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Crossed Up: Paid Programming

Russ Joy - March 5, 2020

Anthony and Bob talk about the ridiculous lack of spring training broadcasts, the Phillies’ increasing bullpen concerns, and bench battles.

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Crossing Broadcast: Should We Believe in the Phillies?

Russ Joy - February 18, 2020

Bob and Russ debate the merits of believing in the 2020 Phillies, issues with the rotation/bullpen, whether a Kris Bryant trade makes sense, and more. Plus, thoughts on the NBA All-Star weekend.

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Crossing Broadcast: The Big Red Game

Russ Joy - February 3, 2020

Kevin, Bob, and Russ break down Andy Reid’s first Super Bowl win, the FOX commentary team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the state of NFL commentary teams, and look ahead to what to expect from the Eagles in the next few years. They then discuss Gritty’s acquittal, the Phillies rotation and expectations for the 2020 season, Sixers trade deadline targets, and Kevin’s “Mt. Rushmore of Andy Reid Press Conference Quotes”.

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Bryce Harper Thanks Fans, Claims “We Will Reign Again”

Russ Joy - September 29, 2019

Sunday marked the Phillies’ 162nd game of the season, one that -quite frankly- couldn’t come quickly enough. Would it be Gabe Kapler’s final game as the manager? Could Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail be shown the door by owner John Middleton? For a moment before the game, none of that mattered. The team’s massive free agent signing took to the mic and delivered a heartfelt message to those in attendance:

Harper: Welcome to today’s game. From myself and my teammates, just wanted to tell you guys thank you for all your support this year. I know it didn’t go as planned, but I believe in this organization. I believe in this city. And we will reign again. On a personal level, I just wanna say thank you so much for inviting me and my family into this city. It’s been an incredible year for myself… coming to a city that I didn’t really know anything about, but I just want to say thank you so much. You guys have made this year so good. Thank you. See you guys next year.

The bolded line is my own emphasis and I think it’s worth repeating. “I know it didn’t go as planned, but I believe in this organization.” Well, I guess it’s good someone does. Let the Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi, Dave Dombrowski, trade Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola can’t win a big game, etc., debates commence. T-minus 146 days until Grapefruit League play begins.

It Sure Feels Like This Season Has Gotten Away From the Phillies

Bob Wankel - August 31, 2019

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It was quite the afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Let’s recap this instant classic.

I guess we can start with Rhys Hoskins getting ejected after he took a called third strike that appeared to be out of the zone.

That was fun. Some other highlights included:

  • Phillies starter Jason Vargas failing to complete five innings after allowing 13 of the 25 batters he faced to reach base. He surrendered nine hits and three walks. He also hit a batter on his way to allowing five earned runs. Of note, It was the 32nd time this season that a Phillies starter failed to last five innings.
  • Chants of Let’s go Mets! filled the stadium after Joe Panik’s double that made it 5-1. Those chants overpowered the half-hearted boos mustered by Phillies fans in attendance.
  • Speaking of boos, Sean Rodriguez received another healthy dose of them.
  • The Phillies went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Good times.

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The Phillies Have Finally Won a Series Against a Bad Team

Bob Wankel - August 28, 2019

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The Phillies are a team that play true to the trends. A night after losing for the 10th time in 10 opportunities to reach seven games over .500 dating back to June 19, the Phillies improved to 10-0 in games at Citizens Bank Park started by a pitcher entering with an ERA of 5.50 or higher.

The latest victim was highly-touted Pirates pitching prospect Mitch Keller, who was coming off an excellent six-inning effort against the Reds in which he allowed only one earned run while striking out six batters. However, the results were much different tonight as he was touched up for eight earned runs on 11 hits in four-plus innings of work.

Make of this what you will, but the Phillies have now scored 87 runs over 14 games, an average of 6.21 runs per game since Manuel was named the team’s hitting coach.

A small sample size? Sure. But if this offense can come anywhere close to replicating that type of production over their final 30 games, we may be on wild card watch late into September when the air gets crisp.

It was no doubt a refreshing change of pace for a Phillies team that did something that it had previously failed to do on numerous occasions in recent weeks by taking care of an inferior opponent in relatively stress-free fashion.

In the process, they ended a streak of failed opportunities to capitalize against some of baseball’s have-nots.

Suck on that one, 56-77 Pirates.

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Bryce Harper’s Grand Slam Completes Sweep of Cubs

Bob Wankel - August 15, 2019

We don’t need to get into the details here, just roll the damn video:

A strong effort from T-Mac. Here’s Scott Franzke’s call. Nails it, per usual.

Baseball, fun in Philadelphia again.

Imagine that.

Harper Silences “Overrated” Chants at Oracle Park With Two Monster Blasts

Bob Wankel - August 10, 2019

It would seem that Bryce Harper likes hitting out of the leadoff spot.

Batting first for only the fifth time this season, Harper crushed a pair of homers that helped power the Phillies to a refreshing 9-6 comeback win over the Giants at Oracle Park last night.

His first shot of the evening was a 420 ft. blast off of Giants starter Tyler Beede, which gave the Phillies a 5-3 lead:

After the Giants rallied for three runs in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead, it appeared the Phillies were headed for yet another miserable west coast loss.  Harper, who was greeted by familiar “overrated” chants as he stepped into the box in the seventh, wasn’t having it.

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