Back from my vacation to discuss the Phillies news of the past week a bit browner, heavier, and tired. First on the agenda...
1. All-Star Game: I am about to employ the WSBGM's brigade to start a public smear campaign against that retard Clint Hurdle. First he snubs our boy Burrell, who happens to be having a killer season, then he snubs Hamels by picking imploding reliever Carlos Marmol to replace the injured Kerry Wood. What's that, another Cub (8 total) you ask?! Then he goes out of his way to give Philly the one-finger salute by warming up our starting pitcher, oops, I meant closer, Brad Lidge from the 8th inning on until he's finally used in the 15th inning throwing well over 100 pitcher. Also, not to be lost in the festivities was Utley's poor showing in the Homerun Derby, in which he looked he wanted no part of, and then dropping the "F Bomb" during the game; and by "F Bomb" I do not mean farfegnugen.
2. Joe Blanton: I want to be happy about this, but I'm not. I want to be mad about this, but I'm not; I guess I'm indifferent. The prospects surrendered in the deal were a nice package, but they come with no guarantee. Cardenas has a bright future, but by "bright" I only mean a .280ish middle infielder with doubles power. Outman has a kick-ass last name, and has definite upside, but he wasn't helping the Phils in the '08 playoff push. Spencer, hell I even forgot he was still in the Phil minor league system...sayonara. Back to Blanton, not very good this season or in '06. Blanton in '05 and '07 good. He's better than Eaton, that's for damn sure. How much of a help he'll be this or next season is to be determined. I just hope this isn't Gillick's "big splash", because the only "big splash" coming from Blanton is in the pool when he jumps in due to his rather rotund figure.
3. Ryan Howard: Glad to see Corey removed the Mendoza Watch for him. For the better part of the season Howard deserved every bit of spite we threw at him, but he now deserves our respect as well. The K Watch is befitting of our mammoth slugger, as he plunges onward to the double crown (homerun and rbi title) he'll continue racking up k's along the way.
4. Jamie Moyer: Grand Pappy has an era below 4 and a record of 9-6. I thought this season would be the end of the road for Moyer being that I believed the National League would finally figure him out...I was wrong. At a charity function Moyer announced that he did not want this to be in last hurrah, and based on his numbers at age 45 I don't blame him. I'd like the Phils to work out a standing extension with him in that if he meets certain innings pitched he automatically has a 1 year 5 million dollar contract waiting for him the following season if he chooses to exercise it.
5. Happ/Myers/Eaton: Happ pitched well in 2 starts, but is stuck back in the minors. Myers pitcher horribly all season long, got exiled to Guam (not really, only Lehigh Valley), but is now getting another chance in the Phils rotation. Eaton has pitched shit-o-rific for nearly 2 seasons and is banished to long relief. Yeah, all that makes sense.
6. Nationally Televised Games: I don't know the record of games played by the Phils on a nationally televised stage (Fox, ESPN, or TBS), but my goodness it seems they really crap the bed every time they get the spotlight shown upon them, with yesterday's ugly loss and last Saturday's "bloodletting" being the most recent examples.
7. While on the beach I read Jayson Stark's The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History. #1 overrated Phillie of all-time Bobby Abreu. I'll leave you with that.