As readers of this blog, you know we seldom mention our state buddies the Pirates, even though we pay homage to them at the top of our page. Corey and I are predominantly Phillies Phans first and foremost, but rooting for the Buccos is second nature. We grew up getting Fox Sports Pittsburgh on our television sets, so naturally we root for them too. However, when it's time for the Phils to play the Pirates all niceties are pushed aside and we're out for blood. I still do want to spread some swashbuckling love because the Pirates are the perfect team for the Phils to play in their current state of affairs. Chase goes on DL, team is a bit demoralized, but who's coming to town? The lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, so Phillies still have the golden opportunity to start establishing their offense without Mr. Utley (as Iguchi has taken to calling him...wise decision) and win some ball games before facing stiffer competition. By the way, why is it "stiffer", did they pop an Enzyte or something? Anyway, we're all one big happy family here in PA and I'm glad the Buccos can aid us in our quest for the playoffs or at least a gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, tear-filled oh-so-close ending to the season.
Shout, Shout, Let It All Out:
*Wes Helms sucks! He sucks at hitting, he sucks at fielding, he sucks at running; he's a perfectly all-around suck-filled talentless butt-dart! He should only be used for pinch-hitting purposes from now on with Greg Dobbs and Abe Nunez platooning at 3rd (Dobbs against righties, Nuni against lefties).
*"The Real Deal" JD Durbin pitched like a real dud last night, but was awarded the win nevertheless. I take this as a positive, because it's obvious this dude has talent but needs to take a chill pill and calm the hell down. Now that he sees his offense is there to back him up, maybe he can stop walking pitchers and giving up homeruns to players with the power of a 5th grader and focus on simply pitching.
*Tadahito Iguchi is already fitting in, and that's a great thing. I'm not expecting much from him, just a decent glove and a better bat than No-Hit would have offered. I'm also looking forward to the Gooch & Chooch Show at the bottom of the lineup.
*Chris Coste very well may be a soft spoken man, but his bat does an awful lot of trash talking. Last night he once again proved why Rod Barajas is a waste of money and roster space, while knocking in 4 runs with a double and a homerun. F.U. very much Patty G!