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Tom McCarthy’s Five-Year Extension Begins Right Now

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2013

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GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY BASEBALL SEASON OFFICIALLY STARTS TODAY AND I’M SCREAMING LIKE TOM MCCARTHY WHO RECENTLY TOLD A PHILLIES WEBSITE THAT HIS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION BEGINS THIS SEASON SO HE’LL BE WITH YOU EVVVVVVVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

Tom McCarthy’s contract expired at the end of last season, but in the absence of any news that the Phillies had politely driven him out to the middle of nowhere and left him to scream amongst the trees (if a T-Mac yells in the forrest and no one hears him, does a T-Mac really scream in the forrest?), it was assumed that he got some sort of extension for at least this season. But yesterday, PhilsBaseball.com posted an interview with T-Mac, who revealed that he signed a five-year extension last winter. Oh, and that the broadcast crew plans on carrying around a life-sized Chris Wheeler puppet this year.

From the interview:

That is great to hear, but I understand last season was the final year of your contract. Have you discussed renewing your contract yet?

I actually heard that from a lot of people. I never even realized my contract had been public notice or that people had wondered. I even got an email from someone asking if I was coming back this year and I said, “Yeah, why?” They said they heard my contract was up and I said, “It was?” But yes, I signed a new contract last winter for a five year extension. It starts this year, so I’m here for at least another five years after this.

 

Gah. The Phillies TV broadcast crew finished in third, with only 8% of the vote, in a poll we ran in November. In 2010, T-Mac finished a distant second to Scott Franzke when we asked who you would prefer to have doing play-by-play on TV. So I don’t get it. T-Mac seems like a good guy, and he has his moments, but the overwhelming sentiment is that he is more annoying than he is enjoyable to listen to. He doesn’t let the game breathe (the way Franzke does and Harry used to), his reactions seem forced, and his tone-deaf, company man style is irritating. A local radio person once told me that he felt like T-Mac broadcasts directly to David Montgomery, not the fans - what does my boss want to hear, as opposed to what does my audience want to hear – and I think that’s a fair criticism.

Of course, T-Mac sticking around will bring more awkward hilarity, like this:

Any new pranks planned?

We had this thing in Cincinnati where Sarge left the water running and flooded the whole hallway, so I went back to the hallway and took a picture of it and I sent it out to everybody. Then I let Wheels know that I was ready for the season and I had all these things planned, and he just went, “Oh joy.”

Most of the stuff we do is pretty spontaneous. We do try to celebrate Wheels’ birthday in a different way each year. One of the things we’re going to try this year is to get a life sized puppet of Wheels so we can carry it around with us everywhere we go.

 

Sweet. 

Your CB Year in Review

Kyle Scott - December 28, 2012

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Hello there! Checking in from my post-holiday diet of alcohol, video games, alcohol, smoked meats, and cookies… and from, somewhat effeminately, browsing The Knot’s wedding planning app (I got engaged last weekend), to bring you your CB Year in Review.

Since January 1, 1.6 million people have read Crossing Broad, accounting for 6.8 million visits and 10.5 million individual page views. To put that in perspective, the 6.8 million visits to Crossing Broad were nearly double the gross number of fan visits to Citizens Bank Park this year. So, I thank you.

Here are the top 10 most read stories on Crossing Broad in 2012:

10) Racism is Alive and Well with (Boston) Hockey Fans

9) So it Seems Michael Vick Has a Dog

8) We’ve Obtained Pictures of Pat Burrell Day Drinking and Grabbing a Girl’s Breast in Northern Liberties

7) And Now, A Conversation Amongst NFL Quarterbacks on Facebook

6) Examining Why Sidney Crosby is Such a Bitch

5) Gina Lynn’s Ex-Husband Reveals Porn Star Wife's Athlete Conquests [later recanted]

4) Your Flyers Rumors Running Commentary (no link, live blog)

3) Chris Therien Goes Off on Sidney Crosby

2) These (soon-to-be) NHL Draft Picks were Eager to Get Drunk and Screw Before Their Big Day

1) Phillies Hot Stove Running Commentary

 

A big Thank You to our current advertisers and promotional partners: Drinker’s Philadelphia, Godfather Locks, Girls of Philly, Joe Conklin, Monkey’s Uncle, The Armadillo Club, Sports Vault, Philly Phaithful, TiqIQ, Draft Street and Chickie’s and Pete’s. To those who helped and contributed in other areas (and I’m sure I left someone out): Ryan Gillon, Dan Fuller, Adam Reigner, John Ellis, Drew Cohen, John Miller, Dan Hershberg, Steve Lingle, Larry Colangelo, Joe DiBiaggio, Kyle McGrory and Big Scott Paterno. Local media friends, partners and just about anyone who has been kind to the site over the past year: Basically everyone at WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic, the Great Sports Debate, FOX Philly’s Good Day, CSN’s Lunch Break folks and countless others.

