November 2008

Strange Baseball Injuries

In part 2 of my off-season “strange baseball” series, I give you the most entertaining baseball injuries of all time:

·         We’ll begin with my personal favorite:  Adam Eaton, when he was with the Padres:  Adam accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife while trying to unwrap a DVD in 2001.  And the Phillies later signed this genius to a three-year deal worth $24 million because…???

·         Relief pitcher, and former Phillie, Larry Anderson strained a rib muscle getting out of a Jacuzzi.  I am guessing because he did not want to sit down his beer first… J

·         John Smoltz burned his chest while ironing a shirt that was ON him at the time.  Who irons clothes while wearing them?  Wow.

·         Chris Brown missed over 250 games between 1984 and 1988 due to supposed injuries.  He once claimed that he slept on his eye wrong and could not play as a result.  He also used the “bruised tooth” excuse once as well.  That’s his story and he’s stickin’ to it.

·         Wade Boggs injured his back while trying to put on cowboy boots; he apparently lost his balance…and his dignity.

·         Aaron Rowand hurt his left shoulder while playing tag with his kids.  Really, I could think of more interesting ways to accomplish this…and it does not involve children. J

·         Glenallen Hill, plagued by nightmares, once fell out of bed and onto a glass table after dreaming that he was covered in spiders.  Serious arachnophobia gone wrong.

·         Bret Barberie missed a game after accidentally rubbing chili juice in his eyes.  A budding chef, no doubt.

·         Kevin Mitchell strained a muscle while vomiting.  No more drinking games for him… J

·         Phil Niekro injured his hand after shaking his hands too hard.  What??

·         Jose Cardenal missed a game in 1972 because he tired.  He said the crickets chirping in his hotel room kept him awake all night. He also missed a game 2 year later after claiming to have slept funny and, as a result, his eyelid was stuck shut.

·         Nolan Ryan was once bitten by a coyote pup that he tried to take home with him after finding two of them wandering the countryside.  Lesson?  Leave Mother Nature alone.

·         Cal Ripken Jr. broke his nose while posing for an All-Star Team photo.  He was “accidentally” elbowed in the face by Roberto Hernandez. 

·         Sammy Sosa went into back spasms after sneezing too hard.  Benadryl anyone?

·         Brandon Inge strained his oblique while trying to move a pillow for his son.  Was the pillow made of bricks?

·         Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to rip a phonebook in half.  The Incredible Hulk would have been impressed. 

·         Ricky Henderson missed several games in August of 1985 because of frostbite.  He left an ice pack on his foot a tad too long.  Another genius.

·         Ricky Bones injured his lower back trying to get out of a chair while watching TV in the clubhouse.  A real “bone” head move.

And now for the truly sick and “twisted” – The Bad Balls Club (warning: men should not read if you have a weak stomach) –

·         Felix Pie missed time during 2008 spring training with a twisted testicle.

·         Chris Snyder was on the 15-day DL in July 2008 with a fractured testicle after getting hit with a foul ball.  Foul balls, indeed.

·         And last, but not least, Ken Griffey Jr. missed a game after he pinched his right testicle between his leg and his cup.

Feel free to add your own favorite baseball injuries in the comments section below.  And please, do not try any of these feats at home.

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Burrell Not At Top Of The List

Apparently, new GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has more important things on his mind these days than left field.  With the Phillies having exclusive bargaining rights with Pat Burrell until this Friday, it is somewhat surprising that they have yet to even contact him. 
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However, Burrell continues to make his presence known.  Yesterday, he showed up at the Eagles game along with Cole Hamels to participate in the pre-game coin toss.  They were given a very warm ovation from the crowd.  I am guessing they needed it…Burrell looks like he is freezing!

Burrell has expressed more than a few times that he wants to remain in Philadelphia.  He was quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying, “I think it’s been very clear that I want to stay, and they know that. But at the same time, I don’t know what the direction of the organization is. Either way, I’ve got nothing but positive things and thanks to say to the organization for my time here. And obviously, this past couple weeks has been the end of it all. I want to be back, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”  The issue is rumored to be number of years as opposed to salary, although with 10 arbitration eligible players on their list, the Phillies front office has got to have dollar signs in mind as well.  Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels are both going to want hefty salaries, and that is only 2 of the 10.  Not to mention we have another 8.5 million that will be thrown away, yet again, on a useless Adam Eaton.

