Friday, August 27, 2010

Bring Back The Duck Pond

Most people watch baseball because of their deep rooted love of the game and of course for entertainment. Viewing the debacle of this past week has tested Phillies fans' love and most definitely was not entertaining (save Oswalt shagging flies). Now it's on to the West Coast to face a hard-nosed squad that has held down 1st place in the extremely competitive NL West nearly all season long- the San Diego Padres. That means 10 PM start times and early AM end times here on the Atlantic shelf. Why bother staying up late to only be infuriated by inferior lackadaisical play on the field and wasted opportunities? It's just as easy to read about another lackluster performance from the lineup in the box score the next day. What would make me tune in though is the return of The Duck Pond. Yes, Brandon Duckworth is worth mucho nostalgia points in my book.

Many casual Phillies fans and even some diehards probably don't know Duckworth has been toiling in Triple-A Lehigh Valley all season long and has done a good job in both the rotation and in relief. In 23 games, 15 of them starts, he has compiled a 5-4 record over 95.2 innings with a 3.39 ERA and 98 k's. Is that going to help the Phillies into the playoffs? Nope, but neither will Danys Baez. Duckworth last pitched in the Majors in 2008 with the Royals. His last days in Philly were back in 2003 before he was swapped to Houston in the Billy Wagner trade. Aside from his awesome fan group, he's a decent hitter too- .221/.541, I mean that's better than our lineup lately.

Okay, by now you should know that this is not serious. It's more of an outlet for the total disgust over the current 25-man roster of the Phillies than an actual plea for Brandon Duckworth's call-up. So, if you care tonight features Roy Oswalt against Mat Latos (yes, only one "t"). Watch it if you want.

14 comments:

GM-Carson said...

That's Brandon "Howard the Duck"worth in the bottom image. If you don't understand, you should. Rent the horrible 80's flick and be absolutely flabbergasted by it's cheesiness.

Reverend Paul Revere said...

As unbelievable as this sounds, I'm onboard with this joke of an idea. Why? Because, as I detailed here, Brandon Duckworth is one of the coolest athletes I've ever encountered.

On Harry Kalas/Whitey bobblehead day at the Vet against the Cards, he told my friends and me, who were sitting in the right field stands right behind the Phillies bullpen, that he'd hit J.D. Drew if he got in the game and faced him.

Then in Baltimore, when the Phils took on the Orioles in Camden Yards, I was down there watching BP with Duckworth shagging fly balls. Two New Yorkers yelled to him, "Hey Duckworth, Duckworth!" He looked up. "Is Piazza gay?"

Duckworth looked them dead in the eyes and said, "I don't know, and I don't wanna know!"

Just an awesome, funny dude. Even if he is a middling pitcher.

Preserve Jon said...

Strasburg is headed for Tommy John Surgery.

Wow.

Over before it even began. That is, without a doubt, amazing.

http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/strasburg-likely-headed-for-tommy-john-surgery/?hp

GM-Carson said...

I honestly feel bad for Strasburg and the Nationals. I don't want them to win the division or to beat the Phils, but they were an organization heading in the right direction.

GM-Carson said...

From the Zo Zone:
The offense has hit just .206 and averaged just 2.1 runs per game in their last eight games. The pitching staff has done its job. It has a 3.19 ERA in that stretch.

Bob D said...

Now you did it! Baez just went on the DL - Bastardo called up

GM-Carson said...

I brought injury upon a player? Oh my!

ACSmitty79 said...

During the game vs the Nats when Strasburg got injured, a guy i know said, "The way he throws, (W motion) he's probably gonna need Tommy John surgery in a year or two"

A few pitches later, Strasburg's injured and the rest is history.

How 'bout that??

Aaron said...

FU LIDGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'M SO F'ING TIRED OF BRAD LIDGE!!!!!!!!!

NO MORE CHANCES!!
NO MORE HE'S OUR CLOSER!!!
NO MORE I CAN'T WATCH BRAD LIDGE THROW 1 MORE DAMN PITCH.

RELEASE HIM!! THANKS FOR 2008 NOW PLEASE GO AWAY FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WITH ONE DAMN OUT TO GO FOR A WIN.....LIDGE GOES....INTENTIONAL WALK, HIT BATTER ON A 1-2 PITCH AND BALKS IN THE TYING RUN!!!
AND BEFORE THAT HE ALMOST F'D UP THE SACK BUNT.....AND ON THE INTENTIONAL WALK HE ALMOST THREW THE FIRST PITCH AWAY.
HE'S AN F'ING HEAD CASE ....HE HAS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ACSmitty79 said...

This stupid team is playing reverse blackjack and stopping on 2, no matter how many innings they're given.

SirAlden said...

Lidge in a Save Situation.

Hits a Batter to Load the Bases.

Then -

BALKS in the TYING RUN!

There was the Ying of the 2008
Perfect Season. Now we are Yang Yang Yanging. Unbalanced.

At least Baez cannot come in to pitch the 13th.

SirAlden said...

I think Aaron is a wee bit peeved.

SirAlden said...

Phillies Win.

Braves Lose.
Giants Lose.

2 Back of the Braves.

.5 Games Up in the Wild Card.

Sweet Dreams GM-Carson

GM-Carson said...

Hell yeah I had sweet dreams, I was asleep by the bottom of the 3rd. I'm glad I didn't stay up to watch that Lidge shitfest. He's loony.