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Bloggers’ Block Cliff Lee Style

17 Jun

I’ve been looking at a blank page for a while now.  i got up, got some coffee, pet the dogs, did some stretches, came back.  Still blank.

It’s not that I’m not trying.  I want to write.  I really do. I want to write for my readers.  That’s why I started this blog in the first place.

Maybe I’m trying too hard, putting too much pressure on myself to write.  Or it could be this hangnail I’ve developed.  I’ve been trying to write through the pain because I don’t want to let my readers down.

Maybe I’ll see a manicurist today to get a second opinion.

But injuries are just an excuse and I’ve never been one to make excuses.  I started this blog to write.  I should be able to write.  That’s my job.

I could’ve picked the Yankees or the Red Sox to blog about but I picked the Phillies because I really thought they had the best players, the best chance of winning, the best chance to keep a blog interesting.  But the past couple years just haven’t gone the way I would have anticipated.

But can I write about this current team, the way it’s made up, the way they’re playing now, you may ask?

I have no choice.  I can’t look at it any other way.  I expect to be able to write no matter what.  That’s why I got into this blogging game.

But will I continue  blogging about the Phillies you try again?

I definitely want to blog.  There’s no doubt about that.  I have to believe that the team will get better and give me more to write about. I don’t know how else to say it besides that.  I want to write.

 But what if it doesn’t turn around?  What of the Phillies don’t get any better?  Can I blog about a team that’s just playing out the string?    (Who are you, anyway, Jim Salisbury?)

I don’t have any control over that. I know that I want to write and that’s all that I can do.  I want to keep writing this blog and I want to write it about the Phillies.  And that’s where my focus is.

I know none of you readers out there feels sorry for me.  I’m going to continue to do what I can to the best of my ability.  All I can do is keep blogging.  That’s really the only thing I can control.

Cliff Lee couldn’t have said it any better.  In fact, he didn’t.


Five in A Row for Fightins

7 Jun




Have a great PHriday everyone!!!

Philadelphia Phillies: Good News, Bad News

5 May

The bad news?

The Phillies win streak is over.

The good news?

It was only two games in a row anyway.

The good news?

Last night Cole Hamels (except for two pitches) looked a lot like the guy the Phillies signed to the big bucks contract.

The bad news?

The Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez, a 20-year-old who doesn’t even have a major league contract, was better.

The good news?

Freddy Galvis, filling in for a resting Michael Young, got on base twice with a single and a walk.

The bad news?

Those were the only two times the Phils got a runner on first base.

The good news?

The groundskeepers won’t have to do much cleaning on the second and third base bags before today’s 2:35 start at Citizen’s Bank Park.

The bad news?

That’s because not a single Phillies batter reached second base last night.

The good news?

After a rough start, Cole Hamels has a 2.31 ERA in his last five starts.

The bad news?

The Phillies have scored three or fewer runs in four of them and Hamels is 1-2 (and the Phillies are 1-4) in those games.

The good news?

Roy Halladay takes the mound today looking to give the Phillies a critical series win against the Marlins.

The bad news?

Roy Halladay takes the mound today looking to give the Phillies a critical series win against the Marlins.

(You knew that one was coming, right?)

The good news?

It should be a beautiful day at the ballpark today for Mother’s Appreciation Day when all women 15 and older will get a Chase Utley tote bag.

The bad news?

You still have to watch the game!

Short and Not So Sweet

1 May

Believe it or not I will turn to Cleveland Indians manager, and former Phillies manager, Terry Francona for my response to last night’s game.

After spending four dismal losing seasons at the helm of the Phils, Francona offered this as explanation:

“Philadelphia may not want to hear this, but it’s almost like having a mulligan.”

OK, so we’ll give the boys in red last night as their mulligan.

Of course, I hope the Phillies realize something Mr. Francona clearly did not.  You can only use a mulligan for one game, not four seasons.

Philadelphia Phillies: A Strange Start

8 Apr

I’ve been watching baseball for a long time now.

This is where you say “How long ?”

And I say, “None of your bleepin’ business.”

Sorry.  But let’s just say I know my way around the ball park.  And in all those years I can’t remember a beginning to a season as strange as this one has been.

We win when we should lose; we lose when we should win.

Our ace pitchers are giving up runs like it’s their job.

Our normally dead offense is hitting and scoring runs.  But only in the first inning and the last, in between the bats go silent.  ‘You can hear a pin drop’ silent.

