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Jimmy Rollins Will Play in the World Baseball Classic

Kyle Scott - January 17, 2013

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This will be the first World Baseball Classic since I’ve been blogging full-time (read: working at home in my underwear), so I’ll be able to watch many of the early round games, some of which take place at weird times (EST)– 5 a.m., 4 p.m and 9 p.m. among them. Problem is, most of you don’t work at home in your underwear, and watching games at those times requires a serious commitment (and vacation time that, really, you have nothing better with?). So I’m not sure how much of a thing the WBC is. But, Jimmy Rollins is playing in it and I thought you should know.

Media Home Run Derby runner-up Ryan Lawrence brings us the details: [Philly.com]

Rollins was the lone Phillies player listed when the WBC’s American roster was unveiled on Thursday morning. Rollins also played for Team USA in 2009, the second go-round of the Olympic-style, early-spring baseball tournament.

With Derek Jeter and Troy Tulowitzki coming off injuries, Rollins was somewhat of an obvious choice for Team USA. The 34-year-old won his fourth Gold Glove in 2012.

Worth noting: Rollins struggled offensively coming off his last WBC appearance.

He was benched in late June while carrying a batting average that hovered near the Mendoza line. Rollins finished the season at .250, but with a career-low .296 on-base percentage.

 

Of course, it's also worth noting that J-Roll™ did this later that year.

Rollins will be joined on the team by his buddy, Boston Red Sox center fielder Shane Victorino. Aloha.

The Nats Might Have Another Obnoxious Slogan for the 2013 Campaign

Kyle Scott - December 4, 2012

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Davey Johnson, who prior to last season said he liked the Nats’ pitching better thant he Phillies’ (he was right), who manages all that Natitude, whose team blew a hundred run lead in Game 5 of the NLDS, at home, gave some insight to reporters today about what could be the Nats’ 2013 slogan:"World Series or bust, that's probably the slogan this year."

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Like this?

Chances are his comment was tongue-in-cheek, not unlike Billy Mack’s quasi-parody, Christmas is All Around Us. Thing is, Mack's single stuck, found its way to the top of England’s pop charts and became the Christmas number one single in Love Actually.

So while Johnson might not have been wholly serious, like Mack, he may be on to something this holiday season. I imagine Nats goofy COO Andrew Feffer thinking to himself: Brilliant. Done. World Series or burst.

Christmas movie references all week to get you ready for Christmas movie quizzo at Drinker's next week.

Of Course Hunter Pence Hit the Ball Three Times with One Swing

Kyle Scott - October 23, 2012


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Good morning. Here’s your #dickpunch for the day. Only Hunter Pence (and whatever that strange facial hair growth is) would manage to make contact with a pitched ball three times while hitting a harmless chopper to short that turned into a three-run double (plus error) to give his team a commanding 5-0 lead in Game 7 of the NLCS. Only Hunter Pence, who will play in the World Series.

That video plus bonus video about Hunter Pence's pre-game sermons, after the jump.

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The Nationals Punched Their Fans in the Dick This Morning by Sending Out This Email for World Series Tickets

Kyle Scott - October 13, 2012

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Sometimes emails go out when they’re not supposed to. Perhaps a co-worker inadvertently copies the entire office on a picture of a LOLCat. Or perhaps a business pushes out an email for a sale that’s already expired. I worked in online marketing for a few years and more than once was responsible that latter gaff. Few people noticed. Or cared.

But this morning, the Washington Nationals may have just set the high-water mark for bonerific emails. Not more than seven hours after their team polished off one of the most historic Postseason collapses in the history of anything anywhere, the Nats trolled hard on their season-ticket holders (all 12 of them) by notifying them through email of an exclusive pre-sale for World Series tickets:

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 via Nats Enquirer

GAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

I despise the Nationals and everything about their organization. They had a legitimate shot to win the World Series and benched their world-class pitcher for tenuous reasons. In their three NLDS losses, they gave up 29 runs (12, 8, 9). Surely, had Strasburg pitched in one (or two) of those games, the outcome may have been much different and this email could have meant something. It doesn’t, and I actually feel somewhat bad for the dozen people who received it. They don’t deserve that sort of cruelty today. So maybe the Nats would have been better off sending out one of those cat emails:


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Maybe not.

