From the start of the day’s game with Roy Halladay’s extended standing ovation, to the final out of the game, today’s matinee in Toronto with the Blue Jays was a game to remember. In Roy Halladay’s return to Toronto for the first time since being traded here to Philly, this game will be remembered more for losing their damn minds.
From almost the opening pitch, everyone seemed to have an opinion on Alfonso Marquez’s strike zone. Players, fans and managers alike. But nobody let Marquez know this more than Jon Rauch in what was a crazy top of the 9th. The Phillies began to tack on some baserunners after Chase Utley’s go-ahead 2 run homer, which lead to the natives getting somewhat restless. A fan (Jays gear, relax …) ran onto the field, resulting in a ridiculously long delay that led to security awkwardly remaining on the field for about three minutes. It kept getting worse for Jays fans as the questionable balls and strike calls continued, which lead to fans throwing things onto the field. Finally after all of that, it came to a head. After a questionable call led to a Ryan Howard walk, Shane Victorino knocked in Chase Utley, who scored on a bang-bang player. But then it got nuts.
Rauch yelled “That run’s on you…” to Marquez before getting tossed. What followed was Rauch going all Ultimate Warrior Alfonso that resulted in Rauch having to be restrained so hard his cotdamn shirt was ripped right off his body.
John Farrell finally intervined…only to get tossed himself after also getting into a (much less) heated debate with Alfonso Marquez. For the rest of the game, fans booed and sarcasically cheered every single one of his calls. Perhaps fearfully, he called a pitch he had been calling a strike all day a ball to Raul Ibanez on a 3-1 count. Before leaving the game, Farrell awesomely pointed out his own vision of Marquez’s strike zone:
We should play Toronto more.
Charlie Manuel is a manager known to push unique buttons in games, even if it results in head scratching sometimes. But let it be known, Cholly will do anything to win a game. Anything.
As ZWR eloquently writes after every one of his starts, Roy Halladay pitched yesterday. He notched his 5th complete game of the season, yet recorded a rather low (by his standards…) 4 strikeouts. Charlie was asked in his postgame press conference by CSN’s Jim Salisbury if he would sacrifice Roy Halladay’s amount of strikeouts so he could throw less pitches and go the distance more. What resulted was Manuel saying he would sacrifice anything to win ballgames. Including a living, breathing human being. “I’d even sacrifice you…“ Charlie matter of factly states to Jim. The reasoning for Charlie’s sacrifice of Barney Rubble? He thinks very highly of him.
So before you hop on Twitter to complain about Charlie’s misuse of the bullpen, or if he keeps a starter in longer than he should be, remember this: Charlie Manuel is NOT afraid to push a man into a volcano if it means his team wins ballgames. And that’s a compliment. We think.
Once again, Cole Hamels is showing that Hollywood side of himself. The same “Hollywood” that plagued him in 2009 when he starred in a myriad of Comcast Xfinity commercials. In what seems like an Apple commercial instead of one for Xfinity, Cole Hamels does some pre-game TV watchin’ in the clubhouse. Look at this no good, no sweet spot-signing jerk, as he catches up on The Office on his Mac right before a game. Notice, as Cole grabs his glove before he heads out. I bet this was right before a game he was starting, too! That Hammels complacency is setting in again. Should of listened to FanSince09.
Oh well. Here’s Cole, pimping Xfinity’s newest service:
PFFFT ok, ok. Here’s the real one:
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