Kendrick Gets Pounded in Atlanta

As the battle for the 5th starting pitching spot continues, Kyle Kendrick appears to be cracking under the pressure.  In 3 innings against the Braves today, Kendrick surrendered 8 runs on 10 hits and a walk, including 2 home runs.  His ERA for the Spring has ballooned to 14.29.  Yikes!  Pitching coach, Rich Dubee is probably about ready to throttle the poor kid.  Not because he is stinking up the place, but because Dubee knows Kendrick is capable of getting the job done; but to this point, Kendrick has just not found a groove.  He is leaving the door wide open for the other 3 guys to take what was his spot to lose, and run with it.  What do you think the outcome will be?  Vote at the end of this blog.

Besides Kendrick, know who else is likely to take a beating?  The Hooters girls.  I have been yapping about this since Spring Training last year; in Clearwater, they stick Hooters girls out on the field to pretend to be ball girls.  They also give these un-athletic, baseball-ignorant chicks lawn chairs and allow them to sit throughout the game and read a book (I am SO not kidding) while line drive go whizzing past their bleach-blonde heads.  While I understand the entertainment value for the men who are apparently bored with the game and prefer to stare at plastic Barbie dolls, it is a dangerous game they are playing in Florida.  At one game, I watched as a line-drive flew so close to a Hooter’s girl’s head, that her hair flew up in the air as the ball went by and she never even looked up until after it was past her and she felt the breeze.

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There was another close call during the game today as well, as announcers Tom McCarthy and Gary “Sarge” Matthews pointed out.  Matthews said he hopes it never happens, but that the day it does, the Hooters girls will be done in Clearwater.  Seriously, one of these girls is going to be killed someday.  Some of them don’t even have gloves…and those that do, have NO idea what to do with them.  Again, I understand the need to entertain the crowd; heck, when I get bored, here is what I start taking photos of:

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But I am pretty sure that my photography is unlikely to get my head ripped off.  Plus, I know how to catch a ball.  And besides, who doesn’t want to see photos of Greg Dobbs’ behind? :O)

Ok, that is my rant for the day!  Back to real baseball…and more nice views from the field:  Jason Donald! 

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What a cutie!  And this kid is determined to show off his stuff!  Ok, not that stuff; his hitting skills, of course :O)  Donald went 3 for 4 today and used his speed to score 2 runs.  Another hopeful, John Mayberry Jr., got back into action today, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI including a solo home run.

Joining the hit party were Ryan Howard with 1 hit and 2 RBI; Raul Ibanez with 2 hits and 2 RBI; and Greg Dobbs with 2 hits and an RBI.  And it looks like no one really felt like pitching today, because the final score was 12-10; Atlanta had 21 hits and the Phillies ended up with 15.

And I am still trying to get hold of more information on Ryan Howard’s new tattoo for everyone.  Waiting patiently…  I have not forgotten :O)

WBC Highlights

I was pretty sure I had cursed Team Italy yesterday after proclaiming that I was rooting for them; well, they fell to Team Venezuela, 10-1.  So, Venezuela will play Team USA tonight for the right to move on to Round 2 in the Classic, and I will only root for the team that I do NOT want to win :O)  Brushing up on my Spanish…  Adiós!

 

 

12 Comments

Jenn – where are the Chippendale dancers for us ladies??

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Oohhhh…next time :O) You should not give me ideas like that…ha, ha!!!

I like that second picture. :) The guys sure know how to please their female fans. Hahaha!
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

Wait a minute – the Hooters girls were READING? Did the books have words, or just pictures? I remember our last trip to ST, and one of them tried to throw a ball (poorly) into the stands. I commented that “she throws like a girl” [yes, I am a girl, but I know how to throw] to which my husband replied, “yes, but she has other talents”, much to the amusement of the guys sitting in front of us.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I assume it was a picture book or Cosmo or something :O) Or, she was just trying to look like she was literate and really just staring at blank pages while working on her suntan!

Hey Jenn – Congrats on being #14 on the latest Leader’s List!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I agree with Julia…where’s our entertainment? This works both ways, you know! Also, Congrats!!
Canuck

You keep putting pictures of Hooters girls on your blog and I will be a daily reader ;)

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

Possibly the rule could be created in a non-discriminatory way in order to not target the Hooters girls directly. Such as,
“No one requiring pantyhose as part of their uniform shall be present on the playing field”
Just an idea, pass along to those it may concern at your will. :)
Sarah [[ http://alwaysthejake.mlblogs.com ]

Okay as a guy who has dated Hooters girls, Ker’s Winghouse girls and anyone else dumb enough to fall for my charm, I do remember seeing the Philly girls during the World Series do some good work.

I know most of those girls are college students and either current or former softball players, but can they maybe get one or two of them to come down for the month then and put on the clinics on the corners like during the regular season.

I actually like the Philly Ballgirls outfits better than the Hooter’s one only because they can bend down and get the ball without bending at the waist. Seriously, on Tuesday night at the Trop we have Golden oldies manning the same spots and a few of them have fallen asleep and almost gotten a Bullpen member decapitated .

I guess entertainment comes with a ticket that says: “Balls and Bats can leave the playing surface and cause harm to you or your person…….now sit down and drink another one.”

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Okay as a guy who has dated Hooters girls, Ker’s Winghouse girls and anyone else dumb enough to fall for my charm, I do remember seeing the Philly girls during the World Series do some good work.

I know most of those girls are college students and either current or former softball players, but can they maybe get one or two of them to come down for the month then and put on the clinics on the corners like during the regular season.

I actually like the Philly Ballgirls outfits better than the Hooter’s one only because they can bend down and get the ball without bending at the waist. Seriously, on Tuesday night at the Trop we have Golden oldies manning the same spots and a few of them have fallen asleep and almost gotten a Bullpen member decapitated .

I guess entertainment comes with a ticket that says: “Balls and Bats can leave the playing surface and cause harm to you or your person…….now sit down and drink another one.”

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Ryans new tatt . He gave the tattoo artist his idea and the artist scetched it. Covers his shoulder and bicep – Clouds, sun, japenese house, scrolls and the head of a hooded samurai warrior. colorful to

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