Archive for December, 2012


December 28th, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | Comments Off on EAGLES “STAY” OR “GO” TIME IS APPROACHING, WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

We thought this would be a good time to get the fans to sound off about who you will vote for in the upcoming Eagles “Stay” or “Go” vote that they hold after every sports season. With no playoffs again this year, and changes likely to begin next Monday, we thought this would be a good time to begin the discussion.

On January 8, 2012 Philly Pressbox posted an article based on the fan vote coming off of the 8-8 season in 2011. See the following link.

To summarize that fan vote, we the fans voted to keep 21 of the 22 starters, Asante Samuel being the only player we wanted to get rid of and the Eagles did that. We also voted to keep the kicker, punter and long snapper. Overall the fans were very happy with the players but unhappy with the staff. We voted that Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg, Juan Castillo, Howie Roseman and Joe Banner all needed to go. Banner was gone first and then Castillo by mid-season.

As the Eagles sit 4-11 with the season finale Sunday against the Giants in New York, who will you vote for to “stay” or “go” after this miserable season??


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Happy Birthday, Mr. Hamels!

December 27th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Mr. Hamels! | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

We're excited to have the birthday boy spend the next several years here in Philadelphia.

By Amy McGinnis

Today is Cole’s 29th birthday.  I’d like to wish him health, happiness, and a Cy Young in the coming year.  I can’t wait to see you wind up with your right knee in your left armpit on the mound in the spring.  Happy birthday, Cole!

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Which Philly Team will have the Best Season in 2013??

December 24th, 2012 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Flyers, General, Philadelphia Union, Phillies, Polls, Sixers, Soul, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, Wings

Which team will bring Glory to Philly??

Well, needless to say that Philly had a tough year in sports, but there were a few shining gems from our teams.  We watched the Phillies collapse, then the Eagles collapse, the Flyers never got onto the ice, and the Sixers are struggling to stay at .500.  The Soul was our star, making it to the ArenaBowl but fell short, they will win it next year in my opinion.  The Wings and The Union look promising.

Let’s get behind some of our great college sports teams that Philly has in this town too!

So what do you think as a Philly Sports Fan??  Which team will bring us glory in 2013??

Which sports team do the Philly fans think will have the best season in 2013??


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Filling Holes in the Phils’ Offseason

December 17th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Filling Holes in the Phils’ Offseason | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Welcome to Philadelphia, Michael Young.

By Amy McGinnis

Rogers Hornsby once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”  I’d like to add that I also count down until the day that pitchers and catchers report in Clearwater (countdown is currently at 57 days for those of you fellow baseball nerds who also consider it an early Valentine’s Day gift).

Luckily, Ruben Amaro, Jr., is doing more than sitting around and waiting.  During this offseason, he has uncharacteristically made a few modest (and necessary) moves.  It’s been nice to see him address the team’s needs without throwing money around and making noise.  Ben Revere, as we know, will play center field.  From Texas, we’ve acquired Michael Young, a 36-year-old (still younger than Polanco) righty who hit .277 (20 points higher than Polanco) with 67 RBIs (Polanco had 19)  in 156 games (more than twice as many as Polanco played) last season.  In addition to these two position players, RAJ made a one-year deal with LHP John Lannan from Washington and righty reliever Mike Adams from Texas.  Lannan, 28, went 4-1 last season with a 4.13 ERA; in my opinion, he’ll be a good addition to the back end of our rotation.  He’s what’s known as “low risk, high reward,” and I’m glad that the spot left open by Worley won’t have a big question mark.  Mike Adams, 34, will be the setup man we’ve needed since Madson left.  I’m excited to see Adams in the 8th inning; he posted 7.7K/9 last season.  At a $12M/2 years price tag, I think Philadelphia made a quality deal.

