New Aquisition John Richy Makes Clearwater Threshers Debut

John Richy, the newly acquired RHP from the Dodgers, made his debut with the Clearwater Threshers tonight.

Here are some pictures:  


Richy went 7 innings, 4 hits, no runs, 1 walk, 3 strike outs and a pick-off. A rather impressive debut for our new pitcher.

My only regret is that I won’t get to see more of him before the end of the season. Well, there’s only approximately 165 days until spring training….

ARM–Another Ruben Mistake?

As someone who had faithfully followed Phillies baseball for a decade and knowing some of the players eight years, you get attached to them, invested in their progress. You watch them progress and succeed and get oh so close to catching their dream.

Two years ago, I wrote about Derrick Mitchell and how excited we were that he had gotten a chance to play with the big team ( you can read that blog HERE) and how all had hoped that at the worst, he’d end up a September call up. That didn’t happen. It didn’t happen last year either. During the off season, Derrick signed with the Braves and guess what? After being in camp a few WEEKS (he reported to the minor league camp)they have given him a shot in the big game. He pinch-ran, then hit a sac-fly RBI in the seventh. Not too bad! A mistake by Amaro.

Seth Rosin, RHP, was with us last year. He was solid but the Phillies didn’t protect him and we lost him during the Rule 5 draft. He’s now on the 25-man roster with the Dodgers. Another Ruben Mistake.

Tuffy Gosewisch was a good catcher with a lot of promise, but apparently the Phillies didn’t think so as they traded him to the Diamondbacks for a half-used stick of pine tar. Gosewisch has joined Rosin in Australia and has also made the Diamondbacks 25-man roster. Another Ruben Mistake.

What do these three guys have in common? They weren’t given a look by the Phillies and have gone on to find success with other teams. More importantly, these are the ones we can think of just off the top of our heads.

How many times can the Phillies do this? I just keep thinking, ARM, Another Ruben Mistake. Maybe Amaro forgets that three strikes and you’re out. Mitchell-Strike One, Rosin-Strike Two, Gosewisch-Strike Three—you’re outta here…well we can wisch.

(Original phot from edits are mine)>

Violence in Sports, Not the On-The-Field Variety

As I usually do, I was following my Twitter feed while watching the Pirates game. Towards the end of the game I saw a re-tweet from a friend, the tweet was from the wife of Mat Latos, a Cincinnati Reds player. She reported that Pirates fans had been harassing another player’s grandmother and she asked them to stop and they then called her a profanity and threatened her.

She then claims that this fan pulled her hair before punching her in the head three times!


(If you’d like to read an article about it including her tweets (warning NSFW) you can click HERE.)

This is just the latest in a series of fan-on-fan violence. On opening day, 2011, a Giants fan was attacked at Dodger Stadium in an attack that left him brain damaged. Brian Stow finally returned home in June, more than two years after the attack but still requires home nursing care. (Story HERE)

Just last week, on September 26th, a Dodgers fan was fatally stabbed outside AT&T Park in San Francisco. (Story HERE).

It’s nothing new, in fact, I was a victim of this fan-on-fan violence. Back in 1997, Baseball Ross and I lived in Harrisburg, PA, and Amtrak ran a special “Eagles Train”. It left from Harrisburg and went to Philadelphia, stopping on the tracks next to Veterans Stadium. They put little stools below the steps and we walked across the parking lot.

It was TERRIFYING! We had to walk along the fence surrounding the parking lot. Most of those fans had been tailgating for hours and were very drunk. It was like running the gauntlet. Those that were wearing Redskins gear were taunted, harassed, spit on, and had food thrown at them! Even the children! It was horrible. I was glad to be wearing Eagles gear but it was just abysmal.

During the game (of which I really don’t remember much after the next incident) the Eagles got a touchdown and Washington took the kickoff and gained some yards. Then Gus Ferrotte threw for a first down, that was when I was assaulted. The woman next to me punched me in the arm screaming, “It doesn’t even matter!” (referring to the touchdown.)

