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Fightin’ Phils, Flyers, 76ers & Eagles

In 2008, we saw the Phillies take the World Baseball Championship Series thanks in part to a lot of… trash talking. We saw Brett Myers defend Jimmy Rollins in his media battle against the Mets’ Carlos Beltran. In our NLCS Game 3, we saw Shane Victorino angrily point at his head and exchange words moments after an 80 mph fastball forced him to duck to avoid becoming the next Ray Chapman.

In 1974, some of us saw the Flyers (didn’t see that one coming, did you?) take the Stanley Cup thanks to aggressive fights. Nobody ever saw a game without seeing why Bobby Clarke became toothless, or Dave “The Hammer” Schulz pound anyone who came close to insulting his team.

In 2005, we saw why Eagles fans started ( and stopped) liking T.O. We saw how his trash talking would make even the biggest mouths in the league such as Ochocinco or teammate Freddie Mitchell cower in fright.

In numerous years, we saw Allen Iverson dunk gleefully over an opponent and spend ultimately half the game bragging about one play. Sometimes he performed. Sometimes he didn’t. But no one can ever take away the effect his mouth had on the game.

If the Philly teams want to win, they have to keep up the tough demeanor. They need to stay wild, loose, rough and big time all the time. We have a nine-year championship drought, and while I don’t mean to sound like the Yankees Fans who think they are in a championship drought after 1 year, that is a long time.

(Caution: If you are using this to motivate Philly fans, you can skip the 3rd Paragraph)

 

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Philadelphia Phillies

As of 4/13/17, our Philadelphia Phillies are 3-6. Yeah, not good. Clay Bucholz and his enormous salary are 0-1, injured and have a 12.27 ERA. Unless he is the next ageless Jamie Moyer, the Phils are likely to lose 40-year old Joaquin Benoit to retirement. So far, the Vince Velasquez of last year looks like a fluke, at 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. And players like Jerad Eickhoff have no offensive help at all, with a loss somehow while posting a beautiful 1.98 ERA for a starter. Meanwhile, players such as Nola have tons of offense, with a win yet 4.50 ERA. So how do we fix it?

Well, Clay Bucholz has to go. I don’t care if he always has a slow season start, we need players who will constantly perform. Maybe we could send him and Tommy Joseph to the Athletics for SP Sonny Gray and former Phillies CP Ryan Madson. Sonny Gray might be a price, but it would be a price worth paying. When your career record is 38-31 for the lowly A’s, you have to be good. Plus, he won’t have to pitch as much, so he won’t get hurt.

Also, let Daniel Nava play more. In 7 at-bats, he has 4 hits, a double, .571 batting average, 2 homers and 2 walks. He has been out once! He has more homers than Mets star slugger Curtis Granderson. If we do trade Tommy Joseph like I think we should, who will replace him at 1B? I’ll give you a hint: his last name is Nava.

Hopefully, the Phillies can pull this out, but it looks slim. Don’t be surprised if the Phillies are out of playoff contention before you can say, “Joe Carter”.

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Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Finally!

With one out to go, the Cubs leading 8-7 in the bottom of the tenth, Micheal Montgomery stepped up for 25-year-old Carl Edwards Jr. Montgomery let up a dribbling grounder to third, and Kris Bryant tossed it to first baseman Anthony Rizzo (below) who caught it for the final out for the Cubs first World Series since 1908.

The Cubs have now gotten over the curse of the Billy Goat, and other bad moments (Look up Steve Bartman). But this leaves one question: How much longer will Cubs fans have to wait for next time?image

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Royals Win World Series Final

How many errors can you make? Mets’ Murphy made a costly error that gave KC the 3-1 series lead. Later, the Mets’ catcher missed the ball that helped the Royals into extra innings. Five runs in the 12th inning gave the Royals a 7-2 victory. Christian Colon had the hit to take the lead in the 12th, the winner. It was their first World Series Championship in 30 years.

Though the Mets made mistakes, the Royals put up a challenge. Here are the Royals’ stats from ESPN:

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Until next World Series, Play Ball!