Friday, January 30, 2009
1. Kevin, Cole Hamels speaks the truth. He gave an interview where he confirmed that he thinks the Mets are choke artists. As a Mets fan, can I get your rebuttal to such a statement?
(He's an) immature jerk who will regret the comment. The simple difference in the teams this year was the Mets lost Billy Wagner and the Phillies had Brad Lidge healthy for the season.
2. You suspended your Fox Sports 1310 AM blog once the Mets fell short at the end of the 2008 season. Do you have any intentions to start it back up, or will someone else be taking your spot? If you are discontinuing your page...who can take the most credit- the Brewers, the Phillies or the Mets?
I really don't like blogging....it's for losers. (Ed. note...Ouch!)
3. You formerly hosted the afternoon drive time show, The Locker Room, on Fox Sports 1310 AM. You now have an new show that will be debuting soon on sister station, WOBM. Can you tell us about that?
Not a sports show....more general in appeal. Still putting together.
4. What other terrible teams do you root for?
Penn State Football, NY Giants, NY Rangers, NY Knicks. PSU, Mets & Rangers are teams I'm most passionate about.
5. What departing Met would you most like to have return in 2009...Pedro, Oliver, Moises, Easley? Why?
Oliver is big....pitches well against good teams when it counts.
6. The last Phillies/Mets trade that I can remember involved Juan Samuel, Len Dykstra and Roger McDowell. Play Omar Minaya. If you were trying to make a fair trade with the Phillies, who might you target and maybe try to lay out a deal that could make it happen...?
I will give you Luis Castillo for Chase Utley....take it or leave it.
7. The Mets signed the Mariners closer JJ Putz this offseason to pitch in a set-up role. His jersey will be greatly appreciated at Citizens Bank Park in 2009, as his name will help to properly identify visiting Mets fans. You don't have to say anything. I just wanted to state that I will thoroughly enjoy Mets fans labeling themselves as "putz".
Just remember it was only a couple of years ago when there were more Mets fans at Citizens Bank Park than Phillies. That day will return.
8. Have the Braves improved enough to make the NL East a 3-team race?
Braves are better, but it's still two teams.
9. What have you liked best about covering and broadcasting sports, over the years?
Watching those high school players like Al Leiter and Keith Elias work their way into the pro's and still maintain their local ties.
10. You've been honored as NJ sportscaster of the year nine times. Let us know what that means to you and, maybe, fill us in on any other achievments you've had in your career.
It's nice, but frankly there is nobody else in NJ. Biggest honors were being inducted into the Hall of Fames at Central Regional High School and OCC. (Ed. note...would the broadcasters for the Nets, Devils, Giants, Jets, Somerset Patriots, Trenton Thunder, AC Surf, Rutgers, and so on, agree with such a remark?)
11. Can we get a wager going on the Metropolitans vs. the Phillies this season? I was thinking a little something like this...Phil & Mets play 11 times prior to the all star break. We each pick our team, of course, and the loser of that 11 game stretch wears the winning team's cap, and hosts the victor at the winning team's ballpark, during the second half. Whaddaya say?
Will never wear anything from Philadelphia outside of a pretzel or cheese steak. (Ed. note...I am disappointed there was no counter wager. Pretty weak response. And why is Kevin trying to wear yummy food?)
12. Every Phillies phan's phavorite (or something like the exact opposite of phavorite) Met is Billy Wagner. It wouldn't be smart of me to let you off the hook without bringing him up (even though you ended up touching on him, in a previous answer, after I had typed all my questions out to you). Say something about him....now!
How come guys like you don't talk about the years (many of them) when the Phillies sucked and the Vet or CBP was like a morgue? Every Phillies fan likes to think they have been great for years but we know that's not the case. You are the World Series champs but Philly fans live in the shadow of New York and always will.
(Ed. note...since Kevin asked me something, let's look at it like this- there's a married couple who had it rough for a considerable while. The past two years of their relationship have been outstanding, wildly passionate and very happy. Would it make any sense for that couple to just toss out memories of the crappy ol' days, just for the "whoop-de-whoop" of it? Answer- Aw, naw! Hell naw, boy!)
This was a rather enjoyable exchange, even though Kevin didn't seem to have as much fun with it as I did. Hopefully, he'll visit with us again during the season. Here's to another fun filled year for all the "guys like me"!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This era and the stadiums they play in today- and it's not a
chip-on-the-shoulder thing or sour grapes by me- it's probably about a 10-a-year
difference. Slicing the ball to the opposite field and having it go out of
the ballpark didn't happen very often when I played. I flew out to the
opposite-field warning track maybe 50 times a year, and 10 of those would go out
of the park now. (But) we'd be very similar. In terms of being able
to go 50-plus, 60-plus, he might have a little bit more of that kind of ability,
but our numbers would probably average somewhere in the 40's on a regular basis.
They get on you because they want you to do well.
