Holidays, Baseball and Food Coma’s…

To start with, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and did not lapse into a turkey coma!  I also hope no one got trampled attempting to enter Wal-Mart at 3am on Friday ;o)  Holidays can either be fun or hazardous to your health…I hope you went with “fun.”

Speaking of holidays and shopping, what would you like to receive this holiday season?  I would like for Mike Schmidt to age backwards and play 3rd base for the Phillies again. 
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I would also like the Giants to release Tim Lincecum for his
bad, drug induced behavior so the Phillies can have him.  I also wish aliens would come down from outer space and give us back Cole Hamels: Version 2008.  Clearly, he was abducted and it is time to bring him back.

By the way, 3 years ago, current GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who was assistant GM at the time, asked a room full of female fans if they could sign any pitcher in the league to the Phillies, who would it be?  I shouted, “Tim Lincecum!”  Ruben looked at me like I was nuts and decided that the woman who suggested Brandon Webb had a better idea.  Webb went down with a shoulder injury in April 2009 and did not play the entire season.  Lincecum has now won 2 Cy Young’s in a row.  Hey Ruben, still think I am nuts?  Just a little holiday fun for you there :O)

Ok, so clearly we cannot sign Mr. Lincecum.  But the Phillies have a lot of work to do this off-season to improve the pitching staff.  It looks to be a quiet market right now.  Things should start to heat up when the Winter Meetings begin on December 7th.

The few moves made so far have not even made a small ripple in the atmosphere.  The signing of Juan Castro to replace Eric Bruntlett on the bench seems like a lateral move, rather than an improvement.  Castro hit .277 last year with the Dodgers but is a career .230 hitter.  This news is not exactly knocking Phillies fans out of their boots.  We hope bigger and better things will be coming soon…

In other news, Jamie Moyer was recently hospitalized and had surgery to remove an infected blood collection that may have resulted from his previous groin surgery.  It should not affect his Spring Training schedule and he appears to be recovering well.  I wish him luck!


Thumbnail image for PA040202 JAHapp.jpgFrom the long time veteran to the rookie, JA Happ has been named to the Topps’ 51st All-Rookie Team, which is just one of many honors he garnered this off-season.  Happ is still up for the Rookie of the Year award in the This Year In Baseball awards. 
Voting continues until December 11th and many Phillies like Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and others are in the running.

Thumbnail image for shane melissa 2.jpgAnd finally, congratulations to Shane and Melissa Victorino who tied the knot earlier this month in Hawaii!  They are two really great people and I wish them all the best!

Lincecum & Happ photos by Jenn

 

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5 Comments

I love that you told Amaro you wanted Lincecum! Just goes to show we she-fans know what we’re talking about. At least you got Cliff Lee. He turned out pretty well, wouldn’t you say?

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Your blog is great. Always good for a laugh, especially nice on a Monday after Thanksgiving break.

Ed

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving…. still not sure about Lincecum, Giants ballpark is more of a pitchers park a big difference to CBP and his road record isn’t that impressive, I think Hamels, Happ and Lee are better pitchers the numbers may not show it, but I think the situations they have pitched and won show it… Great to see Shane and Melissa got through the big day without Shane being ejected..LOL and yeah the Castro deal was a sideways step, if Castro can give more next year it would be nice…
~peter
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Wow. Melissa Victorino. Wow. I’m… I’m … stunned by her beauty. Shane just got mad respect from me.
–Jeff
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Jenn,
I was just reading about Shane Victorino in ESPN,the Magazine about him and Davey Lope’s routine before a game to visualize sliding situation during a game.
And now I see what kind of beauty he gets to come home too………Shane is the man!
Just be thankful that they took care of Moyer before the situation could become more of an issue or a serious health threat.
Be Thankful Cole Hamels is still an effective pitcher in this league.
And be extra thankful that JA Happ got some props from Topps after missing out on the ROY award.
Phillies have a lot to be thankful this year, and next season begins sooner than we think!

Rays Renegade

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