Two weeks ago I kicked off the offseason interview caravan with Jason Weitzel of BeerLeaguer. Next stop is with the man who created Phloggers Pheeds for all Philadelphia sports blogs and is the adminstrator of Balls, Sticks, & Stuff...Tom G- time to check your heard!
1. Statistics aside, who is your favorite Phillies non-superstar of the past?
Superstar-wise it was always Mike Schmidt. Non-superstar-wise... I might have to say Kevin Stocker. I've always had a weakness for scrappy little white guys, as anyone who has ever met me can probably surmise pretty quickly.
2. Why in the hell are you a Phillies fan anyway?
The same reason the rest of us root for the teams we root for: because that's who our fathers rooted for. I grew up about 100 miles northwest of Philly, so it was logical for us to be Phillies fans.
*3. We are both new to the fathering fraternity, be honest, what is more important- Phils or baby?
Sleep would rank higher than anything right now. Obviously the baby comes first, but don't think that I haven't been perusing line drive rates and hot stove news while trying to rock a certain someone to sleep.
4. Discuss the evolution of Balls, Sticks, & Stuff as well as Phloggers Pheeds.
In hindsight "Balls, Sticks, & Stuff" might not be the best name, but I'm stuck with it now. It was actually the name of the folder I had various websites bookmarked in that dealt with golf, baseball, football, and other interesting (to me) things. I started the site in the summer in 2004, and if you had told me then that in three years hundreds of people would read it every day and that I would have close to 1500 posts, I'd have told you that you were crazy. The Phlogger's Pheeds page came about when it seemed like there was a new Philly sports blog being created every day and we needed a way to keep track of all of them. Again, I never would have thought it would be such a hit. And by the way, if anyone has a site or knows of a site they'd like to have included, just get in touch with me.
5. What is your honest opinion of our Special Olympics manager, Uncle R-Tard?
For the most part, I think that when it comes to people, what you see is what you get, but in the case of Charlie, I think he is easily misunderestimated. There's been times I've screamed at him through my television set and in a perfect world, he'd be the Phils hitting coach. But in the end, he got half a team to the playoffs, and that should certainly stand for something.
6. What is your favorite aspect of baseball- pitching, offense, or defense?
I've always thought there was something mesmerizing about watching a golf ball or baseball or football arc through the air, so offense has always been interesting to me. But more and more, defense is catching my eye, and I think the creative statistics that are coming to light are very interesting. Plus, what's not to like about watching J-Roll and Chase dance around second base on a double play?
7. Describe your overall impression/opinion of the Phillies fanbase.
People say it's not a baseball town anymore, that it is a football town, but I would contend that in the end, Philly fans are perfectly content to get behind whichever one they think has the best chance of winning a championship. And there's nothing wrong with that. But I think to a certain extent, years of bleeding Eagle green has caused them to sometimes forget how baseball works. Baseball isn't a sport where you can act like Brian Dawkins, one of the best safeties of all time and a borderline maniac on Sundays, does and be successful. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
8. Give Patty G a rating on a 1-10 scale (11 being the highest) of the job you think he's done thus far.
I might have a different answer in a month or two, but lets say if Branch Rickey is a 10 and Harry Frazee, the Boston GM who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees is a 1, I would give Pat Gillick a 6, or slightly above average. I think if he was younger, and could be here for the long-haul, I think the Phillies would eventually become a bit of a juggernaut. But, it takes time to turn an entire organization around, and if he is only going to be here for a total of 3 years, well then really his grade should be an "incomplete".
9. What are your other favorite Phillies related sites to frequent?
Over the last year, I've really liked what the mainstream media beat reporters are doing on their blogs. If you read Todd Zolecki's, Scott Lauber's, Mike Radano's and John Finger's sites closely, with the willingness to read between the lines a bit, I think you can get a good sense of whats going on in the heads of the Phillies.
* = My baby and family comes first and foremost, but my other phamily comes a close second.