Archive for December, 2009

The 2000′s: A Look Back

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, December 31, 2009 10:00 PM Comments: 32

We’re a couple hours away from the new year, which will put an end to the decade of the 2000′s (2000-2009).  In 2000, the Phillies finished with a record of 65-97.  My, how things have changed.  The Phillies were oh so close to the postseason in 2005 and 2006, but finally got over the hump in 2007.  They won the National League East in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  They won the National League pennant in 2008 and 2009.  In 2008, they hosted Philadelphia’s first championship parade since 1983 after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.

Also during the 2000′s, the Phillies moved from Veterans Stadium to their current home, Citizens Bank Park.  The 2000′s didn’t start off so hot for the Phillies, but the end of the decade made for the best time to be Phillies fan.

Here is the Phillies “Team of the 2000′s” Roster:

C: Mike Lieberthal (2000-2006): 719 G, .279 AVG, 83 HR, .789 OPS

Lieberthal was injured a lot during his time in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t remove the fact that he was the best Phillies catcher of the decade. Lieby was a fine defensive catcher and he had some pop.

1B: Ryan Howard (2004-2009): 732 G, .279 AVG, 222 HR, .961 OPS

Jim Thome was great, but he was only a Phillie for a few seasons. When Thome got hurt, this man filled in. Howard responded by winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2005. A year later, he shattered Mike Schmidt’s single season home run record (Schmidt: 48, Howard: 58), and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Howard is known to strike out, but he is also known for his power. He won the Home Run Derby in 2006 and became the fastest player to hit 100 home runs. Howard has repeatedly carried his team in September. In 2009, he became the NLCS MVP.

2B: Chase Utley (2003-2009): 891 G, .295 AVG, 161 HR, .902 OPS

Harry Kalas said it best: “Chase Utley, you are the man!” The second baseman was blocked by Placido Polanco for the first few years of his career, but once he got the chance to play, he amazed everybody. Utley has started in four consecutive All Star Games. He has turned himself into today’s best second baseman in baseball.

SS: Jimmy Rollins (2000-2009): 1406 G, .274 AVG, 146 HR, .768 OPS

Bold predictions, three time All Star, two Gold Gloves, 2007 MVP, best shortstop in Phillies history. What else is there to say about Mr. Rolllins? He might not have a typical leadoff hitter’s on-base percentage, but he’s the Phillies spark plug.

3B: Scott Rolen (2000-2002): 434 G, .283 AVG, 82 HR, .884 OPS

*Stats include 55 games with St. Louis Cardinals in 2002.*

Third base was a weak spot for the Phillies over the past decade. David Bell, Wes Helms, and Pedro Feliz never lived up to their expectations. The Phillies had a franchise player in their hands, but they couldn’t make him happy. Losing led to the departure of Rolen, who didn’t leave on a pleasant note. Despite being here for only a couple years, Rolen put up impressive offensive numbers and played a solid third base.

LF: Pat Burrell (2000-2008): 1306 G, .257 AVG, 251 HR, .852 OPS

Philadelphia had a love-hate relationship with “Pat the Bat.” Burrell had high expectations, especially after an incredible 2002. Then, he slumped. And he was booed. But, Burrell also had his high points. And he was cheered. During the 2000′s, Burrell will remembered for his New York Met crushing.

CF: Shane Victorino (2005-2009): 607 G, .289 AVG, 44 HR, .787 OPS

The Flying Hawaiian made his first All Star team in 2009. He won two Gold Gloves. He improved his base running dramatically, jumping from four steals to 37, thanks to the help of Davy Lopes. Victorino has had his share of injuries, but like Utley, always gives 110%.

RF: Bobby Abreu (2000-2006): 1108 G, .300 AVG, 165 HR, .922 OPS

*Stats include 58 games with New York Yankees in 2006.*

Abreu was always questioned as to whether he’d “risk his body” defensively. However, he had a Gold Glove, and was a two-time All Star. Abreu won the Home Run Derby in 2005, setting a record for most home runs in the first round. Abreu hit for average, reaching at least .300 in four of the six years he was with the Phillies during the 2000′s.