Ross didn’t see her. We were in the middle of a section so there was no way for me to get out. I would have had to pass the woman to get out to get security and there was no way to get out the other direction or signal for security. So I hid under Ross’ arm and waited for the game to be over, waiting to get away from the crazed fan. That game was pandemonium. Later, after the Eagles win, people were throwing fireworks off the top of the stadium and we saw at least one fist fight. It wasn’t long before Judge Seamus McCafferty was given a court room at the stadium to adjudicate the cases generated by the rowdy crowd.

Why has it gotten to this? How has it gotten to this?

Is it because how things in society have changed, in regards to manners? I can remember as a child, getting dressed up to go to a Hershey Bears hockey game. My dad had season tickets for years and he used to wear dress pants, dress shirt, tie and a jacket to the games. Could it be the alcohol? Alcohol fueled a murder at Citizens Bank Park back in 2009. (You can read the story HERE) This was Phillies fan vs. Phillies fan over a spilled beer.

I can’t figure it out. I don’t know if I want to figure it out. I just want fans to be able to go to a game wearing their jerseys without fear of getting attacked by someone in a different colored jersey, is that too much to ask? I honestly don’t know what it is, but I really wish people would just take a step back, realize the other person is  PERSON who has just as much right to live their lives without interference from anyone else.

I guess everyone needs to realize that, not just sports fans.

Elevator Day–What can it mean?

It’s a day of moment in the pharm system. Some going up, one coming down. Jordan Whatcott, Frank Gailey and Ryan Duke were all promoted from Reading to Lehigh Valley. Pat Misch was sent from Lehigh to Reading.

So what does it mean?

Personally, between trading Thome (especially without consulting Manuel, who was quoted as saying that he didn’t know that they had traded Thome until after the game) the rumors rabidly circulating that they are looking to deal Cole Hamels to the Rangers OR that the Reds, Dodgers and Yankees are all interested in Shane Victorino and now, all these moves….

I think they are floundering, they are desperate and hopelessly flailing, trying to find something, anything to staunch the bleeding.

As much as I’ve questioned Amarro’s actions over the last year or two, this is the most concerning to me. He obviously knows that his job is on the line. He bet everything that the veterans on this year’s team would be able to pull him through. He spent every dime he could on older players, making a team for now, but the problem is that he over paid and gave older players long term contracts that keep them tied to the franchise. The contracts are also so large that very few teams could afford to inherit these contracts IF we could convince them to take them in a trade.

I’ve come to think of Ruben as “Rabid Ruben”, foaming at the mouth and running around and biting at anyone and anything trying to find something to work. In the meantime, the team is floundering, foundering and nothing will get better until Rabid Ruben is “cured”. By cured, I mean excised like a cancerous tumor.

At this point, it’s OBVIOUS that he’s grasping at straws, throwing in not only the towel but every other piece of laundry in the basket too. Let’s stop the cancer from growing, excise it now, get someone else in there and stop the damage before it gets any worse. Why not do a wholesale housecleaning at the top and also replace Manuel with Hall of Famer, Iron Pigs’ Manager Ryne Sandberg?

They need to keep Hamels. We do not have enough pitching talent for next year without him. I think we have pitchers coming up that might be ready in the future, but not this year and not next year.

As far as Victorino, I like the guy, BUT as I’ve written before, we are flush with young talent that could grow into the position, Derrick Mitchell, Tyson Gillies, Jiwan James, Steve Susdorf, Domonic Brown (if he ever gets healthy) and those are just the guys I can think of off the top of my head. We have to look to these young, talented guys for the future; Rabid Ruben’s habit of looking outside the pharm for senior talent obviously isn’t working, let’s use the talent we’ve home grown and let them lead us into the future and stop looking back.

Could it be Victorino?????

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that there is a greater chance of the Phils being able to move Shane Victorino, with the Reds, Dodgers and Yankees reportedly showing interest.

What will Rabid Ruben do today? What mayhem will he cause and how will it affect the Phils…

I think he knows that with his past performance that his job is on the line…I think he’s grasping at straws.

So the question is…what will his desperation cause him to do?