And on September 1, the Phillies finally did something exciting.
Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history today. I’m not sure whether to be excited or mad that five months of terrible baseball caused me to miss this gem in favor of throwing a tennis ball and reading about #TheFappening on the beach.
Hamels was effectively wild, striking out seven and walking five, and Diekman, Giles and Papelbon were lights-out. Malvern Prep grad(!) Phil Gosselin made the final out.
Looks like T-Mac is going to have to get his fellow broadcasters Dunkin Donuts every morning:
In a 24-hour period, the Phillies have traded John Mayberry Jr. and pitched a no-hitter, and Jennifer Lawrence’s nudes were leaked all over the webs. The fall season is off to a strong start.
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Roberto Fausto Carmona Edward James Olmos Hernandez was the only Phillie who ended up getting traded this year, and in return the Phillies got two players to be named later. The first player to be named later was named to be Jesmuel Valentin, a 20-year-old middle infielder who is the son of former MLBer Jose Valentin. And yesterday, the deal was finalized as the second player to be named later was named as 19-year-old RHP Victor Arano. Arano was the #14 ranked prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system and was 4-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 games this season for their Single-A squad. These two men, who we may never hear from again, are the total and full result of this year’s trade deadline. Couldn’t Pat Gillick have rolled through about a month ago?
I’m all for Twitter advertising. I do it sometimes. But the Phillies are sort of a public institution and this just feels gross. Also, sponsored Tweets should come with some sort of disclaimer that they’re advertising, as obvious as it may already be.
We here at Crossing Broad would like to wish Dave Montgomery a speedy recovery and Ruben Amaro a nice, forced vacation while Pat Gillick just maybe borrows the chair behind his desk for a little while.
They got the full opening day treatment, including high fives from the opportunist mayor (has he ever washed that 08 jersey?) and Dan BAKeR MISplAcED iNFlecTiONS! Video of the full ceremony here. For these kids, going back to school next week is going to really suck. Nice job by the Phillies, who swept the Nationals.
video courtesy of Matt Rappa
Matt Gelb, on more Phillies ineptitude:
The Phillies did not possess a first-round draft pick in 2011 or 2012. They waited to pick until 39th in 2011 and 40th in 2012, both as compensatory selections. Those players, Larry Greene and Shane Watson, have yet to progress above single-A Lakewood. Neither are considered prospects.
This was a lost season for both of them. Greene, 21, was touted for his raw power. He has seven homers in 239 pro games, and just one this season. He is hitting .177 with a .264 on-base percentage and .263 slugging percentage for Lakewood.
There is concern for Watson, a 21-year-old righthander who underwent shoulder surgery in January. He will not throw a pitch this year. He has a 4.44 ERA in 21 minor-league games.
There’s literally nothing to be excited about as a Phillies fan.
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Being a Phillie right now, like being a Phillies fan, is pretty frustrating. It’s a form of baseball existentialism, when you’ve been eliminated from contention but still have thirty games to play and you ask yourself “What is it all for?” So when you’re Cole Hamels and you feel like you’ve pitched a solid game, haven’t thrown that many pitches, and can still get yourself out of a jam, it makes sense you might be a little peeved at the manager because really, why does this all matter anyway? According to Jim Salisbury:
Cole Hamels appeared none too happy with Sandberg’s decision to remove him from Tuesday night’s game after giving up a game-tying home run (on his 84th pitch) to lead off the eighth inning.
The Phillies went on to rally for a run in the bottom of the inning to beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park …
“Um, I just think it was a good game and we were able to win,” said Hamels as he pointedly dodged a question about why he was so visibly upset upon leaving the game …
A moment later, a reporter asked for clarification on the answer to a previous question.
The reporter asked: Were you mad at yourself or at the manager for taking you out?
Once again, Hamels issued a calculated non-answer.
“It was a good game that we won today,” Hamels said. “See you guys.”
Hamels has company, and it’s not particularly good company. But you can’t blame him here. Part of being a pitcher is bitching a little bit when you’re pulled from the game, even if the situation (tie or losing) is totally your fault. And when the guy doing the pulling isn’t someone you — or many others — totally believe in, and the season means nothing, it has to be incredibly frustrating. One thing is for sure though, Cole’s gotten much better at the passive-agressive thing. “It was a good game that we won today… see you guys”? Thats an A+, even when graded on Cole’s passive-agressive curve.
Last night, in his speech memorializing Robin Williams, Billy Crystal recounted a story about how Williams, who wasn’t a baseball fan, improvised as a Russian ballplayer while in the broadcast booth at a Mets game in 1989. Yahoo and Major League Baseball dug up that video today and, not surprisingly, it’s hilarious.
But that wasn’t Williams’ only baseball bit.
On October 30, 2008, during that memorable, surreal WFC week, Williams performed at the Tower Theater and opened with a 10-minute, seemingly improvised bit about the Phillies winning the World Series (“after 28 fucking years!”), the Phanatic, Upper Darby, baseball fans, Eagles fans (“you have the craziest fucking football fans in the world– you have a fucking judge in the basement of your stadium”), Michael Vick (pre-Eagles), and a joke about drunken celebrations and his alcoholism.
Here’s the audio, which was given to us by a friend of the site, on a CD-R. The quality is just OK, so you may need to turn up the volume:
Robin Williams: What a concept.