Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thirsty Thursday

Steve Smith - Bad Wine

Specifically, a bottle of wine that was given to you by a friend and whether it is a type of wine you don't like or a bottle you've already drank and know is putred, you have absolutely no desire to drink it. You have a few options. One: pinch your nose and chug it. It may be bad, but at least you'll get drunk. Two: re-gift it, ideally to someone you don't like that much, thereby sticking them with the bad wine. The biggest problem with these options is that the person eventually will come over, see the bottle not in your collection, and may ask how it was. You'll end up lying and saying it was great and inevitably you'll receive a second bottle later on down the line, putting you right back at square one. So, you end up going with option three: sitting it in the wine rack and not touching it. Short of decoration, it is essentially useless, but you know that keeping it is much easier than getting rid of it.

The Phillies, after extending the contract of Charlie "MD 20/20" Manuel, brought back the entire coaching staff, including much malaigned third base coach Steve Smith. Last year, Smith was much like his predecessor Bill Dancy in consistently making the wrong decision concerning sending/holding runners from third base. There is no reason I can see that he should be back but somehow he is. My only guess is that it was just easier to keep him around than admit they made another mistake hire. It's just a shame that the Phils have followed a bottle of Dom (Vuk) with a couple of Two Buck Chucks.

Corey

20 comments:

SirAlden said...

We need Bowa at 3B.

He's the best available.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- is Bowa available? I thought he was still technically with the Yankees.

Corey- this is your best Thirsty Thursday comparison yet, because I hate wine and I hate Steve Smith as our 3rd base coach. I don't even like "good" wine because it all tastes like shit to me, much like Steve Smith's coaching ability.

GM-Carson said...

I know Mike Lowell will be a Class A free agent and all, but we need a steady 3rd baseman that can handle the bat and the glove. Mike Constanzo is a strikeout machine in the minors an commits a lot of errors 20+. Currently in the Arizona Fall League he's getting murdered with a .095 avgerage and 10 k's in 17 at bats...ouch!

Corey said...

i don't think anyone is speculating that mike costanzo could be the phillies third baseman next year. george "cocoa" costanza has a better shot of playing the hot corner next year. t-bone!

GM-Carson said...

I'm "speculating" Constanzo won't be our 3rd baseman of the future possibly ever. He's still young, 23, but like I said, his glove and ability to make contact are suspect. Imagine him and Ryan Howard at the corner infield positions. 350-400 k's and 30-40 errors...yuck!

Corey said...

with that logic, wouldn't you recommend NOT signing lowell because he would be a two year stop-gap, and instead going after a guy like atkins/crede/blalock/etc that would be a more long term solution?

furiousBall said...

one good thing about the entire coaching staff returning is davy lopes coming back. he did a damn fine job with all of our base stealers. victorino most notably.

GM-Carson said...

Lowell for 2 years is better than a Helms/Dobbs platoon. If we got Lowell for 2 years, hopefully there'd be another 3rd base option on the market by then or another Phillies prospect made great leaps and bounds.

GM-Carson said...

Oh, and by the way, I'd rather have Garrett Atkins than Lowell because of his age and possible ability to be a long-term solution, but I have no problem with Lowell being a "stop gap" acquisition if we fill the gap properly after he leaves.

SirAlden said...

Tongue in cheek on Bowa. He certainly is the best possible 3B coach with Phillies ties in Baseball.

Old Skool. I miss him. To think Rolen and that cancer Leiberthal ran him out of town, the pussies.
Does anyone remember Dave "Monty" Montgomery going down to the clubhouse to talk to Lieby to get his opinion on how the poor players were holding up under Bowa?

Some rightly fete Charlie "foghorn leghorn" Manuel for keeping the cool during the season. Who remembers in the rotation that Bowa had to use during his NL Manager of the Year, year. David Coggins, Amaury Telemaco, Brandon Duckworth, not to mention Nelson "figgy" Figueroa!

SirAlden said...

Cabrera from a team that is motivatied to move him.

Atkins is a great dream, young and Chase Utley's best man at his wedding.

Crede high risk and very available guy who would be worth a 2 year gamble if healthy ATM.

SirAlden said...

Left Handed Right Fielder Geoff Jenkins platooning with Jason Werthn would be perfect if the Brewers do not pick up his huge option.

Then Scott Linebrink RP from the Brewers as a pig pile on. When you take more than one free agent from a team, it benefits the stealing team in that you cannot give up 2 number 1 picks.

An outfield of Burrell, Victorino, Jenkins, with Werth platooning and Bourne backing up Burrell and "the flyin' Hawaian" Is Major League.

SirAlden said...

Then we pick up an excellent middle infielder utility man and we are all set in the Postion Players Department.

SirAlden said...

http://www.mlb4u.com/freeagency.php?field=team

Sortable by Team and Position.

Does anyone remember the link for Sports Video Feeds we were using in Sept? Thanks.

SirAlden said...

Righthanded - 3rd Baseman

Lefthanded - Platoon Right Fielder

Right Handed - Middle infield utility guy

SirAlden said...

8 Starters

Bench 2 Outfielders:
RF Werth, LH Bourne

Bench 2 Infielders:
LH Dobbs, RH Utl. Inf.

Bench 1 Catcher:
RF Coste or SH Jarmillo

This loses Helms. Most likely Bourne will be going somewhere in trade so Dobbs is counted as an outfielder with Helms being retained. Coste's run as our everyman most probably will be cut short if Jarmillo (a switch hitting major league defensive back up catcher) is not traded as well.

Corey said...

siralden, it might be this site

SirAlden said...

It is Corey. Thank you my man.

SirAlden said...

How about Anderson Machado?

GM-Carson said...

I doubt the BrewCrew picks up Jenkins option because it's for 8 or 9 million I believe. He kills righties, but is worthless against southpaws...open door for Jayson Werth platoon, with Vic in CF, Burrell in LF, and Bourn backing everyone up. I like the idea, much cheaper than keeping Rowand and possibly as good.