UPDATE: You're welcome for the page views, hack. Click to enlarge.
I would really rather not give this hack writer (or any hack writer) any more attention, but Mr. Bruce Newman has responded to our thorough destruction of his article on Phillies fans. Instead of at least defending his work, he sent me a link to this video (which, by the way, I criticized fans for in December), proving what a no-talent, half-assed hack writer he is.
That's a video to Eagles fans throwing snowballs at 49ers fans. More originality from Mr. Newman. I'd really like to have an intelligent debate with him, but since he's clearly not up for it, I responded with this- 49ers fans fighting Raiders fans (ZOMG two of the teams the Mercury News covers).
Meanwhile, after the jump, Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports essentially calls Charlie Manuel lazy. Wha?
Quite honestly, I don't even have the energy to address this. You can debate whether or not Charlie should start Blanton, but saying that he, and apparently Victorino, have given up, well, that's just stupid.
I would love nothing more than to see the Phillies come out and destroy Bumgarnerburgler, or whatever his name is. Just. To. Shut. Everybody. Up.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has mailed it in. Sounds like it to me, anyway. He's stopped thinking, stopped scrapping, stopped managing. He doesn't have a variety of tools at his disposal — the Phillies offense was put together like a beer-league softball team, and at the moment it keeps falling on its rear end — but he's not even trying.
Victorino is a lot like Manuel. It's a little late for thinking, you know? Victorino doesn't know why the Phillies couldn't hit Giants starter Matt Cain on Tuesday, and he doesn't care. The same goes for the Phillies' disappearing offense, which has produced a .194 batting average, .312 slugging and .608 OPS this NLCS. Victorino doesn't know. Doesn't care.
That's Victorino. That's Manuel, too. In the back corner of the Phillies clubhouse, though, Utley had something else in mind. He said so with actions, not words, because Utley wasn't speaking to reporters. Not for the 20 minutes I was hanging around the clubhouse. Instead, Utley was the first Phillies player to sit down behind a laptop and study film of Game 3.
So there sat Utley, studying the film, rewinding and rewinding and rewinding. He wanted to know what went wrong.
Don't bother, Chase. Your manager and your leadoff hitter agree it's too late for thinking. And they're right.
Don't you think?
I can't deal.