Most of all, thank you to Ms. CB (soon to be Mrs. CB) and you, the reader, for the continued support that make this site what it is– the best sports blog, pretty much ever.

Top 10 Philly Sports Moments of the Year, and Andy Reid’s firing… on Monday.

Your CB Year in Review

Kyle Scott - December 23, 2011

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Since many of you choose to make CB your first stop for Philly sports, here’s a year in review of the site. 

Since January 1, 1.2 million people have read Crossing Broad, accounting for 4.5 million visits and 7.2 million individual page views (you hear that, advertisers?). To put that in perspective, the 4.5 million visits to Crossing Broad were nearly one million more than the gross number of fan visits to Citizens Bank Park this year. And we were voted Best Sports Blog in Philly in CBS Philly's Blogger Awards.

Here are the top ten most read stories on Crossing Broad in 2011 (keep in mind, this list is influenced greatly by other larger and national sites linking in, so these aren’t necessarily the biggest stories): 

10) Baby Utley

9) Wilson Valdez Pitches

8) FBI Helping Chicago Bar Look for Game 6 Puck

7) Jeff McLane Launches Counter Assault on Les Bowen

6) Your Friday Night Car Bomb: Dan Carcillo’s Twitter is a Gift to Humanity

5) Scenes From Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park

4) Your Beer Dispenser Questions Answered

3) Your Phillies Winter Meetings Running Commentary

2) Kate Upton Pokes Sean Avery

1) Here's a Photo of Hunter Pence with Playmate Shannon James

 

As you can tell, boobs, vulgarity and beer generally get all the links, but they’re not what I’d consider our best posts. Here are my top five 12+ that I enjoyed writing:

 

12) Cliff Lee Going Yard (twice)

11) Every Single Cliff Leebased Morning Wood

10) Morning Wood: We Zaprudered the Brawl

9) Your Morning Carts: I Went to Chester to See Becks But Becks Wasn’t There Edition!

8) A Comprehensive Breakdown of the New Sixers Mascot Choices

7) CB Exclusive: Jeremy Roenick Defends His Comments About Philly Fans

6) In Case You Were Wondering, Kane Kalas Makes a Living Playing Online Poker in Costa Rica

5) Mike Richards Lands Direct Hit on Tim Panaccio

4) The Definitive Phillies Man Crush Guide

3) Illadictionary Vol 1: Defining The Types of Phillies Games

2) Media Feuds: Gonzo v. Murph, Murph v. Miss, Jeff McLane Launches Counter Assault on Les Bowen, Les Bowen Punches Jeff McLane, Frank Seravalli and Sam Carchidi Whip It Out to See Whose is More Accurate

1) Welcome to Peter Laviolette’s Dry Island

 

A big Thank You to our current advertisers and promotional partners: Drinker’s Philadelphia, BC Sports, Philly Phaithful, TiqIQ, Draft Street, American Male, SportFitDeal, The Ultimate Sports Challenge and Big Lead Sports. To those who contributed and helped in other areas: Ryan Gillon, John Ellis, Dan Fuller, Adam Reigner, Jim McCormick, Drew Cohen, Adam Gonsiewski, Lauren Liberati, John Miller, Steve Whyno, Dave Isaac, Dan Hershberg, Steve Lingle, Larry Colangelo, Dan Bello and, perhaps most importantly, Ms. CB, for not killing me when I’m writing dick jokes at 2 AM… on a Saturday. 

And thank you to everybody for your continued support. Keep an eye out for our Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of the 2011 in the coming week. Plus, Winter Classic coverage all next week leading up to the game.

Here’s a Two Year Old Impersonating Ryan Howard

Kyle Scott - January 28, 2011

Because it's a Friday afternoon in January. That's why.

Check out this kid imitating Ryan Howard's stance. The video was taken at an Iron Pigs game last year, but it was just posted to YouTube. He even fixes the batting gloves at the 45 second mark.

The big difference between the kid and Piece: The kid swung at the ball.

Cute children: Helping blogs mail it in since 2002.

Must Watch Video from Onion SportsDome: 8 Year Old Cancer Patient Granted Wish to Heckle David Wright

Kyle Scott - January 19, 2011

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Just amazing.

