Get Well Soon

Greg Dobbs has the flu or a stomach virus, but it can’t be too serious.

How do I know?

Because somebody boarded up Dobbs’ locker at Citizens Bank Park with cardboard, yellow “caution” tape and masking tape. In the middle was a sign that read:

Greg Dobbs Update
Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Room #—
Visiting hours for family and friends from 6-8 p.m.

Please be advised to wear a mask!!

Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies still did not want Dobbs, who was sent to Philadelphia before Game 2 of the World Series last night, around the team until his condition improves. Pedro Martinez complained of illness before his start last night and Tyler Walker, who is not on the active roster, was sent home because of sickness.

“I think pretty much guys are OK,” Amaro said. “We have some guys getting checked out, but most guys seem to be OK.”


Charlie Manuel has been asked plenty about why he didn’t send his base runners in motion in the top of the eighth inning in Game 2. Chase Utley hit into a double play, although replays show he beat the throw.

I’ve got to agree with Manuel here. Utley is not a double-play threat. He hit into just five double plays this season, and just 49 in his career. Remember what happened when the Mets sent runners in motion against the Phillies at Citi Field this season? Eric Bruntlett made history with a game-ending unassisted triple play. At the time the Phillies were puzzled why the Mets would send their runners in that situation. Crazy things happen. Jorge Posada would have had a clean throw to third to get Jimmy Rollins, too, had Utley swung and missed.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever done it,” Amaro said. “Have we done it all year? I don’t know that we’ve ever done it. So why change things that we haven’t done all year? I think that becomes a fatal mistake when teams start doing things they haven’t done before. That’s just not what we do. Not in that situation. I can’t recall one time in the five years Charlie has been manager that he has done that.”


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Another smart move on the Phils part. No need for any kind of germs to be further spread throughout the clubhouse. Better to err on the side of caution.

Love the locker room sign!

Charlie calculus on not sending the runners was correct. What he did not count on was the ineptitude of the umpires. If the umpires pull that crap at CBP tonight I hope the fans get into their heads.

The problem with national telecasts is that the announcers don’t know the teams very well. It’s also why McCarver is in the booth and not in the dugout. Charlie made the right call under the circumstances. They had a nice inning going against a tough closer.
The last time Mariano threw as many as 39 pitches was in 2003. Let’s hope all this work takes him off his game.

Check out the Halloween costumes I made for the Phillies:
Maybe I should have done a hospital ward for all the sick ones…ugh.


I can’t believe that McCarver is still doing World Series games. The networks change, but whoever wins the contract always brings the loud mouth a long. He is ALWAYS wrong, never admits his mistakes, and tells the worst jokes/puns of all time. Just go away already, McCarver. No wonder baseball has lost ground to the NFL the past 25 years.

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