We all know Chase Utley was hammered during the parade after his awesome speech but here are a few pics of others getting in on the action.
Werth with his Banquet beer.
Geoff Jenkins hitting up the local brew.
Chase’s face after a Shot.
I thought the Phils game was over for sure. Switched to Lockup: Raw on the Discovery Channel (crazy stuff by the way) once we were down 10 – 1 in the 6th. Anywayyy, the Phillies made a miraculous comeback last night only to fall a hair short to the New York Mets.
Adam Eaton was back to his lowly ways allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits in a whooping 2.2 innings pitched. A Fantasy STUD if you will. Mmm, can you smell the sarcasm?
And to think we still had a chance to win thanks to the homeruns by Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins.
God I love this team.
Cole Hamels takes the hill tonight at CBP versus the St Louis Cardinals and Joel Pineiro
After some careful consideration the Fazools made a transaction last night.
DROP: Geoff Jenkins LF Phi
ADD: Carlos Marmol RP ChC
The Reason: Geoff was my only Phillie and actually happened to be Mr. Irrelevant in the draft (I had the #1). I really would have loved to keep him past the first week of fantasy play but I he would have rotted away on my bench and never really cracked the rotation with Alfonso Soriano, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Matt Diaz all in front of him, and all LFs (the league setup is where you HAVE to have a LF, CF, and a RF, then just an OF spot. Why not play Geoff at the OF spot you say? I also happen to have Xavier Nady (RF) and Jeremey Hermida (RF – DL15) behind Jeff Francouer(RF) who I would most likely insert before Geoff Jenkins, being that he is the most platooned out of all my outfielders.
Carlos Marmol setup Kerry Wood for the Cubs before Kerry decided to go and blow it. He fanned three out of the four batters he faced and had some really good stuff. I figure you can always have pitching, especially relievers who are solid and will see the field more then once every five days.
So my buddies and I started our first fantasy baseball league ever and had the draft last Thursday. All of us are rooks except for one, Pubby, whom I’m not matched up against for a while, so no biggie. I lucked out with the number one overall pick with whom I had to take Alex Rodriguez. Being a Phillies fan, Chutley and J Roll were both highly considered, and I did happen to freak out a bit and get nervous as my clock continued to tick away. Once the beeping started and I only had 5 seconds to draft I just took A-Rod. I’m pretty confident it was a smart move and am riding him all year to the promised land. He’s untouchable kids.
First pick was great and all, mainly to brag to my pals that I had the #1 pick again (also had the #1 in our Fantasy Football last year and took LT) but it sucks in the snake order of drafts. Having to wait for 20 picks to go by is brutal and makes it tough when you have to try and take two guys who you think wont make it back around by the time it is your pick again. I think I would much rather draft towards the middle in future drafts, mainly because I have never had the option and would like to try it out.
|C Joe Mauer|
|1B Adrian Gonzalez|
|2B Tadahito Iguchi|
|3B A Rod|
|SS Edgar Renteria|
|LF Alfonso Soriano|
|CF BJ Upton|
|RF Jeff Francouer|
|OF Jacoby Ellsbury|
|UTIL Big Papi|
|LF Matt Diaz|
|LF Geoff Jenkins|
|RF Xavier Nady|
|CF Curtis Granderson (DL15)|
|RF Jeremy Hermida (DL15)|
|RP Chad Cordero|
|RP Jeremy Accardo|
|SP Tim Lincecum|
|SP Javier Vazquez|
|SP Tim Hudson|
|SP Zack Greinke|
|SP Tom Glavine|
|SP Kevin Millwood|
|RP Manny Corpas|
|SP Jeremy Bonderman|
|SP Dave Bush|
|RP BJ Ryan (DL15)|
Let’s meet the team. My team, the Phillie Fazools, is led by, well the #1 pick Alex Rodriguez. After that I managed to grab Alfonso Soriano, David Ortiz, BJ Upton, Curtis Granderson (who is on the 15 DL – did not know when I drafted him – sonuvabitch) and Joe Mauer just to name a few. The rest is listed to the right.
The setup of our league is head – to – head with five categories in each batting and pitching. For batting the categories consist of homeruns, runs, runs batted in, batting average and stolen bases. For pitching our categories are wins, strikeouts, saves, WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) and ERA.
I’m pretty happy with how the Fazools turned out, but I definitely need to make a play for a backup infielder. I will most likely package Jenkins and Diaz for some value. Once Granderson comes back and I can insert him into the center field spot and BJ back to 2B I will have a much more dynamic squad.
Being that I am a rookie, any and all input is appreciated and will be taken into consideration barring no retarded moves or asshole comments about the Fazools. Like here, by Jel.
The Fazool Logo
Steve – 91-71, 1st place NL East
Brian – 96-66, 1st place NL East, this is our YEAR
Chris – 89-73, 2nd place NL East, 2 GB NY Mets, no playoffs
Steve – 19-4 2.97 ERA, 219 Strikeouts
Brian – 19-8 2.75 ERA, 207 K’s
Chris – 21-5 3.33 ERA, 234 K’s will lead the National League in Strikes and W’s, will have 12 wins at the all-star break and will be NL Starter, will be the only Phils starter come September that is able to pitch more then 5 innings per start.
Steve – 17-6 3.43 ERA 203 Strikeouts
Brian – 18-7 3.23 ERA 186 K’s
Chris – 5-3 2.18 ERA 43 Saves 115 K’s. Myers will start the regular season 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA and on a cold blistery night in Denver in late April, Myers will pop his groin and be forced to goto the 60 day DL.
Some Bold Predictions
Aaaaah as we sit here in the middle of a winter in the Northeast, we can all warm up a little bit by thinking about how our Philadelphia Phillies start the defense of their 2007 NL East Division Title, as pitchers and catchers reported yesterday.
There is not much at stake this spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies, only a couple of middle relief decisions, maybe a # 5 starter spot up for grabs. This spring training is more about working the kinks out, staying healthy, and gazing at the trimmer, 20 pound in the pants lighter, Charlie Manager.
The Phillies top 4 starters are set; Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Kyle Kendrick, and ageless Jamie Moyer are in the rotation. The # 5 spot seems to be Adam Eaton’s to lose, which we all know he is very capable of doing. He will be one of the few guys to really take stock in his spring performance as last years rookie call up, JD Durbin, has been “told” he is still in contention for a starting spot. Barring a complete melt down (again) from Mr. Eaton, he should be the number 5 starter to begin the ’08 season. With the newly acquired Kris Benson waiting in the wings in Triple A, hopefully Eaton gets his act together and earns his paycheck this year.
As for the bullpen, it will be nice to see newly acquired closer Brad Lidge impress during spring training. It’ll also be interesting to see how Tom Gordon comes back from an injury riddled 2007, and see if he can once again become the dominate set up man he was for Mariano Rivera. The bullpen consisting of; Ryan Madsen, JC Romero, JD Durbin, Matt Smith, and Scott Mathieson, will soon fill out, and we will get to find out what we are working with this year. With 4, probably 5 spots open out of those Madsen and Romero are locks, with Smith and Mathieson all but anchored in. Look for Durbin to start season in AAA, being the first call up due to injury by either a starter or reliever.
The line-up is set with maybe the only battle being in right field. Will it become a straight up platoon with newly acquired Geoff Jenkins and Jayson Werth based on pitching match ups, or will one player be able to rise above and set themselves apart as needing to be the everyday starter? Other then that, everyone will be looking to get their timing down, getting in shape and staying healthy for opening day.