SP: Brett Myers (2002-2009): 73-63, 4.40 ERA, 986 SO

Myers had his share of off the field issues, but he was arguably the best Phillies’ starter of the decade. He spent some time in the bullpen, and was even demoted to the minors.  However, Myers was always determined and could be lights out. He struck out Wily Mo Pena to end the Phillies’ playoff drought in 2007. His curveball was his go-to strikeout pitch. Myers will be remembered for his hitting in the 2008 postseason when he drew a huge walk and had a few hits.  Myers threw eight complete games in his tenure as a Phillie.

RP: Ryan Madson (2003-2009): 37-26, 3.83 ERA, 15 SV, 421 SO

Madson, like Myers, was converted from starter to reliever, but was most effective in the bullpen. Madson reaches the high 90′s on the radar gun, and his changeup is deadly.

UTIL: Jason Michaels (2001-2005): 383 G, .291 AVG, 21 HR, .822 OPS

I’m not going by the next best player here; I’m going by an actual utility player. J-Mike, a proud member of the “Bench Dawgs,” provided a reliable right handed bat off the bench.

Manager: Charlie Manuel (810-447)

Manuel is one of the best managers in Phillies history. He led the team to three consecutive NL East crowns, two straight National League pennants and a World Series title.

Team: 2008 Phillies

As Charlie said, “who’s the World Champions?!”

Pitching Performance: Kevin Millwood’s no-hitter in 2003.

Millwood no-hit the reigning NL Champs, the San Francisco Giants, led by Barry Bonds. Rickey Ledee drove in the only run of the game, and made the final out in center field.

Home Run: Matt Stairs vs. Jonathan Broxton in 2008 National League Championship Series.

It still hasn’t landed yet.

Defensive Play:  Aaron Rowand’s Catch in 2006

With the bases loaded, Xavier Nady sent a deep fly ball to center field.  Rowand kept going back, and made a game-saving catch, plowing into the wall and breaking several bones in face.

Other Things To Remember:

There are things from the 2000′s that you might want to forget, such as Johnny Damon’s “heads up” base running, Utley’s foul ball home run off the foul pole, and Craig Biggio’s home run off Billy Wagner. Thankfully, there are plenty of memorable moments:

Jim Thome’s 400th career home run, Jimmy Rollins’ NLCS walk-off, Shane Victorino’s NLDS grand slam off CC Sabathia, the passing of Harry Kalas, how the Phillies helped America heal after September 11, the four game sweep of the New York Mets, walk-offs, shut outs, big trades, triple plays, as well as many other big moments.

What are your favorite Phillies’ memories of the 2000′s?  Happy New Year!


Year In Review: The Bullpen

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, December 31, 2009 12:19 PM Comments: 8

Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson were the main arms in the bullpen, and Phillies Nation will have separate reviews on their seasons later.  The bullpen had other important arms, such as Scott Eyre, Chan Ho Park, Brett Myers, and Jamie Moyer, Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin, who were reviewed earlier.  Tyler Walker, Sergio Escalona, Antoino Bastardo, Jack Taschner, and Kyle Kendrick also spent time in the big league bullpen.

Collectively, the Phillies bullpen had a 3.91 ERA, which ranked 14th in the majors, and ninth in the National League.

With J.C Romero suspended and injured, Scott Eyre was a key factor in the bullpen, serving as a left-handed specialist.  Eyre only pitched 30 innings, but he posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.  It’s unknown if Eyre will return in 2010.  Eyre had injury problems, and had surgery in the off season.  Eyre, a free agent, also tossed around the idea of retiring.

Chan Ho Park won the fifth starter’s spot in spring training. In seven starts, he posted a 7.29 ERA and lost his starting spot to J.A Happ.  Park moved to the bullpen, and was extremely effective, posting a 2.52 ERA.  His role as a reliever was undefined.  Sometimes we would eat two or three innings; in other situations he acted as a set-up man in close games.  Like Eyre, Park is a free agent, and a return is uncertain.

For the second year in a row, Brett Myers was the Opening Day starter.  However, Myers missed most of the season due to a hip injury.  Myers beat the odds and returned from surgery before the season ended.  He struggled at the end of the regular season and in the postseason, but his determination was still there.  The Phillies already notified Myers that he will not be a Phillie in 2010.

After a few bullpen injuries, Tyler Walker’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Walker pitched well in 35.1 innings with the Phillies.  He had a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He later earned trust from the skipper in close game situations.

