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Apr
27
2011
Posted by meech.one at 8:18 am ET 25 Comments

Check out Sarge and T-Mac in the Phillies broadcast booth knocking down some Diet Pepsis and streaming the Canucks/Blackhawks game on their laptop. It’s like a cot damn party in there! Closer look:

And congratulations go out to those Philadelphia Flyers who completely dominated the Sabres in last night’s deciding Game 7 at the Wells Fargo Center. Bring on Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, or Boston!

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Apr
26
2011
Posted by meech.one at 2:14 pm ET 43 Comments

The Phillies have struck up a sponsorship deal with local jewelery company Benari to make that special moment when you propose to your bride-to-be *fingers crossed* in front of 45,000+ Phillies fans on the largest HD scoreboard in the NL even more special.

Specifics courtesy of SportsPro Media:

As part of the sponsorship, coupons for engagement rings and wedding bands at Benari and the opportunity to become a Benari Bride will be offered to those engaged at the Phillies’ home field. The bridal jewellery company also has the rights to purchase exclusive tickets for customers who want to get engaged at Citizens Bank Park.

The sponsorship will run together with the Phillies’ specially priced engagement packages, which include a live broadcast of the proposal on the video screens at Citizens Bank Park, four complimentary tickets, a champagne toast and a commemorative DVD.

How sweet! I can’t think of anything more romantic than using coupons to buy your wedding bands.

Honestly though, you gotta hand it to the Phillies and their inventive ways of making money so we could afford Cliff Lee and $10 million scoreboards and talking trash cans that walk around the concourse collecting garbage. As a matter of fact I recommend everyone who is thinking about taking the leap in the coming year do so through Benari Jewelers and Citizens Bank Park, and then kindly pass along a copy of the commemorative DVD so I can publish on this site. Thanks a bunch.

And here’s a sneak peek at what you two love birds will look like on the stadium Phan-o-vision except like 8 billion times bigger and with people screaming “SAY NO!” and “DON’T DO IT!” all around you:

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Apr
26
2011
Posted by meech.one at 8:23 am ET 29 Comments

Sounds like some of you downers who think the world is ending because the Phillies dropped the first game of a series on the road in April need a little morning optimism. Well, you’re in luck, cause I got some!

The recently called-up Mike Stutes made an impressive debut last night tossing a perfect eighth inning with a K and requiring only 9 pitches to do so. Granted, anybody can throw a perfect inning every now and again (see: Baez & Kendrick Saturday night), but I’m willing to wager that Stutes doesn’t see a minor league game for the rest of the season.

Watch his inning of work condensed into a fifty-eight second highlight package over at MLB Advanced Media. [Stutes' Perfect Debut]

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Apr
24
2011
Posted by meech.one at 12:02 pm ET 33 Comments

Why is Ryan Howard staring into the San Diego Padres dugout like they just intentionally walked a guy with 2 RBI on the season to face him with the game on the line? Because they had just intentionally walked a guy with 2 RBI on the season to face him with the game on the line.

Genius manager Bud Black chose to bring in something named Cory Luebke to face Ryan Howard with runners at the corners and 2 out instead of using Chad Qualls against Jimmy Rollins with a runner on 3rd.

Not like you didn’t know already, but if you’d like to find out what happened, click through.

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Apr
23
2011
Posted by meech.one at 3:40 pm ET 17 Comments

Previously on The Fightins… Not-so-great video of fans running onto the field at Petco Park

Here’s an updated version featuring someone who actually knows how to work a video camera:

As it turns out, these weren’t Phillies fans at all, rather two dirty San Diego hippies who were probably hopped up on the ganja and thought they had lawn seats to an Allman Brothers show.

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Apr
23
2011
Posted by meech.one at 12:51 pm ET 26 Comments

Cole Hamels was essentially brilliant on the mound in his hometown of San Diego last night going 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 3 walks, and no runs while striking out 8. Granted, he was facing a Padres lineup that had already been shutout FIVE times prior to last night’s 2-0 loss (which would put the Pads on pace to be blanked an MLB record-shattering FORTY-EIGHT times this season), but still — a shutout is a shutout.