I woke up to no less than three emails alerting us of Onion SportsDome's segment on Phillies fan Allison Pencey, an 8-year-old cancer patient whose lifelong dream to heckle David Wright was fulfilled by Onion's Wish Zone.

This is so wrong on so many levels, but it's also loaded with win. SportsDome absolutely nailed the tone and tenor of ESPN's My Wish segment. 

It starts off with Allison sitting in her hospital bed cursing at Wright, before being told she would be taken to the Phillies game to heckle him in person.

I hate how he smiles, like he's playing to make friends. Just play, scumbag.

 

Must watch video after the jump.

This isn't going to sit well with some folks, but I'm more concerned about the young actor who will grow up thinking it's OK to impersonate cancer patients for the sake of comedy.

H/T to Michael, Matt, The Wiz Wit guys

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DeSean Jackson Dedicates Game to 15-Year-Old Girl

Kyle Scott - January 9, 2011

DeSean Jackson has dedicated today's game to Ashley Reich, a 15-year-old New Jersey girl with cancer.

Here's the video from FOX Philly, which features Reich reading Jackson's Twitter page:

Eagles Game Dedicated To N.J. Girl: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of 2010: #1 Roy Halladay

Kyle Scott - December 31, 2010

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This is our second annual "Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of the year."  You can find last year's list here.  We will roll out a new moment each day (one over the weekend) from now until New Year's Eve.

The man- he's a moment.

It's nearly impossible to choose which one of Roy Halladay's no-hitters was better, so we rolled them all up with the man, and a year's worth of dominance, to be our top moment of 2010.

There are a number of other Top Ten lists out there and, quite frankly, any of them that don't have Roy Halladay at number one are wrong.

You can make a case for Michael Vick and the Eagles.  But let's be honest, up until September 19th, we all thought it was a mistake that Vick was still in this town.  While his success is impressive and shocking, it is also divisive.  

You can build a strong case for the Flyers' comeback.  However, since they didn't eventually win the Stanley Cup, and most fans were long off the bandwagon until Game 7, it's hard to choose them as our top moment. I'm willing to bet that most fans, myself included, had, at best, a casual interest in Games 4 and 5.

You can also build a strong case for the acquisition of Cliff Lee.  But since that didn't take place anywhere near a playing field, we can't, in our right mind, place that above any of those other moments.

Roy Halladay was different.  He came to Philadelphia under the guise of an ace that would lead us to the promised land- only his presence, at least initially, was questioned because we just had such a person.  Many, including myself, felt that Halladay couldn't possibly perform any better than Lee did in the playoffs.

We celebrated his arrival, created Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and even websites, but always lurking deep within our subconcious was the fact that we gave away Lee to get him.  Of course, that feeling became buried deeper and deeper with each passing day.

Halladay showed up to Spring Training everyday at 5 A. M., inspiring teammates to do the same.  He picked up an Opening Day win and followed with dominant performance after dominant performance.  Then, on May 29th, he inserted himself firmly into baseball history, throwing the 20th perfect game of all-time and only the second in the Phillies' long and storied existence.

Much more, including video of the final out of his no-hitter, with my screaming and my Dad's epic yelling, after the jump.

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8-Year-Old Boy Attacked at Browns Game, Philly Not Worst City on Earth

Kyle Scott - November 17, 2010

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Just when the national media would like you to believe that Philly is the only city inhabited by bullies, shit like this happens.

An 8-year-old boy wearing a Jets jersey in Cleveland was attacked by Browns fans on Sunday. What exactly did they do to him?  Take it away, Mom:  [WEWS]

“Calling him a bad word, to my husband and to my son, throwing food at them,” Danielle said. She said the worst of it was in the Muni Lot, as they were walking to the car to leave.

“As he was walking, holding my son’s hand, a guy from behind tackled him. A drunken Browns fan tackled him and pulled him out of his dad’s hand. He was on the ground crying,” Danielle said.

She said the little boy’s ankle was scraped and bruised. The dad didn’t call police, opting to leave instead.

“He just wanted to get him out of there, out of that environment,” Danielle said.

Just horrible.  Many would argue that this is more horrible than puking, throwing snowballs at Santa, and running on the field in a Redman costume.  This stuff happens everywhere- we'll keep posting it.

What was the city's response?

The Muni Lot is operated by the City of Cleveland. Cleveland parks and recreation director Michael Cox told NewsChannel5 rowdy fan behavior, like this incident, is one of the reasons the lot no longer opens at 4 a.m. on game days. The city has been adding extra security to the lot because of some rowdy fans.

4 a.m.  Nice.