Groundhog Day

Someone get me a bag, I think I’m going to get sick!!! 

Its happening again Phillies fans.  After a year of roster changes, addytood changes, proclamations, predictions, and a personal sabbatical from sex for the entire month of March, we are right back where we were last year.  Deja vu, all over again in the immortal words of Yogi.  The Fightin’s keep finding ways, don’t they?  Yesterday’s bend-over came from non other than one of "Stand" Pat’s new star rotation men.  You know, the  one for who they sent Lieber to purgatory.  Well those of us that monitored spring training from afar and up close had reservations about this guy, and it turns out to be well founded.  Walking the pitcher!  Charlie should have seen it coming right there and went to the mound.  Oh, but then again it really wouldn’t have mattered because the pen…. 

So the faithful, freezing our *******’ gonads off, get subjected to a few limp-wristed innings trying to see if the Flailin’s can mount any sort of response, which of course doesn’t come until the bottom of the ninth. 

But by then its too late. 

Because the alarm is ringing. 

With Sonny and Cher singing "I got You, Babe". 

And for Phil, its time to wake-up, and live it all over again. 

On a brighter note, our boys are heading south to do some Florida fishing for Easter.  Lets hope they can put it together and get that first big win against the self -proclaimed doormat of the Eastern Division.

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Keep Hands and Feet Inside the Car at All Times

So, Philly faithful we are not even out of spring training and the roller coaster ride is already starting.  Charlie makes it official.  "Stand" Pat couldn’t get a deal done for the team’s sixth starter.  So Charlie, disregarding the fact that Lieber has the best numbers of all  the starters in s.t., sends him to the pen. One could argue that he did it because he wants a reliable arm in an otherwise shaky group.  Personally, I think it was to endear himself to his boss who made two trades for starters in off-season. Couldn’t make him look bad before the season starts.  Also, they figure fans won’t ***** as much when "Stand" and Ruben "The Sandwich" ship Lieber out if he is coolin his feet in the pen.  Could you imagine if Lieber was in the rotation and putting up the best numbers when they ship him out?  Well, guess what? The decision was barely made when Stand’s first ace comes up lame…after he gives up another 3 spot in an innings worth of work, giving him an ERA of over 11 for spring ball.  Couldn’t get anything over 90 mph for the day, from what I hear.  The second new starter repays the team’s vote of confidence by giving up 5 runs in 4 and 2/3rds innings..including back-to-back jacks..and 3 bb’s.  So, Lieber may be driving that Rig of his north as one of Fightin’s five-man anyway.  Unless they want to try him out as closer… 

Then there is the batting lineup.  In no particular order we’ve got Rowand, Howard, and the ever reliable Patty hangin around the .200 mark for spring.

So, that fast start is looking more and more like its going to be more of an ’05-’06 start.  If its any consolation, the other "team to beat" in the division is not fairing any better. 

Tighten those safety belts, fans. 

March Madness!

Dsc00351_4 March is a great time of year.  Lots of things to keep a man busy. 

Charlie, when do we plan to hit the switch?  It may be just spring training, but as many a manager has said, you can’t just throw a switch come regular season.   If we are the team to beat in the east, I, for one think we should start setting that pace early. 6576734_7_2_1

Well, its been three days since our boys got a day off, and we’re past half way point of March.  Lets see where we stand.  The starters: Hamels, Garcia, and Moyer get touched up for a combined 9 runs in 13 innings. Moyer is the only one that looked good.  The relievers are even more worrying, 15 runs in 13 innings.  For hitting, a combined .288  from the starters is okay, but a couple of the boys need to pick it up. 

This late inning white **** laying around Philly is giving me the urge for a Tiki Bar run.  Need to schedule a business trip… 

A Day Off

Spring Training.  ****, its Wednesday!  No 1:05 game.  In the office, at the desk trying to concentrate.  70 degrees outside.   Should just blow off the rest of the day, but… Check other scores on the web, really don’t care.  Wondering if Sarge believes Jr.   Thankful that I won’t have to listen to any "Graham Slam" ice cream commercials this year.  Good offseason move there. 

Checking out what other Phillies fans are posting.  Too analytical, too rah, rah.  What’s this?  MLB has this site where I can post my innermost thoughts about a new season for only $4.95 a month.  Great, lets get started.

John Vukovich’s funeral was yesterday, and most of the team (rightly) came back.  If Tacony Lou is right, then John (R.I.P.) makes number three.  Personally, I would have had everyone fly on different planes just in case.  In any event, John will be missed, lets get back to business.

We’re halfway through March and the questions are still there:  What’s up with Flash?  What’s happening with the relievers (Smith finally got some pitches across)? Where’s Lieber going?  What kind of gas mileage does he get on that rig he’s driving around, and shouldn’t Ultey loan John his new DVD on global warming?

Plus some new ones:  Is Dobbs the Coste of ’07?  Will Rowand pick it up by April 1?  Is he homesick for Southside Chicago?

Charlie made his first cut.  Nothing surprising.  Spring training, after all, is mostly about knocking the cobwebs off the roster guys, and showing the others how far it really is between Scranton and Philly.

Tomorrow it is back to work.  Game day