I remember when he signed, I was like, 'Yeah! Wow! We got Jim Thome!' That was the fan in me coming out. But then the minor
leaguer in me was like, "Damn. We just signed Jim Thome."
Overall , it's just hits. Really and truthfully, the strikeouts are part of the game. I just happen to do it a little more than somebody else who may ground out. I think it's kind of overrated. I had, what, 199
strikeouts last year? And I still led the major leagues in homeruns and
RBI's. So, I mean, whoop-de-whoop.
The magazine also features a sidebar with Shane Victorino, who says we don't know Ryan Howard like he knows Ryan Howard (whoop-de-whoop indeed!) and a delicious looking Subway ad featuring Ryan. You can pick up the issue on news stands in the coming days.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
If you catch this soon enough the headline blunder is still there, but if not, here's a screen capture of the dealio.
This presidential custom got me thinking what it might be like if the same sort of practice stood in place for baseball managerial changes. What if Larry Bowa wrote a letter to his unknown managerial successor, prior to leaving Gary Varsho in charge in the closing days of the 2004 Phillies season? What would that letter look like...?
To whom it may concern,
Hi, my name is Larry. I was the manager here before. The team stunk and they always blamed ME. Some guy named Patrick was always causing issues and snubbing me. The guy could barely bat his weight, for average, and he wanted to blame ME. Once, he joined up with some reserve players and they dyed their hair and told people I was to blame for the team's shortcomings. My advice, if this ever happens to you, would be to find the lead hair dyer and release him...especially if his name is Tyler. Guys named Tyler just can't be trusted, in my experience.
There are really good local spots you should know about like where to get your
hair cut, where to get good hoagies and where to find a massage place that throws
in a tug at the end. Vuk is the guy to ask about all that.
I'm really popular here and the phans seriously dig me. My number is 10, so try not to let anyone wear that going forward, okay?
Oh and lastly, tell that (expletive deleted) Ed Wade to (explicit phrase deleted) and (expletive deleted) his stupid (expletive deleted) hair cut.
Hey, it's Tito...just wanted to say GOOD LUCK...a-ha-ha! This whole franchise is in the toilet. Matt Beech is the #2 starter! Hahahah!
Whew, holy crap, it's great to be free! Alright, I'm gonna go interview with a real baseball franchise and win a lot. Tell Eddy I said he can (suggestive word deleted) my (explicit word deleted).
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all of you phine pholks, especially those of you who get a day off from work. I am not one of those lucky people.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Allow me to present to the Phillies Phaitful the fresh new uniform addition that the NY Metropolitans will have for 2009. This awful image to the right is really what the Metropolitans intend to have on their jersey
sleeve this coming season...
Perhaps I have overreacted. I mean, maybe it is a beautiful logo and I am being too hasty. I mean, that fresh new design along with a microwave oven and an Atari video game console should really make ShitiField a nice place for the Mess to call home. Seriously though, the Metropolitans just continue to add to the list of reasons why they are lower class citizens in their city, their division and their sport.
Dear Mess, Here is the official PhoulBallz.com remix version of your sweet new sleeve patch. Use it with my greatest approval. No fee. Your immense awesomeness is payment enough. Thanks for being you.
Love, Jay Ballz
Monday, January 12, 2009
Our Phillies should expect to see Redding four times in 2009 and, at 6-7 innings per outting, that's likely more innings than they'd face Franny and the putz.
Also cookin' on the stove this weekend were the Braves, who were craving Asian food. Atlanta signed a big addition for their pitching staff this weekend, inking former Chunichi Dragon big gun, Kenshin Kawakami to a contract. No details on the terms of the contract yet, and the deal is pending a physical examination. "KK" was the Central League's rookie of the year in 1998.
In home land news, our Phillies are reported to be interested in adding a right handed bat for the bench. The bench is normally reserved to 5 spots, and the Phillies, with the recent addition of former Brave Marcus Giles, will have plenty more than 5 players, battling for those 5 spots. Keep in mind that Chase Utley may not be ready for opening day and that perhaps Eric Bruntlett or Giles would be starting in his spot. Considering that point, the following men would be competing for 5 rosters spots: Ronny Paulino, Geoff Jenkins, Chris Coste, Matt Stairs, Greg Dobbs, Bruntlett or Giles. Then there are minor leaguers Brad Harman, Lou Marson and Jason Donald who will definitely be hungry in spring training.
According to the Inquirer, the two righty bats that the Phils are interested in are Nomar Garciaparra and Gabe Kapler. With the already full bench, the Phils would need to get rid of an existing contract, if they did sign another righty hitter. Stairs and his $1 million contract might be the easiest to unload, as Dobbs is rather appealing to the Phils due to his low salary and position versatility, and Geoff Jenkins is owed $8 million minimally ($6.75 for 2009 and at least a $1.25 million buyout in 2010), so it would be tough to get another team to take Jenkins' contract on.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Folks, it's time to bid goodbye to Elvis Burrell. The strapping 115 pound English Bulldog is headed to St. Petersburg, Florida with his daddy, phormer Phillie Patrick the Batrick. Pat recently signed a deal to play baseball with the American League champion Rays. Elvis decided it would be a fine idea to join Pat as he begins this new chapter in his professional career, so Poppa-Pat feels as comfortable as possible. It's very remarkable for children to stand by their aging parents as times and living situations change.
