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A Bunch of Slimy New Yorkers Ripping Philly Fans

Kyle Scott - March 28, 2013

Here’s another trailer for Sons of Ben: The Movie, this one on the New York-Philly hatred.

I had the film’s director, Jeff Bell, on the podcast a few weeks ago. Do give it a listen if you haven’t yet. You can find out more about the film here.

Cue soccer hating mongrels in the comments!

Ben Revere Can’t Wait to Get That Good Philly Cheesecake

Kyle Scott - March 27, 2013

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Ben Revere needs help. 

First he went to Chickie’s and Pete’s for a Philly – chicken – cheesesteak.

Now he wants to get his hands on one of them Philly cheesecakes

C. For cake.

Oh no.

Speaking to Doug Glanville during the Phillies-Tigers game on ESPN today, this happened: 

Glanville: What are you most looking forward to getting to Philadelphia?

Revere: I guess the cheesecake. I didn’t really have the great cheesecake my first attempt up there. I had a couple of Philly fans get on me about that.

Glanville: They’re going to get on you because it’s a steak, cheesesteak.They’re gonna jump on you for the cake part. But no, that’s exciting, though.

 

Here, I’m going to give some advice to marketers for the original Philly cheesesteak joints: BRING BEN REVERE IN THIS WEEKEND, WITH TV CAMERAS, AND GIVE HIM THE FATTEST, JUICIEST, WHIZ-WITIEST CHEESESTEAK YOU CAN SLAP TOGETHER AND MAKE HIM EAT IT LIKE A CHAMP AND DRIP JUICES ALL OVER HIS SHIRT. 

And then give him another one.

Spring Training, literally, can't end soon enough.

Video after the jump.

H/T to the entire intertube

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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is a great time to check out the various promos some of the best betting apps are offering this weekend – just be sure to hit the “bet now” button or links to take advantage of these deals, as some of them are exclusive to our audience. For those of you in Pennsylvania, PA sports betting is coming soon. FanDuel Sportsbook FanDuel

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Your Complete Eagles and Cowboys Betting Preview

The NFC playoff picture is a hot mess, but for the Eagles, things are pretty simple. Beat the Cowboys, move into first-place atop the NFC East, and live to fight for a division championship down the stretch. Lose and it’s over. Yeah, the Eagles wouldn’t be mathematically eliminated with a second loss to Dallas in five weeks, but they would need to run the table against a brutal schedule, while the Cowboys would need to

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Crossing Streams Podcast (Episode 1): Jeff Bell, Director, “Sons of Ben” Documentary

Kyle Scott - March 7, 2013

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This is the new podcast. Each week, I’ll bring on a different guest – sometimes live, sometimes recorded- to have a conversation about sports, entertainment, pop culture, whatever. This isn’t sports talk radio. Like the site, we’re not going to discuss what happened in the game, who the quarterback should be, or who the Phillies should trade for. Crossing Streams will be in-depth conversations with relevant guests.

Jeff Bell joined me for a first show. He is the director of the upcoming Sons of Ben documentary, which looks to be a terrific story on how the guys helped found the team. We talk about how it all started in bars and on message boards, how the SOBs would go to away matches in New York and D.C. chanting “Philadelphia” before there was ever a team, and how it was hard – at least initially – for supporters to embrace Chester as the club’s home (and how that has all changed). We also discuss the process of putting together the documentary, getting it to market, and how services like iTunes and Netflix make it that much easier for filmmakers.

We’ll be adding enhancements and some production values as we go on, but I wanted to get this one up there. Enjoy.

Listen here (or after the jump).

 

Show notes:

Trailers for the Sons of Ben documentary

Sons of Ben go to KiXX game for sole purpose of building support for an MLS team

Sons of Ben in SI before there was ever a team

Sons of Ben at 2007 MLS Cup: [video 1] [video 2] [video 3]

Follow Sons of Ben movie on Twitter (@SonsofBenMovie), Facebook and Storify

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I’m Convinced This Crazed Animatronic Caroler was Trying to Kill Ben Revere as He Met with Reporters Last Night

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2012

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This is what nightmares are made of, kids

I was looking forward to hearing what Ben Revere had to say when he met with reporters at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. But instead of putting him up on a podium (a move that would have been overboard for a 24-year-old making the league minimum), the Phillies had scriptuals gather around Revere, who could be found standing in front of a holiday backdrop in the Phillies’ clubhouse spreading Christmasy cheer for all to hear.

