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Posted by 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, 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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Posted by at 11:08 pm ET 25 Comments

On Sunday, September 28th, Ryan Howard sat on the bench. As did Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Cole Hamels, who was the scheduled starter that day, didn’t even wear his cleats. And Charlie Manuel didn’t need to worry about his squad,  because a day earlier, in a tense 9th inning that proved to be a microcosm of the entire season, the Phillies clinched the division. And for the first time in several months, the Phillies’ starters (and the fans) could relax and enjoy the game.

And it was during this game, number 162, that we arrive at the 11th best moment in the 2008 regular season.

Lou Marson, the much ballyhooed prospect, got his first Major League start behind the plate during this game. While his first three at-bats saw him strike out twice and single for his first career hit, it was in the 8th inning, with a runner on first, that Lou deposited a 1-2 pitch into the left field stands, capping a Major League debut that many can only dream of. As he rounded the bases, the players in the dugout remained motionless on the bench, setting the rookie up for one of the best traditions in all of baseball: freezing out the hitter. Marson took it in stride, high-fiving the air as he descended into the dugout, moments before the rest of the team joined his celebration.

While this moment didn’t have any impact on the fate of the 2008 Phillies, it was nonetheless a big moment because of what it encapsulated outside of the game itself. Sure, it was the first big league homer for our future catcher, but the significance of this moment finds itself rooted in the allure of the game itself.

Like every red-blooded American boy, I wanted to be a ballplayer. My older brother was a stellar player in little league and in high school, and I wanted nothing more than to follow in his footsteps, with the hopes of one day getting the chance to make it to The Show.

Of course, some things are just not meant to be, and when you’re slower than Pat Burrell dragging Prince Fielder through a quagmire, you learn pretty quickly that MLB glory just isn’t in the cards.

The point is that the Lou Marson home run was more than just “HR” in the box score. It was the culmination of one billion imagined moments from anyone and everyone who has ever dreamed of being a big leaguer. Even Harry Kalas seemed to be more elated than usual on the call. And for the opportunity to bear witness to the beginning of a career for one of our beloved Fightin’ Phillies, well, that’s just gravy.

After the jump, see the homer and the subsequent freeze out by the team…

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Posted by at 7:45 pm ET 14 Comments

Way back in September, it was reported that the veteran members of the Phillies forced the rookies to dress up for their annual hazing. Unfortunately (and perhaps inexcusably), nobody had visual evidence of the event, and it was feared that these pictures would never surfice.

Well, fear not — The Fightins dot com has you covered with your exclusive first look.

(Unless, of course, you already watched the Phillies Yearbook DVD, in which case it would be your not-so-exclusive second look. Either way, I went ahead and captured the screen shot for you.)

That’s J.A. Happ as a Roman Soldier, Greg Golson in the 20′s-style slip dress, Lou Marson with the leather short-shorts/vest/Zorro mask ensemble, Kyle Kendrick looking dominatrix-y in his chaps, cod piece, chest thingee, cap, mask, and whip, followed by Mike Cervenak as Britney Spears, and first-year strength and conditioning coach Doug Lien as a geisha girl.  Enjoy:

(l-r) J.A. Happ, Greg Golson, Lou Marson, Kyle Kendrick, Mike Cervenak, and Doug Lien

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Posted by at 3:57 pm ET 7 Comments

In an uncharacteristic move, instead of watching the Phillies game yesterday I decided to spend some quality time with the fam, stock up on 2008 NL East Champions tees, and re-watch “The Double Play” about 4,000 times. Because of that, I missed the first career home run of our catcher of the future, Lou Marson. He wound up hitting a 2-run shot — his first ever — to put the game away in the eighth inning. Sir James Beale of the fantastic The Sports Complex, hipped me to the fact that when he reached the dugout, the Phillies chose to give the rook the silent treatment; standard practice for youngsters who hit their first career jack. What made this “freeze-out” different, though, was Marson’s reaction. Instead of being left hanging, he decided to give a bunch of phantom high-fives to no one in particular.

So I went into The Fightin’s lab to cut the video for Mr. Beale and it turned out to be as funny as he described.

Have a look-see:

Lou Marson Congratulates Self, Earns Praise | The Sports Complex

Posted by at 10:31 am ET 6 Comments

Oooh boy.  We got a funny story coming out of Atlanta this morning informing us about this year’s version of the time-honored tradition of hazing first-year baseball players.  From Ken Mandel over at — you ready?

ATLANTA — [J.A. Happ as] A Roman solider, [strength and conditioning coordinator Dong Lien as a] Geisha, [Greg Golson as a] ’20s-style flapper, [Mike Cervenak as] Britney Spears and [Lou Marson and Kyle Kendrick] as two leather-bound “adult” entertainers boarded the Phillies’ charter for Florida on Friday.

That meant one thing: Rookie hazing.

Awww man, that sounds funny.  I can’t wait to click on the photo gallery that surely accompanies this story and laugh at these guys.  This is gonna be great.

Wait… what?  There are no photos?  You mean I just have to settle for reading the story and visualizing what they’d look like?  BULLSHIT!

Actually, the only thing more fucked up than not showing these pictures is they made Kyle Kendrick (who is most likely still depressed from sucking for the past couple months) dress up for a second straight year.  Are they trying to drive this kid to suicide or something?  Come on Phils, enough with the humiliation of Kyle Kendrick.

If anyone either has the pics or can point me in the direction of the pics, I’d appreciate it.

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In 2007, Phillies rookies got hazed | Bugs&Cranks

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