Posts Tagged ‘Phillies’


That’s a Wrap

November 5, 2009

I think I am obligated to at least mention that THE YANKEES WON THE WORLD SERIES tonight.

Hopefully my fellow Yankee fans will not be unbearably smug about everything, because the Phillies definitely played a good series. It was an A-rod 9th inning hit away from a 7 game series, and anything could have happened in a game 7.

I’ll save more for when I have more time to do a proper write up, but the playoffs were a thrill to watch (A-rod turning into a crunch-time superstar, some great come back wins) and the World Series was great. Matsui is absolutely the MVP, even as a DH in a series with 3 games in an NL park where he still managed to do damage as a pinch hitter.

Congratulations to the Yankees and my fellow fans. It seems strange that when they won the last of their string of championships I was 14. Here’s hoping to the beginning of a new run!


Brains and Brawn

August 28, 2009
At 6'8" he's as tall as he looks.

At 6'8" he's as tall as he looks.

Phillies prospect Michael Schwimer posted an awesome article detailing the thought process he puts into pitching. He links video of his two-inning save and goes through a pitch by pitch analysis of how he tries to get batters out, telling you what worked and didn’t work both physically and mentally.

He’s currently in A+ Clearwater and has 83 strikeouts against 19 walks with an ERA of 2.90 in 59 innings. He obviously puts a lot of effort into his work (both his pitching and his write up), so good luck to him!


Phillies Win World Series, Rebuilding of the City to Begin Next Week

November 1, 2008

So a big week for Philadelphia: The Sixers debuted their season! Also, the local baseball squadron won some sort of prize, defeating some team from florida.

I found it kind of disapointing that this world series set a new low mark for viewership. I heard a lot of bitching and complaing about the fact that these two teams are small markets, but the 6th and 12th largest markets in America aren’t exactly miniscule. Granted, the Rays certainly don’t have the fan base of the Yankees or Red Sox, but I don’t think that was the reason for the low ratings, especially with the enormous amount of Phillies die-hards looking for their city’s first title since 1983 (that is, if you don’t count the Philadelphia Soul!). Every series picks up steam as it goes along. Game 7’s, obviously, draw the biggest crowd (even the Giants-Angels game 7 drew a 17.9 rating), and any time a series is a rout, interest is going to be minimal. Local fans from Florida and Pennsylvania will of course be drawn, as will hardcore fans around the country, but casual fan interest will, for the most part, only pique as drama grows. Do-or-die situations will always draw the most attention (one of many reasons why the Super Bowl demolishes anything and everything shown on tv every year).
I am none the less happy to report that Phillies fans don’t give a shit about who watched what. Neither does Chase Utley, and in spite of what some people have been saying about his comment today on radio and the like, it isn’t a big deal. At least a few people agree!
Is anyone else confused about what goes on when teams have a big victory? Americans complain about soccer riots, but realistically we’re the backwards ones. Our team just won, let’s run this shit into the ground! Shouldn’t rioting be saved for when something bad happens?
Not helping the image, Phillie fans, not helping.