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Game 5 Play-By-Play Monday October 27th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, WORLD SERIES.
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I didn’t intend to do this, but I figured that this game was too important not to do. If the Phillies win today (and take NOTHING for granted), then the parade will be Wednesday afternoon, but I’m not sure what time exactly.

On to the PBP. As with Games 1 and 2, this is going to cover all plays in the game as best as I can (plus a few extra tidbits), big plays boldified, and grammar be damned.

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Game 3 Play By Play Friday October 24th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, WORLD SERIES.
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…is not gonna be done by me. now, I know I said that about Game 2, and then went back on my word, but this time I mean it. I’ve got schedule conflicts, and definitely will not happen…maybe.

Scratch that. My plans have been canceled, and Game 3 play-by-play is BACK ON, if there is a game. See you then!

PREGAME

Rain delay. Till Death sucks. Rain, rain, go away.

EDIT: F*ck it. Game’s not gonna be on until 10, which means it won’t be over until 1:30 am. So, forget it. Sorry, folks.

EDIT II: If you wan’t commentary, as oppposed to pbp, join me at Back She Goes! in this thread.

2008 World Series- Game 2 Play-By-Play Recap Thursday October 23rd, 2008

Posted by Sean in Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, WORLD SERIES.
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Here we go again. I’m going to attempt to cover the game play-by-play, pitch-by-pitch as best I can. Brett Myers takes the mound tonight against James Shields, as the Phillies try to get a two game lead on the Tampa Bay Rays, and take it back home to Philly. Like yesterday, big plays are bolded, and grammar will be damned.

POLL!

PREGAME

Tim McCarver misses the opening speech, my guess is, he went to the can.

PHILLIES LINEUP: RAYS LINEUP:

JRoll, SS Iwamura, 2B

Werth, RF Upton, CF

Utley, 2B Pena, 1B

Howard, 1B Longoria, 3B

Burrell, LF Crawford, LF

Victorino, CF Floyd, DH

Dobbs, DH Navarro, C

Feliz, 3B Baldelli, RF

Ruiz, C Bartlett, SS

Myers, P Shields, P

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Not One, Not Two, Not Three, But FOUR Posts For The Price Of One (Plus two polls!) Tuesday October 21st, 2008

Posted by Sean in Los Angeles Dodgers, Major Leagues, Milwaukee Brewers, Phillies, Predictions, Tampa Bay Rays.
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POST ONE: Today is a holiday

First, it’s the 28th anniversary of the last time time the Phillies won a Championship (1980, for those who can’t do math), but more importantly, it’s my birthday (Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…). This is the second World Series in my lifetime, but only the first that I remember. Hopefully, this one will end better…

POST TWO: J.D. Durbin has Been Released

WOOHOO!!! I hate this guy. I’ve seen him several times this year at both AAA Lehigh Valley, and AA Reading. He S-U-C-K-E-D. The first start that I saw him (one of his first starts), he gave up 6 runs in a third of an inning. Yes, that gives him an ERA of 18.00 for JUST THE ONE START! C’MON! I can do better!!

POST THREE: Pessimists Never Win

Since the beginning of the season, I said that the Philllies wouldn’t make the playoffs. I knew they’d be good, but I didn’t see them as a serious playoff threat, and that 2007 was a fluke. I felt this all the way through the year, even though the team proved me so very, very, very wrong so many, many, many times. Even when they were a lock for the playoffs, I kept saying they wouldn’t make it. And I held on to this. Until they made it. Then what did I do? I played the pessimist card again. I said that I would be surprised if they could win one game against the power-heavy Brewers. How wrong I was. They then made it in 4, and what did I say this time? Manny and the Dodgers were gonna take the Phillies in 5 or 6, and lose to the Sox in the WS. That’s so wrong, it’s laughable. but now what am I doing? I’m jumping back on the Phillies bandwagon and saying Phillies in 7!! Although, following my current trends (NERD), I probably shouldn’t predict stuff. I’m 0-life in this postseason. Ahh, the heck with it. GO PHILLIES!!

POST FOUR: Why The World Series Has Convinced Me To Vote (if i could) For Obama

Throughout this whole “political season”, I couldn’t decide who to vote for. I generally didn’t agree with McCain (and I REALLY don’t like Palin), but I didn’t think Obama had enough experience. He’s too young, and hasn’t been in the Senate for too long (I believe). I thought the same thing of the Devil Rays this fall when they made the playoffs. What have they done? They advanced past two pairs of Sox (baaaad pun), and are in their first ever World Series. They have a serious chance of winning the championship, despite all the inexperience up and down the roster. If the Rays can make the World Series, why can’t Obama win? Forget what Curt Schilling or anyone else tells you, Obama is the way to go.

