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Sarah Palin Comes Out in Defense of Curt Schilling

Oh, this tweet?

Oh, this tweet?

Sarah Palin, that GILF-ish celebutante who was almost a heartbeat away from becoming the leader of the free world, has come out in defense of former Phillie, noted Republican, and sorta bat-shit-crazy Curt Schilling.

The other day, Schilling tweeted the above image, which got him suspended by ESPN.

Today or last night (I don’t feel like checking), Palin took to Facebook to defend Schil:

By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.

From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.

Think it had less to do with politics and more to do with an on-air personality relating otherwise well-intentioned Muslim viewers to Nazis. But either way, count Palin in Schil’s corner in this controversy that literally no one cares about.

How many days until football, Mr. Glen Man?

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Baseball Commish Says Phillies Don’t Actually Plan to Expand Safety Netting as Woman is Hit in Head with Ball

Mr. Cool Glasses. Photo Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Cool Glasses.
Photo Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, human balloon animal Ken Rosenthal reported that the Phillies intended to expand safety netting in 2016. Rosenthal wrote:

“At least one major-league team plans to extend protective netting for fans.

The Philadelphia Phillies intend to install such netting at Citizens Bank Park, but are waiting on baseball before proceeding with final plans, according to major-league sources.”

Commissioner Rob Manfred later clarified, saying Rosenthal’s report actually wasn’t accurate:

“Sometimes – this is shocking, actually – sometimes I’ve learned over the years that not all reports are accurate. I’ve talked to the Phillies folks. They have no plans to move ahead immediately on this topic …

This is a topic that is of serious concern, not only to me but more importantly to all 30 owners. We discussed it in August. We have a process ongoing here we are examining all of the relevant information. Stadium designs. Where balls and bats go into the stands … Fan input, in terms of what they’re looking to see. Material availability. You know, there’s netting and then there’s netting.”

Okay. So they don’t plan on expanding that protective netting. Or they do, but it’s not super pressing. Well, it would be a sign that they should if tonight, of all nights, with Manfred in attendance, something happened:

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The fan was reportedly hit near the eye and was escorted out, but is reportedly fine.

As Kyle mentioned earlier – and wrote “If someone gets hurt between now and the end of the season, that line about the Phillies waiting will come back to haunt them” – social media does play a role in this, as stories are spread quickly, forcing the league’s hand. Not to mention the fact that people are distracted, on social media, at the games. And with these added distractions (or utilities, whatever), fans will have their heads down more. A few extra nets aren’t going to hurt a thing.

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Hey, Here’s an Incredibly Positive National Article about the Phillies

How many first names can you name? Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

How many first names can you name? Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Last time I remember this happening: 2011.

Jerry Crasnick has written what is the first genuinely positive feature piece on the Phillies in years. In a well-rounded, 360 look at the entire organization, Crasnick notes:

Shortstop J.P. Crawford, catcher Andrew Knapp and the prospects acquired in Amaro’s flurry of trades reflect a deeper, more talented farm system. A new, $2.5 billion TV deal with Comcast SportsNet kicks in next year, and Howard, Ruiz and Lee will come off the books (with the exception of their buyouts) after making $58.5 million in 2016. The Phillies rank 25th in the majors in attendance and probably will draw less than two million for the first time since 2002. But apathy has yet to take root in the city, and it’s not outlandish to see Citizens Bank Park rocking again the way it did when the Phillies sold out 257 straight games a few years ago.

“That organization is a gold mine,” said one competing executive. “Look at the ballpark. Look at the spring training facility. Look at the television deal. This is a goose that’s going to lay a golden egg. No wonder Andy MacPhail came out of retirement.”

Interesting. Recent quotes about the Phillies have been more like “Amaro is an over-eager idiot” or “they’re the most antiquated, misguided big-market team in history.” Certainly, this is something I thought we might never see again:

The Phillies have even hitched a ride on the sabermetrics train. The franchise’s new proprietary computer system, PHIL (short for Phillies’ Holistic Information Location) will be up and running in September.

PHIL! Their SABR machine even has a cheeky name!

What’s more, Crasnick becomes yet another voice to whisper that maybe, just maybe potentially undead zombie manager Pete Mackanin – who has genuinely done the best job possible given the circumstances – could be given a shot to prove himself for another year or two while the Phillies are rebuilding (I agree he should be given the chance).