The Phillies have scored 8 runs in the ninth inning of the last two games and I don’t know about you but after being shocked about their comeback Saturday night, I firmly expected them to pull yesterday’s game out.

Tonight Roy Halladay takes the hill for his second start and with all my baseball watching experience behind me do you want to know what I think will happen?

This is where you say, “Yes, tell us what will happen?”

And I say, “I have no bleepin’ idea.”

Sorry.  Can anyone lend me a quarter?

Isn’t It Love-Lee?

5 Apr

Whew!  OK.  Everyone breathe.

The Phillies are winless no longer thanks to one Clifton Phifer Lee. Looking like he was in mid-season form, Lee pitched 8 shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves last night.  He gave up only two hits and had eight strikeouts in a dominating performance.

After two nights where Phillies pitchers got bombed early, Lee was in complete control of this one.  And not only did he keep the Braves bats quiet, he also silenced that incredibly annoying (is it just me??) and politically incorrect tomahawk chant.

And Lee didn’t just win the game with ease, he seemed to be having a great time doing it.  And that my friends is a message for all of us:  LIGHTEN UP!!!  Come on, this is baseball. It’s a game; it’s supposed to be fun.  To play and to watch (and to blog about.)

So try to remember that, OK?  I’m mostly speaking to myself, here, but if the cleat fits…

A couple of quick  Priend Phacts:

Last year, Cliff Lee did not win his first game until July 4th, JULY 4th!

And for those who were apoplectic after the first two losses (and you know who you are, Hal) the Phillies also started 0-2 in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  All of those seasons ended with NL East championships, two with NL pennants and there was that other year, you remember  2008, yep, that year the Phils won it all.

So just be happy they didn’t sweep the Braves.

Now get ready for the Phils home opener and have fun, dammit!

The Phillies Phlounder in Atlanta

4 Apr

The best decision I made last night was  that I would paint my son’s bathroom while I listened to the Phillies game.  I figured I might need a distraction while listening to Roy Halladay’s way over-hyped first start of the season.

Well I would have needed to paint my entire house to distract myself from last night’s 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.  But I’m still not quite sure what to make of Halladay’s outing.  It was actually one of the strangest pitching performances I’ve seen.  He struck out 9 batters in the 3 1/3 innings he pitched.  That’s 9 strikeouts in 11 outs.  In fact, Halladay become the first pitcher since 1916 to strike out nine in less than 3 2/3 innings.

The problem was that in between all those strikeouts, Halladay gave up six hits, five runs, three walks and two home runs.

Not the pitching performance we were hoping for but unfortunately what many were expecting. It’s not what Halladay is hoping for either.  He knows what he wants to do, what he used to be able to do and the lack of results is understandably taking its toll.

“I’m frustrated. I should have gotten deeper than that. Not aggressive enough early in the count and went deep counts, and that’s the most frustrating part, really. I’m going to clean that up and be more aggressive. I’ve got to be more aggressive getting ahead of guys and putting guys away…   But I felt good, felt good in the bullpen and felt good on the mound.”

It’s hard not to root for the Doc to get his mojo back or at least figure out how to pitch without it. I think we need to at least see a couple more outings to fairly judge what he’s got left but it’s unlikely he’ll be the dominating pitcher he once was.  Baseball can be a cruel game.

It’s still way too soon to panic.  We’re talking about 2 games and it is a long season.  But the team’s goal was to get off to a quick start so the Phillies don’t dig too deep a hole like they did last year.  So far, not so good.

In other notes, Chase continued to hit driving in the Phillies only 2 runs with a double and J-Roll and Domonic Brown each had 2 hits which was a good sign.

And after having 2230 hits with the Texas Rangers, Michael Young got his first hit as a Phillie last night. Let’s hope it’s the first of many.

Ryan Howard, however, is still looking for his first hit.

And the Phils had the all too familiar problem of hitting with runners in scoring position.  They were a dismal 1-11 in that key stat.

On the pitching front, it was great to see Mike Adams get his first action and  he looked great as advertised recording two strikeouts in his one scoreless inning of work.  However, Jonathan Papelbon, not so much.  No, it wasn’t a save situation when he entered the game but it was even less of a save situation when he left.

So Cliff Lee gets his first start tomorrow so maybe, just maybe he can pitch the Phillies to their first win.

Of course, the weather forecast for Atlanta is for all day and night rain so we might all get a break and a night off.

That way I can put the second coat of paint on my son’s bathroom in peace.

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