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During batting practice yesterday evening, the newest 76ers Nikola Vucevic (16th pick out of USC) and Lavoy Allen (50th pick out of TEMPLE!), got to hang out on the field with the Phillies. (via)

Jun
25
2011
Posted by meech.one at 9:35 am ET 5 Comments

I thought it was rather peculiar when Ryan Madson didn’t enter the game to pitch with the score tied in the top of the 9th at home last night, and it turns out our reigning closer has a little problem with his throwing hand that will keep him sidelined for a few games. CSN’s resident storyteller John R. Finger was pinch-beat writing for Jim Salisbury last night and asked Charlie Manuel about it with the first question of the post-game presser. After dodging it for a few minutes, he finally caved and admitted Madson injured his hand last week and he should be ready to return in 3-4 days. He didn’t mention it beforehand because he didn’t want to “tip his hand” to Oakland that Madson was unavailable. (Not like it matters, have you seen Oakland try and hit?)

Madson didn’t speak to reporters after the game, so no one really knows the severity of the injury, but “feeling”, “tingling”, or “numbness” doesn’t sound too good.

Also worth noting, Chooch was unavailable for last night’s game because he had a root canal performed earlier in the day. (a/k/a The Panama Canal II)

Phillies’ Manuel admits reliever Madson is hurt | John R. Finger, CSN

And if you’re into this sorta thing, below you can watch the part of the post-game where Charlie talks about Madson. I’m pretty sure he says Madson injured his hand in Colorado (or “Collaradda” as he pronounced it). The Phillies don’t even play in Colorado until August! I’m guessing he meant either Seattle or St. Louis, but I see how he can get those cities confused.

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MLB Hit King Pete Rose and girlfriend Kiana Kim enjoyed tonight’s 1-0 walkoff victory tonight at Citizens Bank Park in a suite with ex-Phillies pitcher Larry “L.C.” Christenson. [via McQuade's twitter]

Jun
24
2011
Posted by meech.one at 2:28 pm ET 8 Comments

Hey — remember last year in April when Jimmy Rollins was supposed to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest batted ball (576 ft.) on Ben Franklin Pkwy but he had to cancel when he got injured?

Well, guess what? HE’S GOING FOR IT AGAIN THIS MONDAY!

And this time, The Fightins is teaming up with Red Bull & Jimmy Rollins to provide one lucky reader with a VIP pass that gets you so close to the world record-breaking action, you’ll practically be in his swing path.

Not only that, but Red Bull is hiding 576 BPC baseballs around the city of Philadelphia in honor of the distance we hope Jimmy can hit the ball. If fans find a baseball and bring it to the event on Monday by 11:15 AM as directed, they are entered into a sweepstakes to win access to the VIP seating area which includes a meet and greet with Jimmy Rollins and an autographed trading card.

As a bonus starting today, eleven (11) Ball Park Cranks shirts will also pop up around the city which are INSTANT winners for the VIP seating area. Fans will be given clues and learn the Foursquare locations of these shirts by following @RedBullPhilly and Jimmy Rollins on Facebook.

And tomorrow, The Fightins will be providing an EXXXCLUSIVE clue on the site to let you know where to find one of the instant winner t-shirts.

Again, the event takes place this coming Monday (6/27) at 11:45-1:00 in the afternoon near 20th St. on Ben Franklin Parkway.

Click below to find out how to win a VIP pass RIGHT NOW by following a few simple steps…

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Jun
24
2011
Posted by meech.one at 8:46 am ET 27 Comments

Following last night’s 12-2 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, Roy Oswalt held court at his locker to talk about his latest injury and it’s possible impact on his future with the Phillies. David Hale of the News Journal went through the painstakingly long process of transcribing Oswalt’s Q&A session, and I really don’t see how you can pull any positives out of it.

Here’s a snippet:

Q: Is it better to just rest than to keep trying to pitch through it?

A: According to what the doctors say, compare it to the last MRI I had a year or two ago and see where it’s at. At this point I’m not really helping the team. I’m kind of a liability more than anything. See where I’m at. And if it’s something I have to get fixed, I have to get it fixed. To see where it’s at, I don’t know. I don’t know where it’s at.

Q: How does it feel compared to earlier this season?

