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That is the opening paragraph from former Inqy/Phillies beat writer Andy Martino SEVENTEEN games into the season for the New York Mets. I assume by June his columns will solely be curse words and scribbling and by September he’ll just be re-printing text messages from his buddy about how bad the team sucks.

(via @JimmyTraina)

Apr
19
2011
Posted by Ryan at 9:52 pm ET 44 Comments

So, yeah. That happened. Halladay gets a loss, going 6.2 innings, surrendering 10 hits and 6 ER. The Phils offense did honestly look like dog shit, notching only two hits (two goddamned hits!) their last coming in the third inning.

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Apr
19
2011
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 9:39 pm ET 23 Comments

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be making the 90 minute trek down the turnpike to head to my most favorite place in Pennsylvania: Citizens Bank Park. It will be my second game this season, and my first time seeing Cliff Lee in person. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to some afternoon baseball, as most of us would if it meant not having to sit in an office all day while the more fortunate got to sit in the sun and watch the glory and splendor of American’s Pastime.

Then I saw this:

Huh, I thought. A robot that can throw a baseball? How quaint. Here I thought they called those “pitching machines,” and I used one of those in high school, but whatever. But being the ever curious person that I am, I wanted to know more. I loved robots growing up, and I one day dreamed about having a robot best friend or something.

Needless to say, I got a little more excited. It’d be like a real life Transformer, I thought. Then I tracked down this column, and it was then that I realized just how wrong I was. Read more »

Apr
19
2011
Posted by Chris at 5:00 pm ET 104 Comments

7:05PM on CSN and MLB Network

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Roy Halladay (2-0) 1.23 ERA

PHILLIES: His last start he did exactly what you expected him to do, threw a complete game and got the win. If Blanton can go 7 innings and give up 2 runs against this Brewers offense that means Halladay can go 18 innings and throw a shut out against them. And I expect him to do so if he has to.

Randy Wolf (1-2) 4.32 ERA

BREWERS: Well look who it is. I can’t be too mad at Randy because he was the person who first sparked these pitching matchup pictures. But then again, he can piss off. He cried about CBP and used it as a reason not to come back here 2 years in a row when we went after him. Now I bet he’d play here if it was 200 feet to dead center.

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Apr
19
2011
Posted by meech.one at 1:58 pm ET 16 Comments

No matter how much baseball you watch, and believe you/me I watch a lot of baseball, you still typically see around 1 or 2 plays a week where you’re like, “Yo – I ain’t neva SEEN no shit like that befo’!” And that’s what makes baseball such a beautiful game to follow.

UNLESS that spectacular play goes against the team you root for. Then it’s some lucky bullshit.

Take last night for example: The Brewers pull Shawn Marcum out of the game to start the bottom of the 7th (which was odd in and of itself because he batted already in the top half), so the Phillies decide to get their offense going against the Milwaukee ‘pen. After Carlos Ruiz grounded out to short, Wilson Valdez reached on an error by 3B Casey McGehee and Gload followed with a pinch-hit single inside the third base bag. After a Victorino fielder’s choice scored Wilson Valdez to tie the game at 2, Placido Polanco (who was 2-for-3 at that point) stepped to the plate to try and give the Phillies the lead…

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I’m going to award Sully the scoop here. JC Romero is going on the 15-Day DL with a right calf strain. Mike Zagurski (of whom I am a huge fan. No pun intended.) has been recalled. Zags hasn’t allowed a run in 3.1 innings while fanning seven so far this season in Lehigh Valley.

Apr
19
2011
Posted by Chris at 12:11 am ET 24 Comments

On Behind the Pinstripes this past Sunday there was a little tid bit on a couple of fat dudes who play fake baseball during spring training with John Kruk, also a fat guy. Now these guys seem likable enough minus the whole being two white Mo Vaughns. But Scott Palmer decided to throw a slight burn in at the end of this kinda sorta feel good story(if you consider fat people doing something athletic a feel good story, which most do). Right around 2 minutes is where you wanna start watching.

So I guess Palmer has given up on playing with his little toy truck while wearing his World Series ring, a ring that even Adam Eaton earned more than him(it’s still pretty close), and has instead turned to belittling others. Poor guys are just trying to play fake baseball and go get KFC after the game. What a dick.

Thanks to the one and only tonyisdynamic for ripping the video for me.

Apr
18
2011
Posted by Chris at 11:14 pm ET 59 Comments

Thank the huge bag of douche above. Look below for lulz.

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Apr
18
2011
Posted by Chris at 5:05 pm ET 138 Comments

7:05PM on PHL17 and ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Joe Blanton (0-1) 10.45 ERA

PHILLIES: I…uhm…sorry. Promised myself I wouldn’t cry. THIS PICTURE BRINGS ME BACK! Phillies win.

Shaun Marcum (2-1) 2.55 ERA

BREWERS: Haha get it?! Shaun to be wild! Cause he walks a lot of people! Well I guess he doesn’t walk too many people. Maybe I’m grasping at straws and wishing I had more of a layup on the name like I would if Randy Wolf was pitching…

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Apr
18
2011
Posted by meech.one at 1:52 pm ET 42 Comments

In the 8th inning off of yesterday’s game, while deadlocked in a 2-2 tie with the Florida Marlins, Phillies radio colorman Larry Andersen apparently dozed off for a second in the radio booth. With nobody on base and Gaby Sanchez at the plate, play-by-play guy Scott Franzke starts cackling like he does when LA does something worthy of a cackle. But this time, LA didn’t have a witty comeback, only a garbled “Wha?” that people tend to do when somebody wakes them up.

So then Franzke, who obviously didn’t want to drop a dime on his boy LA, said while laughing, “If I was another broadcaster in this town I might have had a comment for that.” Which was clearly in reference to the time earlier this season when Sixers play-by-play man Marc Zumoff called out Eric Snow for falling asleep on air.

Audio embedded after the jump, chump. Go ahead, it’s worthy of a listen.

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