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Mar
15
2010
Posted by at 1:59 pm ET 23 Comments

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Jamie Moyer collected his 249th win on April 26th, 2009 against the Marlins. It would take him more than a month and 6 more starts to become the 44th pitcher (and 11th lefty) in MLB history to reach 250.

On May 31st, en route to a three-game sweep of the hapless Nationals, Moyer would pitch 6 full innings, giving up 3 hits and an earned run (on a Willingham solo shot, his first of 2) while striking out 4, improving his season record to 4-5 while whittling his ERA down to a svelte 6.75.

What made this all the more exciting was the unforgettable post-game quote from the Undisputed King of Soundbites himself:

“It’s not about the personal things, I’m more excited about us winning,” Moyer said. “I really haven’t thought about [winning 250]. It takes so much effort to prepare and play. I was taught to play the game as a team, not as an individual. When you play 20-some years, some of these things can happen.”

This game was loaded with all sorts of unlikeliness: Moyer went 6 strong innings and won, Chris Coste hit a home run, Pedro Feliz collected an RBI (on a very likely fielder’s choice), Ryan Howard tripled and Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless 9th.

Even though I stopped buying tickets to Moyer’s starts after the May 25th loss to the Marlins, I’m glad he did win it at home, because of my favorite things in the world is fan-made stadium cellphone videos on YouTube, complete with disembodied attempts to sound like Harry Kalas:

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May 31st Recap | ESPN.com
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Mar
13
2010
Posted by at 2:02 pm ET 35 Comments

I have four sisters, and I love each and every one of them. That being said, Becca is my favorite today. She’s down in Clearwater this weekend to get an early Phillies fix. I asked her if she could get me a box of Turkey Hill ice cream autographed by Carlos Ruiz, but she did me one better – a copy of Wheeler’s View from the Booth: Four Decades with the Phillies, personally signed by the man himself along with this ringing endorsement:

2010 Spring Training WHEELS INSCRIPTION

Tug

The Fightins is a great site. Good job. Thanks for being a Phillies fan.

Best Wishes

Chris Wheeler

3/13/2010

So thanks again Beck, and thank you, Muffins, for being such a good sport. Keep on rockin’ around the COCK.

2010 Spring Training WHEELS

Mar
08
2010
Posted by at 12:20 pm ET 27 Comments

The purpose of this exclusive The Fightins dot com feature is to foster a rivalry between the Phillies beat writers by keeping a running tally of who scoops who on Twitter and turn it into a year-long dick joke. You can play along by reading their tweets in this convenient list.

Their scores as of March 8, 2010:

Matt Gelb (@magelb) 28 points
Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) 18 points
Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) 18 points
Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) 16 points
Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) 11 points
David Murphy (@HighCheese) 10 points
Andy Martino (@phillieszone) 7 points
John Finger (@jrfinger) 4.5 points

Matt Gelb continues to destroy the competition in the face of obvious attempts the others have taken at sabotaging the rookie’s efforts at reporting on the Phillies (evidenced here). In spite of these shenanigans, he refuses to complain and just continues to kick everyone else’s ass for the second straight week.

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Mar
01
2010
Posted by at 2:19 pm ET 31 Comments

The purpose of this exclusive The Fightins dot com feature is to foster a rivalry between the Phillies beat writers by keeping a running tally of who scoops who on Twitter and turn it into a year-long dick joke. You can play along by reading their tweets in this convenient list.

Their scores as of March 1, 2010:

Matt Gelb (@magelb) 16 points
Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) 13 points
Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) 11 points
Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) 11 points
David Murphy (@HighCheese) 9 points
Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) 7 points
Andy Martino (@phillieszone) 6 points
John Finger (@jrfinger) 4.5 points

This week revealed Matt Gelb and Ryan Lawrence to be twin quasars of beat-offery. Lawrence scored 7 solid points in his debut and Gelb has taken the lead in only his second week. This week also revealed that a single player’s facial hair holds more value in this competition than all the bullpen sessions and former Expos-signings in the Majors, and that a reference to this blog in your tweet is always good for at least one point.

