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Carlos Ruiz was a Bad Boy and Got Yelled at (and He May Have Cried)

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2013

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Have you even seen a kid (or a dog, for that matter) get punished? At first, you totally get it, knowing that they need to be corrected. But then, your humanity kicks in and you find yourself heartbroken at their cute little face, which wears the words “I’m sorry” better than the insert of an Akon album. It’s very tough to take, and you come away wondering if the punishment (and the ensuing agony) was really worth it.

Well, that’s how I feel about Carlos Ruiz right now, both due to his 25-game punishment from MLB and his having to answer questions about his indiscretion.

Today Chooch met with pale, sweaty reporters in Clearwater. He was so sorry, so very sorry. And now he knows he will have to pay for his mistake.

John Gonzalez of CSN Philly:

“First, I apologize to my organization, the fans, my teammates, my whole family,” Ruiz said. “I feel so bad. I’m trying to put everything behind [me] and do my best this year.
“For me, it’s hard, man. I leave my team for 25 games but I want to play. At the same time, I feel like they support me. I have a lot of good friends. I’m ready to come back and do my best.”

“Baseball has rules,” Ruiz said. “When you make a mistake, you have to pay. I pay my 25 games. Like I said, I apologize to my organization, my teammates, my family, my fans. I’m trying to put everything behind [me] and get ready for the season.”
But have you ever been diagnosed with ADHD?
“Like I said,” Ruiz responded, “I got caught two times.”
And with that, a PR handler cut everyone off and ended the interview.


Gonzalez, both in his article and on Twitter…

… described a strange scene in which Chooch was hesitant to answer questions and Phillies PR handlers – already an overzealous crop – were seemingly eager to end the interview.

Bob Brookover, of or the Inquirer or whatever he’ll be writing for once Interstate General Media foolishly separates the Inquirer from for no apparent reason, spoke with Charlie Manuel, who yelled at Chooch, or something:

"I got on him pretty good and I think he reacted pretty good," Manuel said after his team's first official spring-training workout Wednesday. "I trust him. I don't think he'll ever do it again based on how he reacted and some of the things I said to him. He definitely was shook up and you could tell he felt real bad about what happened."

"When I talked to him, he seemed like he was really hurt over it," Manuel said. "He told me, 'I will never do it no more. That was terrible and I shouldn't do that.'"



UPDATE: John Clark reported on NBC 10 that he was told Ruiz cried, a lot, as he walked away from meeting with the media (probably not the first Philly athlete to do so…). So sorry, he is.

Video after the jump.

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An Adorable Conversation Between Cliff Lee and Carlos Ruiz, and Adorable Photos of Chase Utley

Kyle Scott - February 12, 2013

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If you felt it move, that's OK (photo via the Phillies)

Today is the day you’re angered by photos from Clearwater taken by reporters who are taking photos in Clearwater just to let you know that they’re in Clearwater, taking photos. It’s that day. Pitchers, catchers and several notables – including Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins and beautiful Chase Utley – reported for duty, and there was no shortage of annoying Tweets. Among the standouts, however, were these few bits of tid from the Phillies' social media person (who, last year, mistook Juan Pierre for Ryan Howard), John Clark (who is killing it with his Tweets today), and our friend William from St. Pete Beach Photo. 

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Howard Eskin looking kewl in the background (photo via St. Pete Beach Photo)

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And therein lies the difference between Lee and Roy Halladay. No doubt that Roy has Chooch’s contract details and incentives hanging on a corkboard, likely somewhere just above his inflatable Chooch doll, at his house. But the Cliff Lee don’t care– he’d throw to a brick wall as long as it could handle his looping curve ball. Hey, you still around? Need more Adderall?*

Ruben Amaro brought his smugness to Clearwater, Also, muscles.

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Finally, more positively adorable photos of Chase Utley, courtesy of our friends at St. Pete Beach Photo, who have a few more here (1-9 are from this year).

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*Cliff Lee is one of well over a hundred Major Leaugers who are allowed to take Adderall. Carlos Ruiz, is not.

Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games After Testing Positive For Amphetamines (Adderall)

Kyle Scott - November 27, 2012

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It. Just. Gets. Worse.

Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines. Adderall, specifically.

Matt Gelb of

Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, according to a league source, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant — not a steroid — under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for the stimulant.

Under MLB's program, Ruiz was subject to six unannounced follow-up tests over the 12 months after the initial violation, in addition to the standard random testing. A first positive test for a stimulant, unlike steroids, does not result in suspension. Instead, the increased testing is implemented. Ruiz would be suspended for 80 games should a third positive test emerge.


Some players diagnosed with ADHD (Shane Victorino…) are allowed to take Adderall. Chooch, obviously, has not been diagnosed with the disorder.

