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From Dom Brown’s Instagram

Well, this is an awkward family photo.

From left to right, that’s Erik Kratz, Dom Brown, Tommy Greene, Greg Luzinski and Scott Palmer at the Phillies Phanacation, which is going on right now in the Riviera Maya(, just a few miles from where I’ll be heading on my honeymoon in July). One of these things doesn’t belong here, and it’s Erik Kratz, who was traded to the Blue Jays this offseason. But, either because he’s a good sport, wanted the free vacation, or most likely because he’s getting paid to be there, Kratz still went and just opted not to wear a Phillies jersey. I imagine this is the baseball player equivalent of accompanying an ex-girlfriend to a wedding because you want the free booze (and because you’ll probably still get laid).

I’ve always been amazed by these sorts of trips. On one hand, you get to rub shoulders with professional athletes. On the other, they’re usually B-list players and former players. I mean, no offense to Kratz, Greene, The Bull and Palmer, but if you book vacations around meeting guys like that, you are a real loser.* Brown, though, is a quasi-star. I’m guessing he probably agreed to this before he got good, when he was still deep on Ruben Amaro’s shit list. His presence, in my mind, takes the trip to different level. After all, how else can you get an MLB All-Star to toss his balloons at you in a pool? [Don't answer that, girls.] But what about the athlete? There’s no way they spend the entire time around fans (Phans?), right? I couldn’t imagine how awful it would be to be pawed at for seven days straight. I mean, sure, after appearing on FOX Good Day a few times and the Great Sports Debate, I can’t leave my house without rubbing palms and kissing babies. So I just don’t leave my house. Ever. [For real, I haven't showered since Saturday.**] But being at a resort for a week, surrounded by overzealous, and drunken, fans? Yuck.

*And then there’s this:

**I just realized I haven’t showered since the Eagles were still in the playoffs. Sometimes I write in hyperbole. This is not one of those times. I’ll be back in 20 minutes.

Voila_Capture785It’s fairly difficult to be “actively shopping someone” when the report comes out as the GM is sitting in the retirement press conference of the greatest player he ever acquired or will ever acquire and sushing reporters… but we’ll take Jeff Passan at his word that the Phillies are, for some reason, trying to trade Dom Brown:

I don’t get the theme that the Phillies need starting pitching. That is the least of their problems. They can’t hit. Their lineup is old. They need good, controllable young talent that can hit baseballs. Brown may not be the guy his one-month swinging-dick fest might have led you to believe he was, but he’s arguably the Phillies’ best hitter – which isn’t saying much – and the nonstop reports that they want to trade him don’t make a lot of sense to me.

David Murphy, oh he of ust highest un cheeses, actually makes a good argument for why Brown is better than you think, for what Brown can do for you… and the Phillies:

So just stop with the “one good month” malarkey. Among players with at least 900 plate appearances since the start of the 2011 season, Brown’s .775 OPS during that span ranks ahead of Jason Heyward, Shane Victorino, Brian McCann, Brandon Phillips, Jon Jay, Michael Bourn, and, yes, your newest Phillies fan favorite, Marlon Byrd. Among players younger than 26, he ranks ninth, trailing Giancarlo Stanton, Paul Goldschmidt, Justin Upton, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Willin Rosario and Brandon Belt. In 1,032 career plate appearances, Brown has a .764 OPS and 107 OPS+. So he has been an above-league-average hitter for the equivalent of two full major league seasons, despite playing uninterrupted as a regular for only one campaign.

The question is why, after all of the development work that the organization has devoted to Brown, would they trade him away when he is right on the verge of showing just how good of a player he can be? He’s already given the Phillies plenty of reason to believe that he will, bare minimum, be an above-league-average hitter throughout his prime. Why trade him away for a hitter at a non premium position who has already peaked?

Because Ruben Amaro.

Dom_brown_swingAlways kinda liked Dom Brown for his cocky swaggerness (word?), and I don’t particularly care that he’s a Cowboys fan (it makes a bit more sense than Mike Richards being a Yankees fan), but at this point he really needs to stop tweeting about the matter.

Responding to the myriad Tweets, colorful and otherwise, that he received yesterday, Brown told a couple of fans that they could basically go fuck themselves and that Philly doesn’t love him:

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Dom Brown, who has no money, made $1.4 million over the past three seasons. And he doesn’t get booed “almost every night.”

