Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thirsty Thursday- Raul Ibanez


Remember all the nay-sayers out there when Raul Ibanez was inked to a 3 year $31.5M contract? I was one of them, and you were probably one of them too, because there were many. We all love Pat Burrell and wanted him to remain a Phillie, but Amaro saw an opportunity to upgrade the team and signed Raul despite all the wannabe GM's no-go stamp of disapproval.

Since arriving in Philly I've heard nothing but great things about Ibanez; consummate professional seems to be the ringing endorsement. He was sought after as a steady force in the middle of the lineup, and that he has been. He's not only mashing the ball, he's also a decent left fielder with an accurate arm, runs the bases well, and has a knack for picking up the rbi. One might say, it's shocking how good he's been, or how refreshing it is to watch him play.


Shock Top Belgian White is a wheat ale made by Michelob, and it's absolutely refreshing with a mix of orange, lemon, and lime peels along with coriander. I highly recommend picking up a sampler pack of Michelob's wheat beers and enjoying them on a warm spring evening while watching Raul Ibanez and the Phils decimate the competition.

~Carson

10 comments:

furiousBall said...

recommend and Michelob, those are two words you don't see in the same sentence usually... kind of like Southerner and checkmate

GM-Carson said...

The Shock Top is a great tasting beer, and the sampler pack can be had for around $20.

GM-Carson said...

It certainly was a jammed packed April. From tragedies (HK), to injuries (Chooch, Lidge, Hamels), to comebacks (8 total), to Ibanez, to Utley, to stellar defense, to horrendous pitching. Should be a fun season.

Corey said...

a couple of the michelob beers are tolerable, like the marzen and the pale ale. however, they make two of my least favorite beers of all-time - michelob light and michelob ultra. those two, along with heineken light, corona light and fallenbock by the erie brewing company should not be consumed by humans.

Chris said...

I really hope we can go on a tear winning 5 or 6 straight a couple time over the month of May and just put the competition to sleep. Mets series this weekend, you know it is going to be intense and the over/under on how many things in my room I break is 5.

GM-Carson said...

Over/Under on how many bones in Mets fans bodies at CBP break- 13.

GM-Carson said...

From Jayson Stark:
PHIL-INS: But it won't be only the Marlins wheeling their shopping cart down those bullpen aisles. The Phillies are another team that has suddenly delved into the relief pitcher market.

While GM Ruben Amaro Jr. admits that the Phillies continue to "poke around" for a right-handed outfield bat, Amaro says he's actually "more pitcher-driven" at the moment. And specifically, he'd "like to bolster our bullpen."

But he's not merely talking about adding inventory. He'd like to add a late-inning-type arm -- an indication that the Phillies aren't completely convinced Brad Lidge's knee inflammation is going to clear up quickly.

"In a perfect world, I'd like to add that type of arm, absolutely," Amaro told Rumblings. "With the uncertainty about Lidge, and we don't have [the still-suspended] J.C. [Romero], and if we wind up having to use [Ryan] Madson to close without Lidge, we could use a guy like that."

Hey, who couldn't? The bad news for the Phillies is that nobody who fits that job description is gettable at the moment, unless a team like Baltimore lowers the sticker prices. "You'd have to overpay greatly to get that guy," Amaro said. But the Phillies' cart is out. So stay tuned.

Dr. Steve said...

By "overpay" I hope Amaro means in money. Our Farm System is actually looking really strong and deep - and I'd hate to lose it on a Felix Rodriguez or a *shudders* Mike Williams.

GM-Carson said...

I was going to do a post about the fading of Chris Coste, but the Good Phight did a nice one today. Here's a tough fact to swallow- "Since July 4 of last season, not counting playoffs, Coste has put up a composite line of .198/.236/.285 with just two home runs, none since August." His days in the bigs are probably numbered, and if they're not yet, they should be.

Canadian Wood said...

I don't know what I could go for more, a Raul bomb to destroy the Mets tomorrow, or a beer... actually... I'll take both.