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Gameday 2010

Gameday: Nationals (3-5) at Phillies (7-1)

Washington Nationals (3-5) at Philadelphia Phillies (7-1)washington-nationals-logo

Scott Olsen LHP (0-0,-.–) vs. J.A. Happ LHP (1-0,0.00)

Time: 3:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:
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After yet another offensive explosion, the Phillies will look for their second straight series sweep as they take on the Nationals in the last of a three game set. Oh, and the reigning NL Champs will receive a lovely piece of hardware prior to the start of tomorrows game. The ring ceremony kicks off at 2:40.

Taking the hill for the Phillies will be left-hander J.A. Happ who was impressive in his first start, throwing five innings of scoreless ball in his start against the Astros.

For the Nationals, lefty Scott Olsen makes his season debut after making his first start in Triple-A, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. In his only start in the minors, Olsen surrendered four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The bullpen for the Phillies has been spectacular and gave up only one run in last nights 14-7 offensive melee.

Center-fielder Shane Victorino will again bat in the lead-off spot for Jimmy Rollins who was placed on the 15-day DL. Also expect right-fielder Jayson Werth to return to the line-up after leaving Monday’s game with a sore hip.

Your Gameday Beer: Miller High Life

I know, I know, Miller High Life is far from the fancy brews that generally grace the gameday beer slot. However, there is a celebration going on as the reigning NL Champs recieve their championship rings tomorrow. In the locker-room after clinching the pennant, the Phils celebrated with champagne. Tomorrow, we celebrate with the “champagne of beers.”

GO PHILLIES!

104 Comments

104 Comments

  1. Cadillac Time!!!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    On the way down to CBP!!!!!! With brooms in hand!

  2. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Wish I wasn’t stuck at work. I’m going to catch an hour of the game while i’m at lunch, but i’ll have to scoreboard watch for the rest of it on my comp. Alright boys let’s get Happ that second win.

  3. wxdavid

    April 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    lovely day for Baseball…. keep in mind if we do need that extra starter for the 2nd half of the season this years Cliff Lee could be …could be Roy Oswalt…

    his contract expires at the end 201 and he plays for a crappy team…. and over the last 5 years Oswalt has had a era that has been consistently in the top 5 or 6

  4. Ben

    April 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    if we need a pitcher i’d imagine he will look like smoltz or pedro. cheap, dependable, no prospects given up.

    although, oswalt is a good idea

  5. Phylan

    April 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    How are you going to get Oswalt though?

  6. Chris

    April 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    can we trade aumont, gillies, and ramirez for Lee?

  7. Pat Gallen

    April 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Hey guys, Phillies.com has the ring ceremony if your interested and I’ll be at the game so you can follow the tweets above, if your interested in that as well.

  8. Bobby D

    April 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Gotta love a day game preceded by a ring ceremony. I love it like Chooch loves ice cream.

  9. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Oswalt has said he intends to retire at the end of his current deal, has a no trade clause and reportedly didn’t want a trade last deadline.

    In a 5th starter all you need is a guy who can pitch, command his pitches enough to throw strikes and just get outs while he’s giving up runs instead of laboring through the early innings. It’s not a role you should expect double-digit wins and an ERA under 4 with much more than 100Ks and 150/160 innings. You just want someone who keeps the game moving especially on a team where you want your line-up with their bats and not gloves in their hands.

    Moyer can most likely be that guy, the ERA’s going to be around 5 but he can usually give you 5 innings even when he’s getting shelled. Right now I honestly hope the Phils give Figgy a start or two because someone’s going down in the pen and I don’t think there’s a place for KK in the pen when it’s at full strength and Figueroa looks more capable of completing 5 innings than KK right now.

    Anyway… Go Phils!

  10. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Can anyone find the ring ceremony online? Will it be on CSN at 2:35?

  11. Phylan

    April 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I’m honestly not convinced Moyer can keep his ERA at 5, pending seeing some more innings out of him.

  12. Pat Gallen

    April 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Ed R. its definitely on Phillies.com.