What is at the top of the Phillies’ wish list is left-handed pitching, more specifically re-signing both Jamie Moyer and Scott Eyre.  They will most likely get these deals done before all others.  Amaro does seem prepared to sail this ship without Burrell…he has mentioned Greg Dobbs on more than one occasion as a replacement.  He even compared the Dobbs situation to Jayson Werth’s, who really blossomed once he became a starter.  Amaro said that “sometimes all a guy needs is a chance,” when referring to starting Dobbs in left field.  So just like we were forced to part ways with Aaron Rowand last off-season, so may we be in the same boat with Burrell this year.  Hey…maybe he’ll go to the Giants to hang with Rowand?  They certainly don’t mind signing long term deals… :o)

Here’s one more photo from the Eagles game…their wives are going to LOVE this one!

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Why Baseball Is Not Like Real Life

Just for fun, I am putting together some strange baseball facts, rules and stats which I will bring to you periodically during the off-season.  Here is the first of many to come:

Why Baseball Is Not Like Real Life

·         In baseball, you are expected to fail 2/3 of the time while batting.  If you have an average of around .333, you are considered to be a really great hitter.  In real life, if you perform your job correctly only 1/3 of the time, you are unemployed.

·         Everyone on the team, even the coaches and managers, wear the exact same uniform.  If you do this with all of your friends and go out in public, imagine the consequences… J

·         The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches.  This is very similar to the lifespan of a Brittany Spears relationship.

·         Consequently, MLB spends around $5,500,000 a year on baseballs; Spears and other celebrities spend about the same on legal troubles.

·         Stealing is totally legal in baseball.  What kind of example does this set, really?

·         Batters can earn an RBI by walking while the bases are loaded – he never even has to touch the ball or swing the bat.  In real life, if you do absolutely nothing and still collect a large paycheck, you are President of the United States.

·         Dirty baseballs are replaced during the game with clean ones.  Do they not realize they are playing on a field of dirt and grass?  This is the ultimate optimistic move.  Maybe this time, it will stay clean…  J

·         If you are a bad batter, you can have a “pinch hitter” do the job for you.  If you are a bad runner, you can have a “pinch runner” run the bases for you.  So I am wondering, can I get a “pinch housekeeper”?

·         If a hitter accidentally whacks the catcher with his bat when swinging, it’s the catcher’s fault, even if the catcher is badly injured.  The hitter even gets a reward – he goes to 1st base. The catcher gets to stay at home plate and hope it does not happen again.  In real life, if you whack someone with a baseball bat, you do not pass GO, you do not collect $200 – you go directly to jail.  Yes, even if you are playing Baseball Monopoly…

·         By rule, pitchers may not spit on the ball.  But spitting anywhere else?  It’s open season.  In real life, if you spit on the floor of someone’s home, you are likely to be tossed out and never invited back.  Picky, picky…

·         When a pitcher walks a batter, the batter runs or jogs to first base.  Shouldn’t this “walk” be re-named?  Then again, if I tell someone to “take a hike,” it’s not like they sprout boots, a backpack and a cane and begin wandering up a mountainside…

·         The 7th inning stretch: Baseball is the only sport where the fans are required to do stretching exercises, apparently, so as to not pull any muscles when lifting their beer.  Try this in a bar during a heated game of darts; you may soon be wearing beer.

·         If the pitcher breaks a fingernail, it requires 3-4 highly trained staff members to determine if the injury is seriously enough to warrant resting that player for the remainder of the game so that he may recover.  If I break a nail, please pass the nail file…

·         In baseball, performance enhancing drugs are illegal.  In real life, performance enhancing drugs are advertised widely on TV and the media encourages men to try them.  Oh sorry, different type of performance…my bad.

Once again, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed!  Feel free to add your own observations in the comment section below.  Stay tuned for more fun baseball facts…

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Phillies Release 3rd Base Coach, Steve Smith


P5150273 Steve Smith.JPGHave to say I was very surprised to hear that Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. chose to let go the Phillies 3rd base coach of the past 2 years, Steve Smith.  The rest of the coaching staff will return.  I am not sure why Smith has been singled out.  I know he took some time to learn the position, but thought that overall this year, he did a good job.  No word on a replacement yet.

On a personal note, I have spoken directly to Smith several times in the past two years and he was always full of knowledge about the game and eager to share his experiences on the field.  He was an emotional guy with a big heart and I am very sad to hear that he will be going.  I wish him the best of luck!

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Best Moments of the 2008 World Champs!

In chronological order, here are my Best Moments of the 2008 season for our World Champion Philadelphia Phillies:

·         April 17 – 21:  Chase Utley goes on his first of two 5 game home run hitting streaks, hitting 6 homers in 5 games and earning the National League’s Player of the Month Award for April.

·         Jayson Werth hits 3 home runs in one game on 5/16/08 vs. Toronto, tying a Phillies record with a career-high 8 RBI in one game.

