like to smoke up, but I had no idea you were a Jew...that's cool to know.

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

Rumor- Melky Cabrera for Mike Gonzalez. Littlefield should hold out for another player to be tacked on to Melky, although I wish Gillick could have gotten him in the Abreu/Lidle deal. Melky is only 22 and should prove to be a very solid MLB outfielder for years to come.

~Carson

GM-Carson said...

I was checking out another Jewish site and found that our GM in-training Ruben Amaro Jr. is a Jew as well, sorry to have left him off the original piece.

Other Phils I came across- Joe Bennett (a.k.a. Joe Rosenblum), Nathan Berkenstock, Alta Cohen, Richard Conger, Eddie Feinberg, Harry Kane (a.k.a. Harry Cohen), Cy Malis, Sam Nahem, Saul Rogovin, Harry Shuman, and Lefty Weinert.

~Carson

BloodStripes said...

Das411 - The Oracle has predicted 200 innings from Moyer. The Oracle has a decent track record. Time will tell.

BloodStripes said...

Also, in the past 8 seasons Moyer has reached the 200 inning plateau 7 times. He ought to go close again in '07. Hope so.

GM-Carson said...

Bloodstripes- that was my reasoning on Moyer. I know he's old, but he's consistently pitched 200 innings or more for so many years, that it is now expected of him.

~Carson