Your Boy Meets World Quizzo Questions

Kyle Scott - June 15, 2012

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Here are all 40 questions from last night's Boy Meets World Quizzo at Drinker's. Round 2 is a character round. Round 3 is a quotes round. Answers down below. Please excuse any typos– these are from my notes.

  1. What is Topanga’s real name?
  2. When the first season begins, Cory and Shawn are in what grade, which seems young, because season two jumps them to high school?
  3. What refrain is repeated during Topanga weird poem in season one which begins Sun. The only. The one.
  4. Cory and Topanga bicker about the poem and he asks her if she’s going to be one of those girls who doesn’t do what?
  5. In season 2, Cory is invited to a couple only party and takes who, who he lies to and tells he’s ready to start a relationship?
  6. What was the name of the high school?
  7. What does Cory first call Mr. Turner?
  8. What was the name, or call letters, of the TV station Eric filled in as a weatherman at?
  9. Which fellow ABC character made an appearance on Boy Meets World during the Disney World episode?
  10. What did the sign say that Cory took in the diving tank at Disney World, before he and Topanga eventually kissed in front of the water fountain? 

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Reminder: “Boy Meets World” Quizzo TONIGHT at Drinker’s

Kyle Scott - June 14, 2012

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TONIGHT. 8 p.m. Drinker’s Tavern in Old City (2nd and Market). BOY MEETS WORLD QUIZZO.

Winning team gets a $25 gift certificate to Drinker’s establishments. 

Details here.

Reminder: Our Sponsor, Guinness, Wants Your Help in Setting a World Record

Kyle Scott - March 9, 2012

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Hello.

As I told you a few weeks ago, Guinness is one of our new sponsors (yeah, the big beer company) and they want our help – your help - in setting a World Record for largest St. Patrick’s Day Guinness drinking party, like, ever. 

I like parties and beer. Also, money. So we’re going to help.

We're asking you to take the Guinness pledge to drink one pint (or more, but drink responsibly) of Guinness on St. Patrick's Day. 

Here’s what’s in it for you:

The more people that sign up, the more we get paid. And, on St. Patty's Day, we’re going to pass back half of whatever that payment in the form of tickets to one reader who takes the pledge– the higher the payout, the better the event and seating location (we’re shooting for rinkside seats (2) at a Flyers playoff game). Think of this as a FREE raffle ticket. Oh yeah, and by pledging to drink a Guinness on St. Patty’s Day, you can enter for a chance to win a free trip to Dublin courtesy of Guinness. Not bad.

Here’s all you need to do:

1) Click this link to go to Guinness.com.

2) Hit the big “Join the Party” button

3) Enter your first name, zip code and – very important – CROS as the “optional code.”

That’s it. Takes two seconds to be part of a world record and to up the 50-50 ante. You can also add a few more details to enter to win a trip to Dublin.

As always, thank you for your support and good luck

UPDATE: Evan Turner Just Set a World Record for the Most Useless Thing Ever (Never Mind)

Kyle Scott - February 24, 2012

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Well… this is exciting. We think…?

According to Sixers PR man Mike Preston, Evan Turner just set a Guinness World Record for most shots made in a minute from behind the backboard, 14, at NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in Orlando.

Congrats, ET.

Thus fulfills your daily quotiant for random things. Video of Turner setting the record, via the NBA, is after the jump.

UPDATE: What a waste of energy this post was. Not an hour later, Ricky Rubio broke the record, with 18 shots in less than a minute. You'd think that they'd hold off on awarding winners until all contestants are done shooting, no? This whole thing is dumb.

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