Happy Fathers Day!
For your Sunday afternoon enjoyment will be Gavin Eaton pitching for the Phils facing the no-hit wonderboy Justin Verlander. I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm confident in saying Verlander will not duplicate his no-hit performance today like he did against the Brew Crew. In fact, I'm even hoping for a series win over Detroit, and that would be a huge accomplishment and continuance of positives for our beloved Phightins.
Drugs Are Bad:
Another no-talent ass-clown has juiced himself up in hopes of making an impression in the minors for the almighty call-up to the majors. Earlier in the season Hector Made, a 2nd baseman who we acquired from the Yanks for Sal Fu Manchu Fasano, tested positive for steroid use and was suspended 50 games. Yesterday Ottawa starting pitcher Matt Childers, who has seen action with the Brewers and Braves in past seasons, was the lastest casualty of the 50 game drug ban. Seriously, either use the untraceable HGH or stay clean you idiots!
Francisco Rosario was disabled yesterday and Brian Sanches (what's with the "s" instead of a "z" at the end of his name) was summoned from Ottawa. Rosario was pretty much a worthless reliever that we claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays and losing him to the DL is no loss at all. The man has a nice fastball, but drunk drivers are less erratic. This gives me the perfect opportunity to complain about Chris Coste not being on the roster. I was hoping the Disney inspired Coste would get the call to the Phils, but no, instead it's a guy not worthy of a MLB uniform in the form of Sanches. Sanches didn't impress me last year when he pitched with the Phils (5.91 ERA), and he's been sucking in Triple A (1-2, 24 games, 30 IP, 41 hits surrendered, 5.40 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) not exactly a compelling case for promotion. Only positives I can see from Sanches is that his control has been good issuing 4 walks, and he's also k'd 39 batters in 30 innings and has 10 saves. But back to Coste, he's done nothing but hit in the majors, so wouldn't it make sense to have him in case you needed a hit?! Maybe they'll recognize the error of their ways and cut bait with Jose Mesa. Then again, Mesa will probably be our predominant setup man by season's end blowing leads...yeah!
At the Brick Cit House:
Besides the awful traffic on the way down to the stadium, it was a very pleasurable day. Moyer pitched a Moyer like outing, baffling guys with his offspeed stuff, and only surrendering 2 runs on solo jacks. The Phils offense was steady throughout the game, posting 1 run on the scoreboard in 6 of their 8 innings. Homeruns by Vic and Fence-Face got standing ovations. Phils win 6-3.
The Phillies winning and moving to 2 games back on the NL East leading Mets wasn't even the high point of my day. I got to meet one of my baseball idols- ESPN's Jayson Stark. He was signing copies of his new book, The Stark Truth, about the most over and underrated players in MLB history. We had a short conversation about how "awesome" (my words) he is, his Useless Information column on ESPN.com, and how Petter Gammons loves the Dropkick Murphy's. He even posed for a picture with me, which will be posted on the blog sometime later this week. Jayson Stark, you're my homeboy!