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BREAKING: Shane Victorino Traded to Dodgers

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

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Shane Victorino has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to several reports.

The Phillies will get reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin in return. Lindblom has pitched in 48 games this year and has a 3.02 ERA. 

Dom Brown has been scratched from the Iron Pigs lineup and is on his way to D.C. to take Victo’s place.

As much guff as we give Victorino, it’s sad to see the first true member of the Phillies’ core go. Victorino played a big part in each and every playoff run, was always entertaining to watch, and did a lot of good in the local community. For most Phillies fans, his face, along with those of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels, comes to mind at the mere mention of the year 2008. 

For many, the moment that signaled the Phillies were going to do something special in 2008 was when Victorino hit a grand slam off C.C. Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS. The Phillies, and Shane, never looked back en route to becoming the World Fucking Champions.

Aloha, Shane.

If you want to indulge that little lump in your throat, listen to this 2008 audio retrospective put together in 2010 by reader (@TheOCCN). Dare you to not lose it at the 1:48 mark.

Report: Flyers Made an Offer to Shane Doan, Too

Kyle Scott - July 19, 2012

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Homer has gun. 

On WIP, Glen Macnow is reporting that the Flyers, along with the Rangers and Pengiuns, have made an offer to unrestricted free agent Shane Doan. No details on the offer were given. 

Doan, 35, has been the Coyotes captain since 2003-2004 and is part of a second-tier of NHL free agents available this summer. Doan’s scored at least 50 points in each of the last nine seasons.

Here’s what Macnow had to say (calls him a restricted free agent, but Doan is an unrestricted free agent). Audio courtesy WIP.

Homer has his PS3 on and anything is possible.

Shane Victorino Promotes ADHD “Own It” Campaign

Kyle Scott - July 17, 2012

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Sent to us by reader (@309expressway), here’s a full-page ad in the current issue of Newsweek– Shane Victorino, raising awareness for ADHD. [You can watch the accompanying video here.]

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Shane is part of a campaign that also features Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Nicole Funicelli (???). The three of them are encouraging people diagnosed with ADHD as a child to get reassessed as adults, because otherwise, you might not be able to become an athlete and philanthropist like Victorino.

Solid message here. We all learned about Victo’s ADHD the minute he got called up to the big leagues when Stan Hochman wrote a lengthy story about it in the Daily News last year. Victorino talked about his struggles with teachers and coaches as a youngster, and how his positive spirit (and medication) helped him to overcome them. He also talked about a book, which he was plugging. Hochman lapped it up, wondering if there would be any backlash over Victo coming out as having an illness that – ready for this? – affects 108 Major Leaguers, according to Hochman. – quick math – 25 players per team x 30 teams = 750 players – That means rougly 14% of Major League players have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, significantly higher than the national average for adults– around 5%. So, while we’re taking nothing away from Victorino or his disorder (hell, I’m 99% sure I’m ADD… where was I?), it seems Major Leaguers are actually more likely to be diagnosed with ADD-ADHD than the rest of us mere mortals. Or they’re just more likely to seek out medicine to help them focus. Whatever. 

Anyway, Victo’s willingness to talk about it last year seemed like more of a ploy promote a book than anything. But there’s certainly no harm in encouraging people to get checked out. Think you may have adult ADHD? Take the quiz. I scored a 16– or, I may have ADHD.

Report: Victorino Trade Likely

Kyle Scott - July 16, 2012

Jayson Werth. Brad Lidge. Raul Ibanez. Ryan Madson. Pedro Martinez. Roy Oswalt. Pat Burrell.

All big-name players who played integral parts in the Phillies 2007-2011 run. All gone. And while each of their departures were, for varying reasons, disheartening, none of those guys comprised the core of this era of Phillies baseball, which we’ll define as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino. Those are the guys upon which this team has revolved since 2007 (with a myriad stars inhabiting their universe). 

