So the Buzz Bissinger blurb in the banner is no longer applicable, so I’m looking for a fresh quote from a famous phan.
Actor and Germantown Academy graduate Bradley Cooper hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend and was photographed wearing a Phillies hat. He seems like a cool guy, and this is a cool site. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be reading Beerleaguer and enjoying it. Speaking of SNL, Tina Fey has ties to the Philadelphia area and is a confirmed Philadelphia sports fan. Join your fellow SNL alum, Jimmy Fallon, in showing your support for the blogosphere, Tina. Fallon is pictured right showing his support for a Boston Red Sox blog. Here’s another one: Dean Ween, guitarist for the band Ween. The New Hope native is a huge Philadelphia sports fan. I’ve been to two Ween shows and I own all of their records. Where are my celebs at? Crawl out from under the woodwork and climb into my banner by showing your support for Beerleaguer. Shoot me an email in time for the 2009 season and I’ll return the favor with a handsome long-sleeve t-shirt or coffee mug.
Greg Jacobs update: Beerleaguer’s favorite minor league outfielder Greg Jacobs has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants, meaning he’ll reunite with ex-roommate and lifting partner Aaron Rowand during spring training. Jacobs, 31, finished last season playing in the independent Northern League.
Don’t expect preseason lists: This is a time when papers and Web sites – usually the clueless national hubs – run “Five Burning Questions” or something like that. I’ve seen a few of these already and each of them has included “Will Chase Utley be ready by opening day?” It’s not important. Sources have said if he isn’t ready right on the dot, he’ll be ready soon. Besides, the only question worth asking is whether the team’s 3.88 ERA (113 ERA+) of 2008 is going to stick.
Provisional WBC rosters: “Provisional” doesn’t necessarily mean “final,” but the Phillies have 12 players tabbed for duty in the World Baseball Classic. Aside from the players you’ve heard about, Mike Spidale, an everyman who split the season between Reading and Lehigh Valley, is penciled into Italy’s roster, while righthander Mike Bolsenbroek, selected in the 42nd round of the June 2008 draft, will pitch for Holland.
Minor league transaction: Catcher Scott Thomas, who played in 30 games for Williamsport last season, has signed back with the club.