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Aug
02
2011
Posted by Ryan at 12:58 pm ET 14 Comments

If you read The 700 Level, (and if you don’t what the hell is wrong with you?) you might have seen that the newest Phillie hasn’t exactly been wearing regulation spikes since his arrival with the team. The Phils uniform standards dictate a player wears red shoes. The details, like style, make, and model can be of the player’s choosing, but the color must be red.

For his debut on Saturday, Hunter didn’t have red shoes yet so he borrowed a pair of red Nikes. He elected not to continue wearing the shoes, not only because of the poor fit, but also because he has a contract to wear Reebox spikes. So on Sunday, he trotted out in a pair of his old black ReeZig spikes that were sloppily spray-painted red.

Tipster Josh Poulette was at the game last night and grabbed this awesome picture of Pence in the on-deck circle still wearing spray-painted cleats.

(Click here for uber high-res version.)

What the hell, Reebok? You can’t overnight a dude you pay to wear your gear the right kicks? Or could it be that Pence has a superstitious streak in him and doesn’t want to change his spikes after hitting in three-straight games? Either way those shoes are simultaneously ugly and endearing, just like Pence himself.

Edit: @LeepinLizardz pointed out to me that Pence himself addressed the spikes on his own Twitter:

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Last night, the Rockies’ TV crew made a tiny mistake on their chyron after John Mayberry Jr. tied the ballgame up with two outs in the ninth:

To ROOT Sports’s credit, the two do look a lot alike. Thanks to tipster Jeffrey Hatley for the screengrab.

Aug
02
2011
Posted by Ryan at 9:00 am ET 14 Comments

After scoring the winning run in Sunday afternoon’s walkoff win against the Pirates, the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillies busted out one hell of a bon mot during his postgame interview with Sarge. If you weren’t smitten before, this just may put you over the top.

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Here’s Hunter Pence, stepping up to the plate with his hitting jacket sleeve thingy still on his bat:

I’ll tell ya, you really have to admire how this guy is so eager to get up and start swinging that he doesn’t even check if he took the weight off of his bat. That man is a GAMER.

Aug
01
2011
Posted by Chris at 7:40 pm ET 89 Comments

8:40PM on CSN

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cole Hamels (12-6) 2.61 ERA

Jhoulys Chacin (8-8) 3.50 ERA

Thanks to our own moderator extraordinaire @SwiftOnSports for the Hammels pic.

Aug
01
2011
Posted by Danger Guerrero at 11:00 am ET 45 Comments

[Scene: In the Phillies High computer lab, where a number of students are spending their free period.]

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Aug
01
2011
Posted by meech.one at 10:43 am ET 37 Comments

It’s hard to really encapsulate the stupidity of a human being who decides to wear Pittsburgh Pirates Starter winter coat from the early 90′s to a baseball game in mid-summer where on the field temperatures routinely break the 100° mark, but that screen grab does a fairly decent job. If anyone has any “after” pictures of him comatose in the Jetro lot from a combination of heat stroke and dehydration, lemme know.

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Jul
31
2011
Posted by Justin at 11:29 am ET 47 Comments

I was reflecting on Hunter Pence’s debut, because I’m one of those bloggers who is always thinking about blogging, even when I’m not curled up asleep on top of my computer.

If there’s one thing we know about sports from the trade deadline, its that a player is only as good as his very first performance on a team.  This is how we are able to definitively deduce that Dom Brown’s career is over.  Hunter Pence, however, has only begun his magical Philadelphia odyssey, and his first at-bat in red pinstripes was already endearing to the fans, and not just because nobody threw up on him.

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Jul
30
2011
Posted by SwiftOnSports at 6:05 pm ET 61 Comments

7:05 PM on CSN

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cliff Lee Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches from the dugout during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies 7-5.

Clifton Phifer Lee (9-7, 3.05 ERA) vs.

James McDonald (7-4, 3.95 ERA)

GAME NOTES: Tonight the Phillies resident Ninja squares off against… some Pitcher for the Shitsburgh (butt)Pirates. But the real story is going to be Hunter Pence, the Phillies new prized outfielder, who will be making his debut appearance in the Red Pinstripes. Pence will be playing Right Field, and from what we can assume will be batting 5th in the order. I imagine you’re all just as excited as I am to see what this guy can do. Go Phils!

Jul
30
2011
Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 1:09 am ET 29 Comments

Ruben Amaro did it again.

The Phillies general manager, all full of smug, went out and got himself that right-handed bat that he’s been dreaming about ever since Jayson Werth pulled up stakes last year, when he traded for Houston Astros’ right fielder Hunter Pence on Friday evening in a deal that sent minor league pitchers Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid, as well as first baseman Jonathan Singleton, and another player to be named. The trade was a help to both teams, as the Phillies got a right-handed bat with some pop and consistency, while the Astros got a handful of young prospects to rebuild their system.

It was a trade that’s been brewing for a couple of days, and one that reached a fever pitch early Friday afternoon, when word came down that the Phillies were willing to include Domonic Brown in the trade after reports of Houston balking at their earlier proposals.

And if you follow me on Twitter – and if you don’t, shame on you – you’ll know that I spent the better part of the last 48 hours waxing on about the possible trade, and what exactly I expected the Phillies to do (trade for Hunter Pence), what I had hoped they would do (trade for B.J. Upton) and what I hoped that they wouldn’t do (trade Domonic Brown). And at the risk of making you all comb through my last 300 or so tweets, most of which were the products of the rumor-drunk hysteria stemming from the news that Brown might be the outgoing player,  I’ll sum up my feelings on today’s festivities thusly:

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