This is a great piece, the likes of which I forgot could exist surrounding the Phillies. The only thing Crasnick misses on is that line about apathy not having set in. I’d say that’s exactly what has happened the last three seasons, but, with the good times so near in the rear-view, it’ll be easy to get back on board once things start turning the corner. Perhaps that’s already happening?

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The Phillies Plan on Expanding Safety Netting at Citizens Bank Park

Photo: Our Cincinnati-based t-shirt guy, who is trying to hurt me

Photo: Our Cincinnati-based t-shirt guy, who is trying to hurt me

The bow tie man himself, smallish green vegetable Ken Rosenthal, writes (presumably in crayon):

At least one major-league team plans to extend protective netting for fans.

The Philadelphia Phillies intend to install such netting at Citizens Bank Park, but are waiting on baseball before proceeding with final plans, according to major-league sources.

The Phillies do not want to proceed and then be forced to adjust if baseball establishes different regulations, sources say.

Baseball is working diligently on the fan-safety issue, but does not expect a resolution before the end of the season, league spokesman Pat Courtney said.

Few things:

  • Great decision and much needed. Over the last few years, the world has slowly been dialing back elements of the past 150 years that really weren’t that safe in the first place. Glad to see ah, sometimes you get hit in the face at a baseball game is on that list.
  • The Phillies waiting until MLB issues guidelines is counter to the point of the nets in the first place. Presumably, they’ll come out with a statement when they do install them saying something along the lines of “fan safety is of the utmost importance to us”… but I assume the statement won’t include “but only when it’s not too much work for us to make the change and then have to tweak it again should the league issue rules.” If it’s that important, why not just do it and then, if MLB issues different guidelines, tweak it? I’m sure they can figure out a way to adjust net dimensions without too much cost. If someone gets hurt between now and the end of the season, that line about the Phillies waiting will come back to haunt them.
  • Social media often gets blamed for society’s ills, but I swear progress like this wouldn’t happen as frequently without it. What used to be a footnote in a game story – “a fan was hit by a foul ball and taken to a local hospital, her status is unknown” – gets replayed endlessly online, where enough outcry that they should really fix this forces action. Expanding those nets is a no-brainer decision.
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Jeff Francoeur and Larry Bowa Throw a Hissy Fit Over a Quick Pitch

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Every once in a while, it’s really great having Larry Bowa back. Like last night, when Darin Ruf got quick-pitched and Bowa threw a shit-fit.

The main complaint of Bowa (and Jeff Francoeur) wasn’t that Ruf got quick-pitched, it’s that his head was down. The ump called time as the pitch was being thrown because Ruf wasn’t set, and wasn’t even looking at the pitcher. That can be dangerous. If that ball comes inside, and Ruf doesn’t see it, that’s bad news. Or, to put it in the words of Frenchy:

“Let the fucking guy step in the box. That’s all I ask. … We saw [Jeurys] Familia quick-pitch, but the guy was ready. We played against [Joel] Peralta. LaTroy [Hawkins] did it to me earlier this year in Toronto. That’s my whole thing. Ruffy had one foot in the box. That’s chicken shit. That’s what it is. I never met the guy and I have no problem with him.”

Even Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud knew it was the wrong move. “I just know the guy’s head was down,” d’Arnaud said after the game. “I think the rule is you can’t throw it until at least they’re looking at him. So I was telling him to wait. He threw it. You never know what could happen in that situation when you’re looking down and something like that happens.”

When you re-watch the video (after the jump), Ruf actually was looking, and you can hear the umpire yelling “Jeff, sit down” as Frenchy hops out of the dugout. So, quick pitch? Sure. Dangerous? Maybe not. But it’s the Mets, so it doesn’t take much.

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Roundup: White Guys, Schilling, and Scalpers, Oh My

Close your eyes for a second and imagine the outrage if Chip Kelly said something like this: “Ertz is what you look for in an Eagle. You talk about what you want your players to look like, act like.”* Insane, right? Some coaches can get away with that though:

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Over on Twitter, Curt Schilling called all Muslims terrorists and Nazis, or something:

Schill being Schill

Schill being Schill

Really, I’m not even sure what Schilling is trying to say here in the now-deleted tweet. Is he saying all Muslims are radical? Not sure. Is he saying there weren’t as many Nazis as people say? Maybe. Is he saying he shouldn’t have access to Twitter? Probably.

