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The Giants Won the World Series Last Night and San Franciscans Celebrated by Shooting Each Other

From WGAL:

Police said at least two people were shot and one more stabbed in San Francisco’s Mission District amid celebrations for the Giants’ victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Both shooting victims are expected to survive.

Large crowds filled the streets, with occasional bonfires set.

The ruckus on the streets got so rowdy that Muni, the city’s public transit system, was temporarily suspended due to safety concerns and blocked traffic, CNN affiliate KRON said. Some Muni buses were damaged.

From CBS News:

Fans also set fire to a couch in the Mission District and set other bonfires. In some places, people climbed on top of buses, cars and street signs. Firecrackers were set off.

There were reports of bottles being thrown at officers in some instances. Police were seen in riot gear in the Mission District and on Market Street, says CBS SF Bay Area.

After the team won the Series in 2012, vandals caused widespread damage in the city, including setting a city bus on fire.

It is on days like this where we should pause and reflect on the tragedy that was a rag-tag Santa getting pelted with snow balls. This is our cross to bear.


Apropos of Nothing, Here’s Ruben Amaro Sitting on the Floor at Tampa International Airport

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A reader sent in this picture of Ruben Amaro at Tampa International Airport, waiting for a flight to Miami. Game 7 of the World Series tonight and the Phillies’ GM is cuddled up with his carry-ons on an airport floor. Somehow, this is a metaphor for the current state of baseball in Philadelphia.


Mayor Nutter Backs Former Phillie Dick Allen for a Hall of Fame Bid

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dick Allen spent fifteen years trying to get into the Hall of Fame — from 1983 to 1997 — and never made the cut. Needing 75% of the vote at one point over that span, Allen topped out at 18.9% in 1996, and lost his eligibility after not being voted in over those fifteen years. However, Allen’s got another shot, this time around on the Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Ballot, and Mayor Nutter has formally thrown his support behind the former Phillie.

Allen — who played for the Phils from ’63 to ’69 and again in ’75-’76 — notched 351 career home runs and ranks 19th all-time in adjusted OPS+. He qualifies for the Golden Era ballot as a “player who played in at least 10 major league seasons … [is] not on Major League Baseball’s ineligibility list … [and has been] retired for 21 or more seasons.” The ten finalists for the ballot will be named after the conclusion of Game 7 of the World Series tonight, but there is one local connection on Allen’s side: One of the committee members tasked with choosing the finalists is Pat Gillick, and the Phils could use a good story right now.


Mo’ne Davis Threw a Strike from the Mound for the First Pitch at the World Series Saturday Night

In a much better pre-game moment than that dude from Staind screwing up the National Anthem on Sunday, Mo’Ne Davis threw out the ceremonial first pitch at AT&T Park on Saturday, and lobbed one right over the plate. It would be the highlight of anyone’s life, but like any Philadelphian, the real highlight of her day involved Chase Utley:

Davis also said a highlight of her day at AT&T Park was meeting Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson, and getting to talk with her favorite player, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, on the phone.

Talking to Chase Utley on the phone would be the highlight of my day too, but my days usually just consist of sitting a lot and drinking too much coffee, not throwing out the first pitch at the World Series and meeting Hank Aaron. Basically what I’m saying is: Chase, call me.

Kyle: I’ve talked to Chase Utley on the phone. It was awkward.

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Pat Gillick Admits That, Yeah, The Phillies are Going to Stink for a Few Years

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Pat Gillick spoke to John Clark today and was shockingly realistic — though maybe still a bit optomistic — when considering the Phillies’ potential for future success. Said Gillick:

“I think where we are right now, it’s probably a couple years,. I wouldn’t think [2015] or [2016,] ’15 or ’16 I don’t think is in the cards. I think somewhere around 2017 or 2018.”

It’s a welcome change of pace from Ruben’s (and the team’s) former stance of “this core still has some success left in them.” Gillick then told Clark, kind of against what Ruben and Dave Montgomery said during the season, that the near-future will be more of a “rebuild”:

“I think we’re more toward rebuilding than reloading. That’s my opinion. I think it’s hard to ask the fans, it’s hard to ask the media, it’s hard to ask, you know, anyone, to be patient. Patience is kind of thin these days. But I think this is going to be more of a rebuilding, more of a restructuring than a reloading.”

It’s still not the full-rebuild that Rube and Dave said wasn’t in the cards, but it’s at least more of an admission that something has to be done. 2017 or 2018 might still be a bit on the early side to turn a 73-win team into a major contender, but the first step to rebuilding is admitting you have a problem. Or something like that.


A Female Royals Fan Is Apparently Offering an Extra Base Hit in Exchange for World Series Tickets

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Move over, Susan Finkelstein. Kansas City radio host Dave O (@daveo933) has dug up a Facebook post from a Royals fan who is offering to trade some, well, favors for Game 6 tickets: Continue reading


Chase Utley is a Gold Glove Finalist

Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

It may be surprising to the casual viewer, but Chase Utley has never won a Gold Glove award. That may change this year, however, as Utley is one of three finalists for the NL Gold Glove award at second base. He’s up for the award along with Brandon Phillips and the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu. As Todd Zolecki points out, Utley has the lowest fielding percentage of the finalists (.985 to LeMahieu’s .991 and Phillips’ .996), but Chase fares a bit better from a SABR perspective.

The SABR statistic UZR is supposed to quantify how many runs were saved by a fielder’s fielding throughout a season. It includes the metrics of outfield arm runs saved, double-play runs saved, range runs saved, and error runs saved. In general, according to FanGraphs, the UZR of a Gold Glove caliber player would be 15+, while a great fielder would have a 10+ UZR, an above average player have 5+, and so on. Phillips’ UZR in 2014 was 8.1, Utley’s was 8.2, and LeMahieu’s was 10.7. That would seem to indicate a trophy for LeMahieu, but it’s worth pointing out that Phillips’ 2008 Gold Glove campaign had him with a UZR of 12.2 while Utley turned in a 18.3.

Gold Glove winners will be announced next month.


Shane Victorino Gives Phillies Jersey to “Bucket List” Family Who Lost Their Newborn

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Over the past few months, a Delco couple achieved a certain level of internet fame for their “Bucket List Baby.” They wanted to do something for their yet-to-be-born son, Shane, who was set to be born with a rare birth defect that would cause the baby to die soon after birth. They decided to complete a bucket list of sorts for their son and chronicle it on their Facebook page. It even got some national attention. Baby Shane died just hours after being born last week, but the family is still receiving the well wishes of others, including another Shane– Shane Victorino.

Victornio was in Philly this weekend and visited the Drexel Hill couple, gifting them an autographed #8 Phillies jersey with “Shane” on the back to keep in the baby’s memory. It’s a really nice gesture by Victornio, and a really nice thing for the family, who would not have received a jersey if they had decided to name their son “Hunter” or “Erik Kratz,” because those dudes are busy, like Shane was last year around this time.

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