Of course, it was hard to concentrate on what Revere was saying… because a crazed animatronic caroler, a bit too near, kept trying to stick a candle in Revere’s right ear.

Eat that, Dr. Seuss.

Here's video of Revere’s presser and two videos from his appearance on Daily News Live. All moving images courtesy of Comcast SportsNet-NBC-Yahoo!-whateverthefuck and whoever else has a hand in that pot. Just click the link… after this dot .

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Ben Revere Comes to Philly, Orders Chicken Cheesesteak Hoagie, Gets Blown Up on Twitter

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2012

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As we all recover from the news of Josh Hamilton signing elsewhere, let’s check in on one of our offseason acquisitions: Ben Revere.

Revere rode into Philly today, by plane: 

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He has a press conference at 4 p.m. and will be on Daily News Live at 5 p.m. But first, our new center fielder stopped off for some Philly-style grub at Chickie’s and Pete’s:

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Crab fries. Good call. 

Next up, cheesesteak. Has got to be a cheesesteak. 

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Cheesesteak. Nice. 

Wait. No.

No complaints on the eatery, but that’s not a cheesesteak. It’s a chicken cheesesteak. With lettuce. And tomato.  

Besides alerting him to every. single. sandwich. place. in the city, the interwebs were quick to point out everything that was wrong with Revere’s order:

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A Scouting Report on Ben Revere, Who You Never Heard of Before Today

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2012

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Photo: TC Starlight

So, after reading some reports and watching some video, here’s the scouting report on Ben Revere:

Contact hitting: Good. He batted .297 and only struck out 47 times in 511 at-bats last season. But, as pointed out by Corey Seidman of CSN, he hits ground balls 66% of the time, which is historically bad (though his speed is a mitigating factor which we’ll get to in a second).

Yes, he bats left-handed. But he hit .314 against lefties vs. .284 against righties in 2012. So that’s not much of an issue.

My take: For years now the Phillies have needed a fast, contact hitter. Revere is that. He’s also only 24 and will likely improve in all facets of the game. The ground ball rate is troubling, but he still batted .297 and his BABIP (average on balls put in-play), though a bit higher than the norm of .290-.310, .325, isn’t extreme by any measure. He’s not a true .300 hitter yet. But again, he’s 24.

 

Power hitting: Non-existent. He didn’t hit a home run with the Twins. He’ll likely bulk up a bit and square up a few balls at CBP, but don’t expect him to hit home runs or drive in runners at any substantial rate.

My take: It’s not his role.

 

Speed: Amazing. He stole 40 bases last season and was only thrown out nine times. Compare that to Juan Pierre at age 24– he led the league by being thrown out 20 times (he led the league four-straight seasons). Last year, Pierre stole 37 bases and only got caught seven times. Like a fine wine, he got better with age. Michael Bourn? Caught 13 times last year, leading the league. So Revere is not only fast, but he’s also a smart baserunner. And some of those ground balls will turn into hits.

He’s blinding fast. His 60-yard dash time, a metric used by pro scouts, is among the fastest ever. Plus he has the endorsement of Kevin Frandsen, which is all that really matters:

My take: You won’t find a faster player, and – surprise! – he’s a smart baserunner, too. Perfect for the top of the order. Something the Phillies need since Chase Utley has no knees, Ryan Howard is fat again, Carlos Ruiz won’t be on Adderall and I Don’t Know’s on third.

 

Fielding: To steal a line from the great Peter Laviolette, pretty fucking good. He didn’t make an error in 2012. He’s fast enough to get to balls and he catches them. There’s more to it than that, but on the surface, he’s above average in center field. He had the play of the year in 2011 (seen in our Winter Meetings Running Commentary) and is nominated for play of the year in 2012.