In recent years, Elvis became a staple at Phillies phunctions. He was seen at the team's family days, in the clubhouse on game days rocking a jersey with his family name on it, and he'd even partake in spring training. Elvis became such a staple in the Phillies phamily, that the Phillies asked Elvis to lead the World Championship parade on a Budweiser wagon pulled by Clydesdales. Elvis's parents, Pat and mommy Michelle, joined him aboard that wagon to lead things off, in grand fashion.
Elvis in the past has hated Florida, but was won over by the terrific Rays fans and their stadium during the 2008 post season. The hatred began when Elvis was discriminated against for his weight. Daddy Pat's condo association at Clearwater Beach, near the Phillies' spring training home, tried to enforce a 40-pound weight limit on canine residents. This forced the Burrells to relocate. Another thing that bothered Elvis about Florida was the summer heat. Tropicana Field's air conditioning is an easy remedy for the sticky temperatures and humidity.
On his way out of Philadelphia, Elvis wagged his butt nub at the Phillies, their phans, and his bitch Priscilla. There's an age difference between the two, and they've been having some trouble lately. The ex-couple will share custody of their daughter, Lisa Marie.
Elvis has left the building...known as Citizens Bank Park. However, Elvis will return April 3rd and 4th for the final preseason games, also known as the On-deck Series, when his dad's new team visits Philadelphia for a World Series rematch.
Monday, January 5, 2009
In what continues to be a string of bad luck (Utley surgery, Amaro Jr. over-spending on Ibanez, Elton Brand's shoulder injury) since Pat Gillick retired as Phillies GM, news is unveiled tonight that JC Romero has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season.
It's all very confusing, especially since the Phillies, MLB and Romero all knew about this during the post season. But it seems Romero purchased a supplement from a GNC store in Cherry Hill, NJ on July 22nd, and was told by a nutrionist, the Phillies' conditioning coach Dong Lien and MLB that the supplement was acceptable to use. 3 months later, it turns out, the supplement was not allowed. Romero was initially informed of the positive results on September 23rd. ESPN reports that during October Romero was told, by the Players' Association, that the case would be dropped because the findings of his drug screening were positive due to pills purchased over the counter. That did not prove true, obviously. Romero was also given a chance to reduce his suspension to 25 games at the start of the 2009 season, if Romero admitted guilt. JC declined. A second screening results came back on October 12th, and the MLB offer was altered. Admission of guilt, 25 games, starting immediately. Romero declined again. The end result is 50 games and $1.25 million.
There is no doubt in all of this that Romero, and all players, were misled by the Players Association. MLB and the MLBPA were aware of the banned substances being sold at every GNC store nationwide, but failed to inform their players.
These are over the counter vitamins and a man will miss nearly a third of the season and a large chunk of his salary!
So, let's add another blemish to the Commissioner Bud Selig administration. This guy really can't seem to go a full year without his name or his sport being tarnished.
As you've been hearing for over a week, the Rays have serious interest in Pat Burrell to fill their RF/DH needs. Fox Sports baseball insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the two sides are close to finalizing a 2 year deal that would pay Burrell roughly $16 million, while ESPN.com is saying the deal is already final.
From a phan's stand point, it may seem that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. may have incorrectly evaluated the market for Burrell, when he thought signing Raul Ibanez for 3 yrs/$31.5 million was the best move. However, Burrell's defense and slow feet made him less desirable in the designated hitter-less National League. Teams like the Rays, who could use Pat's bat alone, were more interested in the veteran with 251 career homers.
I imagine this signing will increase interest levels in the Phillies/Rays on-deck series by huge margins. Perhaps an early April battle between Burrell's Girls and Raul's Fools are just what the Phaithful need to kick things off properly.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Tadahito Iguchi, who refused an assignment to triple A Lehigh Valley in order to become a free agent, may be heading to play full time in Japan. The Chiba Lotte Marines are set to begin talks with Tad on a new contract.
Derek Lowe has reportedly rejected a contract offer from the Mets, that was for 3 yrs/$36 million. MLBTradeRumors.com reports that the Phillies are still contenders to sign Lowe and are the Mets' main competition for his services, along with the Braves.
Phormer Phillie and current White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd's name has been mentioned in a potential trade with the Orioles. The Orioles would send Brian Roberts to Chicago in the rumored deal.
Original Trenton Thunder team member, former all-star, and 2-time Diamondback, Tony Clark has re-signed with the Diamondbacks. The contract is reportedly worth $800,000 for 1 year.