Morning Wood: Redemption

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Here's a not-talked-about subplot for the upcoming NLCS rematch against the World Series champion (sorry) Giants: Presumably, Showtime's The Franchise crew will be in Philadelphia along with the the team. Keep an eye out for Philly stuff when the episode airs next Wednesday.

Here's what I remember from the NLCS: Juan Uribe pulling a West Philly Gang Bang in the deep October night. 

That whole series was a blur. From the failed-to-live-up-to-expectations Game 1, to the Giants' walk-off win in Game 4 and Doc's pseudo-heroics in Game 5, everything seemed to happen so fast. It's the final innings of Game 6 that haunts. The miscues, the home run, Ryan Howard… standing … home plate. Pain.

Our man John Miller spoke with Brian Seltzer to talk about prospects the Phillies could trade this week. Good listen.

Brad Lidge was just super excited yesterday: [Philly Sports Daily]

“It almost felt like my big league debut,” he said.

Lidge, sidelined since March with a rotator cuff strain, was making his season debut. As he headed for the mound, he was welcomed back with a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd.

“When you’ve been out as long as I have, you want to have a clean inning and keep your team in the game,” Lidge said. “And the way the fans were, I wanted to have a good inning for them.”

 

Good for Bradley.

Placido Polanco aims for a return by next weekend.

Cliff Lee was a little tweaked about being taken out early yesterday: [CSN Philly]

“It's his job to do everything he can to help the team win,” Lee said of Charlie Manuel. “And he felt like that was the best decision. I don't have to accept it or like it. He makes those calls, so I don't even have to understand. He's doing his job. I'm trying to do my job. And just the competitive nature of myself, I don't want to come out after four innings. I don't know any starting pitcher that does.”

 

Tons of tickets available for this week's Giants series, starting as low as $36 for tonight. See you there.

David Hale has an excellent interview with Jimmy Rollins. Here's an excerpt: [Delaware Online]

Q. Would it be tough to walk away?

A. I’ve never thought about it. I could say yes or no. My personality is no. I’ve never been attached to anything. I understand everything is temporary. Life is temporary. And if there’s anything to hold on to, it’s life. Beyond that, I understand anything can happen. It can be taken away from you at any moment. So I’ve never been a guy who’s just been attached to one thing or one place. I’ll take the situation for what it is. Whether I stay here, play here, I’ll keep it moving. If I’m not, same thing. I don’t worry about the past. I look forward to what I have now. I live in the moment, I guess.

 

Finally, Dave Gibson, the producer of the fabulous Sarge Remix, made a pump-up video for this week's series against the World Series Champs, Let Them Have It, For Real. It includes J-Roll™ swag and Charlie calling out Eskin. Yes and please.

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7 Responses

  1. Pretty funny..but the best line “I been grown up” is missing which I still laugh at.
    BTW..I’m kind of sicken that J Roll thinks he can just walk away from this team for mo Money after the season and not feel anything at all. He’s prolly the most important Phillie of the past ten years and doesn’t give a damn.

  2. @Horseface: Couldn’t agree more about Rollins. Nice to know the City means so much to him after all these years. What a kick in the teeth it was reading that.

  3. I actually don’t mind what J-Roll(TM) said. You gotta realize early in your professional career that it is a business, and the team can get rid of you at any time. That’ll force you to put a wall up to not be too upset when something like that happens. The product of that is J-Roll(TM)’s attitude now. He’s prepared himself for being let go at any time, so now, if it happens on his terms, he still won’t feel bad about it.
    I don’t think it means he hates the city. Or the fans. I think he would be perfectly happy to play the rest of his career here. But he’s gotta do what’s best for him, and I respect that.

  4. j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll j-roll
    he can TM my balls.

  5. He’s trying to raise his asking price so the Phillies will try to match or get close to it. Ive been pretty impressed with Martinez’s and Valdez’s arms (obviously they dont hit as well, but J-Roll isnt actually a .300 hitter).

  6. Neh, not as catchy as “Jerk-off the ball” (but good for these times), but one thing’s for sure, REAL men say “foreel”, not “for realsies”. Ain’t that so, Laddie?

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