But we’ve now reached the end of days. The end of an era, what with the Phillies 7,000 games out of first. The core will now slowly unravel. We all know about Hamels, but Victorino (less talked about) may be the first to go. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi: [FOX Sports]

Something that should grab your attention: A high-ranking executive with one club predicted that Victorino will be the first of the big-name players to move. But he’s having the poorest of his eight seasons in Philadelphia, with a .179 batting average over his past 10 games.

The Dodgers are known to have interest in Victorino, who would supply the offense they’ve lacked in left field while perhaps becoming the leadoff man. Other teams that have scouted Victorino recently include the Rangers, Tigers, Pirates, Marlins and Giants.

Victorino, 31, is in the final year of his contract. If he’s moved, the acquiring club will hope he’s revived by the opportunity to win again.

 

It’s almost a guarantee that Victorino won’t be a Phillie next season– he’s 31, will demand more money than he’s worth, and his skill set is replaceable. As Morosi notes, he may be the first big-name player to be moved before the trade deadline at the end of this month. In a trade, the Phillies would likely be able to land a bigger haul than the compensatory draft pick they would receive if Victorino left during free agency. 

None of what you just read should be shocking, but the day most Phillies fans feared – the selling off of core players – is almost here. And it’s going to be hard to watch.

Did YOU Spot Shane Victorino Ordering a Hoagie at the Margate Wawa Late Friday Night? Let Us Know!

Kyle Scott - July 8, 2012

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Up in the sky, the Hawaiian’s flyin’ by, in the Wawa Hoagie Bal*… wait, what?! 

According to a couple folks on Twitter, Shane Victorino, who went 0-for-4 last night, took advantage of $4.79 hoagies late Friday night – nay, early Saturday morning – at the Margate Wawa. Jason, who tipped us off, said his brother saw Victo there around that time and, earlier, at the nightclub Dusk at Caesar’s in Atlantic City. We can’t confirm either of those things, but a quick Twitter search did reveal the above picture, tweeted at 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning from the Margate Wawa:

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[While Theresa doesn't mention which Wawa, just two days earlier she tweeted a picture of Margate's Lucy the Elephant. So we're going to go ahead and make that leap. Also, using the #hoagiefest hashtag is the sign of a real keeper.]

Meanwhile, reader Dave spotted Heavy Joe Blanton shopping at the Cherry Hill Mall, at around 2 p.m. yesterday, about eight hours before he gave up five runs in sixth and a third.

Anyway, that’s your Phillies weekend roundup. See anyone? Spot Fat Joe picking out Levi's? Bump into Shane Victorino at Hoagiefest? At Dusk? As always, let us know!

*While we're on the subject– why, IN THE HELL, did Wawa dump the Hoagieman this year? The new CGI spots are bullshit and dishonor the great Hoagieman. He didn't deserve to go out like this.

Investigating Cole Hamels’ “Bulge” (And the Impact it May Have on His Next Contract)

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

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The underlying subplot (well, maybe the plot) of this Phillies season is what will become of Cole Hamels, who will be a free agent at the end of the season and is expected to earn himself one of the (if not the) largest contracts ever given to a pitcher.

The top of that list looks like this:

CC Sabathia: $161 million

Johan Santana: $137 million

Matt Cain: $127 million

CC Sabthia (restructured deal): $122 million

Mike Hampton: $121 million

Cliff Lee: $120 million 

 

As of now, Cole projects to fall somewhere in the $140-$150 million range, with Ken Rosenthal saying he could receive as much as $175 million.

Of course, those numbers could fluctuate wildly depending on the rest of Hamels’ season, his health and other determining factors. As such, we’d like to introduce to you the Cole Hamels Millions Meter, a way to track his future-contract projections. Millions can be added for feats such as shutout streaks, double-digit strikeout games and sweet fist pumps. But, of course, millions can also be subtracted for rough patches (which he’s in right now), blown leads, injuries and passive-aggressive comments. 

Since Cole has struggled of late, our first meter reading will start on the low end of the scale, at $140 million. 

