I attract crazies. I don’t say this to be mean, but really, it’s true. If you follow me on Twitter, it’s inevitable that at some point or another, you’ve read my rants on the stupidity that surrounds me at games. Between basically living at the Phillies and Flyers, I have heard the gamut of insanity come from the mouths of fans, and am still left speechless. Instead of presenting you with a Nationals Sexy Opponent, since I’d be kidding if I said they had anyone attractive left to profile, I present to you a quiz. Continue reading
“Cocks in the Hen House” is a weekly column by friends of the Chicks that aren’t, well, chicks. Stop by every Wednesday to see what the men-folk have to say about the weeks biggest baseball stories.
By Matt Carnavos (@mattcarnavos)
Well Phillies Phans, you sadly weren’t able to celebrate a season well played this Sunday. That celebration was put off a whole day because of a team that hasn’t learned that at this point, winning is akin putting a Band-Aid on the festering bedsore that was this season of New York Metropolitans baseball. However, I can entertain you with stories of misery, stupidity, apathy and sadness, from the capital of all those things: Flushing, Queens. That’s right, the team that brought you your favorite Twitter Hashtag, #LOLMets, the 2007 Mets.
For a brief look into how many Mets fans were feeling after the collapse, I urge you to watch this video of Jon Stewart, one of the most famous Mets fans, talking about how he felt on The Daily Show. Continue reading
Last night, Nationals Park was quite possibly the best take-over of another team’s ballpark that I have ever witnessed. From the first inning there were “this is our house” chants erupting from Phillies fans. I am not exaggerating when I say out of the about 14,000 people in the ballpark, 75% were Philadelphia Phillies fans. It was a Where’s Waldo of sorts searching for a Washington Nationals fan. From the moment I sat down I could figure the people working at the park wanted no part of “Philly” in their home territory. Meghan and I were asked five different times by the same loud and obnoxious female usher if we had tickets for our seats. We were seated directly alongside the Phillies bullpen with a great view of Chooch and Doc warming up, so naturally fans swarmed our section hoping for pictures and to have a ball thrown in their direction. The usher yelled at each and every one of them, and they had 10 seconds to “get your picture and move on” even though the section was completely empty and they weren’t bothering anyone.
The race for the National League East championship ended where it started: in Washington, DC with Roy Halladay on the mound in front of an adoring fan base that made the trip to Citizens Bank Park South to see their ace do something special.
He didn’t disappoint.
The Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive division title last night as the bats reemerged to support Halladay’s brilliant 97-pitch, two-hit, complete game shutout.
Roy’s dominant performance ensured that his dream of playing meaningful baseball in October will finally come to fruition. It was a dream that seemed unlikely on July 21, as the then oft-injured and underachieving Phils were seven games out of first and only two games above .500.
But they preservered. Backups stepped up, starters got healthy, and another ace was brought into the fold. Once left for dead, the Phillies came roaring back and won twenty games in September. They now own the best record in baseball and control their own destiny.
Congratulations Fightins. You’ve made us proud.
The city of Philadelphia has had a lot to be excited about over the past few years. In 2006 we had the Great Ed Wade Revival which brought the Phillies closer to the post season than anyone ever expected. In 2007 we saw the team achieve a playoff berth for the first time since 1993. The 2008 season had destiny written all over it, and in 2009 the word “dynasty” wasn’t far from anyone’s lips. But 2010 is different; it’s special. The opening day lineup has been intact only a handful of times this year, and that has forced the fans to look more at the individual parts rather than the whole. There appears to be a distinct divide between the guys we’ve always loved (Rollins, Utley, Howard), the ones we love when given a reason to love them (Ibanez, Werth, Victorino), and the ones we’ll remember for that special something they brought to the table during what has arguably be the greatest era in Phillies history to date. With that, I bring you the five 2010 Phillies you loved the most.
#5 – Mike Sweeney
Mike Sweeney came to Philadelphia as part of a post-deadline transaction that was necessary after Ryan Howard was placed on the disabled list with an injured ankle. Drafted by the Royals in 1991, Sweeney has played 1,451 games in the majors without experiencing the postseason, and can’t stop talking about how grateful he is to finally have that opportunity with Philadelphia. What the fans seem to like the most about him is that while he may not be the scariest player at the plate, he undeniably plays with the most heart. Every swing, every dive, every tag is approached with 110% effort, and when he’s not on the field, he is the first player at the top of the dugout steps to give out hugs and high-fives to his teammates. Before games he will sign autographs and hold your baby for a picture, and after games he can be found telling Sarge how “it’s a great gift to be a Philadelphia Phillie,” and that he will do whatever it takes to help get the team to their third consecutive World Series. It’s well known that the relaxed and confident clubhouse atmosphere has played a major role in the Phillies success in recent years, but I’m sure that Sweeney’s child-like optimism and gratitude helped keep the team’s spirits afloat as they scratched and clawed their way back atop not only the NL East, but all of baseball. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that there are only six games left in the Phillies’ regular season. Just a few weeks ago, things were looking pretty bleak for our boys. They weren’t hitting, they weren’t pitching very well, and apparently Jayson Werth was banging Jen Utley (did anyone actually believe that story?). The Phillies have shaped up quite a bit in the last few weeks, with an incredible 19-5 record in September and a trip to the 2010 playoffs already in the books. Tonight, with a Phillies win or Braves loss, the team clinches the NL East for the fourth straight year in a row. If the Phillies get rained out tonight but the Braves still lose, the Phils could be sitting in the clubhouse, chowing down on some popcorn, and clinch the NL East. That’d be a pretty great story, but that’s not what we want – at least, that’s not what I want. I want a clinching win with the drama that we’ve gotten used to with the Phillies. A killer strikeout or an unbelievable double play. I’ll even take a pop-up to end the game, really, but I just want there to be a game. I’d better not be jinxing this now, though. I’ll shut up about this subject.
We always joke about the Washington Nationals (because they make it so easy, really), but this is a team we know that we can’t sleep on. They’re pesky as hell against us, and they manage to find ways to beat us. Once we clinch, games are a little more relaxed, but we still want to hold the best record in baseball to get homefield advantage during the playoffs. Any Phillies fan knows just how important it is and how big a difference it makes for our team to be playing at home, in front of the 45,000+ crowds that fill CBP pretty much each and every game. As long as the Phillies keep having smart at-bats, hit the ball well, and having stellar pitching performances from our starters and bullpen, they’ve got this.
Pitching matchups: Halladay (20-10, 2.53 ERA) vs. Lannan (8-7, 4.58 ERA), Oswalt (7-1, 1.76 ERA) vs. Marquis (2-9, 7.18 ERA), Blanton (8-6, 4.94 ERA) vs. Detwiler (1-2, 2.52 ERA).
Oh, and one more thing. I love every guy on this team, but I am most looking forward to seeing Mike Sweeney hugging and high-fiving everyone in sight when the Phillies officially clinch the NL East title. If you say that you could care less about that part, you’re a filthy liar.
WEEK #3 Preview
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
EVERBANK FIELD – 4:05 PM
Michael Vick has earned the position of starting quarterback as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to EverBank Field on Sunday to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Making his first start since 2006, Vick went on to lead the Eagles (1-1) to a 35-32 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday, going 21 of 34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 rushing yards. “When someone is playing at the level Michael Vick is playing, you have to give him an opportunity,” Reid said. “This isn’t about Kevin Kolb’s play. You’re talking about Michael Vick as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now.” Reid said this one day after stating that he would go back to Kolb as the starter. This decision has caused quite the commotion between fans. Vick should hopefully prove all those nay sayers wrong. Continue reading