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Shit That has happened since I Last Posted


Shit...Got...Weird

Shit…Got…Weird

 

Well well well…..it has been quite a while since I have had the motivation to write anything in this space and I really don’t have any excuses except that I am lazy as a sloth.  Just to bring you up to speed here are a few of the highlights/lowlights in my life since my last post on March 13th 2012.

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard missed half a season

Cole Hamels Made a lot of money

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Phillies Preview: The Lineup


Good to see you too Chuck

Well it is that time of year again.  The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, Spring is in the air.  The crack of the bat and the snap of the glove legitimately arouses me.  I literally found myself watching a Mets/Nationals spring training game on TV the other night (I was also drinking).  Baseball season means a lot to the scribes on this particular website and we are going to do our damnedest to give you the most accurate preview of the two main squads (Yanks & Phillies) we will be complaining about.  We may even let Joe write something about the Marlins (doubtful).  So without further ado, here is our Phillies Lineup Preview.

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Yeah…I think Chase’s knee is OK


God he has beautiful eyes

End of the day got real busy for CaptainDan yesterday.  I didn’t get a chance to do the Daily Drive which disappointed the millions of fans this blog has.  Although I did manage to put in a call to everyone’s favorite 2nd basemen.  It went a little something like this:

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The Long Awaited Return of the Philadelphia Phillies


Its time to celebrate folks

The last year and a half have been somewhat of a strange time for me.  I graduated college, got a real job, started taking baby asprin (gotta be proactive for a healthy heart) and seemingly watched my beloved Phillies forget how to do what they do best.  Mash the baseball.  2010, while being one of the coolest seasons i’ve ever witnessed (Doc’s No-No, Doc’s perfecto, the full emergence of Cole Hamels, going to every Phil’s home playoff game), it lacked something that every true Phillies fan missed.  With injuries plaguing the lineup and basically every single starter spending a significant portion of time on the disabled list, the offense could never get locked in the way they had in seasons past.  The season ended in unglorious fashion with Juan Uribe breaking my heart with that bullshit HR down the right field line.

2011 offered a new hope though.  We have the best starting rotation in baseball, everyone was healthy (or so we thought), and a fresh start for the team to find its collective identity.  Then we found out about Chase’s knee and we had to make the best of it, which the 2011 squad definitely has.  Sporting the best record in baseball the 2011 Phils have done so predominantly with unbelievable starting pitching.  The offense has done what has been neccesary by winning close ballgames by the slimmest of margins.  Then a little over three weeks ago, we got the shot of life that this ball club needed.  Chase was back, and that balky knee that was hampering him?  Aint no thang.  It took him a few weeks to get his timing back and to find his stroke, but his presence, as well as the materialization of the real Dom Brown, have made pitchers loathe the day when their spot in the rotation comes up against the boys in the red pinstripes.  No longer can teams pitch around Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco to face the likes of Wilson Valdez and Dane Sardhina.  And while some of you may think this proclamation be a bit pre-mature, I’m here to tell you that the Phillies are fucking back.

Me and Timmy P went to the second game of the double header a few nights ago and witnessed what we could only describe as a vintage Phillies win.  Down two runs in the ninth, the offense patiently waited for the Marlins closer Leo Nunez to inevitably lose his focus.  Earlier in the season, you could have banked on the offense to try and go up there and swing for the fences with the faint hope they would actually connect and knock one out of the yard.  Not this team.  They once again patiently(I cannot emphasize this point enough) got some guys on base, and had confidence in their teammates to come through when it mattered.  When Shane Victorino roped a single that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, you just knew that this team wasn’t going to be beat that night.  Chooch sent the remaining masses into a frenzy when he smoked a 95mph heater back up the middle scoring Ryan Howard for the win.

Much has been made the last season and a half about the “Year of the Pitcher.”  Im here to say: Fuck that noise……….It’s Hittin’ Season baby.

Phillies Preview 5/25


"I breathe fire bitches"

Yes I know, I know, we have been draggin some serious ass on the posts as of late.  But you know what Internet? We have jobs! Were up every morning at 7am riding that stationary bike getting ready to do big things!  Well either that, or we are lazy (i’m betting on the latter).  I will be in attendance for Phils/Reds game this evening.  Big Roy will take the mound against Cincy for the first time since this happened (which I was also in attendance for) last year.  Now i’m not expecting a No-Hitter but I am expecting Doc to be his dominant self once again.  He matches up against Travis Wood who last time out against the Phils at CBP had a perfecto going until the boys in red pinstripes stormed back for the W.  Travis isn’t having as good as a year as many expected with that 5.17 ERA he is rockin.  He was probably pumped that he would have a chance to face the likes of Ben Francisco and Dane Sardhina tonight but not so fast my friend, we got the golden boy, Domonic, and the chosen one, Chase, back in the lineup for the third game.  It’s kind of crazy that it’s almost June and the Phillies have yet to field the team that they expected at the beginning of spring training.  But that’s baseball.  Lets hope this game will be better than Sundays performance where I damn near fell asleep.

