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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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buster: "Adams was pretty darn good until he got injured"

Agreed it is early to judge, but Adams was signed as an injured player to begin with, so it is no excuse for the Phillies to hide behind as why he isn't a better option than other comparable FA.

I was told earlier this year that Zimmermann was no more than a solid #3 when I said he was underrated. Thus, I am not worried to see him play us.

second place in the nl east = 5 games back of the playoffs.

Repost:

GTown, I once had a "dirty water dog" on the streets of NY. It tasted awesome, so I asked the vendor what kind of hotdogs he used and if they were available commercially.

His response was that they were regular Sabrett skinless hotdogs, but that his secret to great taste was the water. I asked him what he meant and he said that he hadn't changed the water in 20 years. sure, he had to add water because of evaporation, but he had never cleaned out the original water that he had used.

"Haht enough to kill all the goims and over 20 yeahs of flavah!"

I actually hope Delmon Young stays hot for more than 10 days. And then they drop him before he goes frigid again.

Hey, Corey:

You guys at Comcast are supposed to be wired in. Why not Utley MRI update yet?

Get with the program, dudes!

What if Delmon has just been messing with us and becomes Vlad Guerrero reincarnated? His free swinging leads to more bombs and he continues to hose baserunners.

The Sabrett spicy hot dogs from the roach coaches in NYC are awesome. The only good thing about that city.

Fox ONE would have had told us by now...

Lore: Yes, but this injury is (allegedly) unrelated to his surgery. It's not like Halladay where the problem was "my all-over hurts," and later it turns out that the thing bugging him wasn't treated. Thoracic Outlet Syndrom was a specific condition that his body was surgically-altered to alleviate.

If it turns out said repair didn't take (or this injury is related to the repair), then I'll agree, however.

"Me, I miss Wawa coffee...its one of the major things I miss about living in the Philly area.

Not a huge fan of DD coffee. Tim Hortons is solid however."

NEPP, IMHO Wawa coffee is the best, and I agree with you about Tim Horton's vs. DD. I only stop at DD for coffee when there is no other option.

Just heard on the radio that Lidge wants to retire a Phillie

Joe D: I can personally vouch for the honey-roasted cashews as well.

But I generally stop after that too.

Speaking of hot dogs, I'm a fan of Hebrew National...though Sabretts are really good too.

The best way to cook them (outside of the dirty water dog) is to slice them lengthwise and then grill them. You dont slice them completely in half but enough so it flattens out a bit. Really increases the quality of the cooking and flavor.

awh: My better half is from Boston. She loves DD coffee, as does her whole family.

Thankfully, since moving down here, she's no longer "drinkin' Dunkin'," and has instead switched to tea (and Starbucks).

I go Boar's Head with no bean chili made with coffee grounds.

I generally come here to talk Phillies but if I can get hot dog cooking tips I'll take it.

Nats(-26) and Phils(-31) pythag records are the same at 20-27.

***Just heard on the radio that Lidge wants to retire a Phillie

Posted by: Corn | Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 02:05 PM

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Yeah, he signed ones of those 1-day deals yesterday...which immediately made him our 3rd best option out of the pen after Pap and DeFratus.

buster, I'd take Starbucks over DD as well. Just not much of a DD fan.

Why have a hotdog when you can get a weisswurst?

***I go Boar's Head with no bean chili made with coffee grounds.

Posted by: Hugh Mulcahy | Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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Another good thing to do with coffee grounds is to use it as a crust for steaks. If you use a little bit of finely ground coffee along with just some basic kosher salt and a little bit of pepper, it really works on grilling steak.

I had it at a Ruth Chris years ago and started using it as one of my steak rubs.

Wait can they make Lidge's deal 2 days? I'd like to see Zimmerman take him to the moon again in walkoff fashion. I was at that game in DC a few years ago when that happened. I was in the top deck down the first base line and I've never heard a louder crack of the bat in my life. It was as if I was watching the game in surround sound. When Lidge was bad he was the baddest bad I've ever seen.

"I generally come here to talk Phillies but if I can get hot dog cooking tips I'll take it.

Posted by: Joe D"

Joe, here's my tip: Smoke them.

If you don't have a smoker, get a Weber kettle grill, use hardwood charcoal (burns cleaner and hotter than the briquettes), and soak about 2-3 cups of hickory or mesquite (or both) chips for about 4 hours to really get them soaked through.