My take: Status quo. Shane Victorino was outstanding, and I actually thought John Mayberry tracked the ball very well. Marginal gain, maybe more.

 

Arm: Not good. This article says he has one of the weakest arms in baseball. Here’s what the Twins GM had to say about him before the start of last season:

"I like Ben. I like Benny a lot. His arm strength is not going to hold him from making this ball club. Don't worry about that. He's got other attributes that he provides for this club besides worrying about his arm so much. There's a lot of guys in the major leagues that had pretty good careers that don't necessarily throw well."

 

That said, he covers more ground than most fielders, so it makes up for it a bit… until he tries to throw out a runner tagging up from third. Oh.

My take: Three out of five tools ain’t bad. 

 

A YouTube highlight video of Revere, which will undoubtedly disappear in about 10 minutes, and a video of him talking about being traded to the Phillies, after the jump.

H/T to Vince on the Facebook page

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Ben Revere is Almost Identical to 24-year-old Juan Pierre

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2012

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The consensus on Twitter is that Revere, 24, is a young Juan Pierre-Michael Bourn type player.

Let’s compare.

Revere in 2012: .294 AVG, .333 OBP, .675 OPS, 0 HR, 32 RBI, 40 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Pierre in 2012: .307 AVG, .351 OBP, .721 OPS, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 37 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Pierre at age 24, in 2002: .287 AVG, .332 OBP, .675 OPS, 1 HR, 35 RBI, 47 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Bourn in 2012: .274 AVG, .348 OBP, .739 OPS, 9 HR, 57 RBI, 42 SB, no fucking hat tilt.

Bourn at age 24, in 2007 (limited time with the Phillies): .277 AVG, .348 OBP, .727 OPS, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 18 SB, no fucking hat tilt

Revere has the worst OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of anyone here. His on-base percentage is a bit lower than the others’, but what’s holding him back is his power. He has none. He hasn’t hit a home run in over two seasons with the Twins. But, check out Revere compared to 24-year-old Juan Pierre, from 2002– they’re almost identical. Here, I put them side-by-side:

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No, their stats, silly:

Revere in 2012: .294 AVG, .333 OBP, .675 OPS, 0 HR, 32 RBI, 40 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

Pierre at age 24: .287 AVG, .332 OBP, .675 OPS, 1 HR, 35 RBI, 47 SB, sweet fucking hat tilt.

That’s a good sign. Pierre finished in top 10 in MVP voting the next season, led the league in steals (also, caught stealing), at-bats, and the Marlins won the World Series. 

This post also appears in our Winter Meetings Running Commentary.

Report: Phillies Trade Vance Worley for Ben Revere

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2012

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And center field is filled. 

Todd Zolecki is reporting that the Phillies have acquired Ben Revere from the Twins. 

Danny Knobler is reporting that Vance Worley is in deal.

Scott Miller of CBS Sports reports that Twins get Worley and a "good" minor league pitcher. UPDATE: Trevor May.

Revere is only 24 and has played in 254 games in three seasons with the Twins. He batted .294 last season with no home runs and 32 RBIs. But, batting mostly second in the lineup and some leadoff, he stole 40 bases. He bats left and throws right, was the Twins first round pick in 2007, and is under contract until 2018 (arbitration eligible in 2014). He made the league minimum last year.

I’m not terribly familiar with Revere (like, at all), but it seems as though he has a high upside and, quite frankly, is the type of player the Phillies could use– young, inexpensive, fast.

Trading Worley and May, who was highly thought of, for Revere is a lot. But count me as someone who thought Worley peaked early, sort of like J.A. Happ. 

Last year (2011), we detailed some reasons why Worley was pitching well over his head– his stuff, location and consistency weren’t parallel to his success. That became all the more apparent after an injury-plagued second season. The Phillies are selling high on Worley, and that’s a good thing. 

Also like Happ, Worley was working out at Citizens Bank Park when Amaro told him about the trade, Worley told Jim Bowden on XM. Ouch. That seems to be a thing for the Phillies– shooting their starting pitchers while they jog around the warning track at CBP.

This post also appears in our Winter Meetings Running Commentary.