*According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com (strange not to type Philadelphia Inquirer there), the Phillies 2009 payroll with be a club record $131.5M. The article goes into an easy to read breakdown position by position of salaries. It's kind of sickening to see we're still paying millions to Jim Thome to pop homeruns for another team, Adam Eaton to hide throughout the concourse of Citizens Bank Park, and Geoff Jenkins to get splinters in his ass on the bench...but you win some, you lose some I suppose.
*Owner of a greatly groomed Fu-Manchu, Sal Fasano, signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He wasn't a great player, a good player, or even a mediocre player, but he was a good man and won the adoration of fans with his facial hair to a point where he gained cult status...good luck with the Rox.
*Bobby Abreu remains unsigned, and now may be forced to sign a 1 year deal in the $3M range...oh how the mighty have fallen.
*Thanks to some suggestions by commenters on BeerLeaguer yesterday, I've decided to attempt to create a database of celebs that are Phils fans, obnoxiously named Phamous Phillies Phans Database. I will take submissions in the comment section and via email, and do posts periodically on these stars that love our Phightins. Will Smith, Art Garfunkle, Kevin Eubanks of Jay Leno's band, and Chris Matthews from MSNBC's Hardball are the start of my list.
*I apologize for the title of this post as the spelling of "stuff" with a "ph" was clearly unnecessary, but I was bored and felt like sprucing it up a bit.