Sergio Escalona had a busy travel schedule.  The young lefty shuttled back and forth between the majors and minors.  The 24-year old went 1-0 with a 4.61 ERA in 14 games.

Antonio Bastardo tore up the minor leagues before being called up to start. However, he struggled during his time in the majors.  He had a 6.46 ERA, then was placed on the disabled list.  In need of bullpen help, Bastardo made the NLDS and NLCS roster.  Despite only pitching 0.1 innings in the postseason, the decision to add Bastardo to the postseason roster was bold, and showed that the Phillies think highly of him.  The 23-year old has a hard fastball, a nasty slider and changeup, and the potential to be a good major league pitcher.

The Phillies needed a lefty, so they shopped Ronny Paulino to the San Francisco Giants for Jack Taschner.  Taschner’s stay in Philadelphia wasn’t a pleasant one.  He had a 4.91 ERA in 29 innings before getting the boot.

From the beginning of spring training, it was Kyle Kendrick’s goal to show that his sophomore slump was just a fluke.  He didn’t win the final spot in the rotation, although he did make a few spot starts.  Kendrick spent most of the season in Triple-A, only pitching 26.1 innings in the majors.  He had a 3.42 ERA, but he was very inconsistent.  Kendrick has another opportunity to redeem himself and win the fifth starter’s job in 2010.

Grade: 5/10:  The 2009 bullpen was recognized more for their reality show, “The Pen,” than anything else.  The bullpen wasn’t the Phillies strong point like in 2008, however it was about average.  They had guys like Park who could get the job done, but they also had guys like Taschner who couldn’t.


Bay to NY Has Several Angles

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, December 30, 2009 01:34 PM Comments: 44

http://eatsleepmoneyball.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/werth.jpgIf you haven’t heard, former Pirates and Red Sox all-star Jason Bay signed a four-year, $66 million contract to become part of the spacious outfield for the New York Mets at Citi Field.  On the surface, they obtain one of the prize pieces from the free agent haul this offseason.  Below it, they may not be getting everything they hoped for.

For the Mets, any sort of offensive firepower is welcome.  Bay also appeared to be asking for slightly less than Matt Holliday, making him slightly more desirable to a team looking to add a big bat.  The problem isn’t so much his age (he will be 32 late next season); he’s certainly in his baseball prime.  It has more to do with his new digs up in Flushing.

We witnessed with our own eyes how ridiculous the new Citi Field can be for power hitters. To be fair, the Mets were missing their core of sluggers, but when you hit just 49 bombs in your own yard, it’s obvious a mistake made when the architect put the blueprints together.  Bay will help solidify the middle of the order that, so far, still has Carlos Beltran and David Wright.  Beltran dealt a bum knee in 2009 and David Wright was beaned on the head, but never really showed his power stroke even when healthy.  Just 1.6 home runs were hit on average per game, according to hittrackeronline.com.  So, injuries coupled with a powerless lineup, contributed to the awful performance.

As for Bay, he will hit home runs.  In fact, he’s hit 185 in his career including a career-best 36 last season in Boston.  It was the fourth time Bay reached has 30. It might be the last time we see him do so, and here’s why: Fenway Park’s Green Monster plays games with your head.

It’s a shade over 300 feet from home plate, meaning it’s relatively easy to hit over it.  When Bay gets to Citi, which reaches 331 in left and 371 in the alley, will he swing harder because he believes he has to?  Will the dimensions wreck his focus as a very good contact hitter?  Add that to the pressure of playing for New York, with the bonus of being the guy who hs to help save the franchise from the depths of the NL.  Even out in Pittsburgh where Bay resided for four-plus seasons, he swung for a relatively short wall. PNC Park goes 325 down the line, complete with a 36 inch wall (kidding, it’s 72 inches).  He’s used to an easy target in left and he’ll now have to deal with more between him and the left field seats.

Defensively, Bay was decent for his position. He had zero errors on the season, which proves he’s no slouch, but came in at a minus-4 on the Fielding Bible’s plus/minus scale.  So he was actually below the average major league left fielder in terms of defensive abilities for the ’09 year.  Add in a larger pasture to defend, and there may be some problems in ’10.