Light up the charcoal, and just before you put the dogs on the grill, lift the grill surface and spread the wet woodchips on top of the coals.

Replace the grilling surface, and lay the dogs on the grill, make sure all the vents are opened on the bottom and top (lid) of the grill and cover the grilling surface with the lid.

Smoke up the dogs until they're hot and enjoy!!!

awh: I'm ok with some of the cappuccinos from SBucks, but the cost and quality of their basic blends leave a lot to be desired.

I usually just use a drip brewer at home with whatever nice beans I can get my hands on.

I grew up going to Phillies games under the ultimate penny pinching plan.

Send mail-in rebates off of coupon boxes for free 700 level tickets
Go early and park in FDR Park for free
Boil water and pour into a thermos with hotdogs
Bring all of the rolls and load up on free condiments
Leave early before it got dark and started ticketing at FDR Park

"awh: I'm ok with some of the cappuccinos from SBucks, but the cost and quality of their basic blends leave a lot to be desired."

Agree wholeheartedly.

Nice, awh. Sound tip.

Boiling water and bringing dogs in a thermos? This place is full of awesome information right now.

Hot dogs are the worst.

Don't you mean wurst?

That's definitely NOT an injection of truth.

Sorry- i hate hot dogs, won't eat them unless I am at a ball game.

Zambrano: You guys cant hit give me stick of wood me show you production.

***If you don't have a smoker, get a Weber kettle grill, use hardwood charcoal (burns cleaner and hotter than the briquettes), and soak about 2-3 cups of hickory or mesquite (or both) chips for about 4 hours to really get them soaked through.***

hardwood charcoal should always be used over briquettes. For one, you dont get that nasty chemical, kerosene taste you get from the briquettes. Two, it cooks hotter.

I prefer a French Press for coffee at home...best way to make it. I also have a Turkish coffee set I bought in Bosnia that I like to use for that type of coffee.

When the hell are we going to hear about Utley?

lidge is throwing out the first pitch and retiring as a phillie on aug 1 before the giants game.

next day schilling goes onto (into?) the phillies wall of fame.

TTI - as a former English teacher, I feel there should be an ever-so-slight bond between us. But your aversion to hot dogs is alarming.

As Christopher Walken once said, "Who doesn't like hot dogs? They're delicious!"

Hot dogs are definitely NOT the worst. In fact, they're the best.....kind of like my boy, the Durbinator.

"Sorry- i hate hot dogs, won't eat them unless I am at a ball game."


TTI, you and I agree on much, but that ain't one of 'em.


A fine, well-seasoned, natural casing hotdog is one of the finer delicacies on God's green earth.

My opinion on hot dogs is always controversial to people.

I just prefer hamburgers. Allow me to make you one of my stuffed burgers and you will never speak of these hot dogs again.

One of the local farms up near my house makes ridiculously good organic hot dogs.

They're natural casing, organic, all that crap...really tasty though

http://maplewindfarm.com/


I wonder why he didn't retire as a nat? Didn't he say they were the best team he played for?

Who doesn't like lips and a88hole's?

TTI, I'm with you on not much caring for hot dogs. And if I do eat them, I only like them boiled.

I believe Lidge said that the 2012 Nationals had "the most talent on any team I've ever played with".

He should certainly be asked to expand on that comment while making his media trip back to Philly for his official retirement, but i think he was referring to the Nats 'potential' moreso than their specific 2012 players.

I would probably vote the 2004 Astros as his most talented team based on historical players:

Biggio, Bagwell, Berkman, Beltran, Kent, Clemens, Oswalt, and Pettitte.

Runner up 2011 Phillies: Hamels, Halladay, Lee, Oswalt again, Utley, Rollins, Howard

2012 Nats might look very good in another 15 years, but hard to say.

I don't like sausage very often, either. I do like the occasional brat, however. And I like hamburgers. With ketchup.


It must be an off-day.

I presume that the reason Lidge is retiring as a Phillie and not an Astr is the ring. Of course it is.

I like Lidge. If I'm around, I'll go to that game and applaud him with great enthusiasm.

Is anyone going to the games v. the Red Sox? I'll have company, so unless I talk my dad into going, I'm out of luck. I wanted to go to see Vic and cheer for him. Even though I think we'll lose the games.

