Friday, May 09, 2008

Phlashback Phriday - Timmah!

When the Phils open a new series, I like to phlashback to a player that suited up for both teams. This week's honoree: Tim Worrell.

Worrell pitched for a few teams (SD, Det, Oak, Cle, Bal, Chi) before stringing together a few good years with SF. He parlayed that into a 2 year, $6 mil deal with the Phils. He had an "okay" 2004 setting up for The Rat, but he is most remembered for his meltdown the following year. After limping to a ERA over 7, he went on the DL for "personal psychological issues." The Phils eventually released Worrell, only to have him post a 2.27 ERA over 32 relief appearances with Arizona later in the season. For some reason, the Giants signed him for 2 years after this and got what they deserved - 1 year, an ERA over seven and retirement.

I said this about Worrell last year - "Basically, he took the "Operation Shutdown" for mental midgets, now referred to as the "Greinke Holiday." Worrell is out of baseball now, but has opened the "Tim Worrell Rehabilitation Center For Overpaid Relief Pitchers Who Have Lame Excuses For High ERA's" in his hometown of Pasadena, California."
Quoting The Phils
"Ryan Howard has been staying on righthanders real good and he's starting to swing better." - Charlie Manuel - I can get a good look at a steak by sticking my head up a cow's ass, but I'd rather take the butcher's word for it. But in this case, I'd rather see an average above .165...

"I f----d up." - Adam Eaton - No, Gavin, you ARE an f-up.

“It’s still a work in progress, I feel like I’m taking some small steps.” - Jamie Moyer - That's because you're using a walker, Jamie. Seriously, a "work in progress?" 22 years in the league and still talking about the future. After he's done pitching, he should work for the Pirates organization, they like his type of thinking.

“That’s amazing sometimes how that 98 (mph) gets hit and that 78 wins. I think the law of gravity grabs it sometimes.” - Charlie Manuel - Sometimes? Is Charlie implying that gravitational force is selective or that its magnitude varies with pitch speed? No, he's not that dumb. I'm sure he meant to say that the increased movement of Moyer's ball, compared to one traveling at a much higher velocity, was more likely the result of increased drag, which varies as a square of the velocity, combined with a greater gravitational effect on the direction of its momentum. I can't imagine talking physics with Charlie Manuel, it would be like...actually, I can't think of anything more ridiculous. Discussing Tantra with a nun somehow seems more plausible...
What Can Myers Do For You?
Not much recently. Yesterday was especially dreadful, as Myers and Phils mailed it in from Phoenix.

There really isn't much else to say about the game. Is it worth mentioning that Howard raised his average to .165 and only struck out once? Didn't think so.

The Phils now travel to SF where they play the offensively challenged Giants. Again, anything less than 2 wins would be a disappointment.



GM-Carson said...

The sad sack Pirates just swept the Giants, the Phils better do the same damn thing.

Jason Michaels is the newest Phucco; Pittsburgh acquired the outfielder and former Phillie yesterday. Why? It's the Pirates, they don't really have a plan, they just do.

SirAlden said...

"Ebony and Ivory, Howard and Myers both suck ass Majorley.

Side by side on my Phightins' Payroll, 10 Mil, why Lord please!?"

Sing it everyone!

GM-Carson said...

Thing is SirAlden, I so desperately want Howard & Myers to balls up and start doing what they're capable of doing with the ball, which is Ryan knocking the crap out of it and Brett chucking quality innings.

furiousBall said...

i heard a rumor that howard could be being shopped? really?

GM-Carson said...

Buster Olney was having fun concocting some outrageous trades, and one he came up with was shopping Howard for pitching, but there's no merit to this speculation as of now.

GM-Carson said...

Phils face Pat Misch tonight, a 26 year old lefty who doesn't have a win yet in his big league career spanning parts of the past 3 seasons with the Giants...wonder what the Phils will do? Cy Young or Paul Abbot?

The Philistine said...

Hey guys I love the blog. Good to see some real Phightins fans out there. Ryan Howard = going to be really interesting to see if he turns it on to get that bling the way Pat Burrell is doing this year. Howard thinks he's worth $160 million? Get outta here.

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BloodStripes said...

Keep winning Phils.

GM-Carson said...

I'm so glad Jimmy Rollins is back. However, Eric Bruntlett after a rough couple of games to start really did a nice job, maybe he should get a start once a week at 3rd base.

No Phils on TV today = me pissed off!

Why do the Marlins keep winning?