Overall, he has the tools to add a few notches to the win column for the Mets, especially when surrounded by a full complement of Reyes, Beltran, and Wright.  However, it’s pitching that really killed NY in 2009, an area that has not gotten any stronger for the team.  If I had to toss out an early prediction, I’d say 28 homers for Bay, with 100-plus RBI, and a jump to 78 wins for the Mets.

Another dilemma – one that has little to do with the Mets – is the Jayson Werth Factor.  How does the Bay signing impact the Phillies potentially re-signing Werth when he becomes a free agent?  Scott Lauber of the News Journal talked about this in his blog yesterday; and I agree with the sentiment that it now becomes that much harder to ink Werth long term.  Their numbers are similar in many facets of the game, however, Werth has more speed and is noted for his defensive acumen.

The four-year deal for Bay (with a fifth year vesting option) could spell the end for Jayson Werth in red pinstripes if he is set on parlaying his play into the best possible contract.  Lauber does point to Bay’s track record, but Werth can continue to build his resume with another strong season in 2010.  Plus, as Lauber mentions, Werth is a “late bloomer”.  He’s managed just 619 games played strewn across seven different seasons.  In six full years, Bay has over 900 games under his belt.  So while Werth is behind the curve, he certainly is setting himself up for major payday, and one that may have been put into context by Bay’s new deal with the Mets.


Top Moment No. 15: Werth’s Walk Off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, December 30, 2009 10:16 AM Comments: 6

Top Moment #15: Werth’s Walk Off Extends Winning Streak to Ten

July was an action-packed month for the Philadelphia Phillies. Headed into the All Star Break, the Phillies won five straight games.  They carried their hot streak into the second half of the season, leaving it to one of their All Stars to extend their winning streak in dramatic fashion.

Joe Blanton and Rich Harden, two former Oakland teammates, were in the midst of a pitcher’s duel.  Blanton allowed just one run in seven innings.  The Phillies scored one run themselves: a Jimmy Rollins solo home run.  The game stood at one a piece headed into extra innings.

The Phillies bullpen was superb.  Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combined for two scoreless innings.  Chan Ho Park ate three innings out of the bullpen, and Clay Condrey tossed a 1-2-3 thirteenth inning.  The defense was also praiseworthy.  Rollins turned a fantastic double play on a kick-save by Lidge, and Raul Ibanez made a tremendous diving catch.

Jeff Samardzija started the thirteenth with two easy outs, but walked Ryan Howard and Ibanez.  Jayson Werth stepped up to the plate, and sent Samardzija’s offering deep into the left field seats.  By the crack of the bat, everybody knew it was gone.  As the Cubs players headed towards the visiting dugout disappointed, Werth rounded the bases with his finger up in the air, and was mobbed at home plate to celebrate the 4-1 win.

The victory marked the Phillies tenth consecutive win, the Phillies longest winning streak since 1991.  Everything was falling the Phillies way.  The win streak was impressive, but Werth’s walk off made it much more memorable.


Year in Review: Cliff Lee

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, December 29, 2009 02:30 PM Comments: 116

http://blog.lehighvalleylive.com/sports_impact/2009/08/large_phillies.JPGJust when you thought the Cliff Lee talk would simmer, we reel you back in!  It is the Year in Review, so we have to cover everyone.  Yes, including the guy who was here for a three month stretch that was one of the most important and unimaginable showings in Phillies history. As quickly as he came in, he was swept away by the front office to Seattle.

The brevity of Cliff Lee’s stay in Philadelphia is somewhat of a head-scratcher considering he dominated the final two months and the playoffs like he was Sandy Koufax.  Still, it’s a piece of Phillies history that won’t soon be forgotten by the allegiance who witnessed it.

Beginning with a complete-game four-hitter against San Francisco in his first start with the Phils, to his finale; seven hard-fought innings in World Series Game 5 to keep the team gasping on life support.  No matter the challenge, Cliff Lee seemed up for it.

In between his first and last starts, Lee tossed in a litany of season-altering performances, many of which you will see on our Top 25 list in the coming days.  A complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Arizona? Check.  A CG-SO against Washington late in the season?  You bet.  A 4-0 postseason record with a 1.56 ERA and two complete games?  Lee made it happen. What he could not help was a World Series defeat at the hands of the evil empire.  But don’t blame Lee for that.  His two WS victories presented a small window of opportunity for the Phillies; one which they could not capitalize on, unfortunately.

