Phillies (41-52) vs. (51-41)
Friday, 7:05 - Vance Worley v. The Freak
Saturday, 4:05 - Cole Hamels v. Matt Cain
Sunday, 1:10 - Oh no, it's Joe v. Barry Zito
We can only hope that The Vanimal does this again.
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The Difference Between Winning And The Phillies:
The reasons why the Phillies are in last place are obvious and numerous but I thought I would point out something about the first place Giants: their best players are their best players. Here's what I mean.
The offensive statistical leaders for the Giants are Cabrera, Sandoval and Posey. This allows the role players to perform like role players.
The Giants pitching staff has been good for years and Vogelsong, Cain and Bumgarner are pitching great. It allows Zito to be average and Lincecum to have an off year.
Compare this to the Phillies. Their two best players have been hurt all year. And among their other offensive leaders, only Chooch has been really good, while Pence has been good but predictably inconsistent and Rollins, Victorino and Polanco have been marginally better than an average replacement player. The result is the reliance on Galvis, Nix, Mayberry, Wigginton, and Fontenot to win games. That doesn't work.
I know this isn't new but it is important to realize what the expectations should be and what they should have been all year for this team - you cannot win when your best players give you nothing and you rely on past-their-prime veterans and role players to be statistical leaders.
What I'm Drinking:
Keystone Light - It's beach time for me which means it's Stones all day every day for the next week.
What I'm Listening Too:
Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten. Scheduled for release on Tuesday but you can get it early if you have no morals...like me. But regardless of how you get, just go get it. It's awesome.
If Blanton Played in France...
Subtitled - Salaries and Society
A football club in Paris (PSG) just bought Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from a club in Milan. Ibrahimovic is one of the best forwards in the world and PSG, owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, will pay him roughly $18 million dollars. All's good in the hood, right? Well, not so much. The French leaders are in an "uproar."
French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac called the contract "indecent." Sports Minister (yeah, that's a job...) Valerie Fourneyron attacked the salary as "astronomical and unreasonable." Former sports minister Roselyne Bachelot also expressed her "indignation, almost disgust" at the transfer fee and salary.
Of course, the government will take the tax money. Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said there would no way for Ibrahimovic to "escape" the 75% income tax levied on those making over 1 million euros. 75%!!!
So in summary, the French are angry and disgusted that a collection of people are conducting completely legal and ethically sound business in their country that will net their coffers 10 million euros because it offends their socialist morality, despite the fact that is aids in the recovery plan being enacted by the newly elected president by "boosting taxes on the wealthy and spending to promote growth."
There's nothing like a self-righteous, intrusive, hypocritical government. I'm glad none of our leaders share this sort of ideology.
What do you think these Frenchies would say about Joe Blanton making 9 million dollars? The Phillies already have three players making more than Ibrahimovic and Cole Hamels could make four. Vernon Wells makes 24 million per year. Other players making roughly the same amount as one of the world's best players in the world's most popular sport include Jake Peavy, Carlos Zambrano, Josh Beckett, Carlos Lee and Toriiii Hunter. And last but not least, amnestied former Sixer Elton Brand makes 18 million per year.
Someday, when JP Aumont is making 15 million per year closing for the Fightins, I'll revisit our French friends...
Cliff will not put any distance between himself and Robert.
As for the Phils, they'll drop two of three.
The Brits Call It 'Holiday':
WSBGMs will be taking [separate] trips to the shores of Delaware next week. I mention this only so you loyal readers know why posting/commenting/tweeting will be sporadic at best.