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Jul
08
2010
Posted by at 11:35 pm ET 144 Comments

Surprised this celebration didn’t send Brian Schneider to the DL.

Yes, yes, there’s a .gif after the jump.

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Jul
07
2010
Posted by at 7:45 am ET 72 Comments

If you watched the Phillies’ frustrating 6-3 loss to the Braves, you saw the girl above about as much as the guy with the radar gun. She was in random crowd shots, she was over left-handed batters’ shoulders, she was in she was in front of the Braves fan/Phillies fan couple. (I believe the city charter requires Phillies broadcasts to show the one fan of this team, one fan of that team groups in the stands.) Then, magically, she was shown flipping the double bird in the bottom of the ninth inning, clearly foreshadowing the Phillies eventual 11-inning loss. If you show the same person enough, eventually she’ll do something hilarious.

The .gif is pretty mesmerizing — I think it’s the clapping — and you can find that one after the jump.

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Jul
06
2010
Posted by at 1:00 am ET 50 Comments

Last night was the birthday of both Gary Matthews and Tom McCarthy (and Huey Lewis!), and Larry Andersen hopped into the booth in the fourth inning to give them a cake. It was extremely hot last night, but LA felt it necessary to wear track shorts while broadcasting the game last night.

After the jump, the Phanatic gets in on the fun later in the inning.

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Jul
04
2010
Posted by at 4:29 pm ET 79 Comments

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Jul
04
2010
Posted by at 2:30 pm ET 11 Comments

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Man, have you seen that Fox ad for the 2010 All-Star Game? It makes last year’s giant St. Louis Arch baseball player magnet ad look like an Errol Morris documentary. Not only is Citizens Bank Park completely engulfed by sand, but then Ichiro turns into the Sandman (not Jim Fullington) and goes through a wall, then a giant child hovers over Angel Stadium in Anaheim. This ad has actually turned me away from this year’s All-Star Game.

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Hmm, what’s Domonic Brown been up to? Oh, not much, just breaking up perfect game attempts with four outs to go. Jason Jones retired the first 23 Lehigh Valley IronPigs batters before Brown lined a 1-0 slider into center on Friday night. And Jones even praised Brown after the game: “He was probably the one guy that I was worried about coming at the end. I threw a good sinker his first at-bat and he just got under it, flying out to center fielder Justin Maxwell. I didn’t have an opportunity to get in on him and I fell behind. I went sinker away; it was a good pitch, he just hit it up the middle. He put a good swing on it, he’s a good hitter.” Brown’s batting .400 with a 1.090 OPS in AAA so far. Also, did you know he’s from a Florida town called “Zephyrhills”? I think I got that from a girl I took home once.

Jun
30
2010
Posted by at 9:49 am ET 9 Comments

Last night, Gary Matthews discussed an hilarious injury he received when telling a teammate “how Muhammad Ali took George Frazier down.” (Tom McCarthy corrected Smokin’ Joe’s first name.) While doing this, he managed to knock himself to the ground and injure his thumb, causing him to miss six weeks. Doctors had to insert three pins!

One can only imagine Sarge would make a wonderful boxing analyst. Can somebody get him a tryout for Friday Night Fights?

See if .gif’d, after the jump.

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Jun
28
2010
Posted by at 2:31 pm ET 38 Comments

Nice swing on a pretty decent pitch. How long ’til we’re watching his first major league RBI?

(Later in the inning, Brown was thrown out at third attempting to advance on a throw that got away from the catcher. Eh, whatever.)

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Mac’s Tavern, the new bar owned by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-stars Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson in the former Skinner’s at 224 Market Street, held its opening gala last night. Dan Gross has the details on the star-studded guest list: “Guests included former Phils catcher Sal Fasano and 93.3 WMMR’s Preston Elliott and Marissa Magnatta.” Sal Fasano! (And one radio DJ whose name I recognize!) We can only pray that Fasano will also be guesting on that It’s Always Sunny episode with Utley and Howard. (hat tip to Joe B.)

Nov
03
2009
Posted by at 11:26 am ET 20 Comments

Is there anything better about a local team going to the World Series than local news guys interviewing fans in a bar before and after the game? Absolutely not. Last night on Comcast SportsNet, Art Fennell had my favorite interview, first interviewing a guy about his lucky Phillies shirt (“Hey, keep wearing that shirt and your lucky hat”), following that up with a borderline-nonsensical statement (“You don’t often get an encore performance in a sports bar”) and finishing up with a weird comment about Cliff Lee (“He’s already given you blood”) that elicits the only possible response (“More blood!”). The “More blood!” guy was our expert of the night, because he knew the game would be up to Cliff Lee and Chase Utley or whatever. There was also a dude in the background twirling a rally towel and somebody chanting, “Two more wins!”

The way I see it, interviewing fans postgame is about the silliest, most pointless part of any station’s coverage, so it might as well be done as a sort of surrealist theater, where people use empty phrases to cheer on the Phillies. Good job, Comcast SportsNet and Art Fennell. You’ve elevated sports bar interviews to an art form.

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