Peter Baker of The Good Phight was kind enough to sit down at the keyboard for a good old fashioned Q&A session with yours truly. Past Check Your Head victims this offseason have been Jason Weitzel of BeerLeaguer and Tom G of Balls, Sticks, & Stuff. Let's see what Baker had to say...
1. Statistics aside, who is your favorite Phillies non-superstar of the past?
Depending on how far back you want to go, I actually really liked Von Hayes. And Glenn Wilson was a favorite due to his cannon arm, and his extra tuff porn 'stache and huge 80s glasses.
2. Why in the hell are you a Phillies fan anyway?
Born in southeastern Pennsylvania, and I was a victim of a heinous bait-and-switch by being a very young child during the '77-'83 mini-dynasty. I think I got the idea in my head that the Phillies were, and always would be, awesome. I've learned my lesson, painfully, in the ensuing years.
3. If you had to choose a current Phillie to start a new franchise with, who would it be and why?
Chase Utley, no doubt about it. In his prime, an elite hitter who plays a premium defensive position and plays it extremely well. Possibly the best all-around player in the National League.
4. Discuss the evolution of The Good Phight.
A bunch of too-smart people who got to know each other through the Renegade Phan Phorum over at PhilliesPhans.com. We observed in each other a mutual skepticism about national and regional sports media, and wanted to provide an alternative outlet for people who wanted to seek answers to the tougher questions.
5. What is your honest opinion of our Special Olympics manager, Uncle R-Tard?
Most of "R-Tard's"* (as you put it) weaknesses are endemic to the structure of the modern game, and thus the problems are bigger than him. Bullpen management, lineup construction, etc.... we'd find something to bitch about with every manager. But I think Manuel draws the best from his players, particularly the hitters, by creating a positive clubhouse environment.
I also resent the teasing Manuel takes for his speech and mannerisms, particularly from the a-holes* who seem to think a northeastern urban accent somehow makes one sound more sophisticated than a West Virginian one. Not everyone is good in front of the microphone. That doesn't make him stupid.
6. What is your favorite aspect of baseball- pitching, offense, or defense?
To me, there's nothing more exciting and exhilarating to watch as a fan than a brilliantly pitched baseball game. Give me a Cole Hamels 15-K masterpiece over a 12-2 blowout any day.
7. Describe your overall impression/opinion of the Phillies fanbase.
It's as diverse as the Delaware Valley population itself. Lots of intelligent, reasonable people who are unfortunately and far too often drowned out by the morons* who give the rest of us a bad name.
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.
Probably a 4. His strengths are the opposite of those of Ed Wade. Gillick excels at moves that fill out the roster; he dumpster dives very well, but he's a questionable judge of front-line talent, which is how you get stuck with Adam Eaton for three years.
*= I think Petey disliked my reference to Charlie Manuel as a retard and believes I fall into the boat of a-hole and moron...which is fine by me, because I have no fear in stating my opinions, and my opinion is that Manuel is a huge f'n idiot.