Team Canada may have roughed up Team USA in the WBC tournament 3 years ago, making a laughingstock out of them in the process, but the Phillies messed them up yesterday. Final score of 9-2 as the Red, White, & Blue waved on with pride. Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Matt Stairs, Joey Votto, and what sounds like a sexually transmitted disease Stubby Clapp were no match for Cole Hamels, John Mayberry, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, and company. The Phils continue to do America proud.
Meanwhile Team USA faltered against the Blue Jays, losing 6-5. J-Roll and Vic were in the lineup and went 2-10 collectively. Newly acquired Mets setup man JJ Putz got clipped with the loss giving up 3 runs in the 9th inning...only hope we can expect more of that come regular season.
Real WBC action for Team USA and Canada starts this Saturday March 7th as they square off against each other at 2pm on ESPN.
*Todd Zolecki sums up the Phils health concerns. Funny no mention of Charlie Manuel's pending labor.
*The Fightins roast the Phanatic, parental advisory- explicit text.
*Long Drive: Phillies Blog shares with readers how Corey and I are somewhat responsible for his blogging habit.
*BeerLeaguer takes a look at dipping homerun totals across the majors, but notes that the Phils have held steady in their pursuit of power.
*More Hardball inducts an all-time true gentlemen of the game in the form of Dale Murphy into their Hardball Heroes hall of fame.
*Phillies.com has a nice article on the Phillies Top 10 prospects. My favorite Michael Taylor is listed after hitting .346 with 19 homers, 88 RBIs and 15 steals between Lakewood and Clearwater in 2008.
*Phillies Nation was lucky enough to score an interview with ace Cole Hamels. Yes, I'm jealous.