And just like that, it’s over.  Feeling the need to secure long-term financial stability, coupled with the belief that Lee would test free-agent waters once 2010 was through, Ruben Amaro Jr. sent him packing to Seattle in that raucous three-team deal that brought Roy Halladay to Philly.  Whether it was the correct move or not, it will only allow for Cliff Lee’s legendary status to grow here in this baseball-crazed town.  Sure, we will learn to love the same type of shutdown efforts by Halladay every fifth day, but few have ever made their mark on a city like Cliff Lee.

There have been heaps and heaps of trades consummated at the deadline over the years, but few have rendered results like this one.  It’s safe to say that this was one of the finest acquisitions in the history of this franchise.

And for that, we will always, always remember Clifton Phifer Lee.

2009 numbers (with PHI): 7-4, 3.39 ERA, 79.2 IP, 74 K, 10 BB, 3 CG, 1 Shutout

GRADE: 9.8/10 – Few players will ever steal the breath of a Phillies fan the way Lee did.  This would have been a 10 out of 10 had the Phils captured back-to-back World Series titles, although it wasn’t from lack of effort Lee.  Just an incredible season, there’s really no other way to put it.


Top Moment No. 16: HK’s Last Call

Posted by Nick "Beerman" Staskin, Tue, December 29, 2009 08:57 AM Comments: 34

Top Moment #16: Stairs Homers for Harry’s Last Home Run Call

It wasn’t until April 13th that the great Harry Kalas passed away. However, it was April 12th that we last heard his beautiful voice.

With the Phillies on the verge of falling to 2-4 to start the season, Chase Utley hit a 2-run home run off of Manny Corpas to tie the game.

It wasn’t that long ball that will be long remembered in Philadelphia, though. It was the 2-run pinch home run that Matt Stairs delivered in the top of the 9th inning off of Huston Street to win it. This would be the last home run call that the great Harry Kalas would ever deliver.

Brad Lidge came in to close out the game with a scoreless bottom of the ninth. When Chan Ho Park’s Phillies debut didn’t go as planned, 5 ER in 3.1 IP, the combination of Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and Lidge put together 5.2 innings of 2-hit, shutout baseball to keep the Phillies in it.

But as stated before, it won’t be Utley’s game-tying home run that we remember…nor will it be the great effort of the bullpen on that frigid Denver afternoon. It will be Harry Kalas giving us one last “Outta Here.”


Year in Review: The Bench

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, December 27, 2009 03:42 PM Comments: 38

http://broadstreetsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/eric-bruntlett.jpgNot much you can say about the Philadelphia Phillies backups during the 2009 season other than they just weren’t very good.

For the most part, the crew consisted of Eric Bruntlett and Matt Stairs, whom we reviewed earlier in the offseason, Greg Dobbs, Paul Bako, John Mayberry Jr., Miguel Cairo, and Ben Francisco.  Chris Coste left mid-season and guys like Lou Marson, Andy Tracy, and Paul Hoover made nary a contribution.  But overall, it was a sad, sad year for the group that was counted upon to provide a spark off the pine.

Greg Dobbs had been the main man for the previous two seasons, hitting .271 in 2007 and .301 in 2008.  Of course, ’09 brought injuries, which in turn sapped Dobbs’ ability to produce in late-inning situations.  He finished the year with a .247 average and just five home runs after smacking 19 homers the two seasons prior.  In pinch-hitting situations, that average plunged to just .167 over 60 plate appearance; not exactly what the Phillies expected when they inked Dobbs to a two-year deal before the season.

Paul Bako took over as the backup backstop for Chris Coste in June and didn’t really offer anything different than Coste.  Those in the know say Bako “handles a staff better” than Coste did, but isn’t it really comparing apples with apples when both guys hit in the .220′s and rarely play?  Needless to say, Bako won’t be back next season and in ’09 didn’t make much of an impact.

John Mayberry Jr. was an intriguing piece as Spring Training opened last February, looking as though he might be a candidate to be a left fielder of the future in Philly.  The giant righty had a home run and three RBI in his first game of the season against the New York Yankees.  However, the holes in his swing became more evident as the season progressed and Mayberry found himself in Triple-A for the stretch run.  Big John could still be a presence if he can shorten his swing, but don’t count on it as of now.

