Once more, Phillies grace the SI cover

First it was the starting rotation. Then it was Carlos Ruiz. For the third time during this baseball season, the Phillies will have a couple of players posted on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson are featured on this week’s regional cover with the tagline “Brotherly Lovefest.” The side … Continue reading Once more, Phillies grace the SI cover

Pregame notes Sept 14, 2011

UTLEY IS MEAN — In some shocking results to Sports Illustrated‘s latest poll, Chase Utley was voted the 2nd meanest player in baseball by 215 of his peers. Slapped in between A.J. Pierzienski and Milton Bradley, two of the game’s three biggest a-holes, Utley is apparently a nasty guy. I know his all-out gritty play … Continue reading Pregame notes Sept 14, 2011

Chooch graces the SI cover

It’s All-Star Break and the SI cover features baseball this week. But what it does not feature on it’s cover is a current All-Star. Instead, Philly’s own Carlos Ruiz will be gracing the cover this week along with a story of how he is the luckiest person in the world right now. With a fantastic … Continue reading Chooch graces the SI cover

Doc makes SI cover again… with a little help from his friends

Here is a fun fact: Roy Halladay will be on the cover for Sports Illustrated’s baseball preview for the second straight year. But this time, he’s got a little help from his friends. I’m sure by the petitioning of his teammates, Joe Blanton will join the Phantastic Phour on the cover of this week’s SI. … Continue reading Doc makes SI cover again… with a little help from his friends

The Greatest Job in the World

It’s a job that doesn’t require any athletic ability. You don’t need a college degree and you don’t need to be a genius. You don’t need to study, work out, or prepare yourself like anyone else. There are only two skills required: a love for baseball and a love for making people happy. That’s where … Continue reading The Greatest Job in the World

The Respect We Deserve

If I were to tell you ten years ago that the Phillies were going to be the best team in baseball starting in 2008, you would think I was joking while wearing your Scott Rolen t-shirt and pissed-off Curt Schilling was a Diamondback. Oh how the times have changed. The Phillies won the division in 2007, their first … Continue reading The Respect We Deserve


As some of you saw last week, Sports Illustrated, a once great magazine whose letting-go of Rick Reilly still puzzles me, layed another egg. In Tim Marchman’s rating, they said Ruben Amaro, Jr. was the 19th best GM in all of major league baseball. 19th? NINETEENTH? You have got to be kidding me! Before I completely rip … Continue reading 19th?

Howard On SI Cover

Ryan Howard is the next Phillies to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, an honor in itself. Though there have been many talks of the “SI Cover Jinx,” the Phillies should not play into the over-hyped lore. The last Phillie to grace the cover was Cole Hamels back on February 23. Howard was on the … Continue reading Howard On SI Cover

FIM #13: The Birth of the Phillie Phanatic

He’s from the Galapagos Islands. He warms our hearts. He’s big, green, and furry. He resembles a character Dr. Suess would have invented. He is the Phillie Phanatic and he is by far the coolest mascot in all of professionial sports. Moment #13 is when he was introduced back in 1978. Sports Illustrated voted the … Continue reading FIM #13: The Birth of the Phillie Phanatic