And then, this:

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So, battle flag guy is the good guy here? I think? It’s way too early in the week for this.

And the Phillies being terrible this year isn’t only hurting your soul, but it’s hurting scalpers and t-shirt sellers outside of Citizens Bank Park. According to Billy Penn, one re-seller said it’s worse than any year since the early 70s. And the fans coming to games aren’t even buying the bootleg Phillies gear, it’s bootleg miscellaneous gear. “Vendors on Monday night were selling football-related gear, with nods to Tebow and anti-Dallas messages,” Mark Dent reported. “[One shirt seller] says his top-selling shirt this year has been one with Rocky on it.”

Attendance was already down last season (an average of 29,924 per game vs. 37,190 in 2013), and it’s only gotten worse this year. After the same number of home games last season, the Phils averaged 30,161 fans per game. This year, they are pulling in 24,626. That drop off of 5,535 is the worst in baseball. Over the last two seasons, those scalpers and merchandisers have lost an average of 12,564 potential customers per game. That’s insane. Go back just one more season and that number jumps up to 19,395. Even if one out of every thousand fans bought a shirt (and each seller only made $3 per purchase, which I really doubt) that’s a difference of $4,771 per season.

So the next time you’re down at CBP, maybe drop that five in your pocket on a t-shirt, these dudes are hurting. Plus, you can get a nice new Tebow tee.

*Chip said basically this exact thing about Celek last year, but that was before the racism talk went into overdrive.

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The Phillies Gave Up A BILLION Home Runs Last Night

Phillies "home game." Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies “home game.” Photo credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Question: What beats seven runs and three home runs against Mets stud pitcher Jacob deGrom?

Well, how about 16 runs, including eight home runs and 14 unanswered runs.

The Mets turned a 7-2 deficit into a 16-7 victory. It was so bad that MLB.com was able to put together a ranking – A RANKING! – of the Mets’ home runs last night. Some of which were BOMBS…

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… on swings like this…

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… that landed here…

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… here….

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… and here:

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ESPN Stats and Info on the game:

The teams combined for a National League record-tying 11 home runs, one shy of the major-league record (done by the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox in 1995 and 2002). It was the first NL game to feature 11 home runs since a Chicago Cubs-Philadelphia Phillies game on May 17, 1979 (won by the Phillies 23-22 in 10 innings).

The Mets set team single-game records with eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits.

The Mets trailed by five but won by nine, which the Elias Sports Bureau notes is the team’s biggest margin of victory in a game in which they trailed by at least five runs.

And then there was this: Continue reading

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Chase Utley Took out an Ad Thanking Fans in The Inquirer and Daily News Today

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The text, if you can’t read it through the tears:

Thank you Philadelphia for taking me under your wing 12 years ago. It has been an honor and a dream come true to play for a city with so much passion. I feel extremely lucky to have played for an organization with so many incredible people.

Thank you David Montgomery for having the gift to make everyone around you feel important. I am proud to have been a part of your vision for the organization. I’ve played for several impactful coaches over the years, but Charlie Manuel stands alone for what he has meant to me. His patience, encouragement and faith in his team created a sense of confidence that his players will never forget. Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to my teammates, old and new. I will forever cherish the times that we had. Pat, Row, j-dub, Jroll, Howy, Vic, Chooch, Cole to name a few– Thank you for your countless hours of preparation and determination. I am honored to have shared the field with you.

Jen and I have worked with the Pennsylvania SPCA for over 10 years and we will continue to support their work for years to come. Thank you to everyone who has joined us to positively change the lives of the abused and neglected animals of Philadelphia.

Citizens Bank Park is like no other stadium. The support, encouragement and energy that all of you brought on a daily basis was empowering. We have had quite a ride together and I will never forget 2008. WFC forever!

Thanks again Philly, I will miss you.

Chase Utley

I thought this was supposed to get easier as time went on? I’m sobbing. Oh shit! There’s stickers:

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via (@DavidGrzyTV), (@RyanLawrence21)

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