The Phillies put out a statement:

The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013. 


And god dammit, even Ruiz's statements are adorable:

"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant. I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013."


Chooch had his best season ever this year– a .325 batting average, 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in only 114 games. There was a bit of (very loose) conjecture about what was causing Ruiz’s outburst this season… now, maybe, we have a reason. An amphetamine, according to Wikipedia, "produces increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite"– something that could be quite beneficial to a baseball player who might not otherwise need it for medical reasons. Say it ain’t so, Chooch. 

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Sponsored: Meet Carlos Ruiz and Brian Dawkins This Weekend

Kyle Scott - September 5, 2012

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Friendly reminder: Chooooooooooooooooch.

You can meet Carlos Ruiz this Saturday from 11 – 1 at the Sports Vault in the King of Prussia Mall. 

And, ESPN’s newest member, Brian Dawkins, will be at the BC sports in the Christiana Mall on Sunday, also from 11 – 1. BC Sports has the memorabilia exclusive with Dawkins, so you will not see him in other stores.

Get tickets for both here or in either of the stores.

Carlos Ruiz to DL, Out 4-6 Weeks

Kyle Scott - August 4, 2012

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The worse keep getting, um, worser? 

Carlos Ruiz is headed to the DL for 4-6 weeks with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. An MRI  revealed a partial tear. The Phillies will recall the big fucking tuna, Hector Luna. 

During one of the Brewers comebacks (I believe), Chooch scored and winced as he crossed the plate, limping the rest of the way to the dugout. The injury, clearly, had been bothering him for a little while now. 

Chooch will now likely not finish with enought at-bats to qualify for the batting title. Awesome.

An Adorable Story About An Adorable Carlos Ruiz

Kyle Scott - August 2, 2012

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Not unlike last year's excellent Sports Illustrated article, an ESPN article, posted today, paints Chooch in a similar – and dare we say adorable - light.

On the first day of his professional career in the Dominican, Ruiz couldn't even catch a popup. During one of the early drills on that first day, a coach hit soaring popups into the bright Caribbean sky. Ruiz spun around and fell backward, and the ball ended up on the ground.

The ball had seemed so impossible for Ruiz to spot. It had appeared to bend in directions he had never seen. As an infielder, he could easily read the spin on the ball. But when it came from such an awkward angle, Ruiz was lost. It was easy to be discouraged because the task seemed so impossible.



We learn a lot about Chooch's friendship with Phillies bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, who learned Spanish to help Ruiz learn the catching position over a decade ago. The whole thing, of the must-read variety… here.

Buy! Buy! Buy!

Kyle Scott - July 25, 2012

Here’s a stat for you to munch on: As noted by CBS Sports' Danny Kbnobler, prior to today’s game, the Phillies would have had to go 47-18 to finish with 90 wins. They went 46-19 over several 65 game stretches last season.

It can be done.

Now, the cold-water-boner splash: Even with today’s win, the Phillies are still 14 games back of the Nationals and 9.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Watch video of today’s walk-off win, the Phillies' third straight come-from-behind 7-6 win against the Brewers.

H/T to (@Tim0thyTheGreek)

Morning Wood: Hang it, Bang it

Kyle Scott - July 25, 2012

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The Wood a bit late to rise this morning thanks to Cole Hamels becoming a mega millionaire. You can read all those details here. But as for the actual action on the field, the Phillies are in the midst of a winning streak (!!!) right now… and we’re going to talk about it. 

After watching the Phils rally from a 6-1 deficit last night, again coming from behind to beat the Brewers 7-6, it became apparent that there was only one logical descriptor for this type of game: 

V7 Game: This dog has a little bit of fight left in it.

Yeah, yeah, I know– too soon. And if you don’t get it, you’re probably better off.

Let’s Wood.


I see you 

Cliff Lee may have peed all over himself last night, giving up 22 solo home runs, but he pulled off a typical Lee play, picking off Martin Maldonadadodadodadadodadadodo from third. A few pitches before doing so, Lee signaled to Ty Wigginton to be ready:


Ah, Kratz

Erik Kratz looks like a lightbulb, but the man has power. He has three hits this year– all home runs. He started the Phillies’ comeback rally in the eighth with a two-run bomb to left center. [Video here.] Look at this compact, Paul Molitor-esque swing:

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MLB’s lousy video embed policy

Since we can’t embed these videos and make some ad revenue for Major League Baseball, here’s a link to video of the Phillies’ eighth inning comeback



Nice to see Yankees fans sufficiently hate Chad Qualls, too. He pitched to one batter in the eighth, and walked him:

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Cinco Ocho

This has to be Cinco Ocho, right? 

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Of course, Dan is a bit more pessimistic:

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