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Jul
18
2011
Posted by meech.one at 8:12 pm ET 8 Comments

I’ll admit these Dos Equis knock-off ads are kinda hit or miss, but here’s one from the Phillies AAA affiliate IronPigs that I’d definitely place into the “hit” category. It’s a well-produced promo from the greatest station in the Lehigh Valley, Service Electric 2 Sports, featuring the Pigs third baseman Tagg Bozied (pronounced Boh-zay’d) as the most interesting man in baseball. Enjoy:

(Courtesy of Service Electric 2 Sports and Ryan Kelly)

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Jun
23
2011
Posted by meech.one at 12:32 pm ET 55 Comments

(Thanks to my boy Ryan Kelly over at Service Electric 2 Sports for the clean video)

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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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May
17
2011
Posted by meech.one at 10:38 am ET 26 Comments

Last night in Allentown, nearly 10,000 people showed up at Coca-Cola Park to catch some Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Norfolk Tide action and hopefully get their hands on 1 of the 3,000 Harry Kalas talking bobble figurines given away to ticketholders 18 & over. It was such a popular giveaway that fans started lining up around noon (in cloudy, overcast weather mind you) just to guarantee they’d get one.

The bobble itself is a pretty accurate likeness of Harry The K, and utters two phrases — “This is Harry Kalas and I’m hog wild about IronPigs baseball,” or the more popular “long drive into deep right center field and this ball is Outta Here!” (more after the jump…)

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Jul
03
2009
Posted by beelove at 2:15 pm ET 17 Comments

Son of a bitch. This “rough spell” is like an expanding tar pit and the Phillies are getting stuck in it one by one like sabertooth tigers. I laughed when I saw Chamo’s tag but jesus god that was two weeks ago and it’s still true: DEAR GOD THIS IS BRUTAL.

With the Phillies all of a sudden having one of the farm systems most stacked with future stars, there has been plenty of alternative to watching the Frightenin’ Phils an hour and a half’s drive away in Reading and Allentown. The R-Phils are 45-33, good for second in the Eastern League’s southern division. Their rotation is loaded with Joe Savery, Kyle Drabek and now Yohan Flande, and Michael Taylor is mashing it to the tune of .349/15/59, with 14 stolen bases for good measure.

Up in the Lehigh Valley, the IronPigs are 39-40, trying to push above .500 for the first time in the franchise’s short history. Jason Donald is looking to return from knee surgery and maybe light a fire under J-Roll’s ass. Lou Marson is biding his time as the everyday catcher until Ruben Amaro realizes that two backup catchers in their late 30s should not be on the roster of the defending champions. Drew Carpenter is playing off that one ugly pro start with a 7-1, 2.75. And this guy?

He’s settling in. Carlos Carrasco was the #1 Phillies prospect in 2007 and 2008 according to Baseball America, and this year he’s 2nd, behind only Dominic Brown (who is nursing a fractured pinky in Clearwater).

The 22 year old Venezuelan was, along with JA Happ and Chan Ho Park, one of the finalists for Phillies fifth starter coming out of spring training, and with Antonio Bastardo injured (and probably not going to stay in the rotation anyway), he was strongly considered for a promotion to start tonight’s game against the Mets. His IronPig teammate and former Oriole/Rockie/Padre Rodrigo Lopez got this promotion, though, so Carrasco pushes onward in AAA till he gets the call.

Last night he shut down the Syracuse Chiefs (Nats affiliate) for his fourth straight victory after a glaringly shaky start to his season. The only major mistake he made was hanging one over the plate to former Bucco Brad Eldred, who smoked one into the woods beyond Coca-Cola Park. Otherwise, Carrasco was solid, scattering five other hits and striking out four over six innings, despite getting drilled in the ankle with a line drive. His fastball had good movement and hovered around 93 all night. His run support was good with a five-run outburst in the fourth inning, Miguel Cairo missing a grand slam by about five feet.

As the post-game fireworks were exploding overhead, the feelgood evening came to a screeching halt when we turned on the radio for the drive home, just in time to hear Ryan Madson’s latest meltdown. Goddamn.

beelove (a/k/a R. Bradley Maule) is the proprietor of the fantastic Philadelphia photography/architecture site, PhillySkyline.com. He went to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game. He reported. He took pictures.

Some photos from the evening — IronPigs 5, Chiefs 1 — after the jump.

