Posts for Gabe Kapler

A Short Rant As This Phillies Season Approaches Its End

Tim Reilly - September 12, 2018

I’m not sure how I came by my Phillies pessimism. Was it a product of nurture or nature? On one hand, one of my earliest enduring memories as a young Phils fan was watching Joe Carter launch a Mitch Williams offering into orbit. It was an abrupt and brutal ending to what had been a dream season for the upstart ’93 Phillies, and a bitter pill to swallow for a seven year old who was still unaccustomed to the fickle whims of the baseball gods.

The wound caused by Carter’s home run left a scab that would rip open as one lost season followed another. Curt Schilling’s dominance notwithstanding, the Fightins offered little in the way of hope that a return to the playoffs was on the horizon through the rest of the ’90s and well into the next decade.

On the other hand, I was introduced to the game by men who had internalized its hard lessons long ago. My grandfather, Mick, a Massachusetts transplant whose South Bostonese accent was almost as stubborn as his fervent devotion to the Red Sox, had learned how to cope with the constant disappointment of baseball fandom: he came to expect failure. It was a lesson he would pass down to his son, who shared it with me.

Mick died in September 2004, just one month before the Red Sox would improbably break the Curse of the Bambino and claim the World Series title. In one of his last moments of lucidity, Mick happened to be watching a Chicago Cubs game in his hospital room. He stared in disbelief as Nomar Garciaparra (whom he called Gaparra- he could never quite get that name right) took his place at shortstop for the Cubs. It would be the final in a long string of indignities his hometown baseball team imposed on him.

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Gabe Kapler Says He Did Not Have Phillies Fan Tossed From Fenway Park

Kevin Kinkead - August 1, 2018

Apparently a Phillies fan was thrown out of Fenway Park on Monday night – by the Phillies.

His name is Eric Rohlfing, and he went on 94 WIP a couple of times and spoke to Joe Santoliquito from Philly Voice to share his side of the story.

Rohlfing says it was the third inning of the 2-1 loss when he yelled “Odubel, wake up!” after Odubel Herrera committed a horrendous mistake on the base paths. This took place behind third base within ear shot of Rhys Hoskins, who was tagged out on the play. Shortly after, a Red Sox security worker came over to talk to Rohlfing, followed by a second person, a higher-up, who explained that the manager wanted him removed from the stadium. The pair explained that they had no choice but to kick him and his fiance out of Fenway because Gabe Kapler asked for it.

Santoliquito asked the Phillies for comment:

“The Phillies confirmed, through a team spokesperson, that the request for Rohlfing’s removal did come from the Phillies’ dugout, but it was intended to remove Rohlfing from the area where he was standing — not from the ballpark. The Phillies also refute that the order came from Kapler.”

On today’s morning show, host Angelo Cataldi said he got a text message from Kapler, which he read a portion of while Rohlfing was on the line:

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Can You Like Gabe Kapler and Not Like Him at the Same Time?

Anthony SanFilippo - July 26, 2018

I’m here to answer a question that I was asked the other day by someone in the strangest of places.

My daughter is a dancer and her character shoes broke during dress rehearsal for a show she is in.

Desperate for a new pair, I ended up ordering her a new pair on Amazon. However, I wasn’t sure how the sizes ran, so I asked a question first, hoping someone would answer it.

The person who answered the question suggested had the name “Phillies” in their username. When I thanked them, I signed off with a pleasant, “Go Phillies.”

The follow up response was filled with too many LOL’s for my liking, but there was an interesting question posed in there. “Is it possible to not like Gabe Kapler and still like him at the same time?”

I didn’t answer the question, because I didn’t want to continue a weird conversation on Amazon that started about dance shoes and turned into a Phillies conversation, but the question intrigued me enough to want to write this post.

And here’s the answer:

Yes. Yes it is possible.

Ironically, it’s how I feel on most days when watching the Phillies. Because I never know what Gabe I’m going to get.

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Gabe Kapler Discusses the Phillies’ Miserable Week

BWanksCB - June 8, 2018

After a rough 3-7 road trip that wrapped up with a sloppy 4-3 loss yesterday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Phillies’ manager Gabe Kapler joined 94 WIP’s morning show with Angelo Cataldi to discuss his team’s recent struggles.

