Thursday, February 21, 2008

War of Words

Last winter/spring Jimmy Rollins called the Phillies "the team to beat". Unoriginal rip-off artist Carlos Beltran belted back last week with, "To Jimmy Rollins, we are the team to beat". Now J-Roll is a bit miffed because Carlos performed the illegal act of plagiarism and isn't even getting a 15 game suspension from everybody's buddy Bud Selig. Naturally Rollins has a response- "First I will rip out Beltran's heart and eat it for a midnight snack. Then my crew (Phils) will demolish the Mets during the season leaving them at home profusely weeping in October yet again. To put the sprinkles on the cupcake, we'll finish off by winning the World Series and dedicate it to Beltran's inspiring words." Damn Jimmy, didn't have to go all ninja on the poor guy. By the way, is that a roll or a "jimmy" on that poster?

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Speaking of inspiration, I aspire to be this guy in 20-odd years. Seriously, he's got the cash flow to lay down on Phillies fantasy camp and look like a total stud in his uniform. Okay, I may have taken a bit of a liberty referring to him as a stud, but let's cut the guy some slack.

~Carson

16 comments:

furiousBall said...

why did that lady glue a dildo on that poster next to a letter J?

GreggyD said...

Wow...Howard won his arbitration case. I'm really surprised. This is a good day for Howard. He better live up to that $10 million salary.

Daniel said...

I can't wait to be this guy....save the male pattern baldness, impotence and achy back...

this gem is fresh off metsblog.

"The Mets are sending an e-mail pushing NL East-centric ticket plans, as well as single-game tickets, with the subject line: “It’s Your Turn to Join the ‘Team to Beat’”

...wow..and i thought "Goosebumps" was lame

SirAlden said...

Ryan Howard Wins Arbitration 10 Million!

I am surprised based on patterns, for the basic agreement. I think the Phillies were too cute, by half, in not offering to match Miguel Cabrera's $7.4 million last season.

Or go to say 8 million. Hope they learn from this. Money well spent.

GM-Carson said...

I'm shocked Howard won the arbitration case too, but regardless I'm happy he's a Phillie.

Bob D said...

Carson, that is me except its a receeding hairline, or as I say its in a full retreat. Oh wait, that is my dream in 10 years.

I found it hard to believe that Howard got awarded the $10mil. Maybe Howard will prove Beltran right by using his bat on the Mets as "The team to beat!"

GM-Carson said...

My hair line is pulling back from my forehead as well...come back you bastards!

Howard getting $10 mil now is awesome for Howard, but bad for the Phillies. Think about how much more expensive he's going to be from here on out...long term deal? Only if you're talking $150+ million...just can't see the Phils doing that.

GreggyD said...

I've heard so many people clamoring now for him to get a long-term deal before his price goes up any more and they're talking about Howard being in Philly for the next 7-10 years. I'm getting tired of this discussion so I had this to say over on The 700 Level:

"I am as big of a Phillies fan as anyone else that reads this blog, but I can't see a situation in which Howard puts up those kinds of numbers for the next 10 years. Howard is already going to be 30 next year. Aka if they signed him to a deal for that long, he'd be 40 when it was closing out. 3-4 years would be a good deal if it happens next season. He might not like it, but it'll keep the Phils from being locked in to another ridiculously long-term deal if he starts to break down after a certain amount of time and let's face it, with a body like his, he won't hold up as well as say a Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins. Love Howard to death, but we need to be realistic about the future situation with him."

GreggyD said...

And by those types of numbers, I was referencing a post where someone said "What is a .270 average and 50 homeruns a year worth to you?"

GM-Carson said...

I love Howard too, but when thinking about the future, he's in his peak years now and that will probably only last 3-4 more seasons, and after that a likely decline...do we still want to pay him a ridiculous amount of money when he's not producing like he is now?

Scotty said...

I agree with you both. Howard is not exactly a well conditioned and put-together player. With his size, weight, and the fact that he has to play the field everyday in order to be in the lineup his body is bound to break down sooner than later. I think the Phils would be best served to sign him to a long term (5 year) deal for about 12-13 million a year. Lock him up until he is about 35 or 36 then deal him to the AL for some young prospects.

Someone in the AL is always willing to spend the money on a hitter who can platoon at 1st base and DH especially a lefty, and they are usually willing to give up some talent to get it. To keep Howard through his prime for somewhere around 70-80 million would be a steal for the Phils. Especially now since he won the arbitration hearing.

GM-Carson said...

Any 4-5 year "deal" for Howard will have to start at a minimum of $15 million per season, and my guess is that Howard is looking for closer to 20 mil...ouch!

Maria said...

Ryan Howard should follow in Chase's footsteps. Sign for less and stay in Philadelphia but even I know that's unlikely to happen.

GM-Carson said...

Howard is destined for the BoSox or Yanks come 2011 or 2012, sad, but likely true.

Bob D said...

2011 is still 4 years away, that will put him in Philly for 7 years at that point. That would likely be 280-300 Hrs by then at 40+ a year.
They are all arbitration years, so they could keep him each year by adding say a 1mil a year. That would put his 4year value at $43mil from 2008-2011.

Mike said...

The 2012 Red Sox will feature Howard at 1st and Burrell as the DH.