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Aug
18
2010
Posted by meech.one at 10:59 pm ET 40 Comments

For the second consecutive night, the Phillies fell behind early to the San Francisco Giants and wound up not only coming back, but kicking the ever-loving shit out of them to extend their lead in the Wild Card race to 2 games. And the man who put the exclamation point on tonight’s win was the fella who has hardly picked up a bat since Shane Victorino’s return from the DL, rookie sensation Domonic Brown.

It was in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Phillies were already in control with a healthy 7-2 lead when Charlie Manuel gave Dom what seemed like a pity at-bat when he sent the kid in to pinch hit for Ryan Madson with 2 outs, nobody on and Gigantes reliever Guillermo Mota on the mound. So Dom moseys on up to the plate and takes the first pitch for a ball before ABSOLUTELY FUCKING MURDERING the second offering from Mota and sending it an estimated 440 ft. into the second deck in right field above the AT&T sign.

If you’d like to see it for yourself, click on the picture of that beautiful backswing to watch the homer and to hear Tom McCarthy squeal like a little girl. For once though, I don’t blame him.

(Goodbye, Mota)

Of course, the only thing that could attempt to ruin such a beautiful moment is the MyPHL17 chyron operator, who credited the home run to Ryan Madson. Absolutely inexcusable:

Nude, Wet Pat Burrell Once Rescued Aubrey Huff from Doldrums*: In what might just be the greatest newspaper article written this year, Andrew Baggerly of the Mercury News found out that the reason Giants 1B/LF/RF Aubrey Huff is the man/ballplayer he is today is because of one Patrick Brian Burrell. You see, when they were teammates at The U in college, Huff was a shy fellow who was thinking of leaving school. Then this happened: “[My mom]‘s in my room one night and I’m sitting on my bed and she’s telling me to give [Miami University] another two weeks. Anyway, there’s a knock on the door, and before I can even get off the bed, Pat comes barging in with a six-pack in his hand, dripping wet, buck naked. So I jumped up and shut the door. Coming from Texas, these things didn’t happen. I said, ‘See what I’m dealing with here, Mom? She just started laughing and said, ‘Actually, Aubrey, that’s pretty darn funny.’ I thought, ‘My God, if my mom can laugh at this, why can’t I?’” Read the rest of it, sucker [Mercury News]

*bolded headline-thing ripped straight from Walkoff Walk because it was so good

Aug
16
2010
Posted by meech.one at 6:20 pm ET 130 Comments

This evening, on the Phillies last night off until September 9th, some members of the team are headed down to The Union League of Philadelphia on Broad St. to help their boy Shane Victorino raise some money for underprivileged youth in Philly & Hawaii while strutting down the catwalk for a nice fashion show fundraiser. Among the “models” scheduled to appear are Cole Hamels and his Survivor wife, Kyle Kendrick and *his* Survivor wife, The Executioner Bernard Hopkins, Jimmy Rollins… shit I don’t have all day — check the list yourself. I’m sure plenty of pictures will pop up from the event later on tonight and tomorrow, but right now, The Fightins intrepid reporter @iladelphia [Ed. Note -- intrepid reporter/Twitter friend, same difference] was ON THE SCENE and got you an exxxclusive first look at Ryan Howard and his schoolteacher/Eagles cheerleader girlfriend making their grand red-carpet entrance.

And, umm, DAMN she looks good:

Also worth noting is the fact that the big gentlemen who mashes lots of homers managed to squeeze his swollen ankle into those dress shoes, so I’d imagine he’s pretty close to returning to the lineup.

Aug
16
2010
Posted by meech.one at 9:15 am ET 66 Comments

I try to not make fun of the Mets too often — Lord knows I try — but sometimes they just make it so damn easy that I can’t help myself. Case in point, check out what Mets spot-starter Pat Misch was doing in the fifth inning of Saturday night’s Phillies shutout. Have a look-see:

WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!

Honestly, I’ve been watching baseball for 25+ years and NEVER have I seen a pitcher shove his entire fist in his mouth while he was on the mound. Besides that act being completely illegal (technically, pitchers aren’t even allowed to lick their fingertips, correct?), it’s utterly disgusting and bordering on obscene.

The only logical explanation is that Pat here lathered his tongue in Crisco before coming into the game and needs to doctor the ball to get out of that 1st & 2nd, 1 out jam. OR he was just showing off his lack of a gag reflex to David Wright and Jose Reyes.

I’ll let you decide. Either way, this definitely shouldn’t occur during a baseball game.

(Thanks, I guess, to reader Chad Gordon for the .gif)

UPDATE: That wasn’t the only time Pat shoved his arm down his throat during the game.

ATJ, fisting #2.

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Aug
05
2010
Posted by meech.one at 1:44 pm ET 11 Comments

During the 9th inning of last night’s victory over the Marlins, a lady on the third base line had a rather difficult time catching a ball thrown by Florida’s third base coach and wound up not only missing the ball, but falling down in the process. And since I love watching people fall, I figured I’d throw it up here.

Watch as Ronny Paulino taps a Brad Lidge offering foul and Joey Espada tries tossing the ball to the lady:

You’re doing it wrong, dummy!

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Aug
04
2010
Posted by meech.one at 10:16 pm ET 25 Comments

Lesson #1 for Gaby Sanchez:  DO NOT RUN ON DOM BROWN.

Observe:

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Aug
04
2010
Posted by meech.one at 1:18 pm ET 139 Comments

Just when I thought it was impossible for me to like Domonic Brown more than I already did…

The man is wise beyond his years.

(Thanks for the heads up, @bikewobble)

Oh! And speaking of Dom Brown and fashion, have you seen the Birdland store lately?

BUY THAT SHIT!

Aug
03
2010
Posted by meech.one at 2:00 pm ET 69 Comments

(It’s not a man-purse, IT’S A TRAVEL BAG!!!)

When Ryan Howard stepped off his flight this afternoon at PHL en route to see team physician Michael Ciccotti, he was mobbed by a gaggle of reporters (wait — how many reporters constitute a gaggle?) including Jeff Skversky of 6abc and John Clark of NBC10. Then they shoved microphones in front of Howard’s face and asked him how many days he thinks he’ll miss EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO THE DOCTOR FOR AN MRI TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH TIME HE WILL MISS. But hey, these 12:00 news segments aren’t gonna produce themselves.

For the record, Howard said he would miss “maybe four to seven days, maybe ten days” (medical jargon) and the crutches were “just for precautionary reasons and whatnot.” His schoolteacher/cheerleader girlfriend was also there to lend emotional support and carry her Louis Vuitton bag.

Check out the full video at NBC Philadelphia. He’s pretty even-keeled about the state of the Phillies on the whole, seems pretty optimistic, and his positivity is certainly reassuring.

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Jul
30
2010
Posted by meech.one at 12:58 pm ET 83 Comments

Last night was 80′s night at Citizens Bank Park where the Phanatic wears his maroon jersey, the ballgirls wear those hot pants outfits, female fans raid their local American Apparel stores for fluorescent shit, and the Phanavision programmer runs photoshops of each Phillies player as a singer or the lead in a popular 80′s flick. For example, Jimmy Rollins was Michael Jackson, Jayson Werth was Teen Wolf, Kyle Kendrick was Costner in Bull Durham, etc. I’ll throw all the pics after the jump, but Dom Brown as Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop gets the spot above it.

Thanks to reader Courtney for all the pics. What a sweetheart that girl is.

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Jul
20
2010
Posted by meech.one at 1:26 pm ET 362 Comments

Per Jim Salisbury, obvs:

I guess Ruben doesn’t think too highly of Jay Happ?

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