Posts Tagged ‘Nationals’

Good Riddance

July 30th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Good Riddance | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies


We all know by now that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been traded to the Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. I would have written this more than 24 hours ago, but I’ve been busy celebrating.

Quantitatively speaking, Papelbon has been the best closer in Philadelphia’s history.  His ERA while here was 2.31, and he boasted an impressive 9.5 K/9. Pap also recorded 123 saves in 138 opportunities, and even I can’t dispute that kind of success.

My issue with Papelbon has always been the same, and it’s the reason I’m ecstatic to see him leave so he can help Werth and Harper form the Triple Crown of Hillbilly Trash in DC. Jonathan Papelbon’s attitude has always been, and will likely continue to be, pure garbage. He’s the first to place blame on teammates, blatantly disrespect anyone in his path, and run his mouth to the media. I’m pretty sure we all remember his “I didn’t come here for this” rant when Papelbon began making his desire to leave Philadelphia very public.

I’d rather have a closer who couldn’t save a game if his life depended on it, but at least pretends to be a team player. Impressive statistics or not, Papelbon was grossly overpaid for his one job – securing three outs – and I won’t miss him.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Pap … or, y’know, let it. I don’t mind. Either way, just get out of my city and go practice your Natitude.

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The NL East Poll

May 7th, 2013 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Polls

Who will win?

Well, as a new baseball season is underway TalkSportsPhilly asks the fans who will win the NL East in 2013?

Who will win the NL East in 2013?

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Nationals End Their Season

October 13th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

C'mon, Jayson! Where's your Natitiude???

By Amy McGinnis

I probably took far too much joy in typing that title.  There are several reasons that I hate the Nationals, the biggest of which is Jayson Werth.  I didn’t like him as a Phillie, and I don’t like him as a National.  It wasn’t easy for me to cheer for St. Louis, but I did it … and you can imagine my excitement to see the Cardinals come back to beat Washington in Game 5 of the NLDS.

I’m sure Jayson Werth will find a way to badmouth Philadelphia fans for this, and not take responsibility for those words when asked about them weeks later.

Chin up, Werth.  You’ll be watching the rest of the playoffs from your couch, just like the rest of us … and you’ll get paid about a gazillion dollars to do it.  Maybe now that you have extra time on your hands, you can see about getting that long overdue haircut.  You could always call your old buddy Raúl Iba – oh, my bad.  He’s busy.  Looks like Hunter Pence is, too …  at least the former Phillies right fielder who advanced to the NLCS is the likeable one.


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Jayson Werth Needs to Stop Talking

August 26th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General

Hey, Jayson, know what's good for wrist pain? A trip to the barber.

By Amy McGinnis

Jayson Werth makes me like Domonic Brown more and more.  To be fair, I’ve never liked Werth.  I was a Geoff Jenkins fan; sure, he didn’t possess the same athleticism as Werth, but I’m fond of utility players with good attitudes.  I was happy to see Werth go after 2010, because along with his cocky attitude, I was growing tired of watching him stand at the plate like a deer in headlights when there were two outs and RISP.  I was as shocked as everyone else when I heard how much Washington offered him – I realize that inflated contracts are popping up all over the place, but that kind of money – to me, that should be reserved for star players.  Werth has always been a good complementary player, meaning he’s a vital piece to the puzzle.  He’s not a player to build a team around.  When that contract was formed, Werth had never hit .300, nor had he knocked in 100.  My reaction was, “Good luck with that, Nats.” A lot of fans were offended that Werth left for the money; I was more offended that he even asked for that ridiculous amount.  I mean, honestly … who the hell does he think he is?

In spring 2012, we got to know Nationals’ COO Andy Feffer – by the way, I can’t read or hear his name without saying the Dr. Seuss line, “four fluffy feathers on a fiffer feffer feff.” He’s the one who initiated the bullshit “Natitude” and “Take Back the Park” nonsense.  In May, when Werth ate it in the outfield while trying to grab Polanco’s sinking liner, he broke his wrist.  I remember saying, “Maybe his Natitude got in the way.” Apparently, while exiting the field (see photo), Phillies fans chanted “You deserve it” and “That’s what you get.” Afterward, Werth stated, “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and Philly fans yelling … I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally that those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”  I’d never suggest that Feffer would wish injury on a player, but I’m pretty sure he saw this as an opportunity to feed the rivalry he is so desperate to have with Philadelphia.  A+ for effort in trying to get “those people” fired up, but … a lot of us think Werth is a douchebag and didn’t take the pitiful bait.

Much to my liking, Jayson Werth was out of any kind of spotlight for a little while.  Well, now he’s back, and he’s talking to the media again.  Jayson, if you’re reading this (and let’s be honest – you seem like the kind of dude to Google your own name), let me give you a tip: Stop talking.  Or, at the very least, keep our names out of your mouth … and it’s “my wrist was broken,” not “broke.”  It’s bad enough that you look like a caveman; there’s no need to talk like one.


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TSP Poll: Who will win the NL East??

June 19th, 2012 by Leo | Comments Off on TSP Poll: Who will win the NL East?? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Polls

Which Team will Win??

With the Phillies having everyone scratching their heads this year, I began to wonder who would win the Division this year?  Hmmm, there a several teams I could see doing it and I haven’t excluded the Phillies yet either.  So I thought I would ask the Philly Sports Fan who they thought would win the NL East??


Who will win the NL East in 2012

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Was it Werth It?

May 11th, 2012 by Craig C. | Comments Off on Was it Werth It? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Cole Hamels plunking Bryce Harper might have sent a message and to be honest, I have no problems with what happened. My question is why did he tell the media? He knew why is threw at Harper. The coaching staff probably told him to throw at Harper. Phillies fans might have suspected that he threw at Harper. Let’s leave it at that. A 5 game suspension is not going to be that big of a deal as he will not miss a turn but look at all the other hoopla this has created.

This is not helping the Phillies win games. When Manuel gets ejected, sometimes it creates a new found energy and the team thrives off of it but so far it has created a media frenzy, a couple of fines and now a fued with the Nationals. Come on, do you think a fued with the Nationals is that exciting? If the fact that the team is only 2 hours away and our long lost friend Jayson Werth left did not create a huge rivarly, this will probably not.

Hamels is smart enough to know that he should not have said anything. The reprecussions of this could have been much worse. Going further, I think the Phillies needs should be fixing problems on their team (offense, bullpen,) instead of worrying about “Nattitudes” or about a possible phenom getting welcomed into the big leagues. Maybe Manuel is starting to lose control of this team? That’s another story though.

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I Like It

May 9th, 2012 by Christian | Comments Off on I Like It | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper with a pitch on purpose.
When asked about it, he said “I was trying to hit him.”

Gotta love the honesty.  I like it.  Good for you Cole.

"I did it on purpose."

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