A: A little worse than it was in the beginning of the season

Q: Is it tough to leave a game like that?

A: I really wasn’t productive. I was more heaving the ball than throwing the ball. I tried to get out of a jam, had one of the guys strikeout and then couldn’t get the ball in enough on Theriot. We’ll see what it looks like Monday. I don’t think it does any good to keep going out there, not really doing too much, going six innings at a time. I tried to stay in as long as I could, but you don’t want to pitch if you’re in pain.

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Q: Are you frightened by what’s happened here?

A: You throw as long as you can throw, and if you can’t throw no more, you can’t throw no more. I’m going to keep throwing as long as I can, and hopefully it’s not gotten to the point where I can’t throw no more. If it’s gotten to that point, then you’ve just gotten to accept it.

See? Not good.

Little Roy also reiterated that he’s had “a lot of [cortisone] shots” over the past few years, and he’s hesitant to take anymore because they basically stop working after a while.

Video (directed by Mr. Hale as well) after the jump.

Oswalt Talks About Impact of Injury | News Journal (via The 700 Level)

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Jun
23
2011
Posted by meech.one at 12:32 pm ET 55 Comments

(Thanks to my boy Ryan Kelly over at Service Electric 2 Sports for the clean video)

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You think it’s tough throwing a complete game shutout on the road in St. Louis? TRY DOING THIS:

He looks like one of those cute cherub statue fountains that you find out front of fancy hotels.

(via St. Louis legends JoeSportsFan.com)

Jun
23
2011
Posted by meech.one at 9:51 am ET 22 Comments

If you’re on Twitter, chances are you know all about the tweeting exploits of Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison. Despite playing for a franchise without too many fans, Logan has built up quite an impressive following on the internet, some of whom are Phillies fans. One of these Phillies fans who Logan befriended is Mark Marinelli of Bethlehem, PA (@MarkM625). Mark is a Phillies fan/funny dude who just so happens to be confined to a wheelchair from Muscular Dystrophy. Well, Logan invited Mark to be his guest of honor at a June 14th Phillies game, and this is Mark’s account of the night. Enjoy.

Going to Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies is always a pleasure. Sometimes you get a dud, but some games you feel lucky to be at. Another strong start from Cy Hamels? Check! Seeing Chase Utley start for the first time in person this year? Check! A season high 5 homeruns including Domonic Brown’s first career multi-homer game? Check! Those were all great reasons to go home happy after a 9-1 victory, but there was even another reason for me.

Back in November I became twitter friends with Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) of the Marlins. It was a crazy night for me that resulted in someone posting my home address on Twitter, but it ended with a baseball player following me. Most times I’m not sure why anyone follows me, but I admit to feeling like a chubby teenager seeing Twilight for the first time when I saw that he started following me.

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Jun
23
2011
Posted by meech.one at 8:56 am ET 27 Comments

While the Phillies were in St. Louis last night daring the Cardinals to score a run, the Phillie Phanatic took a trip up the PA Turnpike so he could entertain those baseball lovin’ folks at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game. Everything was going great — he was in the stands gyrating his hips, sticking his party favor tongue out at children, and spilling popcorn on people — and then all of a sudden, BOOM. He gets whacked in the neck with a foul ball off the bat of an Indianapolis Indians player.

The Associated Press was all over the story (via Daily News):

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Phillie Phanatic was taken to the hospital after being struck by a foul ball at an IronPigs baseball game at Coca-Cola Park here.

A spokeswoman for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest told The Morning Call that Tom Burgoyne, the man inside the Philadelphia Phillies mascot’s costume, was treated in the emergency room Wednesday night and later released.

The Phanatic was entertaining behind the first-base dugout in the top of the third inning when a foul ball from the Indianapolis Indians hit his neck , the area around Burgoyne’s head. The Phanatic acted wounded but kept clowning for a while until he later left the stadium and went to the hospital.

Whoa, wait a second — there’s a man inside the Phanatic?

YOU MEAN THE PHANATIC ISN’T REAL???

*runs away sobbing*

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Jun
20
2011
Posted by meech.one at 1:31 pm ET 25 Comments

I have no idea what’s going on here, but this dude talking reminds me of Borat and the Phanatic steps on a Mets hat. Good enough for me!

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