Cataldi first asked Kapler about his questionable ninth inning decision to remove Seranthony Dominguez in favor of lefty Adam Morgan in Wednesday night’s crushing 7-5 walk-off loss. Kapler explained that he was trying to protect the rookie phenom, while also tabbing Morgan for what he felt was an “ideal” matchup against Jason Heyward:

“He’s a human being, and Seranthony is going to have rougher innings from time to time, so when he does, it’s our job to protect both him and the Phillies. For the first time this season, Seranthony lost his control. He walked a batter on four pitches. Subsequently, he ended up giving up that crisp line drive single. So my job, Angelo, is to identify when the right time is to protect a very young, very inexperienced reliever. Adam Morgan is very good as well, and I’m going to continue to believe in and trust our players like Mo. We don’t just trust one of them to record huge outs.”

Cataldi righty pressed Kapler about needlessly using Dominguez with a comfortable late-inning lead the night before. Kapler defended the decision:

“We’re going to be assertive to lock down a win. That’s our responsibility… There was no shortage on stuff, so we felt like that was the right decision.”

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Of Course Gabe Kapler was Booed

Kevin Kinkead - April 5, 2018

Did you expect otherwise?

The boos didn’t seem to be as bad as they could have been, but here we are with fans ragging a guy after five games:



Report: Anonymous Phillies Player Says Team Needs Gabe Kapler “To Get Out of the Way”

BWanksCB - April 5, 2018

I, like many, have wondered how Gabe Kapler’s unorthodox managerial style and early blunders were being received inside of the Phillies’ clubhouse. Certainly, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Nola, and Hoby Milner have each had reason to be less than pleased with their manager after only five games.

And now there’s this:

Not great, friends. Not great.

Kevin likened this report to the Jim Schwartz taking over NovaCare story at the start of the Eagles’ season. He could be right, or the quote could be an accurate representation of the players’ views on Kapler.

(Kinkead: I believe the players more than the cross-section of hypocritical and myopic Philly sports fans, but anonymous quotes after five games are kind of sad.)

The Eagles, of course, got out to a hot start, took command of the NFC, and made a historic run to a championship as underdogs after losing their MVP candidate quarterback. It was easy for that story to die. If the Phillies continue their early season slide, I’m not sure this will be the last shot a player takes at Kapler.


Gabe Kapler is Going to Hear Boos Today, Right?

BWanksCB - April 5, 2018

Prior to last Thursday’s season opener, I wrote about the need for this Phillies team to get off to a fast start:

“The danger of Philadelphia sports is that when there is genuine hope, there is also less patience. The word “playoffs” has been increasingly paired with “Phillies” over the past month, and with that increases the potential for disappointment. While there are plenty of measured fans that think in more reasonable terms, we are where we are, and there are also plenty of fans that are approaching the Kapler era with skepticism. You may recall a certain football coach that came with a new-age approach that failed miserably. Fair or not, don’t think for one second that many fans forgot the feel of those burns and doubt Kapler because of it. A fast start quells some of that doubt.”

Well, shit. There was no fast start. There was no quelling. Instead, the 1-4 Phillies limp into Citizens Bank Park this afternoon for their home opener after a deflating first week. The considerable optimism that many had for this team only seven days ago has been completely wiped away, and with that Gabe Kapler learned first-hand about the unpleasant byproduct of what disappointment, bewilderment and skepticism looks like around here. Which brings us to today. Continue Reading

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The Phillies Batting Practice Pitching Auditions are More Entertaining than the Team

Coggin Toboggan - April 5, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of a middling baseball franchise that’s gotten off to a horrendously depressing start in what was supposed to be a vastly improved season, then, my friend, do I have some news for you.

The Phillies put out an interesting call on social media last week, asking for YouTube-submitted applications from left-handed fans who were interested in tossing batting practice during home games this season. Let embattled meathead coach Gabe Kapler give you all the bold details himself:

Alright, this is pretty cool. The Phillies are giving fans the opportunity of a lifetime to toss BP at Citizens Bank Park and interact with some of their favorite athletes. Neat! Of course, this is also a great opportunity for bloggers, since all submissions had to be posted on YouTube for consideration, giving cowards like myself the opportunity to shit all over someone’s dream (basically the internet in a nutshell) from the safety of my own living room.

Before we delve in, though, I know what you’re thinking; this guy is going to be a huge asshole to these poor people when all they did was put themselves out there. They’re taking a big chance, right? Maybe he should put his money where his mouth is and let us see an audition video of his own?

Let me assure you that if I were left-handed I would undoubtedly submit a video and dazzle YouTube viewers with an array of crafty off-speed pitches, pinpoint location, and filthy heat that would have Gabe Kapler reaching for his well-worn jar of coconut oil and THANKING GOD that the Lord created an arm such as mine.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, and for baseball fans throughout the world, I’m not a southpaw, and thus ineligible for the job. My talents are wasted because the franchise refuses to accept a right-handed pitcher. It’s an out and out case of prejudice and it makes my soul weep.

So it will have to be someone else.

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