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Oct
22
2009
Posted by at 9:44 am ET 27 Comments
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Who won the NLCS, Buck? Was it the Yankees, or the Red Sox?

Seriously, this is one of the stranger slips of the tongue ever. Still, it’s amazing the Phillies are now so good they’re being confused with the Yanks and Sox.

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Oct
22
2009
Posted by at 9:08 am ET 15 Comments

Yeah, this is another one of those stupid point your camera at the TV videos — c’mon, people, it’s so easy to hook up your DVR box to your computer with a Firewire cable — but it’s so amazing you have to see it.

It includes:

  1. Cursing on live TV.
  2. A guy celebrating on top of a taxi cab for some reason.
  3. Said guy then falling off that taxi cab.

Let’s hope he’s okay.

(via Deadspin)

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Oct
22
2009
Posted by at 6:39 am ET 47 Comments

Think Brett might’ve smelled a bit too much of alcohol right here?

(Thanks Griswold. And thanks to @Estebomb from FEB for getting it on the ‘net with the quickness)

UPDATE II: YouTube trying to hold a blogger down and shit, disabling his account. Switched hosts.

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Oct
22
2009
Posted by at 1:39 am ET 5 Comments
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I stand corrected. This is my favorite moment of the night.

Oct
22
2009
Posted by at 1:31 am ET 6 Comments
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Here’s the final out, called by Scott Franzke. I have no idea what is up with the images here, but it’s pretty hilarious.

Oct
22
2009
Posted by at 1:21 am ET 42 Comments
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There’s a ton of awesome stuff that happened tonight postgame, but I think this might be my favorite. Utley got Kanye Wested!

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Oct
21
2009
Posted by at 11:46 pm ET 116 Comments

phils.win-1

Who woulda thunk it?

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Oct
20
2009
Posted by at 3:54 pm ET 57 Comments

Manny.Middle.Finger

Congratulations to the two Phillies fans who got on television last night for their gestures at Manny Ramirez after he struck out in the eighth inning last night. Amazing that the guy giving the middle finger is the calmer one, as the other man appears to be pretending to shoot Man-Ram with a gun made from his hand. (Thanks to Art from Foobooz for noticing this.)

Let’s do this bulletpoint-style, once again:

• Another crowd shot I tremendously enjoyed from last night’s game: The woman with the “I (Heart) Ron Darling and TBS” sign. This is the natural extension of the acrostics spelling out TBS (which are usually pretty bad), and I have to give her credit for at least going all out on it. Really? You love Ron Darling and TBS? Big fan off Bill Engvall, George Lopez, avocados, Tyler Perry and Law & Order: SVU old episodes of Seinfeld? Okay, whatever you say.

• Tommy Lasorda’s predictions of a comeback on his Twitter now seem much less likely. I don’t have any new updates on Tommy Lasorda flip-flopping his choice of touristy cheesesteak haunt today, but it’s fun to get in another dig at the guy.

• Oh, yeah. Some dude also apparently bought a Shane Victorino World Baseball Classic jersey. I hope he got that one at the bargain bin at Modell’s.

• In case you needed it, here’s the audio of Ryan Howard cursing live on TV after the Phillies won last night.

Oct
19
2009
Posted by at 1:25 pm ET 116 Comments

kendrick.coffee

This postseason has been quite taxing so far. The last three games against the Rockies were all close, and so were the first two against the Dodogers. Well: Hallelujah! Last night’s 11-0 win finally allowed all of us to relax an enjoy the sights and sounds of playoff baseball. For example, there was Kyle Kendrick, who apparently had to go get lattes for the coaches. Hey, whatever helps the team win. Kendrick actually had an okay year in the minors — still needs to work on that K:BB ratio — and when he was called up he wasn’t too shabby, either, so hopefully he’ll be back in the majors eventually and some other former Rookie of the Year fifth-place finisher will be fetching coffee. (Full credit to Jason Weitzel at Beerleaguer for noticing this.)

• Another day, another chance to bash Tommy Lasorda. He reminded us all on his Twitter account that he hates the Phillie Phanatic. This was pre-game; then he had to go watch the Phanatic celebrate all night as the Phillies lead kept growing larger and larger and larger. If Tommy’s at the game tonight, the Phanatic should — nay, must — dump a whole thing of Popcorn on his head.

Lasorda was apparently hanging all over the Philadelphia area yesteday, as he also made a stop at Geno’s and wrote, “I don’t always eat cheesesteaks, but when I do, I eat at Geno’s.” Hmm. Let’s go back to May 2006, when Lasorda listed his favorite restaurants on his blog. Now, I am an incredibly picky eater and have the palate of a five year old, but even I think this list is stupid. For example, his favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.: The White House (where he’s apparently eaten) and ESPN Zone. He lists ESPN Zones (and Buca di Beppos) all over the country. This is like listing your favorite pizza place as Domino’s. What’s the point? I was also highly amused that his blog lists all his honorary doctorates on the sidebar. Do you think Lasorda is one of those people who makes you address him as “Doctor” even though he only has honorary degrees?

