Ok, time to fess up. I will be the first to admit that I’ve been a horrible fan for the past seven months. Starting a new career with the fire department and continuously training since August has only allowed for quick glances at the TV and minimal time surfing the web. I apologize for that.
But Sunday mornings, like for many people, are my mornings. It gives me a chance to look back on the week, the month or in some cases the season we are currently working our way through. This Sunday is one of those mornings. Jumping from sport site, and some even more popular blog sites, to sport site it is amazing how much I’ve missed.
Philadelphia teams are doing very well in their respective sports this year. The Sixers are out-performing almost everyone and have analysts scratching their heads at their success. Good for them. The Flyers currently trail by three points in the standing and are one of the most scariest teams in front of opposing nets. I’d like to think we have come to expect this from all of our teams.
Have the Phillies spoiled us as fans? I remember in the early 2000’s watching the Phils and just hoping for 90 wins. Then I started getting greedy wanting 100 wins. Then came the ‘World Series or Bust’ train of thought. Once you get a taste of a championship, you just want more and more.
The Phillies are continuing to put the team in a better place to win another World Series. Hell, even Chad Qualls made PN headlines three times this week. And trust me, it doesn’t get me anymore excited about the signing. Corey and Ian have given their opposing opinions on the matter. End of the day some power lists have the Phillies as the third best team in the majors and Ruben Amaro Jr. and the rest of the front office thinks Qualls will add depth to the bullpen. And Rube’s done a pretty good job thus far, so ‘yeah, we’ll go with that.’
Phillies Nation can’t claim too many records for site views ( well we can for that) or revenue spending but we can say we’ve interviewed prospect Roman Quinn more times than he’s laced up for the Phillies professionally. Quinn, 2nd round signee from last year’s draft, has yet to play a game for the Phillies. Jay Floyd sat down with him and asked about the late signing, his experience from the side line and got his thoughts on what kind of a player he sees himself as. Good read.
With just under two weeks until pitchers and catchers report we have just about made it through our annual Top 20 Moments from the past season. This week we looked at #2 and it happens to be the Phillies first win of the season. I still remember being at this game. It was snowing/sleeting as we tailgated. I wore gloves so my beer wouldn’t freeze to my hand. And I remember thinking John Mayberry Jr. made it all worth it.
Take a look back at the rest of the list and see if you can figure out what our top moment will be.
And finally, the Nationals are up to their old tricks again. First they swoop in and snag Jayson Werth for way too much money trying to one-up the Phillies. I credit them for finally noticing that Nats Park becomes another Phillies home game every time we hit the nation’s capital but have they taken it too far? Advertising their ‘Take Back the Park‘ campaign they offered tickets to only DC area accounts for the May series. Will it help? Probably not. Nice try though.
With it being Super Bowl Sunday, let the festivities begin. Your first course of action should be to sign up for the VIP list for McFadden’s Super Bowl party and your first drink is on the house. Lots of stuff going on today so don’t miss out!