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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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Jun
19
2011
Posted by meech.one at 9:27 am ET 8 Comments

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Seriously, there was no reason for myPHL17 cameras to cut to Mick Billmeyer as they were going to commercial in the bottom of the 8th other than to show him going one-knuckle deep into his nose.

That’s disgusting.

(Thank @TonYgalanteRocK for making me screen cap that)

Jun
09
2011
Posted by meech.one at 11:36 am ET 28 Comments

Considering the only people I heard of who got drafted into the MLB this week are those who have the name of a former baseball player with “Jr.” added to the end (ie: Dante Bichette, Jr., Dwight Smith, Jr.), I hardly pay any attention to it at all. Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy prospects as much as the next prospect-loving guy, it’s just that a bunch of high school kids who may not even sign with their team doesn’t really excite me.

Unless, of course, there is a pretty cool story attached to the draftee, like there is with the VERY LAST gentleman selected (by the Phillies!), Kolya Stephenson of Ocean City High School in New Jersey. In the NFL draft, he would be known as “Mr. Irrelevant”, but in the MLB version, it’s known as the “Don’t Count Me Out” pick (whatever that means). Anywho, Kolya, a RHP who went 6-1 in his junior year at OC High and 5-4 this year, is the son of the video production manager for the Phillies, “Video” Dan Stephenson.

If you’re a Phillies fan, you certainly heard of Video Dan — he’s the guy that writes and produces those Phillies DVD yearbooks that are released after each season and has been working as a video editor with the Phils since like forever. So it’s pretty cool for his son to get drafted by the Phils, right? (The answer is yes)

I’m equally amazed at how someone can concentrate on baseball when their high school is next to Gillian’s waterpark and a stones throw away from THREE Mack & Manco locations. Congrats, Koyla!

Ocean City’s Kolya Stephenson makes lasting impression on Phillies | Press of Atlantic City
Don’t count him out: Kolya final pick of Draft | MLB.com

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Jun
09
2011
Posted by meech.one at 10:36 am ET 59 Comments

“PISSSSTASHIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!”

And yes, that is a Tiger Mug she’s holding — thanks for noticing.

(Shout to commenter MOAB for the screengrab)

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Jun
09
2011
Posted by meech.one at 7:59 am ET 21 Comments

Phils skip Charlie Manuel was so impressed by the performance of Cole Hamels last night (8.0 IP, 0 ER, 9 K, 0 BB, Game time temp 95°), that he praised Cole’s work ethic and maturity during the post-game presser before ending with this gem:

“He’s getting stronger. He’s bigger than he used to be. If you see him with his shirt and stuff off, he’s developing into a man.”

Realizing he said something that could possibly be blockquoted and misconstrued on a blog, Charlie laughed it off. I guess what he was trying to say, though, is Cole’s all growsed up.

And if you think he’s developed into a man with his shirt off, you should check out his bare ass!

Video, courtesy of CSNPhilly & The 700 Level, after the jump.

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Jun
07
2011
Posted by meech.one at 1:48 pm ET 39 Comments

I swear it’s impossible to dislike Dom Brown.

The soon to be full-time starting right fielder had different at-bat music when the Phillies returned from their road trip yesterday. If you recall, when Dom first got called up he used Ice Cube’s “It was a good day” before switching to some Wiz Khalifa joint this season (I’ll give him a pass on that one). But now, according to one of my buddies who went to the game last night, Dom’s using the chorus from the 2010 Das Racist track “Who’s That? Brooown!”

If you’re not familiar with rap music whatsoever (you uncultured swine), you may not notice the reference/sample in the song which is from A Tribe Called Quest’s ’91 posse cut “Scenario”, where the members of Tribe and most of the Leaders of the New School ask rapper Charlie Brown to identify himself before starting his verse by asking in unison, “Who’s that?” To which Charlie responds, “Brooowwwwwwwnnnnn.” That part is now Dom’s walk-up music.

It’s just a fantastic at-bat music selection on so many levels.

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