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Feb
21
2010
Posted by at 7:57 pm ET 19 Comments

The purpose of this exclusive The Fightins dot com feature is to foster a rivalry between the Phillies beat writers by keeping a running tally of who scoops who on Twitter and turn it into a year-long dick joke. You can play along by reading their tweets in this convenient list.

Their scores as of February 21, 2010:

Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) 9 points
Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) 8 points
David Murphy (@HighCheese) 6 points
Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) 5 points
John Finger (@jrfinger) 4.5 points
Andy Martino (@phillieszone) 4 points
Matt Gelb (@magelb) 4 points

It’s official. Now the points are going to start adding up pretty fast. Martino has returned, and I’ve added Matt Gelb to the fray, since he filled in so well for Andy. Next week, expect to see Mandy Housenick and Ryan Lawrence. And don’t forget to check the list, these folks are tweeting their asses off.

By the way, I’ve fallen deeply in love with the game known as Curling, and I don’t care who knows it. And the Doc likes it too, so you can eat me before you judge me, you dickhole.

Also, this:

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Feb
19
2010
Posted by at 6:12 pm ET 37 Comments

It's Tempting To Call This One "Fail-Again's Island."

Kyle Kendrick wants that 5th spot, and he’s willing to drastically improve his work ethic to get it. Jim Salisbury says that while Kendrick would show up around 8am every morning in previous Spring Trainings, he has begun arriving at Bright House Field at quarter to six every morning this year.

I don’t know if it’s personal initiative on Kyle’s part or some kind of Dubee-sponsored Sturdy Wings program, but Kendrick has buddied up with the great Roy Halladay to pick up a few pointers on how to kick ass.

Kendrick, 25, has benefitted from his up-close look at Halladay’s legendary work ethic. Keeping up with Halladay means getting up pretty early – and getting to bed by 9 p.m.

“My work ethic has gotten a lot better, I think,” Kendrick said. “Before, I didn’t have a plan. Now I have a plan, thanks to Roy. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen.”

I’m guessing he’s heard that old chestnut about success breeding success. You can’t improve yourself by hanging around a bunch of scrubs. It’s a good move on his part, I’m guessing that by simply grabbing his own destiny by the balls, he’s locked himself in for at least a spot in the bullpen.

Who am I kidding: initiative is never rewarded by management.

Feb
14
2010
Posted by at 7:24 pm ET 13 Comments

The purpose of this exclusive The Fightins dot com feature is to foster a rivalry between the Phillies beat writers by keeping a running tally of who scoops who on Twitter and turn it into a year-long dick joke. You can play along by reading their tweets in this convenient list.

Their scores as of February 14, 2010:

Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) 6 points
David Murphy (@HighCheese) 6 points
Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) 4 points
John Finger (@jrfinger) 3.5 points
Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) 3 points
Andy Martino (@phillieszone) 3 points

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Feb
07
2010
Posted by at 1:34 am ET 21 Comments

I knew he would do one.

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Feb
06
2010
Posted by at 12:16 pm ET 10 Comments

The purpose of this exclusive The Fightins dot com feature is to foster a rivalry between the Phillies beat writers by keeping a running tally of who scoops who on Twitter and turn it into a year-long dick joke. You can play along by reading their tweets in this convenient list.

Their scores as of February 6, 2010:

Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) 6 points
Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) 4 points
David Murphy (@HighCheese) 4 points
John Finger (@jrfinger) 3.5 points
Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) 3 points
Andy Martino (@phillieszone) 3 points

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Jan
25
2010
Posted by at 11:57 am ET 29 Comments

A little off-season ball-busting:

History lessons:

Chris Wheeler Loves the Bill Haley Classic, “Rock Around the Cock” | June 23, 2009
Are Y’all Ready For The Remix? | June 25, 2009

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