Saturday, March 14, 2009
Fame, Warrior, Relish, & Ex-Phils
Wall of Fame:
It's that time of year again when the Phillies roll out the red carpet for some stars of years past and have fans decide their fate via online voting. There are 16 candidates to be enshrined on the Phillies Wall of Fame out in Ashburn Alley this season. Here's the list- pitchers Jack Baldschun, Ricky Bottalico, Larry Christenson, Gene Garber, Jim Konstanty and Rick Wise; catcher Darren Daulton; infielders John Kruk and Fred Luderus; outfielders Lenny Dykstra, Doug Glanville, Greg Gross, Von Hayes and Roy Thomas; and manager Jim Fregosi. Cast your ballot.
The Ultimate Warrior:
Brace yourself...Chase Utley may be ready for game action sometime next week. He is an ultimate warrior dedicating himself to be ready by Opening Day to help the Phils defend as World F**king Champions. No wonder men want his babies and chicks want to buy him a beer (wait a second, that didn't sound right). I just pray that Utley, coaches, and training staff are being extremely prudent with this decision and not rushing him back to risk further injury complications.
According to MLB.com beat writer Todd Zolecki, Ronny Paulino is "relishing fresh start with Phils". Paulino does need to prove himself, because anytime you're exiled from Pittsburgh and it doesn't have to do with fiscal matters, then something has got to be wrong. His weight and motivation were what was wrong, but now he's primed and ready to challenge Chris Coste for backup catcher to Carlos Ruiz.
*Pat Burrell/Tampa Bay Rays- .333 average, 1.100 OPS, 3 r, 1 dbl, 1 hr, 7 rbi, 6 bb. By the way, always classy Sir Patrick Burrell took an ad out in some of Philly's local papers yesterday thanking the fans, check out The Fightins to read the tear-jerker.
*So Taguchi/Chicago Cubs- .222 average, .697 OPS, 3 r, 1 trpl, 7 rbi, 3 bb, 1 sb.
*Adam Eaton/Baltimore Orioles- 1 game, 1 loss, 3 ip, 6.00 era. He made is O's spring debut yesterday and was saddled with the loss, but apparently "enhanced his candidacy for the starting staff Friday simply by staying healthy enough to pitch. The veteran right-hander gave up hits to the first three batters before settling down to retire seven straight. By doing so, and by throwing strikes in the process, he gave the Orioles something to think about." Damn, the O's are desperate.