  13. Phylan

    April 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Yeah, Oswalt’s NTC is a full one, and he makes $15 MM this year, $16 MM in 2011, and $2 MM buyout on a $16 MM option in 2012. It doesn’t make any sense at all for the Phils.

  14. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Hey guys, can’t get the mlb scorecard through the firewall at work today for some reason. Anychance you guys can occasionally drop the score in this thread once the game starts?

  15. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks Pat.

  16. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I wish Barkan and Ricky would shut up and just let us watch the ceremony.

  17. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I got you Havoc.

  18. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    You’re the man Ed!

  19. Manny

    April 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Someone look at Happ’s 3rd pitch of the game on Gameday… right through the heart of the plate…and THAT was called a Strike!!?

  20. Manny

    April 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Correction: A BALL, NOT a strike!

  21. Manny

    April 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    EL CAPITAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHASE UTLEY!

  22. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    And we all thought Pudge was long done…

  23. Jeff of Nova

    April 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Happ is having issues with the strike zone today

  24. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    1-0 Phillies after 1 thanks to an Utley solo shot.

    Happ’s command has been pretty poor today so far.

    3 walks so far for Happ.

  25. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Pudge is one of my all time favorites…even if hew as on the juice.(speculation on my part)

  26. Jeff

    April 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    First off to the guy killing Charlie about not putting Vic in the leadoff spot the other night. He could not of because the lineup cards were in. Jimmy then got hurt. Vic is a much better leadoff guy then Jimmy. The Phillies are in trouble. Yes, they are playing the worst teams in baseball. Play the Cards, Yankees, Boston. You will not come back from 4 run first innings. Kendrick will never be a starter in the Majors. Moyer is old. Happ hopefully does whats expected. Hamels is aweful. Doc is Doc. We are in trouble with no pitching.

  27. Manny

    April 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Ed and Jeff of Nova: are you guys watching the game or just following the box score? I want to know if it’s Happ’s command or if the umpire his squeezing him… from Gameday, it looks like it’s the latter. Pitches appear right in the strike zone yet they’re called Balls.

  28. Jeff of Nova

    April 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Happ needs to relax and throw strikes

  29. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Was it Scott Olson of JJ who came out in the press a couple of years back with his hatred for the Phils?

  30. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I’ll post this one more time…

    http://www.myp2p.eu

    Watch almost any game online for free… peer to peer feed (not always the best quality but it’s free and reliable).

    Go to the site… download streamtorrent (free)… find the game and try the different feeds to see which one is best… once you click on the game, a box will come up and it might seem like it’s not going to work but if you wait it out, it will happen.

  31. Dave

    April 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    From Gameday, it seems to be both.

  32. Jeff of Nova

    April 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Why are constantly walking Nyjer Morgan, he is just fast not that much of a hitter through him strikes and keep him off the bases

  33. diz

    April 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks Chuck! I’ve been watching from Gameday. But now I’ll actually be able to watch.

  34. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Manny…I am watching the game, and no Happ is not getting squeezed. He is just flat out missing the zone.

  35. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Happ could be a solid # guy if he could command his fastball.

    Until he does that, he’s related to a # 5 type and all that goes with that.

    Inconsitent results…..rarely gets deep in the game…prone to big innings.

  36. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Pesky nats…

    Choooch!!!

  37. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    1-1 bottom of the third… Chooch hits a leadoff double but Adam Dunn gets him at third on a failed sac bunt. It was actually a good bunt but Dunn made a really nice play.

  38. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    teejvee I think you are being a bit harsh, JA is a solid 4 possibly 3, even without fantastic command, because unlike some(Kendrick) he does not seem to get rattled whenever someone gets on base.

    As a pitcher that is huge.

  39. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Well there is Dunn’s token nice play for the series.

  40. JeffS

    April 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    teejvee,

    have you seen what is passing for a 4 around the league this year?

  41. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Happ is Jon Lester without the top gear

  42. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Or the hot wife.

  43. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    In fairness to Happ he’s not really getting hit much tonight…

  44. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    No he isn’t. The fact that he has 5 walks through 4 and only gave up one run is somewhat amazing.

  45. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    walks are a problem when they turn into runs, if Happ can walk the tightrope more power to him

  46. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Getting Dunn out of the outfield was huge for the Nats… if he has to play in the field, it has to be at first base.

