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You can stop rubbing your eyes now; yes, I am talking about Gary “Sarge” Matthews and new co-author of the book, “Phillies Confidential: The Untold Story of the 2008 Championship Season.” Has your jaw hit the floor yet? No? Well then perhaps you are not familiar with the dulcet tones of Matthews’ voice or his eloquent game commentary? You all know I love the Sarge, but his announcing sometimes sounds like a young child trying to articulate the proper rules for a game of tag that has gone horribly wrong. Matthews is, after all, the same guy who brought us such witty and wonderful baseball Sarge-isms like “A Good Athlete” and the “Courtesy Turn” (when an outfielder turns to look at a home run leave the park, even if he knows immediately that he has no shot at catching it).
But seriously, the Sarge has improved his game calling skills throughout this past year while under the tutelage of the great Hall of Famer, Harry Kalas. At the beginning of the year, he had difficulty pronouncing some of the last names of the Phillies players; and though I found it hysterical, that does seem to have improved and he became much more comfortable in front of the microphone as the year progressed. His Sarge-isms and occasional slips of the tongue have made him extremely entertaining to listen to, so I can only imagine what is in store for us beneath the pages of this new book. Personally, I cannot wait to read it.
Matthews began writing the book in Spring Training, having no idea that the Phillies would become World Champions that very same year. The Sarge also says he was careful not to reveal too much inside-clubhouse information for fear of alienating anyone, but that the book still gives a comprehensive and behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 Phillies season. I hope he did not hold back too much because I really, really wanted to know what color and style undies Chase Utley prefers. I will be sorely disappointed if there are no “undercover” underwear revelations. And will he answer the question about how long Greg Dobbs really spends on his hair? Inquiring minds want to know! Of course, I am joking, although part of me still wonders….
Sorry for the temporary hormonal interruption… back on topic now: Matthews does cover in the book how he cautioned Brad Lidge in Spring Training about the finicky Philly fans and about how he believes Jimmy Rollins grew into a leader. He also discusses the importance of role players like Dobbs, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin and Pedro Feliz. The book is 192 pages long and co-written with Scott Lauber, who is beat-writer for the News Journal. The book should be flying off a store shelf somewhere near you this week. I will write a review at some point once I get my hands on it. Happy Reading!
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So I guess we are only going to win games when JA Happ pitches? Well, let’s hope not. But we’ll certainly take the much needed win tonight! And another great start from the rookie Happ was a nice shot in the arm for the still struggling Phillies. Happ went 6.1 innings with 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 5 strikeouts. During tonight’s TV broadcast, analyst Gary “Sarge” Matthews so eloquently put it that this team was in need of a “rumble in the clubhouse to get the juices flowing” or that perhaps the players needed some “slaps upside the head.” Well, like I said yesterday, they certainly need a wake-up call. I do think that tonight’s win and solid outing by Happ will be a good start to that.
Still a little slow offensively, but scoring 4 runs is better than what they have been putting up lately – zero! So, again, progress is good!
Ryan Howard had a great night, going 2 for 3 with a homer and a walk – his 2 RBI’s on the night gave him the Phillies record for the most RBI’s of any Phillies player in history before the All-Star break, passing Greg Luzinski; Pedro Feliz also homered; Jimmy Rollins hit a triple; Pat Burrell, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz also had hits tonight. And All-Star Brad Lidge added on to his save record, notching #20 tonight.
And one more time…VOTE FOR PAT! Time is running out! We have until tomorrow at 5pm…here are a few people that have come out in support of Pat recently (thanks to Larry Shenk at Phillies Insider for the info!):
“He’s the most deserving among the group of National Leaguers on the Final Vote ballot,” Jayson Stark, ESPN.com.
“Here’s the case for Pat to be elected….he’s the only player in the league’s top 10 in slugging percentage not already on the roster,” Paul White, USA Today.
“Pat is the most notable omission on the team,” Buster Olney, ESPN.com.
So, get those votes in! Use the link below to vote as many times as you can or you can text the word “VOTE” to 36197 from your mobile phone to have the All-Star Final Vote candidates sent to your phone and then reply with your choice. Go Phillies and VOTE PAT!
Well folks, the current Phillies – Braves game is not looking good so I felt a bit of comic relief might be in order here. And nothing cheers me up more than a healthy dose of Sarge’s baseball wisdom. In fact, who has not been endlessly entertained these past 2 years listening to Mr. Matthews cloud the TV airways with his jumbled player name pronunciations and inventive twists on the English language? I believe he may even have coined a few new phrases.
How about the “Courtesy Turn?” I first heard this one as Chase Utley smacked a homer out of the park against the Reds on April 4th. Apparently, Ken Griffey Jr. “turned” to watch the ball leave the park and Sarge referred to this as Griffey giving the knock a “courtesy turn.” How kind of him, indeed. Such a gentleman. Perhaps in their next series, Griffey will present Utley with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates?
Speaking of Utley, in the book of Matthew-isms, “Professional Hitter” is right there at the top of the list where Mr. Utley is concerned. He almost cannot have a conversation about Chase Utley without this particular phrase coming into play. But don’t worry; it is not only reserved for Utley. He spreads the wealth on this one. Certainly a favorite of the Sarge, you can hear it at least once or twice per broadcast. And I giggle every time…
And I have reserved my absolute favorite Matthew-isms for last! Drum roll please!!!! You will know it as soon as you hear it…he says it ALL the time! Yes, you guessed it, it is “A Good Athlete!” As in, this guy here is “a real good athlete.” He says it on average, 3-6 times per broadcast. Now Sarge, you know I LOVE you, but considering these guys ARE all Major League ball players, I sure hope they are all good athletes! Hee! Sarge, you are SO darn cute! I just want to pinch your cheeks and give you a giant bear hug :o) And in honor of your adorableness, here is a photo of you toting the BBQ at last years’ BBQ challenge:
Well, the Phillies have managed to score a few runs so back to watching the game I go…I have a busy day tomorrow too to get ready for! Look for me on TV too! I’ll be attending the Phillies Baseball 101 clinic for women and I will be featured on the NBC 10! Show at 2pm as part of a mini-clinic from the day. I’m staying for the game tomorrow night so I’ll report back on Thursday and let you know how it goes! Have a good one!