Category Archives: Phillies

Around The Cooler 8/10/14: Backup Players; Superstar Guests

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • We break down the Tony Stewart situation
  • Hear our thoughts on the Eagles preseason openers and hear the opinions of 94WIP’s Marc Farzetta and Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger
  • We also give the latest on Sixers and Phillies trade rumors
  • And of course we give you Feminine Persuasion and a TWCNN News Update

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The Phillies think we’re all just jerks with wallets

AmaroYet another trade deadline has passed, and yet again the Phillies did absolutely nothing to alter their course. It’s damned near inexplicable. Not only are they 4 games back from the hapless Mets and 5.5 back from the penniless Marlins, but they also have the league’s second oldest lineup – 31.0 years old – and the third highest payroll in the whole goddamned MLB.

Anybody – I mean really, anybody – can see that this bullshit ain’t gonna get better on its own. Old players are old, and no amount of wishful thinking can make them young again. Sometimes bad players are good, but more often they stay bad. Especially if they are already old. This shit ain’t exactly fucking science.

The period preceding the non-waiver trade deadline is generally the best sellers’ market in the MLB calendar. Unlike the relative mystery of the hot stove, teams know exactly where they are with respect to the league, managers have an excellent idea of their units’ deficiencies, and when contenders make moves, other playoff-bound teams are put under pressure to keep up with the Joneses. The 2014 non-waiver deadline was one of the most active in memory, and a number of marquee players were involved in the deals.

And yet, the Phillies couldn’t pull off a single one. Not one goddamned trade to make this squad better in the future. Nothing to indicate that they have any intention of making it to the World Series again.

Make no mistake, this is a terrible missed opportunity for the future of Philadelphia baseball. But in and of itself, it’s not worth taking personal offense to a quiet deadline. No, what’s truly onerous about the situation is the attitude coming from the man in charge, the grand marshall of this shit parade: Rubén Amaro, Jr.

Amaro: “We were not looking for exorbitant payback, so to speak. We were looking for players that would help us. I think we were very reasonable in the discussions that we had. Frankly, I don’t think the clubs were aggressive enough for the kind of talent we have on our club.” – NJ.com

Let me translate that into human English: “Nobody wanted to sell the farm for the bullshit that I was peddling, so I’m gonna peddle bullshit to my fan base instead.”

I take offense, Rubén. I take offense because you just looked me in the eye and called me a stupid asshole.

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Around The Cooler 8/3/14: The First Live Show!

GeorgeHere’s what we talked about:

  • The Hall of Fame and the players you grew up with
  • Feminine persuasion involves two female firsts.
  • The Eagles offense, training camp, and why Sanchez isn’t such a bad fit.
  • TWCNN gives another news update
  • Paul George, International brands, and the booming love of players.

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Ryan Howard Benching Could Be Beginning Of The End

Credit: (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Credit: (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

This has not been the best year for a number of members of the Phillies. The team is working to keep its collective head above water and with each passing day, the prime years of the core seem like a greater distant memory. That feeling holds true for Ryan Howard in particularly.

“The Big Piece,” has not been himself this season. He really has not been his “old self,” for much of the last three seasons as he has suffered and rehabbed several injuries.

The Phillies have been unable to rely on Howard the way they have in past years. That was no more evident than on Tuesday night when the Phillies fell to the Giants in 14 innings. Howard had an opportunity with a man on third and one out to give the Phillies the victory and he fittingly struck out.

It seems like the door is almost closed for Howard’s tenure as a Phillie. Speculation runs rampant and there is no way to know for sure what the brass is thinking, but the signs do not look good.

READ Ray’s entire story at CBSPhilly.com

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Around the Cooler 7/13/14: Back on the Grid

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • LeBron James heads to Cleveland. Good move?
  • Another big game hunter hits feminine persuasion
  • Shaking up baseball’s conventions and home run derby team selections
  • We have a special Philly-related spelling bee!
  • Vince makes a weight loss guarantee

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Around The Cooler 7/6/14: The Boss Is Out

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • We open with breaking down our bucket list sporting events…Masters, World Cup, Olympics
  • We also continue Feminine Persuasion with Kendall Jones vs. Lindsay Lohan
  • Phillies Retooling vs. Sixers Rebuilding…which strategy is better
  • Did you catch Joel Embiid’s Twitter game?
  • LeSean McCoy says Nick Foles is going to exceed expectations this year…will he?

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Around the Cooler 6/22/14: Stress Fracture

M-RR-Nickelback-480i60_480x270Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Are the Eagles a better roster than last season
  • We have our first real guest on the show to talk Sixers!
  • The World Cup and Ryan Howard’s interest in Nickelback.

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Around the Cooler 6/15/14: Podcast About Nothing

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Jimmy Rollins, the Hall, the numbers, and….McNabb?
  • The Sixers new practice facility in Camden
  • We begin quizzo on the show!
  • The Cup, the Finals, and Evan Mathis’ bill.

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Around the Cooler 6/8/14: African American Studies

McCantsHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • Rashad McCants and educating college athletes
  • The Phillies draft, Ken Giles, and the basement of the MLB
  • A Fan Question, the Cup, the NBA Finals, and team dynamics.

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Around the Cooler 6/1/14: Little League All-Stars

EA SportsHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • Ben Revere hit his first home run! We reflect on our little league experiences
  • Ransom stops by to talk the 10th pick and some draft rumors
  • We talk about our favorite EA sports games following the $40 million settlement

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