    Happ is a solid pitcher… he’s not like Kyle Kendrick. He can throw his fastball by people and he’s got solid command of his off-speed stuff. He’s not a strikeout pitcher by nature but he can strike guys out… guys just don’t hit the ball on the nose against Happ. Plus, the fact that they jerked him around and he never lost his mental edge tells me that he’s got what it takes to be successful.

  47. Dave

    April 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Teejvee, how many times in his career in the majors has Happ had a “big inning?”

  48. Dave

    April 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Also, the “strikes” thrown to Chase were bull@#$.

  49. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Rules of baseball.
    1) Pitchers who can’t get the ball over the plate ask for trouble.
    1 (a) Pitcher who ask for trouble almost always get what they ask for!

  50. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    teejvee I agree with you completely but based on Happ’s stats over his career. He is not someone who can not get the ball over the plate. He is by no means perfect but he isn’t the control problem that J.C Romero is, but like Romero, they seem to work themselves out of jams. A great quality to have.

  51. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Has anybody ever sat in the OF when Morgan playc Cf. He’s quite the entertainer out there. Funny as hell!!

  52. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    teejvee, I was at the opener on Monday, 2nd deck right field and when the fans were chanting Nyjer he would raise both of his hands in like a birds wings type motion trying to get everyone to chant louder. He does seem to enjoy the spot light and doesn’t seem to get pissed at fans which is good to see.

  53. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Ed. R.
    It was amazing to watch Cliff Lee last year dominate hitters , not so much with stuff, but location. Happ reminds me of Lee- he could be that kind of pitcher if he gets that kind of command.

  54. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Morgan looks like a poor mans Granderson, nice player.

    I’m impressed with Happ, not a good start but he’s getting the job done.

  55. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I was there as well ;in Left center. At first the fans were < naturally . all riled up. You rarely ever see players engage the fans on enemy turf.

    Because it was all so good-natured, by the end of the game he could have started a Nyjer Morgan fan club out there.

  56. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Lee’s advantage is he has very good mound presence coupled with a very deep arsenal of pitches he could throw for strikes with a couple he could command really well. Lets not forget Lee is a pitcher who for a top tier starter has a very high average.

  57. I'll boo whoever I want

    April 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    How the hell does Ed Stefanski still have a job?

  58. Morris Buttermaker

    April 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Nationals today. And that only means one thing. Bad News for the Nationals!

  59. Morris Buttermaker

    April 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve sat in left field for years, and Carlos Lee is one of my favorite opposing players. He loves to goof around with the fans. All sorts of nonsense.

  60. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    The announcers yesterday compared Morgan to Juan Pierre… I thought that was a good comparison.

  61. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Ed Stefanski still has a job because he has only made one bad move…hiring Eddie Jordan.

    The Brand signing although now looks awful at the time it made perfect sense given the Sixers lack of presence at the 4.

    I will say if his next coaching hire does pay immediate dividends then Stefanski will be gone.

  62. Morris Buttermaker

    April 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    People love to pick on the Nationals, but they actually have some talent on the team. Not a drop of pitching. But they have some good hitters and fielders. They are basically a softball team. And getting Dunn out of the outfield was a great move.

  63. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Carlos Lee is definitely engaging… he has as many RBI’s as I do this season.

    Polanc-ulous… some kind of hitter.

  64. The Original Chuck P

    April 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 6th, Polanco hits a leadoff single… Nats trying to stay away from Utley. He strikes out on a low breaking ball.

  65. Morris Buttermaker

    April 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Letting Andre Miller was a huge blow for the Sixers. That hurt the team more than the Brand and Iguodala contracts.

    I’m not a big jewelry person, and I don’t know much about it. But the rings the Phillies got last night were a lot nicer. Can’t put my finger on it, just something about them.

    Did Happ look rough? Why did he come out of the game so early?

  66. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Morris…Happ had a pitch count of like 100 through 5 1/3 innings.