HOWEVER, Cole was also the victim of the most insane pickoff plays I’ve ever seen, courtesy of left-hander Clayton Richard. Check the screen grab below and notice that Cole had, what, a five foot lead off of first base? He honestly could have fell over towards the bag and his 6’3″ frame plus wingspan would have been plenty long enough to get back to first safely. Instead, Cole got fooled by Clayton’s pickoff move, leaned toward second, and wound up getting caught in a rundown and erasing his leadoff hit.

To watch the play in it’s entirety, click the picture or go HERE. MLB Advanced Media would appreciate it.

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Apr
22
2011
Posted by meech.one at 3:00 pm ET 28 Comments

As you can clearly see from the screencap below, Mat Latos didn’t have such a good game last night against the Phillies offense and is also the overseer of the dugout stash of gumballs:

But what that graphic DOESN’T show you is how angry Mat gets when he has an outing like that. I’m talking spinning backwards kick against the wall followed by another spinning kick against the wall angry. And after careful examination of the .gif (which you can view post-jump), it looks like he tries to kick both doors to the clubhouse as a way to dramatically close them but is only able to get one of ‘em to budge.

Keep practicing those temper tantrums, Mat!

Again, .gif of Latos below.

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Apr
22
2011
Posted by meech.one at 2:59 pm ET 9 Comments

This was from the 9th inning of last night’s game where two fans ran onto the field at Petco and got tackled by security. It never made it on television (why show entertaining stuff like this?), but through the power of the internet we’ve found video. I could attempt to sum it up but I think YouTube user GeoSteele215 does so beautifully in the description:

Damn crazy whiteboys.

No word on whether they were Padres or Phillies fans, but let’s just get it over with and blame Philly for it anyway. They’re animals, I tell ya!

(Shout to krarbrah, who admittedly has no life, for finding this)

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Apr
22
2011
Posted by meech.one at 2:02 pm ET 12 Comments

Hola, amigos. If I get a few minutes to sit down this weekend I plan on writing a post explaining why we came back (not so much why we left) and what you can expect from us in the future. Nothing earth shattering, but a few people have been asking and I think I owe it to you, the reader. In the mean time, I got like five quality — nay, QUALITY — posts for you from other notable baseball blogs and what I’ve decided to do is write a quick blurb about each one and place the link to the story after it. It’s a novel concept that could become huge in the blog community.

Here goes nothin!

  • When I say “ZOMBIE!”, you say “MIKE SCHMIDT!”.  “ZOMBIE!” … [Jeremy Scheuch]
  • ‘Duk relays this story out of Clearwater where it seems the Threshers are making some extra coin by holding a Wildwood boardwalk-type game where you try and make a quarter into a Dixie cup to win a prize. This game is supposedly from Dirk Hayhurst’s book The Bullpen Gospels, nice to see current minor leaguers keeping it alive. [XLog.com via Big League Stew]

(Check out more pictures over at XLog.com)

  • ZWR moderates a spirited debate between Bullhorn Kid and Billy Ocean. While I love the youthful energy put on display by Bullhorn Kid, I’m giving the nod here to Billy Ocean. What can I say? The man doesn’t crack under pressure [Zoo With Roy]
  • Roy Oswalt was having a hard time getting Jorge Cantu out during an AB last night (14 pitches) so he just made a pitch up and K’d him with that. BADASS. [The Zo Zone]
  • Another Dom Brown update with a picture of his new/old/reinvented batting stance. [Phoul Ballz]
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Apr
22
2011
Posted by meech.one at 9:44 am ET 46 Comments

Look what a little 3-run shot does to Cliff Lee (That’s DJ Brian Schneider on the invisible turntables):

(Give it up to @tonyisdynamic for the audio/video work)

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