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Ed Wade Wrote a Mystery Novel

Kyle Scott - December 3, 2012

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So this is what Ed Wade has been up to while destroying the Houston Astros and in his token role as The Guy Who Traded Us Brad Lidge with the Phillies: writing a mystery novel.

No, really. 

As unearthed by the folks over at Astros County, Ed Wade recently released a fiction novel, Delayed Honor, whose title I can only imagine is a metaphor for the half-assed pat on the back he got upon his return to Philadelphia for being at the helm when the Phillies drafted their World Series champs core.

The book is available exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle (for now) and comes with this description:

Steve Laun returns home to attend the funeral of a father he hasn't seen in years, only to learn that his father's "accidental" death is cloaked in mystery. With the help of neighbors and a burning desire to correct wrongs on a number of fronts, Laun sets out to get to the bottom of his father's death, and, in the process, uncovers and thwarts the efforts of a local arms dealer with worldwide terrorist connections. While following Laun's quest for justice, we learn that there is more to Steve Laun than meets the eye. 

 

Amazing. One can only assume that said local arms dealer with worldwide terrorist connections recklessly sells his most powerful weapons for 10 cents on the dollar and sets his rogue organization back years by leaving them ill-equipped to compete in the American League.  

Wade’s bio section makes it known that he put the project aside (yeah right) while general managing the Astros into obscurity. But you’ll be glad to know he’s taking his role as special consultant to the baseball operations department with the Phillies seriously. From his bio: 

After leaving the Astros at the end of the 2011 season, Wade returned to the Phillies in a special consultant's role, turned his computer back on and finished Delayed Honor. The book incorporates many of Wade's non-baseball interests, including running (lifelong runner with a couple of full- and half-marathons under his belt), skydiving (licensed jumper with over 40 jumps to date) and the military (the book calls on Wade's friendships with many service members, including elite Navy SEALs). A native of Carbondale, PA, Wade is married to Roxanne and is the father of Ryan, Erin and Maureen. The Wades live in Sewell, NJ, where Wade counts the days to the next Spring Training and the beginning of another baseball season.

 

Ed Wade is friends with elite Navy SEALs. The skydiving thing is great, too, since Wade’s gig with the Phils amounts to a golden parachute for his baseball career.

Now seems like as good a time as ever to remind you to click our Amazon link if you plan on purchasing this Ed Wade thriller: 

Ed Wade Discussed Trading Chase Utley and Ryan Madson For Barry Zito

Kyle Scott - February 8, 2012

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Oh fuck. 

Breathe. Breathe.

Ed Wade, who will presumably be shown off by the Phillies as sort of a medical oddity this season, took a few minutes to chat with CSN’s Jim Salisbury this week. The conversation, of course, turned to Wade’s time here as Phillies GM. 

He detailed one conversation that took place with Oakland A’s general manager Brad Pitt: [CSNPhilly.com]

Over the course of my eight years as general manager, there were opportunities to trade a lot of good players for good players in return. There was one deal that probably would have been very, very popular for a very short period of time. I had a conversation with Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s regarding Barry Zito, and if we had acquired Barry Zito at that time at the top of his game it would have been a very popular move. The cost of doing business was Chase Utley, Ryan Madson and Michael Bourn. We said no and the rest is history. The types of decisions we were making at that time, whether it was considering trading Ryan Howard, or keeping that core nucleus of guys, was that there had to be a point where everything fell into place. Fortunately for the ballclub, it fell into place [in 2008]. Unfortunately for me, it fell into place a couple of years after I left.

 

Oh thank God. I don’t know who ultimately convinced Ed that the deal wasn’t a good idea, but I’d like to think that then-assistant GM Ruben Amaro walked into to Edward’s office and cockslapped him at the notion of trading a sweet-swinging, intangibles-oozing second basemen. And yes, the rest was history… all thanks to a Big Poker cockslap.

Whatever the case, good thing it didn’t happen. Zito wasn’t on the active roster when the Giants won the 2010 World Series, and he was seemingly more focused on partying with Pat Burrell, The Machine, and buxom beauties at his California home than he was on his career. Then again, aren't we all…

Full interview with Wade here.

Ruben Amaro Let’s It Hang Low, Hires Ed Wade

Kyle Scott - December 20, 2011

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Today is a fine day, says Rube

Ruben Amaro has had quite the dick-swinging 24-hour period.

Yesterday, he showed up to Jimmy Rollins’ press conference in his Wedding Crashers suit and then proceeded to toast the newly re-signed Phillie like a proud father at his son’s graduation from law school. 

Arm around Jimmy? Check.

Joe Biden-esque public display of euphoria? Of course!

We’re doing this in the middle of the Phillies front office Christmas party and I’m down a few, my hair is slightly askew, beard is developing its own personality traits and I won this dick measuring contest by guaranteeing our aging shortstop only three years? In order: Yep. Probably. You know it. He sure is. And you’re damnnnn right.

That was Ruben Amaro’s Wednesday… oh, and today he officially hired his former mentor, Ed Wade, to be a “Special Consultant to the Baseball Operations Department." "" "" "" Quotes!

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That’s right, boys and girls, Ed Wade is back. The Phillies just announced that Wade will once again be on the payroll, presumably not to actually do anything (because he’s 0-2 as a GM), but as a thank you for Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence and Eric Bruntlett’s beard.

Officially:

In his new role with the Phillies, Wade will assist in salary arbitration consultation, while also scouting at both the Major and minor league levels. 

