The Fightins » R.I.P. Harry Kalas Sat, 16 Jul 2011 21:37:55 +0000 en hourly 1 The Phillies are interested in a Padres reliever (not Heath Bell!) Sat, 16 Jul 2011 21:34:02 +0000

During FOX’s pre-game show today, Chris Rose looked all the way down at Ken Rosenthal and asked him to give the people at home a rundown on some of the hot trade deadline action floating around. After rattling off some nonsense about the Phillies having slight interest in Carlos Beltran, Rosenthal got to the good stuff:

“[The Phillies] are also looking at the bullpen market with San Diego. Not Heath Bell, but Mike Adams. And the reason for that is that Mike Adams is under club control for one more year and the Phillies are worried about losing Ryan Madson as a free agent.”

Well, that’s awfully encouraging. It’s not that I have anything against Heath Bell (that ridiculous slide at the ASG excluded), but besides the fact that Adams is under team control for another year and is a better pitcher than Bell, he makes significantly less than Heath.

Believe it or not, Heath Bell has the highest salary of any player on the Padres roster in 2011 at $7.5 million. And another guy that has also been rumored to come to the Phillies in a package deal of sorts solving both their RH bat and RP deadline needs, Ryan Ludwick, is their second highest paid player at $6.8 mil. Considering the Padres probably won’t be looking to take on any of the salary for players they’re trading away, and the Phillies wouldn’t be willing to take on that much money, Mike Adams sounds like the right choice.

Thanks, Ken!

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The Definitive Sarge Matthews Hat Collection (Part II) Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:20:21 +0000 Back in May of ’08, The Fightins proved their love for Phillies color commentator Gary “Sarge” Matthews by debuting The Definitive Sarge Matthews Hat Collection. It was pretty much the greatest blog post of the year, and set us apart as the biggest Sarge fans on Earth. We even have a section of Sarge’s wiki page giving us propers for outing him as such a big hat enthusiast.

And because we continue to grow as a site and don’t rely on the same gimmicks year-after-year, I kind of shied away from posting about Sarge’s hats recently. That doesn’t mean I still don’t marvel at Sarge’s ability to match his Kangols perfectly with his broadcasting attire, because I do, I just thought it could get a bit tiresome and wear out some of the Sarge Hat appeal.

Well, I can’t take it any longer. So we are proud to present to you this EXXXCLUSIVE of every single hat/cap/fedora that Sarge has sported this year in chronological order. All 95 of them.

Tell ‘em, slideshow:

After the jump, I’ve gone ahead and tallied up how many times Sarge has worn each cap so you can get a sense of which ones are his favorites. Believe me, it was my pleasure.

Which hats did Sarge wear most frequently? I’m glad you asked:

  • Navy Kangol: 18
  • Sky Blue Kangol: 13
  • Baby Blue Kangol: 9
  • Red Kangol: 9
  • Sarge Father’s Day Cap giveaway from ’10: 6
  • Tan fedora: 6
  • Sarge signature New Era jeff cap: 5
  • Sarge signature New Era fedora: 4
  • Black Kangol: 3
  • Black fedora w/ brown stripe: 3
  • Tan Kangol: 3
  • Lime Green Kangol: 2
  • Navy fedora w/ white stripe: 2
  • Straw hat: 2
  • Unidentified brown jeff cap: 1
  • Maroon Kangol: 1
  • Black fedora w/ brown stripe: 1
  • Brown Kangol: 1
  • Grey Kangol: 1
  • Philadelphia Stars Negro League cap: 1
  • Black Kangol w/ white stripes: 1
  • White Kangol: 1
  • White Phillies cap: 1
  • Powder Blue Phillies Cap giveaway from ’11: 1

This post would’ve never happened if it weren’t for the painstakingly long process of screen-capping each Sarge pre-game and/or booth appearance this season done by our very own @Petzrawr. The least you could do is follow him on twitter and say thanks.

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(Pic via Philly’s own, Bryan A. Graham)

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Phillies ballgirl takes a spill attempting to field a foul ball Sun, 10 Jul 2011 13:03:02 +0000 Ballgirl Jamie had one of those embarrassing “whoops I just fell on a FOX nationally televised broadcast” moments in the 9th inning of yesterday’s game against the Braves. You know, the kind where you hope that nobody saw and PRAY that some jerkoff blogger with the ability to make .gifs out of 4-second clips didn’t notice.

Sorry, Jamie. No such luck.

(Half the blame goes to Bill Baer at Crashburn Alley, Jamie. He’s the one who .gif’d it for me.)

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Ryan Madson got totally krossed out on picture day Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:19:27 +0000

Jeez, it must get boring on the disabled list. With nothing better to do with his time, Phillies DL’d closer Ryan Madson took a stroll around the outfield on Holman Photo Day wearing his jersey backwards. An obvious nod to hip hop pioneers Daddy Mac and Mac Daddy.

Photo taken by Miles Kennedy/

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Video of Cliff Lee’s first career home run Sat, 09 Jul 2011 21:22:50 +0000

After the jump, a Chooch’s reaction .gif via of Gifulmination

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¡La Pelota No Regresa! Raul walks it off against the Braves Sat, 09 Jul 2011 15:23:20 +0000

Just listen:

Audio courtesy of WUBA 1480 AM, Danny Martinez with the call (via @PhilliesDoll)

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Armen Gilliam spotted at the Phils game two days before his death Thu, 07 Jul 2011 17:34:22 +0000 I can spot that haircut from a mile away. RIP Hammer.

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Whoa! Trippy 3D art on the sidewalk in Citizens Bank Park! Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:40:53 +0000

(via uwishunu)

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Dom Brown misses 2nd base, accepts responsibility for loss Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:16:58 +0000

The Phillies lost 7-6 on a Mike Stanton walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning last night, but if it weren’t for the mistakes of young Dom Brown, extra innings probably wouldn’t have been necessary.

With the Phillies leading 4-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Marlins lone All-Star representative Gaby Sanchez roped a 2-out, 0-1 pitch from Kyle Kendrick into the gap in right-center. Dom Brown got to the ball in time to cut it off, but tried planting awkwardly and let the ball get by him and roll to the wall allowing both Anibal Sanchez and Emilio Bonifacio to score and Gaby to reach third base. The next batter, Hanley Ramirez, wound up reaching on an infield single and Sanchez scored cutting the lead to 4-3.

Then in the 6th inning came Dom’s costliest mistake of the night, when his would-be triple was erased when 2B umpire Kerwin Danley contended that Dom missed 2nd base when he stutter-stepped trying to touch the corner of the bag on his way to third. Charlie Manuel came out to argue (to no avail), and one batter later, John Mayberry, Jr. connected on his 2nd HR of the night which would’ve scored Brown.

That mature-beyond-his-years Dom Brown took full responsibility for the loss after the game, saying he knew he missed the bag, and his aggressiveness not only cost the team a run, but most likely a win.

CSN’s John R. Finger got the quotes:

“I did not,” Brown said when asked if he touched the base. “I just got to go back and take the double. I don’t know what I was thinking about there – too aggressive, I guess. Right there it cost us the game. You live and learn. That’s all I can say.”

“I’m always shooting for that inside part of the bag,” Brown said. “I got to go back. I was moving so fast and trying to get to third, but I have to go back.”

I may be a bit biased, but I can’t stay mad at the kid after that. After all, the Marlins were on the receiving end of a couple bad calls on Tuesday night which Jack McKeon said cost them a win, so I guess it all evens out.


False advertising:

Fuck you:

Leave him alone, Wilson, this is self-reflection time:

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