That was too disgusting for words. Of course, Jacobin's summary that "Today's game makes me want to dry heave blood," is about as accurate as it gets (although I think the presence of blood would not make it "dry" heaving...)
After plopping down two losses in FLA, it looked like they would take two from Atlanta. And then the Pat Gillick Experience took over, as Gordon and Myers contributed 1.2 innings and 7 earned to steal a loss from the jaws of victory.
The combination of Charlie Manuel and the Pat Gillick Experience (4.76 ERA, are you freakin' kidding me???) has cost this city a playoff birth. Plain and simple. Both need to go. When people were trashing Gillick last season, I was all for giving him an opportunity. Well, he's had his opportunity. And he crapped all over it. I don't care how good the offense is, when your manager and general manager do their jobs with this sort of ineptitude, the team has no chance.
bob d - "Myers is miscast in the closer role and should be in the rotation. I hope they put him back there for next year as a switch now is too late." A-freakin-men. Who's decision was it to put Myers in the closer role? I honestly don't know. Whoever it is, needs to be shot...repeatedly....with rubber bullets...so it inflicts repeated, excruciatingly painful hits, one after the other, so they too can feel the pain of being a Phillies fan.
There is no D in Chris' name for a reason. He had an error plus multiple missed catches in the 8th and 9th, including the game winning hit that went off his glove. Wild Thing called his fielding "absolutely horrendous" on Post Game Live. Frankly, Roberson has looked horrible in the field all year. Fuqua should read The Tortoise and the Hare, or at least take a listen to the book on tape or have Ruben Amaro read it to him, because speed does not equal defense. Like the Phillies, Roberson goes the wrong way, fast.
There is some interesting stuff on MLB.com about Cole Hamels, but today's post would need intermission if I put it on here today, so I'll wait until tomorrow..
On to the beer portion of the blog...
Greg Dobbs - Lionshead
Lionshead is made by Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, the company that bought and produces the Stegmaier brands of beer. Wikipedia describes Lionshead as a pilsner that's "cheap price (around $10 per case) and generally unoffensive taste make it a favorite for college students." Hey, just because you're not in college anymore, doesn't mean you can't be frugal. Despite it's cost and relatively mild taste, you won't find many people (at least not in the Central PA region) enjoying the Lion. I myself am guilty of overlooking the King of the Jungle in favor of other "tailgate friendly" brews. Kind of the way Greg Dobbs was overlooked by a lot of teams. Dobbs was 10-27 for Seattle last year and had a career minor league average of .307, while playing first, third, and the corner outfield positions. Seattle was deep in the OF and let the former Oklahoma Sooner go, but it doesn't seem that there was much interest in Dobbs despite his solid numbers, as the Phils were able to pluck him from the waiver wire. And at 385K, Dobbs has been one of the best waiver wire pickups in the majors this year. Productivity and affordability - that's a winning combination.
Geoff Geary - Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
This India Pale Ale from Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery checks in at a cool 21% alcohol by volume. And what do you get when you combine the overwhelming hoppiness of an IPA with that much alcohol? Extreme flammability and a horrible bitter taste in your mouth. Hmmm, kind of like gasoline. And there you have Gas Gan Geary.