Miguel Cairo was an adequate replacement for Eric Bruntlett as the last guy on the bench -the super-utility player, if you will.  Cairo completed the 2009 campaign with a .267 average in limited time, but his ride is also over with the Phils.

Ben Francisco looks to be a keeper and a guy who could be a replacement for Raul Ibanez down the road.  Francisco split the season with Cleveland and the Phillies, hitting 15 total home runs while playing an adequate left field.  That’s three straight seasons with 15 HR’s for Benny, so he has the necessary pop to be a viable option off the bench.

As a pinch-hitter, he hit just .200 over 15 at-bats, so he clearly didn’t receive a ton of opportunities other than the occasional spot start. But when he did play, he produced. Francisco will be a very important piece for the Phillies in 2010, and perhaps for an extended period beyond next year as well.

GRADE: 2/10: Stairs hit a few big home runs, but early in the year.  Dobbs struggled with injuries and never got going. Bruntlett was basically a warm body on the bench.  The others rarely came up with any big time, late-inning heroics.  Francisco was good, but not as a PH. Overall, an awful season for the Phils bench, as they finished the season hitting just .186.


Year In Review: Cole Hamels

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, December 26, 2009 10:01 AM Comments: 31

In January of 2009, the Phillies avoided arbitration with Cole Hamels by signing him to a three-year, $20.5 million deal.  For a pitcher who won the 2008 World Series MVP, the move was a cheap steal for the Phillies.  After going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the playoffs, the young left-hander had high expectations for 2009.

Cole didn’t respond the way everybody would’ve liked.

On the first day of spring training, Charlie Manuel penciled Hamels in as the Opening Day starter.  However, Hamels suffered from elbow pain and wouldn’t make his first start until April 10.  It wasn’t pretty; Hamels allowed seven earned runs in 3.2 innings.  It was just the beginning of a long season for Hamels.

Glancing at his stats, Hamels had an average year for a major league pitcher.  What made Hamels’ season disappointing was the fact that everybody knew that he was capable of being a big game pitcher.  Hamels’ frustration in himself was noticeable, especially in the National League Championship Series when he tossed his arms in the air after a teammate’s error.

It was very easy to point out Hamels’ problem: location.  When Hamels missed his spots, he paid heavily.  But at least he made batters work their way on.  Hamels gave up 9.6 hits per nine innings.  Hamels only walked two batters per nine innings, a career best.  51.4% of his pitches were in the strike zone, which ranked fifth best in the National League.  He also had the fifth best walk/strikeout ratio (3.91) in the National League.

Hamels was unable to get into a groove during the posteason.  He went 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA, and allowed seven home runs.

In early 2009, Hamels admitted to Phillies Nation that he does not have a good curveball.  It showed in 2009, but if it can be improved, he’ll be that much better of a pitcher.  The 26-year old is still capable of being an ace.  With less offseason distractions, Hamels can prepare himself for the 2010 season, and can hopefully return to his old, dominant form.

2009 stats: 32 G, 10-11, 193.2 IP, 4.32 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 168 SO, .273 BAA

Grade: 5.5/10 — Hamels had a disappointing year, but his subpar season was about average for a major league pitcher.


‘Tis the Season

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, December 25, 2009 08:02 AM Comments: 4

From all of us here at Phillies Nation to all of you die-hard Phillies fans, Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays from Phillies Nation


Charlie the Red-Faced Phillie

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, December 24, 2009 09:31 AM Comments: 16

You know J-Roll and Utley and Ryno and Shane,

Madson and Jayson and Chooch and Rauuul,

But do you recall, the most famous Phillie of all?

Charlie the Red-Faced Phillie, had a very shiny nose

And if you ever saw him, you would even say he knows

Just how to hit a baseball, taught all the players how to swing

Charlie was still looked down on, the city never liked his ways

Then one cold October eve, Charlie came to say

Lidge go throw us one last pitch, bring us home the championship

Then how the city loved him, as they lined the streets with glee

Charlie the Red-Faced Phillie, he went down in history.

-Merry Christmas from Phillies Nation

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