It’s Fantasy Baseball Time! Tuesday March 18th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Andy Pettitte, Brandon Lyon, Brian Roberts, Carl Crawford, Casey Kotchman, Chien-Ming Wang, Colby Rasmus, Danny Haren, Fantasy Baseball, Fausto Carmona, Gavin Floyd, Jim Thome, JJ Putz, Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Kevin Youkilis, Kosuke Fukudome, Manny Corpas, Matt Garza, Michael Young, New York Mets, Paul Konerko, Phillies, Stephen Drew, Tampa Bay Rays, Troy Percival, Willy Taveras.
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Oh, yes readers, it’s the greatest time of year! Last night, I had the first of four fantasy drafts, with the other three on the way. There are 12 people in this league, and a 23-man roster, consisting of 1 catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop, 3 outfielders, 1 utility position, 3 starting pitchers, 3 relievers, 2 regular pitchers, and 6 bench spots. I have named my team after the greatest sports website in the history of man, Phillies.tk. The draft took a little over 2 hours, and here is what my team looks like, with draft round in parentheses:

C Joe Mauer, MIN (5)

1b Paul Konerko, CWS (8 )

2b Brian Roberts, BAL (3)

3b Kevin Youkilis, BOS (13)

SS Michael Young, TX (7)

of Carl Crawford, TB (2)

of Kosuke Fukudome, CHC (11)

of Willy Taveras, COL (16)

u Jim Thome, CWS (9)

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sp Johan Santana, NYM (1)
sp Dan Haren, ARZ (6)

sp Fausto Carmona, CLE (10)

rp JJ Putz, SEA (4)

rp Manny Corpas, COL (12)

rp Troy Percival, TB (15)

p Matt Garza, TB (17)

p Brandon Lyon, ARZ (22)
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bench Stephen Drew, ARZ (SS) (19)

bench Colby Rasmus, STL (OF) (20)

bench Casey Kotchman, LAA (1b) (21)

bench Chien-Ming Wang, NYY (p) (14)

bench Andy Pettitte, NYY (p) (18 )

bench Gavin Floyd, CWS (p) (23, final).

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After Thoughts

I’m ashamed in myself that I drafted more Devil Rays and Mets than Phillies. I also went for pitching early, as evidenced with JJ Putz in the fourth round. Late in the draft, I was looking for several of my sleeper picks, of which I got most of. Rasmus, Lyon, and Floyd were all in my top five sleeper category, and I am excited that I got those three. Rasmus is trying to make the jump from AA to starting CF for the Cardinals, Lyon was given the nod as Dacks closer (no one else in the league seemed to notice that), and Floyd was awarded the fifth spot in the White Sox rotation just hours before my draft had started. The first objective on my list is to get a Phillie on to my team.

Curt Schilling Trade Lines Friday March 7th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Arizona DBacks, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Curt Schilling, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Nelson Figueroa, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Trade Lines, Vicente Padilla, Washington Nationals.
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My PS2 broke (NOOO), so I decided to write. This is another idea I’ve had. I’m going to trace the franchise’s best players, and see what we ended up with. Batting leadoff, is former pitcher Curt Schilling (see his website here, also on WordPress).

Schilling was with the Phillies from 1992 through 2000. We sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 1B Travis Lee, pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa. Travis Lee was only with the team for three seasons, as the unpopular First Baseman left after ’02 as a free agent to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. So, we got nothing for him. But that’s ok, he was a nobody anyway.

Daal was with the team until November of 2001, when we traded him to the LA Dodgers for minor league pitchers Eric Junge (pronounced like “Young”. It’s German, or something…) and Jesus Cordero. Cordero amounted to nothing, but Junge proved to be a useful commodity. From 2002 through 2004, he was one of the best pitchers on the S/WB Red Barons staff. In 02 and ’03, he got tastes of the majors, but did not do as well as he did in the minor leagues. I guess you could classify him as a AAAA player. He left after 2004 to the Mets as a free agent.

Jumping back to Schilling, Padilla was the best thing we got out of this trade. He didn’t stick with the Phillies until the 2002 season, when he became the number two starter on the team behind Robert Person. He left the team after 2005, when he was sent to the Rangers for Ricardo Rodriguez, who didn’t make it out of Spring Training that year.

The last player in the deal, Nelson Figueroa, was in the minor leagues for most of 2002 (and all of his Philly stint that year), and pitched only 81 innings for the Phils the next year, before being claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. He never factored into the team’s plans.

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Where Are They Now?

Schilling, as everyone knows, went on to win the World Series in 2001 with Arizona, and then two more with Boston in 2004 and last year (2007). Though he spent his prime here with us, he still had plenty more productive years. Currently with the Boston Red Sox.

Lee spent one year with the Rays in 2003, before leaving as a free agent to the dark side. He signed with the Yankees, but did not see much action. He then returned to the Rays in ’05 for two years, but was long past his glory days by then. He signed with the Nationals in Spring Training of 2007, but asked to be released. Currently retired.

Daal, after his Philly tenure, was traded to the Dodgers, and then wound up pitching for the Orioles in 2003. After undergoing shoulder surgery in 2004, he called it quits. Interestingly, his current whereabouts are unknown, and is considered missing.

Junge has bounced around since he left, including the Mets, Padres, and Yankees. This offseason, he signed with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

After being released in 2002, Cordero never saw the light of organized ball again.

Padilla was traded after ’06 to the Rangers, where he currently is. He quickly ascended the rotation ranks and is now the team’s ace.

Figueroa bounced around even more than Junge did. He’s been with Milwaukee, Washington, Pittsburgh, and even spent two games with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Currently with the Mets.

Changing Uniforms Friday January 25th, 2008

Posted by Sean in Cleveland Indians, Fresno Grizzlies, Huntsville Stars, Kansas City Royals, Lancaster Jet Hawks, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Phillies, Pulaski Mariners, Quad Cities River Bandits, Reading Phillies, Sacremento River Cats, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Trenton Thunder, Williamsport Crosscutters.
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It seems that everyone is changing the design of their uniforms lately.

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