Question to ponder...Is there anything blog worthy with this Phillies team lately?
Oh wait...here's what's good- Chase Utley and Brad Lidge are all stars. More all star news- Vote Pat Burrell in as the 32nd man (or whatever the final roster spot is these days, since we used to vote in the 30th man when this option began several years back). Pat's statistical rankings among NL outfielders are outstanding (2nd in OBP, 1st in slg %, tied for 1st in homers), so you must vote for him. The Majestic store at CBP already has 2008 Utley all star jersey for sale at a lovely price of $139. Chase Utley plans to appear in the MLB homerun derby during the all star break. And in one more bit of all star news...only one Met on the NL team so far.
Is there anything else worthy of writing about with this team? Oh trade rumors? Yeah, well CC Sabathia is off the market. Would Roy Oswalt or Greg Maddux waive their no-trade clauses for the Phillies? Would the M's give up on Erik Bedard so fast, after they gave up the farm for him this past off season? Would the Phils be able to get AJ Burnett? Could the Wolf Pack return to "the Cit"? Not enough information available to really do more than speculate at this stage.
What else is there? Oh yes- are Phillies phans racist? 76ers' legend Charles Barkley appeared on NBC 10's Sports Final last week, and when asked why Chase Utley gets a pass with the Phans while Ryan Howard takes a verbal bashing from the crowd, Barkley pointed out a double standard with the city's phan base. He said, "They're always tougher on black guys here", and cited Donavan McNabb as a prime example. Sure...it has nothing to do with us wanting our players to live up to their top dollar contracts and how Ryan Howard strikes out four times a game, we just don't like his skin pigment.
Any more? What about that Brett Myers guy who pitches for the IronPigs? He's got an agreement to be back with the Phillies after a maximum of three weeks. If he still sucks, what can the Phillies do with him? They could trade him to Chicago so he could shine like the 1st round draft pick he is, just like Gavin Floyd is doing with the White Sox.
"What else, Jay Ballz?", you ask! Finally...RJ Swindle and "Jay" Happ have both returned to Philadelphia. Hopefully, they can both lay the smack down on some opposing batters' candy backsides.
Link to vote for Burrell-
You all stay phunky phresh and I will holler atcha later. This has been a Fox Sports 1260 presentation.