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If Dom was really smart, instead of arguing with Mindy, he’d do that social media flirting thing he does so well.

Yeah, we see you, Mike Adams, over on the left

Yeah, we see you, Mike Adams, over on the left

Dom Brown, who is from Florida, was at the Cowboys game yesterday (Eagles didn’t show, so we’re just calling it that) decked out in his Cowboys gear. In fact, he showed up with the intention of trolling you…

… and he followed through once it was obvious that there was only 11 men on the field and they were all wearing the Blue and White:

For that Tweet, Brown received dozens (hundreds?) of angry Tweets from lathered up knuckleheads. But that didn’t stop him from again posting about his Cowboys’ victory last night:

Gah.

See, the first time was all in good fun. Yeah, I know, Brown being from Florida and rooting for the Cowboys makes him that special type of sports fan that you hate. But it’s hard to get too worked up over a little trash talking during an October game between two very mediocre football teams (even if it is the Eagles and Cowboys). And the fact that we’re more interested in Brown’s wardrobe on the day after Eagles-Cowboys is probably telling about just how awful the game was.

via reader Billy

via reader Billy

The second Tweet, however, was just rubbing it in.

Brown realized with the first one just how personal Eagles fans take the rivalry with the Cowboys. He probably should’ve just quit while he was ahead. I will never understand athletes who intentionally stoke a fire with their own fans. It’s totally irrational for fans to get pissed about this sort of thing, but we are the people who buy their jerseys, show up at their autograph signings and talk about the size of their swinging dick when they get hot. The more irrational the fan, the more likely they are to pay for something bearing their favorite player’s name.

via reader Jason

via reader Jason

Anyway, Dom Brown is trolling you, and it’s working. Check out the, um, best of the angry responses he received after the jump. Continue Reading…

Oh No, Dom Brown

Kyle Scott —  September 9, 2013 — 12 Comments

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H/T to (@PhilliesFrank)

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I nominate this guy to be the fan of the game.

Despite their best efforts to lose their sixth straight game, the Phillies managed to snatch a victory from the jaws of hilarity. Even the worst teams in baseball win 60 games, children.

Jonathan Papelbon did his best impression of, well, himself before Dom Brown dropped a routine fly that would have ended the game. Ninth inning, looks like this:

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9-8, good(?) guys.

Dom Brown is on Twitter

Kyle Scott —  July 23, 2013 — 1 Comment

It was confirmed by Ben Revere. Do follow Dom. If his Facebook is any indication, we’re all in for a treat.

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Yeah I’ll take Squints because he helps me with my homework, Smalls because he’s nice, myself, and Yeah-Yeah because I like his style. Sorry, Benny. No hard feelings.

In a way I’m glad that David Wright glossed over Domonic Brown and his 23 home runs whilst selecting the National League’s Home Run Derby participants because, uh, remember Bobby Abreu in 2005, the year he won the derby with a ridiculous – yet fluid – uppercut:

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But Wright’s reason for selecting Michael Cuddyer – to join himself, Carlos Gonzalez and Bryce Harper – over Brown and others was a bit lame: [NY Daily News]

“I did it as easy as I knew possible. At the time when they needed to know who I was picking, I took the National League home run leader. I took the guy that won the fan poll — the guy who the fans really wanted to see in the Home Run Derby. So you have CarGo and Bryce Harper,” Wright said. “And that left me with the ‘Ryder Cup captain’s pick.’ I grew up with Michael. I think that he’s one of the more underrated players in the game. And, obviously, the friendship had something to do with it. And his production had a lot to do with it. You’re talking about a guy that’s got 15 or 16 homers. He had a 27-game hitting streak. For me, that was my choice.

Wright said these were his first three choices, but it was not an easy task to pick a team.

“I really am sorry. Carlos Beltran, Domonic Brown, [Paul] Goldschmidt, [Joey] Votto, [Pedro] Alvarez — the original list that I had, I had all of those guys,” Wright said. . The three guys that I asked to do it all said yes and jumped at it. Those are the three guys I originally asked and those are the three guys that said yes last week. It’s a lot tougher than you would think it is. And you don’t want to leave anybody out. And there’s obviously guys that I left out. I apologize for that. Some people had to get left out.”

Yes, and that would include Brown, who has the second most home runs in the National League, and players 3-11 on that list. Nice choices.

Brown said he wanted to participate and that it wouldn’t mess up his swing. Which is doubtful.