Monday, January 22, 2007

Them Phightin' Words

The Phightin' Phils is a moniker that was given to the team decades ago for their resiliency and aptitude for clawing and scratching victories out while never giving up. Last year's Phils started to show this same character, but alas fell short of the ultimate goal once again (playoffs). I say if you can't beat 'em, BEAT 'EM! There are so many times over the course of a season that I would love nothing more than a Phils pitcher to drill a batter square between the shoulder blades or for a Phils batter to charge the mound and start a Royal Rumble. Kick his ass, Sea-Bass!




~Carson

22 comments:

Bob D said...

At least we will have Myers on our side of a fight. Its actually a relief that Lawrence and Wells signed with other teams. If they had signed with the Phils a trade of Myers would have been likelyfor an OF. Gillick seems poised to keep Lieber thru the start of spring training, this is good in case there is an injury or someone bombs in the rotation early on. If the team is OK with the rotation or another player steps it up to be available as the 6th or extra SP then a trade for a RP or other will be in store.
With Nixon signing elsewhere then Rowand is likely to stay at least till trading deadline. A trade will happen if the team has a log jam in the OF with Burrell, Victorino, Werth, and Rowand. At that point they may move someone.
I have to hand it to Gillick he has improved the depth on this team this off season. Some of these guys have question marks with injury or off years but most of these guys do have some potential to be of help. It does leave some controvesy with some like Coste but if he steps it up then he will be on the team. This team should be able to overcome injuries or ineffectiveness to any player on the team with at least a decent player in his place.

GM-Carson said...

I strongly doubt the team will go with a 6 man rotation as Gillick hinted at a week ago. He was probably just joking around because the Phils do have 6 starters. A 6 man rotation would screw up everything...too many long rests. Lieber will be traded sometime between now and the beginning of the season. My guess is that a club will get desperate during the spring and call the Phils and propose a deal that would be beneficial to both.

I kept hoping Rowand would be traded, but now that the roster is pretty much set, I don't want him going anywhere. Let's see how he produces if he can remain healthy all season. .270 20 homers 80 runs 70 rbi...I'll take that.

GM-Carson said...

After "losing" out on Brian Lawrence (Rockies), the Pirates have once again turned their attention to Tomo Ohka...why?!

Chase Utley was rated the 2nd best base runner in MLB, right behind Chone Figgins...once again, damn glad he's on our side for the next 7 seasons.

furiousBall said...

Love the Utley signing, not totally insane money for a character guy that does everything well.

GM-Carson said...

I'd still like the Phils to sign the Beard (Rick White) to a minor league contract just for the hell of it.

Utley took over as my favorite Philly for Abreu. Talk about a totally different style of play.

furiousBall said...

I personally like the "give a shitness" of his style of play.

D. Page said...

Lieber should be gone by the season's beginning, although we may be able to get more back for him once team's realize that their starting rotation is a pile of shit

GM-Carson said...

If you go around MLB, there aren't too many rotations that have the solidity of the Phils. It's a deep rotation, that isn't flashy or spectacular, but will give you a chance to regularly win without killing the bullpen (which we don't have).

Skeeter said...

I see other teams and filling out their rotation like this:

It's like getting a date to the prom. All year you keep saying "I still have time to find someone. There is no rush. I'll definitely get one by May." Next thing you know it is late April. You're dateless and staying home playing Halo with your younger brother instead of nailing your prom date at the Jersey shore. Other teams will realize they don't want to play Halo all night. They all want to get laid. Hence, they will realize they need a pitcher...like Lieber.

Don't ask how Lieber and high school sex are the same thing...but they are

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- let me get this straight, you want to get it on with our resident donut eating champion Lieber? Dude, that's just gross!

Skeeter said...

No...other teams do. I'm straight as an arrow. The rest of the teams in baseball are gay.

The Rev said...

My favorite live fight story is from the late 80's. I forget who they were playing, but I was sitting on the first base side of the Vet in section 214 as I often did. And the Phillies bench must have been jawing with the opposing pitcher on the mound for some reason.

All of a sudden, I see Dickie Thon come charging out of the dugout all alone toward the pitcher's mound. He got in a couple of shots before the benches cleared. The Phillies bench was about 3 seconds behind him.

Either the entire Phillies bench never expected Dickie to charge alone, or they pulled the "everybody else stop at the steps except Dickie" trick.

That is up there with the time I saw Tony Taylor's foot suddenly light on fire on the first base line, courtesy of Roger McDowell.

GM-Carson said...

Skeeter- I knew what you meant the entire time. I just wanted to make fun of you...which is always encouraged on this site. Humor and baseball is a wonderful combo.

Dickie Thon was awesome! Seriously, the dude was pretty good, and obviously ballsy.

Bob D said...

The best fight I ever saw was in the upperdeck stands in September 1986.
Met fans -vs- Philly fans! Awesome!
They even had to stop the game as the players in the OF was watching this go on.
Nothing like a good riot to send a bunch of New Yorkers up the Jersey Turnpike with a bunch of bumps and bruises. And yes the Phils won.

Los said...

My question is, if Burrell got into a fight, would he swing and miss repeatedly, like he has done at the plate in recent years?

Corey said...

no, he will only miss the first two times, then he will stand there and stare at you for few seconds, before slumping at the shoulders, looking to the sky in disbelief, and returning to his seat on the bench where he can properly nurse a hangover...

das411 said...

Jerry Spradlin, Galen Cisco, Hal McRae....there is a fine feature over at humbug.baseballtoaster.com where he posts random ballgame pictures that people submit and we try to figure out what game they were taken at.

I sent in this one:
http://humbug.baseballtoaster.com/archives/497749.html

As for Phightin' Phils, I am *still* the proud owner of a baseball autographed by Andy Carter. Yes, that Andy Carter, coooooolest one-shot lefty reliever EVER!

GM-Carson said...

When Burrell goes .280 35 homers 105 rbi this season I'm just going to sit back and smile. Then I'm going to kick Los for always picking on him. You know we need your dose of Burrell "realism" on here though Los, evens things out.

goDuke said...

If Burell got into a ruckus with someone he'd destroy them. He'd be hitting them like he does the college girls... early and often. Thats why no one messes with Burrell. They are scared sh*tless of him.

BloodStripes said...

I wanna see some Phightin' Phils this year. Phists and all!

Smash 'em Phils!

GM-Carson said...

Bloodstripes- sticking with your theme: I hope the Phightin' Phils use their phists to really phuck up the competition.

BloodStripes said...

Shit yeah!