 

Translation: You’ll be working from Storage B. And no, you can’t have the Swingline stapler.

Now seems like a good time to re-live Wade’s greatest hits. Back in the summer, we detailed his dealings with the Phillies. And, of course, you get forget Philly Phaithful’s lovely Dopius Maximus t-shirt:

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Introducing Ed Wade “The Gift That Keeps on Giving” T-Shirt

Kyle Scott - August 10, 2011

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Not too long ago, I saw former Phillies and soon to be ex-Astros GM Ed Wade at Villanova, where his daughter worked as a manager for the basketball team. I seriously thought about walking over to him, gently squeezing his ass, and whispering into his ear, “Thanks, Ed.”

But that would have been weird, so I just kept walking, silently celebrating the myriad stars he has sent our way: Brad Lidge, Eric Bruntlett’s beard, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence. 

I detailed all of the dope's dealings with his former protégé last week, and now it is my great pleasure to present to you the latest jam from our friends at Philly Phaithful: Dopius Maximus, the gift that keeps on giving

Order by 11:59 P.M EST Sunday (wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men!) and save 10% with code cb10. As always, Philly Phaithful tees are printed on high-quality American Apparel t-shirts.

Go get it right here.

Ed Wade: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Kyle Scott - August 2, 2011

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Clark, it's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

That it is, Edward. That it is, indeed.

We’ve joked a lot about how many sweet, hometown discounts Ed Wade has given his goddaughter’s father, Ruben Amaro, but perhaps we should take a closer look at what Wade has gotten in return for the three All-Stars he has traded to the Phillies. Let’s delve:

November 7, 2007: Wade trades Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett to the Phillies (Gillick) for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary, and Mike Costanzo.

Phillies got: A 48-FOR-48 WORLD CHAMPION PERFORMANCE from Lidge, and Eric Brunlett scored the game-winning run in two World Series games. He also turned an unassisted triple play and was the owner of a sweet beard.

Astros got: Michael Bourn, who developed into a very nice player and an All-Star… though he was just traded to Atlanta for Jordan Schafer and minor leaguers. Schafer is still recovering from a broken finger, which he suffered earlier this year. He was batting .240 with Atlanta.

Geary was released and hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2009.

Costanzo, my childhood friend who I once struck out in a Delco league playoff game (pats back), was part of a trade package to Baltimore. In return, the Astros got Miguel Tejeda, who signed with the Giants this off-season.

Fun fact: Costanzo said in his introductory press conference with the Phillies that he wanted to help them win a World Series. He did exactly that. It should also be known that I owned him in RBI Baseball.

He's currently in AAA.

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The Absolute Latest in the Hunter Pence Sweepstakes: Ed Wade Doesn’t Know How to Haggle

Kyle Scott - July 29, 2011

First off, are we really supposed to believe Ed Wade’s attempt to flex muscle and his imagined Friday deadline? Like how long do you think Rube and Ed were on the phone before Rube’s stone cold silence broke Ed’s spirit? Two seconds? Five? No more.

Then, after imposing at least some will on Big Rube, getting him to offer up Brown and the Phillies’ two best prospects, Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton, lame duck Wade still wasn't happy, allegedly.

Here’s the latest:

Ken Rosenthal confirms this report by Jayson Stark:

The reason for that is this: The Phillies initially offered their two best prospects, pitcher Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton, and were told that wasn't enough. The Phillies then offered to include their right fielder, Domonic Brown. But the Astros, according to one team that spoke with them, would prefer to spin Brown elsewhere for multiple prospects than take him themselves.

 

In addition, Rosenthal also reports the Astros are trying to move Michael Bourn, Wandy Rodriguez, and Brett Myers.

Right now, most reports agree the Phillies are searching for a third team to enter the deal. Rob Ellis, on 610 WIP, said that team could be the Yankees.

I still have no problem moving all three of those guys, since the odds are only one turns out to be a legitimate Major League star… but Wade is out negotiating himself now. A boat’s a boat, but the mystery box could be anything. It could even be a boat!

Just take the boat, Ed.

I'll take the mystery box!

UPDATE: Jon Heyman still feels it will get done.

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Hot for Hunter.

Doug Collins Will Try to Exploit Dwyane Wade’s Migraines Tonight

Kyle Scott - April 18, 2011

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Dwyane Wade missed Sunday's practice with a migraine symptoms, something he has struggled with in the past. Tonight, he is expected to wear goggles to help combat the effects of the bright lights (literally and figuratively, I suppose). Perhaps the white out in Miami isn't helping things…

In January, the league banned him from wearing tinted glasses, because it gave him an unfair advantage over other players, since they couldn't see his eyes. Look for tonight's goggles to be no more than translucent.

Of course, Doug Collins will try to exploit Wade's symptoms: [Palm Beach Post and Jennifer McCaffrey]

“I have a set of cymbals, that every time he runs by the bench, I’m slashing them. And I went out and bought the brightest flashlight I could find, and every time I get eye contact I'm shooting it at him."

 

He's kidding… I think.

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BREAKING NEWS: Wade Phillips Fired by Cowboys

Kyle Scott - November 8, 2010

They are, at best, laughable.  Jason Garrett has been tabbed to take over.

That's ashame because our old buddy BlueStarShockTrooper was starting to get weird and invoking Jesus before the loss to the Packers.  It could get ugly now.

Video after the jump.

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