Chris Snelling - Sleeman Cream Ale
A week or so ago, my neighbor came over and gave me a 6-pack of cans of Sleeman Cream Ale. He said he got it at the local distributor for around 10 bucks a case and that it was surprisingly good. And boy was he right. For the price, I've never had a better can of beer. So, I went directly to my local supplier only to learn that they aren't distributing that beer in my area any longer and it was so cheap (usually around 14 bucks a case, still a bargain) because they had it on special to get rid of it. Such a disappointment...much like the disappointment that is Chris Snelling's career.
Snelling tore through the minors, hitting over .300 in each of his first 7 seasons. But as soon as he got to the majors, he tore up his ACL. He never really got healthy in Seattle and was traded twice before he ended up with the Phils. This year, he only has two hits, but both were clutch extra-base knocks. Unfortunately, he was sent down in favor of So Taguchi. And now that the anti-Taguchi train is picking up speed, Snelling is disabled in Lehigh Valley and awaiting results of an MRI on his knee and could possibly be out for an extended period of time. And we are stuck with Taguchi. Such a disappointment...
"I grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground." - Shawn Chacon
Chacon channeled the angst of thousands of Phillies fans when he ended a confrontation with Ed Wade by hurling the scrotum-faced GM to the ground. To be honest, this isn't cool. A player can't go Latrell Sprewell on management. Chacon should probably be suspended for the rest of the season and his contract should be voided. Furthermore, I wouldn't mind it if Chacon never saw the field again. This kind of crap should not be tolerated. That being said, I'm ashamed to admit I chuckled a little when I read this. And I wondered, "Was Wade wearing his MedicAlert bracelet?"
The Oakland Series
Okay, WSBGM's needs a west coast correspondent because I'm too old to stay up that late. I only have one friend who lives in the pacific time zone, and he's a Giants fans, so I don't trust him to write about the Phillies... But anyways, I can't comment on the game because I've only seen the highlights and the boxscore. Apparently Utley got some hits and Kendrick didn't allow many. That's nice. Wins are good.
One thing I did see before I passed out was the lineup changes Manuel made. Rollins third, Victorino seventh, Utley second. Whatever. I think Manuel was just shaking things up to try to reverse fortunes. It's creative. It's not very Manuel-like. I like it. I don't think any of the changes are permanent, although I would like to see Pat Burrell sitting in the cleanup spot more often. This is at least the second time Burrell has occupied that spot against a LHP. But why isn't Burrell there against righties too? I realize Howard can't hit lefties at all (.180) but he isn't tearing up righties either (.240.) Until Howard is consistently hitting the ball, Burrell needs to sit in the 4-hole and Howard needs to move down in the order.
The rubber match of this series is set for 4:00 today. Adam Eaton squares off against Rich Harden, so the Phils don't have much of a chance. Be thankful you'll be at work and miss most of this one...