Beerleaguer digests the last remaining hot-stove scraps before shifting into Spring Training mode.
You’ve probably noticed that a quiet calm has crept over Beerleaguer and many of the other Phillies forums lately. By design, and by necessity, it’s time to catch a last-minute siesta, particularly the beat guys who will spend the next eight months packing and unpacking suitcases, resisting the midnight urge of $4 Peanut M&Ms from the hotel micro fridge and deciding whether it’s hygienic to wear the same pair of rumpled socks again. So what better time to put down the pen and pick up the laundry basket than the second week in February? There’s nothing happening anyway, and as we say every year when pitchers and catchers report, nothing’s going to happen except glorified calisthenics.
So without further delay, here is your Feb. 9 clean underwear report, a laundry list of stories by guys wearing fresh drawers for the last time.
Chad Durbin is receiving offers from non-contenders, but is holding out for a chance to pitch for a winner, according to Ken Rostenthal. Gee-Gee (Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross) thinks he’s fixed Domonic Brown’s swing, says David Murphy. Meanwhile, Jim Salisbury says Brad Lidge is fired up and building arm strength.