*Update

Chase isn’t starting…..thanks a lot Charlie

Keys to the Game

-Hit the ball

-Get out of Doc’s way

This will probably be my last post for a while since I will be going to See Phish 5 times in 6 days, with the only off day being my birthday (im sorry liver).  So I will leave you with this, which I am calling as Tour Opener.

Leaving Ducks on the Pond


MMMHMMM i love me a first pitch fastball....

Well last night was pretty much the result everyone expected out of the premier pitching match up of this young baseball Season.  It just didn’t go according to plan.  The Phillies made Josh Johnson sweat quite a bit in the second and third innings by loading the bases.  Unfortunately they didn’t get any runs out of it.  Two errors, one being mental, by two of the most solid defenders on the team led to a Phillies loss in south Florida last night.

More after the Jump

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Utley to Start Season on DL?


Chase is going to have plenty of time to play with his puppies.

ESPNPhiladelphia Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley  is “very likely” to start the season on the disabled list because of his troublesome right knee, team general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday.

Amaro did not say Utley would definitely start the season on the DL.

But when asked if it was likely Utley would go on the disabled list, Amaro said: “I would think so. I haven’t seen him on the field yet and we’re a week away [from Opening Day].”

“I think he feels better, but it will be a long-term process,” Amaro added.

Utley has spent the spring recovering from patellar tendinitis, chondromalacia and bone inflammation in his knee. The Phillies and Utley have explored as many options as possible to avoid surgery that could sideline the second baseman for a lengthy period of time.

Utley has battled a number of persistent injuries the past four years. He spent 31 days on the disabled list in 2007 with a broken bone in his right hand. He played through hip issues in 2008, then had surgery after that season and pushed himself to return by Opening Day, defying initial estimates that he could be out until May.

Last season, he spent 49 days on the disabled list with torn ligaments in his thumb, but returned several weeks early from that injury as well.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s officially time to get excited about watching Luis Castillo slap grounders for outs and drop fly balls.  ESPN is reporting that Utley is likely to start the season on the DL.  No surprise here.  Phillies’ fans must have already expected a high dose of Castillo after that last ditch effort of a signing, but the real question is how long will it last?  Although Philly does potentially posses the best pitching staff in recent baseball history, Can Howard carry the Phillies offense by himself?  Doubtful.  With no one in the lineup to insulate him, it should be about August 12th until Howard sees a pitch that isn’t a breaking ball.  I guess phans can take a little consolation knowing they still have Jimmy Rollins.

God Damnit


“Just Droppin a Bomb NBD”

Body Soreness.  That’s what the general public was told as to why Chase Utley was not making his spring training debut.  Initially I was pumped about this.  I caught myself thinking “Man Chase is ready to get down to business this year.  He bulked up probably squatting rhinos in the offseason while eating raw steaks to make sure his protein levels were good.”  Then the news came that he had a little tendonitis in his knee.  I worried a little bit, but hell I had tendonitis a few times and it went away with rest and some anti-inflammatory medicine.  Then we had the bomb dropped on us in the form of the diagnosis of Chrondromalacia which in layman’s terms means, your knee hurts like a fuckin bitch when you run.  Almost immediately following that headline we were given the wisdom of a current ballplayer Brandon Inge who had suffered through the same problems and had to have surgery to fully heal.  He claims that the recovery process for him to really feel fully healthy again was two full years.  TWO FULL YEARS ARE YOU SHITTING ME!  Our window for championships is now and without Utley our chances are decreased significantly!  This is the guy that played half a season with a torn hip and won the World Series.  This is a guy that hit five homers against the Yank-Me’s in the 2009 WS.  Most importantly this was the guy that let everyone know that we were “World Fucking Champions” on live TV.  Not only is he a fan favorite around Philly, he’s a fan favorite just about everywhere.  There are probably 2 other 2nd Baseman in baseball that can match his numbers (Dan Strugla and Bobby Cano), but no one can match the way he plays the game.  He routinely leads the league in HBP and never saw a ground ball that he didn’t want to dive for.  Trying to come to grips with Wilson Valdez as my everyday 2nd basemen has left me with liquid stool samples for a week.  Do I wish deep down inside that it was 2003 and this all would have been taken care of with a simple dosage of HGH?  Maybe, but one thing I do know is that Chase Utley is one of the toughest S.O.B’s in the game and if he can’t go, he can’t go.  Hopefully all goes well and he doesn’t miss as much time and expected.  And if he does, well, at least we got Cliff Lee.

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