And what a better way to kick things off than with a detailed account of Hamels' bulging sock routine, which he pulled off (out?) backstage at Shane Victorino’s fashion show last night.

We’ll let an anonymous reader provide more details on what we mentioned earlier:

I saw your recent post on Cole and his "bulge".  I'd like to add just a little insight to the story.  I was there [backstage].  It seems that Cole thought it would be funny to put a sock UPDATE: water bottle down his pants for the desired effect.  He actually pranced around the backstage area beforehand getting laughs, showing off and was pretty proud of himself for “making a funny.”  So although you do see what everyone else sees, it is on purpose and also not quite what it seems.

 

Good Christ. Perhaps the only thing more unmanly than wearing red manpris is “prancing around” in said manpris with a sock stuffed down your crotch.  

Unfortunately, this reminds me a lot of my a-bit-too-skinny-to-do-something-like-this friend Ryan from college. For some unknown reason, every time it snowed, he would get drunk and run around his apartment wearing tight thermal pants (you know, the kind you wear under a snowsuit) while carrying a BB gun and yelling things like “I’m fucking crazy!” Yeah, it was pretty weird. I’m not sure if he stuffed his bulge though (I never really cared to look and I don’t recall him tea-bagging me), but I immediately thought of him when I read the above email. Something about skinny white guy in too-tight pants doing an uncomfortable thing. And while that doesn’t say much about Hamels, being secure enough as the most sought-after player in baseball to run around in pseudo public with a sock stuffed inside your red clam diggers says a lot about a man. I’m not sure what, but it says something. Something about not being fake tough. And I think that's good.

+2 million.

Cole Hamels Millions Meter: $142 million.

Photo and Video Roundup of Shane Victorino’s Fashion Show, and a “Bulging” Cole Hamels in Capri Pants

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

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Photo: MyPHL17– their gallery wins the evening

Sadly, this is the most exciting thing to happen to the Phillies in the last two weeks. 

Here now, a full roundup and full video of Shane Victorino’s annual fashion show.

– Victorino’s Foundation’s Facebook page has 27 cell phone pics from the runway and backstage. Did they get an embarrassing shot of Cole Hamels? They did. [Facebook

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Very important update here: A CB reader, who spent some time backstage last night, tells us that the "bulge" you see on Hamels is actually a sock, which he stuffed down his pants for comedic effect. More details here.

– Phillies.com has 21 hi-res shots. Did they get an embarrassing one of Cole Hamels? They did. [Phillies.com]

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– MyPHL17 has the best gallery. 46 photos. Did they get an embarrassing shot of Cole Hamels? Oh, they got several. [MyPHL17]

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– Metro Philly has five photos. But did they get an embarrassing shot of Cole Hamels? They did. [Metro]

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– Dan Gross of Philly.com has 88 photos. Did he manage to get an embarrassing shot of Cole Hamels? He did. [Philly.com]

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– 6 ABC has 55 screen grabs and NBC 10 has 14. Apparently, 6 and 10 just mailed it in. [6 ABC] [NBC 10]

– Finally, CSN has full video – 27 minutes – of the event, which you can watch after the jump. And yes, they have video of Cole Hamels embarrassing himself.

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Absolutely Hilarious: Charlie Manuel Reads Phillies’ Tweets

Kyle Scott - June 4, 2012

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Stop what you’re doing. Stop it now!

Last week, when Shane Victorino and Charlie Manuel visited the MLB Fan Cave, Charlie was asked to read Phillies Tweets on Tweeeeter, as he calls it. Hilarity ensued:

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Charlie says:

"Kinda leaves you out on a limb right there, doesn’t it?"

 

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Charlie says:

"Shane Victorino tweeted: The pound Nike Hypercool shirt is pound clutch on hot days like today. Pound swoooooooooooooosh. What does that mean? I just shot a basketball right through the net."

  

"s that what tweetin’s all about? I don’t need to learn it."

 

There’s more, but you’re going to need to watch the video… which is after the jump.

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