Friday, September 25, 2009

Martinez And His Rib Rub

If you remember, Cole Hamels once blamed a lack of available chiropractic care for an elbow injury. At the time I lampooned Hamels' desire to have an on-staff chiropractor, suggesting that Criss Angel, Harry Potter, and Dr. Nick Riviera would be equally fine additions to the staff. But now it seems Hamels may have found a friend in the battle to get an official Phillies quackopractor. From Yahoo!:
RHP Pedro Martinez saw a chiropractor Monday in South Florida and had an adjustment that relieved some pain in his stiff neck. “I think I had a rib out of place,” Martinez said, although GM Ruben Amaro Jr. seemed unaware of any rib problem.
Amaro unaware of any rib problem? Of course he was not aware of any rib problem. One, there was no rib problem. And two, everybody knows the only person with the Phillies who really knows ribs is Sarge.



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Corey

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Is that the winning run of the World Series being scored by Brunt in that magic # picture?

GM-Carson said...

Our college football trainer was a licensed chiropractor, and I have to admit his snap, crackle, popping of my bones on a regular basis helped keep me going through an entire season.

From The Zo Zone: "Lidge is on track to become one of just five pitchers in baseball history to finish a season with no wins, eight or more losses and a 7.00 ERA or higher:

* Ed O'Neil went 0-8 with a 9.26 ERA in eight games in 1890 with Toledo and Philadelphia of the American Association.
* Charlie Stecher went 0-10 with a 10.32 ERA in 10 games in 1890 with Philadelphia of the American Association.
* Edgar Gonzalez went 0-9 with a 9.32 ERA in 10 games in 2004 with Arizona.
* Russ Ortiz went 0-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 26 games in 2006 with Arizona and Baltimore."

GM-Carson said...

It took all season, but it finally looks like The Howard is getting some indirect national exposure. ESPN writer Rob Neyer linked a specialty baseball lexicon site today in his piece and that site lists The Howard as a special stat. This might just finally get the ball rolling.

Andrew said...

congrats! whats the link from Neyer?

Bob D said...

The Howard awesome! whats next? The Bruntlett: play al year long and get only 11 hits with 3 of them in just 1 game?

GM-Carson said...

From Rob Neyer:
"Manuel needs four starters next month, at most. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and Joe Blanton are set. That leaves Pedro Martinez and Happ for the fourth spot. Martinez has pitched better than Happ, but Happ has more.

But while some managers might see a problem here, Charlie Manuel should see a wonderful opportunity. He could use Happ and Martinez as co-fourth starters, throwing whichever matches up better with today's opposition. He could designate Happ as fourth starter and make Martinez his closer. He could turn Happ into the National League version of J.P. Howell."

ripjgarcia said...

I have absolutely no problem putting either Martinez or Happ in the closer role. Pedro wears his big heart on his sleeve. And has a desire to succeed and see the team succeed. Happ on the other hand is a cool customer, which also makes him a viable option. He has one of the lowest average against with runners on base and that is a testament to his poise.

GM-Carson said...

Honestly, I don't give a shit who they try at closer just as long as it's not Brad Lidge. If they want to run Escalona out there in the 9th in a save situation, go for it. Give the ball over to Kendrick, sure, can't be worse than Lidge.

Jeremy said...

Through 3.5 inning we've scored 2 runs on no hits. Amazing

Dr. Steve said...

I am in TOTAL SHOCK people still trot out Cliff Lee's name for the playoffs. This guy scares me. I mean.... look at this game. He's a huge mess.