Blanton Mows Down The Marlins


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The Phillies Joe Blanton and the Marlins’ Chris Volstad battled today for King of the Hill.  Each gave up one hit and struck out 3 with the only differences being that Blanton pitched 2 more innings (6) than Volstad (4) and the only hit off Blanton was a bunt single.  Winner: Blanton.  And the Phillies went on to win the game, 5-1.

Chris Coste, who has been struggling to get back in the swing of things since his hamstring injury, officially got his first hit and first RBI of the Spring today.  Coste probably breathed a big sigh of relief after that; in an interview with Scott Palmer earlier this month, Coste told Palmer that he believes “hitting is so mental” and talks about his “mental and physical bat speed.”  The home run he refers to at the beginning was during a scrimmage.  See what Coste has to say about coming back from his injury:

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Most Phillies fans are pulling for Coste to keep his job as the back-up catcher to Carlos Ruiz, so this is a good step forward.  The other option is Ronny Paulino who the Phils picked up from the Pirates in the off-season, but Paulino does not appear to have the consistency at the plate that Coste does; Paulino is batting only a .200 so far this Spring.  Lou Marson could step in, but he is probably better off staying in the minors one more year to gain experience and get his at-bats.

Cole Watch

All eyes are on Cole Hamels as he begins to throw after a sore elbow sidelined him a few days ago.  Hamels did some long-tossing with Jamie Moyer today and reported afterwards that he felt good; no more soreness except at the site he received the cortisone injection.

And as fascinated as we are with the arm, more people seem to be interested in what the World Series MVP is driving these days.  Check out this photo from The 700 Level:Cole minivan.jpg

Yes, that is a minivan you see him driving.  Not very macho, you say?  Well then, add this to it: 

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Cole also owns a small, white, fluffy yip-yip dog.  Last Spring Training, I watched as his wife drove him out of the stadium; Hamels had her stop the car so he could say hello.  As he rolled down the window, the yipping dog put his tiny paws on the window sill and bounced around in Cole’s lap.  While I was too stunned to grab my camera, the photo to the right shows approximately what the dog looked like.

You may have varying opinions on the subject, but any man who is so unconcerned with his image that he drives around with a fuzzy ankle biter in his lap while traveling in a grocery getter, has got to be very secure in his own self-image; oh, and it also probably means he is filthy rich.  When you have that much money, really, who cares what anyone else thinks?  Just my opinion :O)

 

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8 Comments

Coming from a die hard Met fan and Phillie hater, it means a lot: Blanton will win 15 this year, I really think he is a special pitcher.

http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

While not a fan of the little “yippy dogs” – like my doggies big! – I think it’s great that Cole is just himself! It will probably help him be more successful in the long run.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Do you think the minivan is really his, or just a quick rental to get from the airport to the appointment?
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Wright Way & Julia – I agree on both points!
Sue – He actaully told a reporter it is his wife’s van. Hee! And as for the Hooters chicks, I feel the same way! :O)

If he really is just a guy who doesn’t mind driving in a van with a yippy dog, even if it is his wife’s van, then he’ll be fine in the long run. His ego is in check and he’s secure with who he is.
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Sign me up for one of ‘dem lap dogs!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

I’m glad to see Blanton doing well for your team. I hope he has a great season as the Phillies try to defend the World Series Championship in 2009.
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Love the photo shop of the mower………………Classic photo.
Well, maybe Cole Hamels has something to tell the rest of America. We all know about the ritzy digs they bought within eyesight of the ballpark, maybe he has another surprise after Opening Day.
Maybe the minivan is for a future Colleen or Coles Jr. in the next year. He might be getting used to driving it so his wifey will respect the minivan as a tool of the “Mom” trade.

Weirder things have happen in Philly.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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