As of right now, the Phils seem to be in far better shape than they did a few months ago (Chooch’s suspension notwithstanding).  Our starting rotation, of course, includes Halladay, Lee, and Hamels.  The back end will have Lannan, a third lefty, and


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A Look at Ben Revere

December 8th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on A Look at Ben Revere | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Ben Revere joins the outfield in Philadelphia.

By Amy McGinnis

Winter Meetings have come and gone.  Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., went to Nashville with an off-season list of things to accomplish.  It seems that he can check off “acquire a center fielder” from that list. The newest Phillie will be former Twins outfielder Ben Revere; we said goodbye to to right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.

So,who is Ben Revere?  The 24-year-old throws right, bats left, and it built like Shane Victorino.  He hit .294 in 124 games last season for Minnesota, stealing 40 bases.  It appears that he’ll fit into the clubhouse nicely; if anything, at least he’s young, unlike a certain Texas Ranger who is about to sign with Philadelphia.  It’s about time we started filling roster spots with players who were born after the 1970s (looking at you, Halladay, Lee, Valdes, Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Ruiz).

In my opinion, Revere has a lot of potential to grow with this team.  I’m optimistic about his career in Philadelphia.

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A 1 on 1 with the #1 Eagles fan

December 6th, 2012 by Emily Phung | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, Interviews, Sports

Shaun showing braun

If you are an Eagles fan, you may have noticed through the years that one fan stands out particularly the most. He can be seen in the stands with a war painted face and outfitted in head to toe in Philadelphia Eagles game day gear. This fan is so actively cheering team that the camera never shies away from getting his reaction throughout the game. Fans seem to gather in big crowds around him since he is as celebrated as much as the players themselves. So infamous is Mr. Shaun Young  that he was recently recognized by the Eagles organization as their number #1. Who exactly is Shaun Young? Here’s the inside scoop about the Eagles number #1 fan from yours truly.

Emily: When did you start watching football?

Shaun: I have always been passionate about sports since I was young. I was always actively involved in some kind of sport including football. I particularly love dissecting a team’s defense. It was only natural for me to begin following it.

Emily: Have you always been an Eagles fan?


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Brad Lidge to Retire

December 3rd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Brad Lidge to Retire | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

October 29, 2008

By Amy McGinnis

Brad Lidge, now 35 years old, has told his agents that he’s ready to retire after 225 career saves (he’s 37th on MLB’s all-time list, for those of you who are counting).  In 603 career appearances, he went 26-32 with an ERA of 3.54.  Even more impressive than his 225 saves is Lidge’s 11.9 K/9 (not a typo).  It seems that after all these years (six in Houston, four in Philadelphia, and one in Washington), Lidge is ready to spend time at home with his family.  I’d like to wish Brad a happy and relaxing retirement, but more than that, I’d like to say “thank you.”

When I think of Lidge, like many of you, I’ll fondly remember 2008. He went 41 for 41 in save opportunities, helping the Phils plow through into the post-season, where he was a perfect seven for seven. Sometimes it feels like a lifetime ago, but on any given day, I can close my eyes and re-live Round 2 of Game 5 in the 2008 World Series.  I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t believe this is about to happen.” Then it did – Brad Lidge owned Eric Hinske at the plate and dropped to his knees while we watched Carlos Ruiz charge the mound for the most epic hug of my lifetime.  (Incidentally, I can also hear Harry’s voice saying, “One strike away; nothing-and-two, the count to Hinske. Fans on the their feet, rally towels are being waved. Brad Lidge stretches. The 0-2 pitch — swing and a miss, struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of baseball! Brad Lidge does it again, and stays perfect for the 2008 season! 48-for-48 in save opportunities, and let the city celebrate! Don’t let the 48-hour wait diminish the euphoria of this moment, and the celebration. And it has been 28 years since the Phillies have enjoyed a World Championship; 25 years in this city that a team that has enjoyed a World Championship, and the fans are ready to celebrate. What a night!”

Best wishes in your retirement, Brad Lidge, and thank you so much for the memories.

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