  67. GW FightinsFan

    April 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    The Phils are really going to need to start getting more innings out of their starters not named Halladay

  68. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Morris…the Nat’s do have one pitcher…Olsen. And they are expecting big things out of Strasburg. I am going to see him this Friday, I live right outside of Harrisburg, so I’ll be able to tell you first hand whether this guy is legit or not.

  69. Morris Buttermaker

    April 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Great AB by Raul there.

    Nelso Figueroa is raking up the innings. He’s already logged more innings than Kendrick this year.

  70. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Castro delivers a 2 out bases loaded single, advances to 2nd on the throw. Two runs score and the Phils lead 3-1.

  71. Morris Buttermaker

    April 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Olsen is another Brett Myers. Million dollar arm, 10 cent brain. He has the stuff to be a good pitcher, but I can see him playing for about 5-6 teams by the time his career is over.

    The Nats need to work on getting more talent into their team, so that by the time Strasburg makes it up to the team, there is not too much pressure on him. For every player like Lebron, Kobe and Crosby who truly live up to the hype, there are twenty who never quite do it.

  72. NJ

    April 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Jordan Zimmerman is probably the most important man for that franchise right now.

  73. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Glad you brought up Zimmerman. Agree with you completely. If he can figure it out and be the stud the Nats are hoping for, he and Strasburg could make a pretty special 1-2.

  74. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for the Updates ED. Haven’t had a chance to respond till now but I appreciate it.

  75. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    No problem.

    Dunn just went yard of Baez…4-3 Phillies.

    1 out top 8.

  76. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Crap.. okay I need another good update then. Like a two run shot by Ruiz or something.

  77. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    This is why I don’t like Baez. He can look really good or really awful, you just never know.

  78. BurrGundy

    April 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I have a funny feeling in my stomach about now. Could be anxiety over the Phils or it could be my woofing down a liverwurst, onion and mustard on rye sandwich too quickly. Hope it is the latter. We’ll see.

  79. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Two Run Pinch Hit Homer by Ryan Zimmerman.

    5-4 Nats 1 out in the top of the 8th.

  80. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding me…. Alright come on Phils only down by a run.

  81. Havoc

    April 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I’m heading out from work now to catch the last inning & a half in my car I’ll catch up with you guys later hopefully talking about our comeback win.

  82. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    ARGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHAHHHHH DAMN ZIMMERMAN!!!

    Out of everyone who plays for the Nationals, he’s the one guy I could see being a great fit for the Phillies. Of course he just recently signed an extension with the Nationals and seems intent on being their “Franchise” guy, and I respect him even more for staying with a bad team.

  83. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    We’re damn DAMN lucky that our top of the lineup is coming up for the bottom of the ninth, because we’ll be needing 3 to tie it, and 4 to win it.

    Capps isn’t a half bad closer either, so we may wanna pray.

  84. BurrGundy

    April 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Proof positive that Ryan Madson is never going to be an effective closer. He is a “set up” guy, period.

  85. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Well I guess the pen was due for an awful performance once of these days.

  86. Ed R.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    All due respect Burr…Madson came in, in a non save situation, so what just happened there is proof of nothing at all.

  87. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I dunno man, considering that Lidge is the alternative…

  88. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Down to the last out…C’MON JAYSON!!!

  89. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Well, good game I guess…for the Nationals anyway.

    Roy is pitching tomorrow night, right?

  90. Keegan

    April 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    First of all, Rodriguez should’ve been struck out. Second of all, the game would’ve been completely different had it not been BAEZ who gave up the lead. This guy is not impressing me and is probably the weak link in the ‘pen right now along with Bastardo.

  91. philsgirl

    April 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    OMG. To the Nats. I know it’s way early, but this “easy” starting schedule was hopefully going to equal easy insurance wins. We already knew about the shaky bullpen. But add a pitching injury to a no-surprise Hamels, and no real improvement in the pen from last year (although they looked good compared to Cole in his start the other day), and voila, trouble. Looks like we’ve got essentially one starting pitcher, who we’re already shuffling the rotation to use. If we are going to have to depend on our offense alone, aside from hopefully every fifth day, we’re not realistically going to win enough games to get to October let alone November once we start facing some real teams.
    Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

  92. BurrGundy

    April 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Ed, I like madson. However, he has been less-than-stellar as a closer and a game finisher. Here is just another example of this. I do not think he will ever be a successful closer. Just my opinion, but there does exist a body of Madson’s work that supports my premise.

