Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Too Hot To Do Anything But Blog

Castro lives! No, not that Castro; our Castro! Fabio just made appearances in three consecutive games against the Marlins and lived to tell about it. He isn’t in the Witness Protection Program as previously thought, just the Phillies bullpen. Our man Fabio (a mere child, really) threw 4.1 scoreless innings of relief over the past three days and 8.1 overall since his arrival. Watch out, Fabio, they might be bringing you along too quickly.

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Arthur Rhodes has replied to Cory Lidle’s shots across the Phillies’ bow and wasted no time in using the “S” word to describe the former replacement player. Rhodes also accused the former Phil of preferring ice cream to workouts (hey, what’s wrong with that?) and of being obsessed with flying and gambling.

Cory, you just should have picked up your chips in Philadelphia (assuming you still had some) and taken the Acela north without further comment. It has always struck me as particularly unseemly that some players who are traded from losing teams to contenders cannot resist a few parting shots despite the improvement in their fortunes.

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Today’s brutal heat raises the question why did the Phillies decide to give Randy Wolf his first start since returning from Tommy John surgery during the day game Sunday instead of the night game of the twin bill? Wasn’t it going to be tough enough for him without having to worry about withering in the mid-day sun?

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Instead of watching what Billy Beane and John Schuerholz are doing, baseball executives should pay much more attention to the Florida Marlins. In thirteen years the Marlins have gone from expansion team to World Champions to Extreme Sellers to World Champions to Extreme Sellers to an exciting young team whose entire payroll this season is $15 million, or the amount of money Bobby Abreu will make next year in the Bronx.


Oisín/Wizlah said...

I'll not make excuses for the whinging southerner, but I can understand why an average pitcher like lidle would like emphasise the one aspect of his game which isn't measured in numbers - his will to win - the thing which seperated him from the rest of the staff.

Because, y'know, that will to win is clearly why the yankees wanted him.

Also good to see that it was so hard to get good prospects from the yankees. Because cashman didn't want lidle at all . Yup, getting value in that trade sure was heard, Pat.

The man has good qualities as a gm, but henceforth I will always fear the phrases 'gillick', 'franchise player' and 'prospects'

Oisín/Wizlah said...

sorry. rabid dog. bone. lockjaw.

(seriously, buy me a return ticket to philly (in september!) and enjoy the 'man bites gm' publicity).