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Chase Utley made sure the Philadelphia Phillies would not go quietly into the night.  2 home runs in an elimination game.  5 home runs in the World Series to this point.  Tied with Reggie Jackson for most in a World Series.  Chase Utley you truly are the man!

The series goes back to New York where Pedro Martinez faces off against a gassed Andy Pettite.  As I wrote earlier, Pedro is here for a reason, and Game 6 is that reason.

Let’s go Phils!


November 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments


The Phillies came, the Phillies saw, and the Phillies conquered Game 1 of the World Series winning 6-1 over the New York Yankees.  Cliff Lee pitched a complete game and allowed 0 earned runs.  Chase Utley provided all the offense the Phillies needed, hitting two solo shots off of the supposedly unhittable Charles Carsten Sabathia.  While CC was sweating enough to fill a small swimming pool (in 50 degree weather no less!) Cliff Lee absolutely owned everyone not named Jeter in the Yankees lineup.  Amazing win by the Fightin’ Phils and an even better way to start the World Series!

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

[BBA]: Most Valuable Player Awards

One of the many awesome things we get to do as a part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance – by the way, if you didn’t know yet,  we are part of an alliance of baseball bloggers called the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Bill from Crashburn Alley is also a member, so you know it’s good. – is that we can vote on the various baseball awards. “Sure,” you say, “but any blog can do that!” Well, the BBA does them in a manner similar to that of the Baseball Writers Association of America. So, here are the Fire Eric Bruntlett official MVP awards:

Seeing as it’s pretty late right now, and I’m rushed for time, trying to get to bed, to wake up at 6:00 in the morning (I don’t like Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, either.) I’m just posting our ballot for now – no explanations or stats yet. Hopefully, I can show you the ultra-complex system that I use to come up with these placements tomorrow. It uses a lot of numbers and stats, both sabermetric and mainstream.

In any case, here goes:

10. Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

9. Derrek Lee, 1B, Chicago Cubs

8. Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

7. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres

6. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida Marlins

5. Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

4. Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

3. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers

2. Mark Reynolds, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend at Beardo’s

I had good fortune to get to attend two of the last 4 regular season Phillies games.  I did not however have the good fortune to see a game that mattered and thus had to suffer through not one, but TWO starts by Eric Bruntlett.

Beardo's in the cards for the day!

Beardo's in the cards for the day!

I of course was horrified to find this out considering I hate Beardo almost as much as I hate reality television. (Steve’s hate: Beardo < Reality TV < New York Mets)  The only bright side of this would be that I’d more or less get to do a live Beardcap (and I am fully aware I have not done a Beardcap in a while).  These starts were actually very important for Bruntlett as the Phillies are still in the process of choosing their postseason roster.

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October 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beardcap 8-23-09

What did Beardo do?

Eric Bruntlett had what might have been his best game as a Phillie.  Starting for Chase Utley he went 3-5 at the plate, raising his average to an astounding .154!  He also had one of the top defensive plays of the year, ending the game on an unassisted triple play!  Whaaaaaaa!?

Did the Phils lose? Was it Bruntlett’s fault?

The Phillies beat their hated rival, the New York Mets, 9-7.  Bruntlett actively contributed to this win, spectacularly ending the game on an unassisted triple play.  He did commit one error however!  Regardless, actual kudos are deserved for Beardo here, he played a hell of a game.  In the words of Ron Burgandy, “I’m not even mad, I’m impressed!”

Bruntlett Fact (s)

This was Bruntlett’s first multi-hit game since June 5th.

Bruntlett has not had an RBI since July 6th.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Beardcap 8-20-09

What did Beardo do?

Bruntlett went 0-1 popping up with 2 men on base when he pinch hit for 2nd baseman Chase Utley in the 7th inning. This lowered his average to .128 for the season.

Did the Phils lose? Was it Bruntlett’s fault?

The Phils whooped the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-3. The only reason Bruntlett even played is because the Phillies were up by 9 runs. He promptly popped up upon entering the game, stranding 2 runners and continuing his futility. On a positive note, he didn’t have any errors, so that’s something. Unfortunately he’s still Eric Bruntlett at the end of the day.

Bruntlett Fact (s)

In the offseason Eric Bruntlett’s beard is used as a wildlife reserve.

Bruntlett has not had an RBI since July 6th.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Beardcap 8-9-09

What did Beardo do?

Bruntlett pinch hit for relief pitcher Kyle Kendrick in the 7th inning.  He popped out and went 0-1 at the plate bringing his season average down to .131.

Did the Phils lose?  Was it Bruntlett’s fault?

The Phils lost 12-3.  Clearly Bruntlett’s one at-bat is to blame for this.  This moves the Phillies to 30-27 in games that Bruntlett has played in this season.

Bruntlett Fact:

Bruntlett’s mother does not actually keep pictures of him around the house; she instead keeps pictures of Chase Utley because “he’s just so awesome”.

August 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments