Thursday, May 10, 2007

Basketcase

Do you have the time,
To listen to me whine?
About nothing and everything all at once.
I am one of those,
Melodramatic fans.
Neurotic to the bone no doubt about it.

Sometimes I give myself ulcers.
Sometimes the Phils play tricks on me.
It all keeps adding up,
I think I'm cracking up.
Am I just paranoid?
Or do they suck?

I went to a shrink,
To analyze my dreams.
She says it's lack of wins that's bringing me down.
I want to the GM,
and said I’d be better than him,
And quit your job cause you’re bringing the team down.

Sometimes I get myself worked up.
Sometimes the Phils seem to be screwin' with me.
It all keeps adding up,
I think I'm cracking up.
Am I just crazy?
Or do they stink?

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Word Up:
*At the risk of sounding like a nagging nun in a Catholic school, I'll try to stay with an upbeat tone today. So, Ryan Howard won the game last night. Well, actually Manuel pinch-hit Howard with the bases loaded and a Phillie actually managed to hit a homerun of the grand slam variety. Moyer tossed another quality outing, earning his 4th win of the season and keeping his ERA at a respectable 3.00. Brett Myers came in and locked down with a 2-inning save effort, and has allowed only 1 run in his 12 1/3 innings of relief. Sometimes-Hit Nunez has his average up to a blistering .288. Jimmy Rollins continues to scald the ball (.301 AVG, .582 SLG). Victorino is showing a bit of pop in his bat (2 homeruns in last 4 games). Fence-Face Rowand apparently likes to stroke it too (.360 AVG). Last positive note, today is an off day meaning the Phils can't lose.

*Yesterday I posted some images of Phillies from the past, and some of you wished I had included a favorite of yours. Well, here's two blasts from the past that should put a grin on your face. Take pleasure in...



~Carson

22 comments:

BloodStripes said...

We need some Hollins like anger in the hot corner again. Somebody fire up!

GM-Carson said...

It's nice to have Nunez hitting some singles (FINALLY), but we need a bit of pop at 3rd, and Helms hasn't been supplying it either. At this point Nunez is a far better fielder, and his bat is actually catching up to Helms. Helms has greater potential with the bat, but he hasn't shown it yet this season.

BloodStripes said...

3rd base needs some pop alright. Cmon Wes, some big hits please mate. Good to see Nunez on-base a bit. Better than nothing.

GM-Carson said...

Further proving the Phils are only about making money, they sold the rights of Brian Mazone (a trusty Triple A starter for the past 2 seasons) to the Samsung Lions of the Korean league.

Then to show we're cheap, the organization signed some Independent League dude, Jason Anderson, who used to pitch in the Yanks organization.

Jacobin said...

We sold a AAA starter to the Korean leagues? It sounds like a punchline from Major League! Blah, just blah. The sad part is Mazone is probably in a better baseball environment in Korea than he was in Ottawa Canada. On a side note, the AAA team moves to the Lehigh Valley (Allentown) next year... have you heard that the team will be the "Iron Pigs" and have you seen their hideous logo?

Oh, and I'd like to direct you to an amusing article on ESPN.com today. It's worth the read: Lies my baseball team told me.

GM-Carson said...

Allentown Iron Pigs, yes I've heard of them, and I think it's genious...in a totally idiotic way of course.

GM-Carson said...

The O's are rumored to be interested in Adam Eaton. This trade couldn't happen until June 1, and I doubt that Gillick will do it even if the O's give us something worthwhile in return. Pat still probably believes Eaton has "20 win potential".

goDuke said...

Jacobin... I spent 8 weeks in Korea for work a couple years ago. In no way shape or form is it a "better baseball environment" then Ottowa. Even though I've never been to Ottowa or even Canada, I can't imagine that the whole country smells like the dumpster behind an all you can eat Chinese buffet... like Korea did. That in itself would make it hard to be fun to play baseball there.

Jacobin said...

Wow, the whole country smells like that? Geez, that is pretty miserable. Anyhow, here's a nugget of wisdom from Bill Conlin's article today that highlights just how great the farm system is at the moment:

How bad is it? When Triple A Ottawa, Double A Reading and high A Clearwater played Tuesday night, a total of 38 players saw action. A staggering 23 of them - 60.5 percent - were drafted and signed by other clubs, most cut adrift to be signed as minor league free agents or in the minor league phases of the Rule 5 draft. Reading's best hitter is Joey Hammond, 29, a 10-year minor leaguer. Catcher Jason Hill is 30.

Actually, the entire article is pretty interesting. I'm not sure if it's damning Gillick, lamenting that it will take a while to fix the organization following Ed Wade's tenure, or bitching about both of them for doing shit jobs. Anyway, I'll link it in case you're interested "Gillick can't undo Wade era overnight."

GM-Carson said...

This sucks! I was all set to see Cole Hamels pitch Saturday at the game, but now he's pitching tomorrow with letdown Freddy Garcia going on Saturday. Manuel reshuffled the rotation becuase of a cut on Lieber's hand supposedly.

furiousBall said...

Dave Hollins was great at third, he had a gigantic head, not like Placido Polanco head, but it was mighty

goDuke said...

The saddest thing about Joey Hammonds is that when I went to a couple of games last year, I actually came away from his at bats thinking, wow this dude looks like he's scared of the ball. I wish I had moved sooner, so I could have seen Howard and Utley play in Reading... I live like 10 minutes from the park, only theres no one really worth going to see there now.

Jacobin said...

I used to work for the R-Phils (saw every home game during Rolen's season there). I still live within a 10-15 minute drive of the park... haven't gone to a game there for at least two years. It's a friggin' carnival sideshow of baseball (or at least it is to me). They have at least 5 or 6 "official" mascots (not counting the "scoreboard" mascots), and at times all the promotional crap makes it hard to notice baseball is going on. The same crew is running the Lehigh Valley AAA operation, so it will be interesting to see how that turns out.

goDuke said...

I took my 8 year old son last year, he had a good time. The multi-mascot thing is nuts. It wasn't too bad though, we had a good time. Its worth it for the fireworks though... lol.

GM-Carson said...

I love both Major and Minor league baseball for different reasons. I absolutely love the "carnival" like atmosphere of the minors and how fun everything seems to be (and cheap for that matter) and seeing some future Big Leaguers is fun too. I love the Majors because that's real baseball, all business. Two separate formats, two quality outcomes/products.

GM-Carson said...

There's rumor that Troy Glaus could become available via the Blue Jays. Now that's a 3rd baseman! Not sure what we'd have to offer to get him, but it's worth a listen.

das411 said...

Ahhhh check out that glorious early '90s hair on Hollins!!

I would trade just about anybody except for J-Roll, Utley, or COLE for Glaus...but I wonder, if the Cardinals keep up this nosedive they are in, could they have a 3B available too...

michael said...

haha nice thought DAS but i dont ever see rolen coming back here i dont see the cards ever trading him or him ever agreeing to come back unfortunately.

McD said...

Carson - Excellent picture of Von Hayes. 5 for 1 never looked so good!

Can I make a request for a little Dickie Thon love?

GM-Carson said...

McD- let me get this right...you just asked for some DICKie love? Dude, I don't know what type of site you think we're running here, but we ain't into that stuff.

Honestly, I don't want Scott Rolen back. Great 3rd baseman defensively, but his body is fragile, his paycheck huge, and he's too damn senstive.

McD said...

You heard what I wanted Carson. You can't go wrong with Dickie Thon!

Los said...

It's time for my periodic "Is Ryan Howard out of his slump now" comment that I break out every time he hits a home run ... so, that would be 6 times, if you're counting ...