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May
25
2009
Posted by Chamomiles Davis at 10:55 pm ET 24 Comments

CC_747319.jpgAs of May 25 prospect Carlos Carrasco, the much-honored and hyper-hyped right-hander, expected to hurl his change-ups behind Cole Hamels in the 2009 starting rotation, is now 0-6 with a 5.81 ERA for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Of the four pitchers in Lehigh Valley’s rotation with 7 or more starts, Carrasco is the only one without a win. However, he has also struck out the most batters (52), far and away the most of any other pitcher on the IronPigs, with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4:1.

Carrasco has pitched the most innings (48). He has surrendered only 4 home runs, but at the same time Carrasco has allowed 57 hits which is, again, by far the most of any other starting pitcher on the team. Opposing batters are hitting .288 against him.

In Carrasco’s defense, Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Durham Bulls was not entirely his fault. The IronPigs could muster only two runs during his 6 2/3 innings on the mound, and reliever Sergio Escalona surrendered three of Durham’s six total runs in the ninth inning alone.

So is it a lack of run support? In Carrasco’s nine starts since April 10, the IronPigs have scored more than four runs only once, in a 6-5 loss to Toledo. In his first official loss, coming April 21 against Syracuse, Lehigh Valley scored just once before losing by two. (Carrasco struck out 10 batters in that game.)

Still, a 5.81 ERA does not absolve any pitcher from blame for a winless record. While leading the team in strikeouts and fewest home runs surrendered, Carrasco’s current demise appears to be death by a thousand cuts. Smallball is now his greatest foe. Why gamble and swing for the fences, his opponents might say, when we can methodically single and double our way to victory?

At 16-27 the IronPigs are a struggling team from top to bottom. But Carrasco’s struggles stand out the most because of his prophesized greatness. Only he, and the coaches responsible for his development, can decide if Carrasco is capable of living up to his potential, finally earning his spot behind King Cole in the Phillies’ major-league rotation.

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Aug
03
2008
Posted by Chamomiles Davis at 1:26 pm ET 6 Comments

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Pack your bags, kid, you’re moving up! To Lehigh Valley, that is. The Inquirer’s Jim Salisbury reports that right-hander Carrasco has been promoted to the triple-AAA* IronPigs. He will be taking the spot in Lehigh Valley’s rotation formerly occupied by Les “I Am The” Walrond (goo goo g’joob), who was called up to fill in for Rudy Seanez. Seanez is currently on the DL after his Thursday night collision with the Nationals’ Lastings Milledge.

Assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle said the organization had been considering promoting Carrasco anyway.

“We feel he’s ready,” Arbuckle said. “We want to see how he handles the challenge.”

Carrasco is rated as the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect by Baseball America. He was 7-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) at double-A Reading.

Carrasco, whom many thought would become trade bait in one of several different deadline scenarios, is projected to be a #3 starter in the major-league rotation when he gets called up to The Show. Adam Eaton, weeping quietly in a dark corner of the IronPigs’ locker room, could not be reached for comment.

(*Yes, that’s right: Triple-AAA. The IronPigs are an AAAAAAAAA team, and I am an idiot. Thank you.)

Jul
01
2008
Posted by meech.one at 5:43 pm ET 10 Comments

Come on, rosin bag.  We're going to Lehigh.Phillies Opening Day starter Brett Myers has been optioned to the minors.  He is now a proud member of the Phillies AAA-affiliate, Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Myers was a lowly 3-9 for The Fightin’s this year, having given up 115 hits in just over 101 innings while posting an unimpressive 2-to-1 K/BB ratio.  He also gave up an MLB-worst 24 home runs.  Three more than his closet competition, Paul Byrd.  (Some people in Philly are actually open to the idea of trading for him, too.  I’ll pass.)

Myers, however, is being extremely cooperative with the whole thing.  Under MLB rules, a player with 5 or more years of service time has the right to reject any demotion to the minors.   His compliance was praised by GM Pat Gillick,

“I can’t say enough about Brett’s willingness to accept this assignment,” Gillick said. “He understood and is eager to get back on track again. He’s struggling right now, but he is a quality Major League pitcher who we are going to need in the second half of the season.”

Brett will take the hill on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park in Lehigh when the mighty Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees roll into town.  His replacement in the Phillies rotation has yet to be named.

Phillies option Myers to Triple-A | Phillies.com
Brett Myers optioned to the minors | The 700 Level

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