Pat Gillick, better known as Patty G around these parts, knows winners. He's the only GM in the history of baseball to ever construct 4 teams that have gone to the playoffs (O's, Jays, M's, and Phils), so you best listen up when he starts talking "repeat". Mr. G had this to say in regards to the Phils defending their WFC, ""I think we've got a good chance." During this interview he did with newly crowned Phillies.com beat writer Todd Zolecki, Gillick also went on to talk about why Ibanez was so expensive, the Phils boost to payroll, and the attempt to keep Burrell.
Ryan Church must still be suffering from post concussion symptoms, because he had this dumbass comment to make the other day, "Hey, they won the World Series. More power to them. There’s only a big bull’s-eye on their back. We’re coming." Doesn't he know he plays for the Mets, and they're "choke artists". *Image courtesy of Mr. Ballz at Phoul Ballz.
Speaking of the World Series, I'm going to get my picture taken with the World Series trophy tomorrow at the Harrisburg Mall (pictures forthcoming on the blog).
By the way, the pitchers and catchers official report date for the Phillies camp is tomorrow. Spring is here!
Check out this list of studly all-stars that the Pirates are inviting to spring training. RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Chris Bootcheck, RHP Jason Davis, LHP Daniel Haigwood, RHP Juan Mateo, RHP Daniel McCutchen and RHP Brian Slocum; catchers Eric Kratz and Miguel Perez; infielders Shelby Ford, Garrett Jones, Pedro Lopez, Anderson Machado and Andy Phillips; outfielders Andrew McCutchen, Craig Monroe and Jeff Salazar. As if I didn't provide enough excitement in the top section. I bet you can barely contain yourself right now. *List courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors.
Pitchers and catchers are supposed to report today in Pirates camp, but the jury is still out on if there are actually any pitchers or catchers on their roster...