Phils pitching coach, Rich Dubee, has finally done something right...his wife. Yep, some 22 years ago he impregnated her with his pitching-rich sperm and produced his son Michael Dubee whom the Phils just traded away for 2nd baseman Tadahito Iguchi. This was the perfect deal to make because Iguchi didn't cost the Phils a prospect and is only a rent-a-player for the remainder of the season. "Gooch" (great now we have a Gooch and Chooch...where's the Cooch?) is a reliable fielder and can handle the bat well and will probably slot into the 2 hole in the Phils lineup.
I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so! It's about time the Phils dive into the Asian baseball market, as Iguchi will be the 1st Asian born Phillie. Sorry, Bruce Chen doesn't count (Panamanian-Asian). Gooch will have some familiar faces in the clubhouse to turn to as Fence-Face was his teammate in ChiTown in '05 and Howard toured with him in Japan this offseason. The language barrier won't be too much of a problem either, because even though Iguchi speaks through an interpreter, apparently Manuel can speak fluent Japanese...too bad the redneck can't speak fluent English.
The Phillies made a flurry of moves yesterday, starting with the disabling of Chase Utley and the call-up of Joe Thurston. Thurston needed to be added to the 40-man roster, so our favorite no-talent ass-clown Danny Sandoval was sent adrift. Later, Brett Myers was activated from the disabled list with Fat Mike Zagurski being sent down to Ottawa. Then last night Tadahito Iguchi was acquired from the ChiSox, thus making it a brief stay in Philly for Thurston.
Can You Hear Me Now?:
*Thank God for the rain! Pennsylvania is experiencing a shortage of rain this summer, as my crunchy brown grass can attest, so needless to say we need a few sprinkles. The rain also helped save the Phils bullpen last night who was savagely burned through by Fuqua in the Washington series, and earned Grand Pappy Moyer a complete game.
*Pat Burrell is awesome in July. Corey and I gave up hope on him, but the man is on fire right now and helping to carry the offense. He got hot at the right time because we need him to continue his torrid hitting in the absence of Utley. Dare I say, "You're my boy Burrell, you're my boy!"?
*Rumors surrounding Michael Bourn are starting to annoy me. I probably think higher of him and value him more than most Phans, because I see him as our leadoff hitter next season batting .290-.300, with a .350+ on base %, scoring tons of runs, and stealing bases like Jose Reyes. I would not even consider trading him for an ass-pop like Woody Williams or Josh Towers. He's cheap, he's young, and he has huge upside with that blazing speed of his. I know he's one of the only trading chips we hold, but I'd rather hold on to him.