Todd Zolecki ‏@ToddZolecki 3m
Carlos Zambrano's extended spring training line today vs PIT at Carpenter Complex: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 64 pitches

Stutes!

That's two FO decisions in a row w/ which I've agreed.

Scary.

"That's two FO decisions in a row w/ which I've agreed. Scary."

If reversion to norms takes hold, the Phillies' next move will be one with which you disagree spectacularly. Like, for instance, calling up Pete Orr or Mini-Mart to take Utley's roster spot.

4 innings and 64 pitches for Zambrano in his second extended ST outing? Yeah, Rube isn't looking at him for the bullpen.

Stutes and DeFratus should be pretty strong vs RHB going forward. DeFratus has better control and better arm-side movement on his fastball, while Stutes uses a bigger breaking slider.

I think I read that Stutes is using a curveball vs LHB this year to change speeds better and keep off balance, so we'll see if that makes him more complete. Holding lefties to 6-31 (.194 AVG) in AAA so far.

Stutes was never very good at the MLB level. I wouldn't expect too much from him. Still, considering the other RH bullpen option is Durbin, its not a bad move.

Aumont wont be missed.

And he's a ton better than Rosenberg as well.

I hope when Stutes fails -- & he will fail -- he at least has the courtesy to do so in a spectacular new manner. Not boring ol' lack of control, or freq. giving up 600 ft. HRs. I want something unique, like a tendency to get confused & pitch to 2B, or repeatedly entering the wrong dugout between appearances.

GTown: I'd settle for forgetting where the mound is and pitching from 3rd.

Wheres Jayson Werth rank as worst active contracts?

When he's not giving them sub 100 OPS+ offense, he's on the DL.

owed another $83M for his 35-38 age seasons.

lorecore: It's looking to be a Howard-like deal, esp. if Werth cannot keep himself on the field.

lore, he's up there, but not exceeding Howard. Werth is making $16M this year and putting up a 95 OPS+ in the process. Howard's 98 OPS+ is costing the Phillies $20M for the 2013 season.

Basically, if you had to pay per point of OPS+, Howard would cost you $204K per, while Werth is a steal at just $168K per.

Mike S Was solid until he fatigued because our brilliant manager used him every other day.

Speaking of injuries, I can't help but think the way in which Madson was used helped contribute to his ongoing arm issues. I suppose it's sheer luck r00b didn't succeed in re-signing him, although paying $13 million for a Closer the team doesn't even need is hardly a bargain.

Ryan Zimmerman has been heating up last week or so, I looked at his numbers and was surprised he isn't a Phillie Killer (.810 OPS vs PHI, .833 OPS Overall). Hard to say to 'stay away' from him since he bats next to Harper - but hopefully we can avoid him in high leverage situations.

Still no word on Utley, eh?

Nope no word Steve. Raj personally flew down to inject him with Cortisone and Painkillers. After which if he can pick up a bat he be cleared to play.

"Raj personally flew down to inject him with Cortisone and Painkillers."

Now I know that's not true. Firstly, I doubt the Phillies are still in Miami. Secondly, you know Rube's not footing the bill for an incremental place ticket!

The clip in this blogpost has a pretty great reaction from Victorino in the Boston dugout. I could've saved it til Monday morning, but I know I'd forget...plus it's an off day.

http://www.barstoolsports.com/boston/super-page/i-could-watch-uehara-dish-out-high-fives-all-day/

Both the Howard and Werth contracts are terrible.

But at least Werth's 95 OPS+ comes with positive defense and baserunning in RF. Howard gives you bad defense and baserunning at 1B.

Again, both are bad deals. Howard's is certainly a level worse, though. Nothing to do with the contract itself, but just because at this point, Howard is a level worse player than Werth.

Why are you guys using OPS+? Here are the numbers that matter...

Werth: 99 (2+ yrs)
Howard: 81 (1+ yrs)

In re: hot dogs

Deep fry the suckers. Just drop in a vat of rendered lard and wait'll they turn dark brown. Roll them puppies into a bun smeared with mayo, brown mustard, chopped onions and a coupla okra pickles.

Check in with your cardiologist later.