·         Phillies score 35 total runs between two games from 5/25-5/26.  They beat the Astros 15-6 and then followed it up with a win over the Rockies by a score of 20-5.

·         5/28 – 6/2:  Chase Utley goes on another 5 game home run hitting streak and he also hits 7 homers total in 8 games (5/25-6/2).  Utley won the National League Player of the Week Award during this run.

·         Phillies send 2 players to the All-Star Game in mid-July:  Chase Utley and Brad Lidge.

·         After a bad start to the season, Brett Myers returns from a voluntary stint in the minor leagues on 7/23/08.  He goes 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA for the rest of the regular season after getting off to a 3-9 start with a 5.84 ERA.

·         Greg Dobbs sets the all-time Phillies single season pinch hit record on 7/26/08 with 21 total pinch hits.  The last person to do it was Doc Miller in 1913, almost a century ago.

·         After being swept by the LA Dodgers in a four game series in early August, the Phillies come back and return the favor later that month.  They sweep the Dodgers in their four game series at home in Philly.

·         Phillies Complete a Road Season Series Sweep of the Braves in Atlanta on 9/18/08.

·         Phillies win the NL East, ending the game on an amazing double play to preserve the save for Brad Lidge.  Jimmy Rollins makes a diving grab for the ball, flips to Chase Utley and then Utley completes the throw to Ryan Howard at first base to end the game.

·         Ryan Howard becomes the first Phillie ever with 3 consecutive 40 home run seasons.  Howard is also now the 3rd player ever for the Phillies to have at least 120 RBI’s in one season; the last time it happened was 1933.

·         Shane Victorino hit the first Grand Slam in Phillies post-season history during Game 2 of the NLDS on 10/2/08 against CC Sabathia of the Brewers.

·         Brett Myers’ batting performance in the same game, Game 2 of the NLDS, against CC Sabathia of the Brewers – Myers went 1 for 2 and also had a key 9-pitch walk in the 2nd inning to help set up the Victorino Grand Slam.

·         10/15/08:  Phillies beat the LA Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the NLCS behind the rocket arm of series MVP, Cole Hamels.  They clinch their 6th opportunity ever in franchise history to compete in the World Series.

·         Jamie Moyer pitches Game 3 of the World Series on 10/25/08 while sick with the stomach flu.  His wife says he was up all night getting sick and sweating through a fever.  Despite this, he pitches 6 1/3 innings of 3 run ball.  The Phillies go on to win the game.

·         Brad Lidge gets the final out, striking out Eric Hinske of the Rays, to clinch the 2008 World Championship!  He goes 48 for 48 in save opportunities this year.  And all this came after injuring his knee on the very first pitch he threw in Spring Training. Lidge comes back from surgery and has the perfect season.

·         And my #1 moment:  Phillies win the World Series and become “World F*#@ Champions!”  Well spoken, Mr. Utley. J

So that’s a wrap!  Please add any of your favorite moments in the comments section below to share with everyone.  Phillies are World Champions!!!!!!!!!!  Celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!

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World Championship Gear

The first World Championship for the Phillies in 28 years means, among other things, that it is officially time to shop!  In the last two days, I have visited a multitude of stores including Modells, JC Penny, BC Collectables, Kohls, Schuylkill Valley Sports, etc…  And here is what I came home with:


PB010225 Wolrd Series Gear.jpgHow much did I spend?  Don’t ask
J  I also have the official locker room tee and hat on the way, but I ordered those on-line as I had a coupon and it wound up being cheaper than the stores, even when you added shipping costs.  So, everything from bumper stickers, pins, patches, tees, banners of all shapes & sizes, car flags, decals…you name it, I bought it.  No item was left un-purchased.  Well, except for the World Series blanket, which was sold out in multiple stores.

Cole Hamels did some special shopping of his own this week.  According to Shaun Clair of Crown Royal, Cole purchased a bottle of Crown Royal XR for every one of his teammates to commemorate their success.   Hamels has arranged for his fellow teammates to have their bottles wrapped in a personalized embroidered maroon suede version of the famed Crown Royal bag, containing their name and “2008 World Series Champions.”  You have to admire a man who knows how to shop.  Hey Cole, where’s my bottle? J

And if you are still looking for a way to spend some cash, and perform a good deed all at once, you can send a donation to Jamie Moyer’s charity, The Moyer Foundation.  The goal is to raise $1 million to help children in distress.  A gift to The Moyer Foundation can help children in your own community through the Foundation’s Camp Erin – a national network of bereavement camps for grieving children and teens.  You will receive a personal letter from Jamie if you chose to contribute, thanking you for being a part of his team.  Find out more at The Moyer Foundation web site.

That’s all for now in the world of World Series commerce.  So, go out and shop until you drop Phillies fans!

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