But I digress. Back over three years ago, Lasorda wrote this about one of his Philadelphia restaurants. I’ll blockquote this because it’s so great:

Pat’s – One word: PhillyCheeseSteaks!

Uhh, you can’t just cram things together and say it’s one word. And why capitalize the ‘S’? But I digress (again)! Sometime over the past three years, apparently, Lasorda has switched from Pat’s to Geno’s. What gives, Tommy?

The point is: I very much enjoyed Tommy Lasorda looking sad last night as the Phillies (and the Phanatic) destroyed the Dodgers.

• What else did I enjoy about the game last night? I liked one of the tags on this Dodgers fan’s Tumblr post about the game: “kuroda, i will chop off your balls.” I think the Phillies had already done that.

• Last year, I took my girlfriend to her first Phillies game pretty early in the year; it was awesome, because the Phillies rallied from 3-0 in the ninth to win. Anyway: Sometime in the game, Jayson Werth didn’t get a ball in center field. It wasn’t really one he could have gotten, but that didn’t stop some stupid fans around us from chanting, “Werth! Less! Werth! Less!” Well, now we have the opposite of that, the Werthwhile shirt. I couldn’t be happier.

• Let’s see what the Daily NewsDavid Murphy had to write in his lede for the 11-0 win.

IT WAS ON the team charter that Jayson Werth realized it would all be OK. In the wake of what could have been a punch-in-the-gut loss in Game 2, the Phillies could have inhabited the type of psychological realm that often leads to physical letdowns of the most gargantuan proportions.

Yes, the Phillies sure could have inhabited that type of psychological realm. Phew! It’s a good thing they stayed out of it, or who knows what would have happened?

• Hm. What else? Wait, what’s that? No, I don’t want to talk about how the Phillies could be going for a sweep tonight. Shush. Look, that could be fun, but Big Game Joe Blanton’s going to give them a 3-1 lead tonight, and that’s good enough for now. Let’s go Phillies!

Each day(-ish) during the postseason, Dan McQuade will write about the Phillies’ chance at a second straight World Series title. You can usually read his thoughts on baseball at Walkoff Walk. If he were going to tonight’s game, he might dump a bucket of popcorn on Tommy Lasorda’s head himself.

Oct
16
2009
Posted by at 9:59 am ET 66 Comments

broke.my.glasses

Was there a better moment in last night’s game than when that Dodgers fan was celebrating in front of the camera and then noticed he had broken his glasses? Well, yeah, maybe the two Phillies homers and stuff, too.

Some more random observations from last night’s game:

• The Phillies walked 7 times last night and 4 of those runners scored. (Also: Cole Hamels’ walked but was erased when Jimmy Rollins hit into a fielder’s choice; Rollins later scored, too.) I love the way this team plays.

• Take a look at these two highlights: Carlos Ruiz’ go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the fifth, and Manny Ramirez’s two-run shot in the bottom half of that inning. During the game I thought that Chip Caray was way more excited for Ramirez’s homer than Ruiz’s, but on the replay I actually don’t think there’s that much of a difference. (The crowd noise makes him seem more excited.) Hell, with a producer yelling in his ear telling him to hype the superstar, I guess we should be lucky he didn’t immediately declare him the greatest player of all time after his homer. Of course, it is Chip Caray: We’re lucky Ruiz’s homer wasn’t called “a line drive out” and Ramirez’s wasn’t called “a game-saving tackle by Troy Polamalu.”

• My favorite lead to any game recap today comes from the Daily News‘ David Murphy (warning: link auto-plays a video; I assume Philly.com is going to be advertising the X10 spy cam soon, too):

LOS ANGELES – If any shred of doubt remained about the danger of playing baseball games on paper, Raul Ibanez sent it sailing into the warm, still Southern California night in the eighth inning of the first game of the National League Championship Series.

And here I thought the only real danger of playing baseball games on paper was getting a wicked paper cut.

This is not my favorite David Murphy lead of the year. That one came on Aug. 22 in a Phillies-Mets recap. It’s far too long for me to blockquote here, but I suggest you head over to that link and read it. (This link does not include an auto-play video, thankfully.) All it’s really missing is a line like, “One morning, as Cole Hamels was waking up from anxious dreams of new products to endorse, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.”

• Hmm, what else? Oh, here’s a photo of Jamie McCourt with Lauren Conrad from Laguna Beach. Did you know LC has one novel out already and another one the way? Hey, look on the bright side: At least Heidi Montag has not yet written a novel.

• Aw, look, Dodgers fans were so upset, noted Phillie Phanatic hater Tommy Lasorda had to console them all on his Twitter account. On a side note: How black must a man’s heart be to hate the Phillie Phanatic?

I’m looking forward to today’s game, if only because it has a super-convenient start of 1 p.m. Pacific time, which means there will be a ton of easy jokes to make about an empty Dodger Stadium. I really don’t know what to expect from Pedro Martinez, but taking the first game will sure make watching this one a lot more fun.

Each day(-ish) during the postseason, Dan McQuade will write about the Phillies’ chance at a second straight World Series title. You can usually read his thoughts on baseball at Walkoff Walk. He guesses that Chan Ho Park credited his strong pitching outing last night to American tacos.

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