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POSTED: Thursday, December 7, 2006, 7:40 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Freddy Warm welcome from the Phloggery for the latest Phillie, the ex-Chi Sox hurler (and 17-game-winning horse) Freddy Garcia:

Shallow Center: AFTER DAYS of speculation, the Phillies pulled the trigger last night, landing Freddy Garcia from the White Sox for Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez. And so, after years of frustration, the Phils have acquired a true No. 1 -- not a Kevin Millwood or a Jon Lieber, but a proven winner, a durable ace, who also happens to own a World Series ring. And now, with a surplus of starters, Pat Gillick can do some dealing for much-needed bullpen help. It's impossible to project whether the enigmatic Floyd will emerge from his early-career fog and become the hurler the Phillies thought he'd be when they took him in the first round of the draft. Likewise, Gonzalez is young and could blossom or flame out. This was a good risk to take. Finally the Phillies have taken on a player who represents an improvement -- not merely a replacement -- of whatever body on the roster will be jettisoned to make room for him.

Beer Leaguer: Phillies GM Pat Gillick buys himself a 17-game winner in a Winter Meeting shocker. Garcia is swapped for two minor leaguers, one ticketed for another backward try in AAA, the other probably two years away from the majors. As you've noticed, neither of these players are named Aaron Rowand. Gillick is making it clear: He's ready to go toe-to-toe with the division champs, as word spreads that the Mets are nearing a deal for Oakland right-hander Rich Harden, in addition to their ongoing pursuit of free agent prize Barry Zito. That's why Garcia is in, and Jon Lieber will be moved to Milwaukee or some other hole. The Phillies are sitting on a great looking rotation, and still hold a big chip in Rowand, who's coveted by several teams.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 9:09 AM
Filed Under: Sports

HowardanalysisRyan Howard's appearance on Heiss the Fan's show at 11:30 this morning is inspired by a sad display of family business.

It happened during the Phillies home opener last spring. Erik Heiss and his father, Frank Heiss Jr., were in the left field stands. The slugger was up.

And there it went, the first of Howard's Phillies record-breaking 58 homers that season, headed right for them. Dad went for it. Thought it had it. Didn't.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 5:04 PM
Filed Under: Music | Sports

Vh Why wouldn't you name a rock band after Von Hayes?

Don't ask that of Peter Bothum, who plays guitar in a new group that honors the lanky and phlegmatic former Phillies outfielder. Bothum ticks off the reasons why:

POSTED: Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 7:01 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Therockbyap Before the game, the Iggles Blog wondered if this year's Eagles team was most like Jason of Friday the 13th, only instead of finding more and more creative ways of killing other people, he kept killing himself. Which made me think of Harold setting himself on fire or performing some ritual Japanese suicide in Harold & Maude.

So what do we make of last night?

And don't start with Rocky theme song.

POSTED: Monday, December 4, 2006, 2:57 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Philadelphia Will Do's breathless video trailers for Eagles games are becoming more entertaining than the games themselves. Ok, so that's not very hard. Not sure how he makes his voice do that. Imagine Ted Baxter but with the audio slowed-way-down, and doing the narration while checking his mail and nipping from a fifth of VO. It's that exciting.

Features such stirring come-ons as "There's really no reason to watch this, is there?" a where-is-he-now photo of Freddie Mitchell and musings whether Hank Baskett is actually on the team any more.

But a win over Carolina tonight puts them back in the wild card hunt, so suit up.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 2:21 PM
Filed Under: Sports

Wolf_pack Welcome to Phillyville bids farewell to Phillies hurler Randy Wolf:

A few years ago, I spent a week in Clearwater following the Phils around during spring training. I recommend the trip to anyone who has even marginal interest in sports. Spring training is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the players. In a very real sense, attending a game at Pittsburgh's spring training home in Bradenton Florida gives fans a chance to step into the world of the players. ... We spent the majority of the afternoon hanging out by the Phils bullpen collecting autographs and chatting with the players. For whatever reason, Wolf was among the most chatty.

Wolf I have no idea what the hell we talked about but that's not the point of the story. A couple months later in early may, I and my same two friends were standing in the rightfield bleachers at the Vet trying our best to shag the occasional BP long ball. Wolf and the other pitchers were doing their pregame calisthenics below us. To our complete surprise, Wolf yelled at us.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 6:20 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Aj One of our guilty pleasures has become even more pleasurable knowing there's a Philly connection. Each Friday we like to turn to A.J. Daulerio's Cultural Oddsmaker column in Deadspin, the sports blog that is to ESPN what The Man Show is to The Mike Douglas Show.

In that space, he riffs about the important events of our day, often making the connections to the more anodyne moments of his own life. For instance, a critical alliance of sports and the performing arts, (the heavy metal band Motorhead is sponsoring a British youth soccer team) stirred this memory:

Growing up, my Little League team was sponsored by either a local dry cleaning service, a pizzeria or a plump, mustached realtor. The best of that lot, obviously, was the pizzeria, Giuseppes, which would be very generous come playoff time and let us drain their soda fountain in trying to concoct the perfect Suicide -- Sunkist, A&W and Welch's Grape ... Crazy!

POSTED: Monday, November 27, 2006, 9:04 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Photobyap_26 Measuring your favorite Eagle this morning for a pair of goat horns?

Enrico at AOL's FanHouse is looking at L.J. Smith. Why pick on a guy who hauled in a touchdown pass during a 45-21 roasting by the Colts? 'Rico:

The Birds were trailing 21-0 in the second quarter when the offense finally put something that resembled a drive together. Jeff Garcia hit a wide open LJ Smith in the endzone for a nice touchdown. At first it appears that LJ realizes that the birds have a lot of ground to make up and he'll just walk back to the huddle. Then he gets a tremendous urge to pull off one of the most unentertaining touchdown celebrations in all of football. Smith jogged over to the field goal post and laid the ball over it. Awesome

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