  93. Scott in D.C.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    So much for my solid bullpen theory. Six runs. That was rank.

  94. Chuck

    April 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ok…it’s a 7-2 record. And just how many runs scored so far? I’ll take it after 9 games. Great start to the season!

    Positives:
    -continued offense (although not like last night)
    -Happ
    -Contreras

    Negatives:
    -Baez
    -Bastardo
    -Baez

    ——–

    Halladay tomorrow!!!

  95. philsgirl

    April 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Contreras has looked like a positive, that’s true. Baez, Bastardo, KK as a substitute (3rd, really?) starter, definite negatives. Hate to see “Halladay tomorrow” as our team rallying cry for this season..

  96. BurrGundy

    April 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I am very happy with the 7-2 start. We have played bad teams. And, we should have won this game. Shit happens, but we looked a gift horse in the mouth today and our bullpen stunk.

  97. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I disagree about us only having 1 good pitcher in the rotation, since Happ has been very solid except for the length of his outings, and Hamels hasn’t been terrible, and is likely to only get better as the season progresses. Counting Blanton, we should have at least 4 fairly dependable pitchers by mid-season, and maybe 5 if Moyer turns in a few good outings.

  98. John

    April 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Baez was a terrible pickup..waste of money in this park.

  99. philsgirl

    April 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Guess I shouldn’t complain with 7-2, even if it should be 8-1. Suppose it just evens out, since we lucked out a bit with the win yesterday, having given up 7 runs to the Nats. If we’d just played the Braves and the Cards, Rockies, Marlins, etc. I’d be more encouraged. But it’s not so much the bullpen that’s a surprise (unless they’re actually doing well), it’s the starting, esp against relatively weaker teams, that bothers me. True, Happ may improve and he really is a #4, but if the best that can be said about your #2 is that he isn’t terrible, that’s a little worrisome. Do look forward to Blanton coming back. Just concerned about what happens when we face better pitching and hitting, not too many more “gift horses” in the league.

  100. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Reality:

    The Bullpen is below average,

    Madson can’t close.

    Lidge is probably finished.

    Romero is probably finished.

    The rotation is very pedestrian after Halladay,

    Ibanez is probably finished.

    Can they still win the division with those issues? Yes.

  101. WFC010

    April 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    God, some of the things you people say make me want to scream in RAAAAAAAAAAAGE!

    All this damn negativity isn’t going to make the team any better, and I think we should wait at least a few months before claiming that the Bullpen is bad and so on.

    You know what? I think some of you “fans” should have been traded WITH Cliff Lee to the Mariners.

    I am not stupid enough to claim that our rotation or Bullpen is “GREAT”

    but, I am also not stupid enough to reach any conclusions on ANYTHING only like TWO FREAKING WEEKS into the season.

    So just shut up, and let’s all hope that things will start to look better in the next few weeks.

  102. philsgirl

    April 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Teejvee, agree with the above. Seconding Ibanez comment. Add Hamels not improved. Last sentence: can = yes; will = with luck (should have been “almost definitely” going into this year).

  103. teejvee

    April 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    It’s not negativity. It’s just reality.

    If they had a great rotation , a great bullpen and Ibanez was a .329 hitter. They’d win 120 games.

    I Would have added Polanco is playing wayyyyyyyyyyyy over his head,but that would be negative. 🙂

  104. philsgirl

    April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Oops, sorry, forgot that fans need to be positive at all times. Fans get emotionally involved. Especially Philadelphians. Ever hear boos at a Phillies game? From “fans” that paid for their tickets, pay everyone’s salary, from the players to the FO staff? For those who don’t like the verbal “booing,” maybe *you* should turn to a team whose city fanbase gives less of a hoot. There’s cheering too, and no one’s reaching conclusions after a couple of weeks, just voicing valid concerns. Isn’t a blog for sharing opinions and sparking conversation? I don’t think anyone means to incense anyone, least of all a fellow fan.

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