Saturday, April 21, 2007


I've had a hard time mustering up the energy to post my game notes detailing such depressing contests...last night's loss to Cincinnati taking the cake as the latest affront to good baseball put forth by this team. In staying away, however, I've missed out on the opportunity to comment on the big news that the team has generated in the past couple of days. My lightning round analysis on two big recent stories follows:

Charlie Manuel v Howard Eskin

Nobody is a winner in this matchup of two of Philadelphia's most polarizing sports personalities. I honestly can't blame Charlie for finally losing his cool and flipping out on Eskin - the guy really is a bottom feeder who lives to cause trouble by making his hatred for Philadelphia professional sports figures personal - in Eskin's world, Bobby Abreu was just another heartless, lazy Latin ballplayer, Allen Iverson was a punk who didn't learn a thing from the time he was drafted to the time he was traded, and Charlie Manuel is a player's manager who is clearly bad at his job because he stutters and speaks with a West Virginian accent. Manuel finally reached a boiling point and lost his composure after Eskin's persistent needling got to be too much

Besides Howard Eskin getting national television time as a result of the incident, the thing that upset me more than anything else is the idiotic notion put forth by Eskin (and sadly agreed upon by his legion of followers, the Philly "fan" base) that a good manager of men needs to berate his employees from time to time. I'm no fan of people that yell, so maybe my heavy personal bias come into play here...but you'll have a hard time convincing me that major league ballplayers need somebody to yell and scream at them to realize they should be playing better baseball.

And though it's really neither here nor there any doubt that the Phillies skipper wouldn't have kicked Eskin's ass?

Brett Myers to the Bullpen

Early season struggles or not, Myers has the track record that indicates he is the best starter on the Phillies staff. You want your best players on the field as much as possible, right?

200 innings in the rotation > 70-80 innings out of the bullpen

Terrible move, Phillies.


Blogger XXX said...

"Terrible move, Phillies"

What the hell was that? I just read that back over and I now realize I sounded just like Peter King for a second...scary.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

No....the Myers move is good I think. This team needs a set up man now and Myers is going to close before all is said and done this year.

And yes, Manuel would dominate that fight.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Beards said...

XXX, please god gimme some updates. I need your opinion. Here is something to start you off. .

2:52 AM  

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