Chase is Getting the bone injection that makes up wolverine and his skelontal system. Miss a few games. Tried it with doc, but he didn't respond well. Reason listed tilt was off.

The Utley MRI: no news seems like bad news... but who knows.

I'm pumped to see Stutes and DeFratus handle the middle relief burden for a while, personally. It's time to see Durbin's name on the waiver wire. No sense throwing more good money after bad.

As for dogs, at home I like to roll with the Hebrew National in a potato roll with spicy brown mustard, relish, onions, and ketchup. Best dog ever is at UB Dogs in Chicago (loop), dragged through the garden with their special sauce. Holy cannoli! Til I tried that, I was giving it up to Sabrett's with brown mustard (kraut optional). Move over again NYC: turns out you don't do everything the best after all.

The Phillies probably decided to skip the MRI. Too modern. r00b's just gonna scout the injury.

I like how Lidge still gets some derision from the caveman-based Phans.

He could come sleep with my wife and I'd forgive him because of 2008.

I'd don't think I'd go quite that far, but I'm a lot more fond of Lidge than I am of Schilling.

"He could come sleep with my wife and I'd forgive him because of 2008."

One things for certain - we know that Iceman isn't Chase Utley...

Oh great. A Red Sox game, w/ regional announcers.

great timing for the off-day. TCM has a Harold Lloyd marathon starting at 8. starts off with the movie that features him hanging from the face of the clock. the man was the equal of keaton and chaplin.

bullit: 'Safety Last'? Lloyd was a master. Amazing what he did, & even more amazing considering he was missing a couple of fingers.

NEPP- I like to get my organic 'dawgs from maple wind at the Burlington farmers market...can't stand hot dogs made with lips and a-holes, and the amount of crap and nitrates in a normal dog means I'll never feed them to my kids. But the ones they sell there are freakjng delicious. They actually taste like beef, not some processed meat by-product like most hot-dogs.

yeah, GTD. what he did while missing his right thumb and index finger is unbelieveable. what an athelete.

his most famous movie, "the freshman," isn't on till 11 edt.

bullit: Thanks for the heads-up. Time to fire up the ol' DVR ...

My Hot Dog Recipe...Hygrades cut down middle then half inch slices, sliced onions, black pepper 1/4 pack of Sazon. Little vegetable oil fry the hot dogs with the onions, toss the Sazon and pepper and serve. MSG heaven....

Ooops forgot add 2 tablespoons of canned tomato sauce...

I prefer Keaton to Lloyd, but I'll still be watching TCM tonight.

my pleasure, GTD. enjoy. my fav hl movie, "speedy" isn't on the list. it's the one where he fights to save the last horse-drawn trolly in nyc.

There's a place in Bethlehem called Potts that makes a decent hot dog. Lustig Franks, grill in huge batches on a flat grill, rolled frequently. Then, when they're ready, they split them open halfway and squirt Kraft canned cheese (doesn't that sound terribly lowbrow?) down the middle. They pick them up with tongs and lay them cheese side down in a bun outfitted with yellow mustard and finely chopped onions. Then they drip chili on the top and wrap them, two together, in wax paper.

Despite all the pre-processed ingredients, it is superb eating.

At home we do Hebrew National. And the best way is over charcoal, served on Martin's potato buns.

With regard to hog rectums, I do not believe they use them in hot dogs (especially not the Kosher variety, of course) but save them for the export to Asia market. They are lengthy and tube-like, so they slice them and send the hoops as artificial calamari.

I'm not making that up, but the source of my source of my source may have been.

Kutz. i lean towards lloyd mainly because keaton's deadpan was unrelenting. lloyd's characters could be expressive.

Zolecki: "Utley is being placed on the 15-day DL. A corresponding roster move will be made to replace him on the 25-man roster."

Pat Gallen: "Chase Utley has been diagnosed with a very mild grade 1 oblique strain. No intercostal injury or rib cage injury."

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"very mild grade 1"

I thought that saints just play through such things.

That sounds almost like best case scenario for Utley. I was expecting much worse.

And yes. It is time.

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This is why I love BL. Harold Lloyd discussions!

No place but BL.

Not that it should affect the Phillies' decision-making, but Ruf is in the midst of a monumental slump. He's had like 1 hit in the last week.

Phil's doctors looked at Utley's MRI from 7 years ago.

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