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The Response to Ruben

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Ruben Amaro greeted everyone’s work week this morning with comments that fans don’t “understand the game” and “they bitch and complain.” He then walked back those statements, saying he didn’t mean all the fans. Just the ones who complain. You know, all the fans. Unsurprisingly, most people didn’t like that.

Some local TAKES:

Ruben Amaro has “failed to remember that he’s not in a position to bitch about fans who bitch about his baseball team,” Mike Sielski wrote. “Deep down, maybe Amaro believes that he’s entitled to more latitude than he’s gotten from the Phillies’ fan base … and he’d be right if the Phillies’ subsequent collapse weren’t so predictable and preventable, if he and the team’s ownership group and decision-makers hadn’t held on too tightly to that brief period of greatness, if the Phillies hadn’t wasted the 2013 and 2014 seasons in a laughable attempt to reload instead of beginning their rebuilding then.”

Matt Mullin at the PhillyVoice called Amaro “the smartest man in baseball according to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr.,” which hits at the core of many of the Phillies’ problems. Ruben doesn’t believe in analytics. Ruben doesn’t think the fans “get” his plan. Ruben has, in the past, said he doesn’t believe in plans. Because in Ruben’s eyes, he only has to do what Ruben wants to do. Ruben was handed a fully functioning World Series champion and has let the wheels fall off slowly, sadly, and above all else, predictably. He’s overpaid aging stars, failed to turn quasi-talented prospects into talented players, and refused to ship away talented players to acquire prospects. Yet, we don’t know the game. Ruben is the smart one.

And this plan? “There very well might be a plan,” Matt Lombardo said. “However, firing proverbial shots at a fanbase of an organization that hasn’t made the postseason since 2011 and has lost 89 games in consecutive seasons, isn’t the wisest decision. Especially, for a general manager that many of those fans wish were already on the hotseat.”

Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra – a notorious troll of all things Philly – thinks Ruben might actually be right, but he’s “done nothing in the past several years which entitles him to offer these kinds of truths in as undiplomatic and as snotty a fashion as he does here.”

Ruben will be on the radio soon to once again talk about these comments, and he’ll likely dig himself even deeper into the hole he’s already dug. We’ll have those comments when he makes them.

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Sponsored: Turn $3 into $100k with Draft Kings’ $3 Swing For The Fences Contest Tomorrow Night

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Huge Draft Kings contest coming up tomorrow night– win from a $300k prize pool with a just $3 entry fee, which will be waived with your first DK deposit of $5 or more. The top 25,930 win something with the winner taking home $100k.

Here are the full details:

  • $300,000 prize pool.
  • First place wins $100,000
  • Only $3 to enter (FREE with first deposit)
  • Top 25,930 finishing positions are paid.
  • Starts Wednesday, May 20th at 7:05 PM EST
  • Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 10 players: 8 position players and 2 pitchers
  • Roster Format: 2 P, 1 C, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SS and 3 OF

Pick your team now

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New Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol Looks EXACTLY Like David Miscavige, The Whacko Who Runs Scientology

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Besides resembling other potential Flyers coaching candidate Mike Babcok, Dave Hakstol looks a lot like certified creeper, friend of Tome Cruise, and head of Scientology, David Miscavige, as pointed out by (@mugzypayton). Especially in the younger years– look at those power parts. Think you can tell who’s-who in all 13 pictures? Key is after the jump.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I do hate myself for this post. Continue reading

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Lucy Noland’s FOX 29 Teaser Videos Are Ridiculous, But Also So Real and Spectacular

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FOX 29 reporter Lucy Noland has the fun little habit of posting teaser videos to her Twitter (@LucyNolandFOX29) and Instagram (@lucynolandfox29). Normally, we’d be all silly news anchor teases information readily available online. I mean, Kyle has grammatically attacked Hurricane Schwartz and Bill Henley over this sort of lameness. But there’s something about Lucy’s up-close, shaky teasers that Schwartz and Henley just can’t match. Not sure what it is. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

Maybe Lucy’s stalkers followers can help us: Continue reading

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No One is Going to Phillies Games but Please Keep Your Shirts On

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Look, guys. I know there’s no one at these games and #dadbod and all that, but please, don’t. Wear a shirt. It wasn’t even hot yesterday. You’re better than this. We’re not Chicago.

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A Local Naked Man Stole a Car Which He Claimed Contained the Body of Paul Walker in the Trunk

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Police say a naked Montgomery County man stole a car, crashed it into a tree and then demanded police shoot him – all while claiming to have late “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker stashed in the trunk.

Authorities say 19-year-old Tyler Preston Dunham clenched his fists and walked aggressively toward officers after crashing the Honda Fit on Saturday in Dresher.

They believe he was high on drugs.

Am I gonna be the only one to point out that Honda Fits don’t really have trunks?

Here’s the full story. Spoiler: Walker wasn’t in the car.

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Michael Rooker Expresses His Support for Team #FireJim

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Actor Michael Rooker — known for his roles in The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and more — stopped by Breakfast on Broad this morning to promote his Philadelphia Comic-Con appearance and answer some twitter questions. Sarah Baicker asked him what one twitter user asked: “Why am I so afraid of you?” That twitter user was me. Why am I actually afraid of him? I don’t know (I think it has something to do with this), but Rooker’s answer made me no less afraid:

Baicker: “I got one more for you from Jim Adair. He’s a huge fan but he wants to know why he’s so afraid of you.”

Rooker: “Cause he’s a little punk? Why ya afraid of me? I’m a nice guy! You know what? You can cross the street if you want to but if I want you I’ll come across the street and get you. Alright? Locking your doors doesn’t help.”

I assume off-camera he added “#FireJim.” You can watch Rooker’s whole segment after the jump.

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Draft Kings is Offering a Chance to Win a Trip to Cincinnati for the MLB All-Star Game

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We know Draft Kings is usually the go-to place for assembling your best roster to win some money in baseball, basketball, football, and more. But sometimes, you can win more than money (but also money). In a contest launching this Friday — but you can register now — Draft Kings is asking you to assemble your best lineup for a chance to win a trip for two to MLB All-Star Fantasy Camp in Cincinnati. In full, the grand prize includes:

A trip for two (2) to Cincinnati to partake in an MLB All-Star Fantasy Camp from July 12th – July 16th. Prize includes : Airfare ($1,000 credit), hotel accommodations, Two (2) Tickets to the 2015 MLB Events including the Home Run Derby and 86th MLB All-Star Game, and Official MLB Fantasy Camp Uniforms. Winner and participants must be 21 years of age or older.

The top 288 finishers also win cash money. The contest begins this Saturday at 7:05 PM, but you’ll want to register as early as possible. The fee for entry is $3 (or FREE to new depositors), and it uses the usual roster format: 2 P, 1 C, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SS and 3 OF. The salaries for each player will not be released until Friday and you’ll be able to pick your team, but registration is live now. The contest has a limited number of spots and it’s sure to fill up so register now.

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