“Frisky” Werth, the Name Game, and More Tongue

“I guess he was feeling frisky”

Thus spake Charlie Manuel last night, after Jayson Werth stole home in the seventh inning, for his fourth steal of the night. Manuel was taken by surprise just as much as the rest of us. I have to admit, I was staring right at the TV and almost didn’t realize what was going on, as Werth came flying into the screen and under the tag.

Werth took advantage of catcher Russell Martin’s casual lobbing of the ball back to relief pitcher Ronald Belisario. Martin had pretty much ignored Werth as he was on third, so once the opportunity presented itself, he took off.

Werth’s four steals in a game tied a team record, shared by Garry Maddox and Sherry Magee.


What’s your name?

You may notice in the above picture that Russell Martin’s jersey has his name as “J. Martin”. What’s up with that, my husband and I wondered. A little internet searching turned up an article on the Dodgers website that sheds light on the matter. The J. stands for Jeanson, one of Russell’s multiple middle names, and also the maiden name of his mother. Using the J. is his way of paying tribute to his mom.

In case you were wondering, Martin’s full name is Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin.

Quite a mouthful, but still one name short of this beauty:

mclishsig.jpgCalvin Coolidge Julius Ceasar Tuskahoma McLish, aka Cal McLish. Cal pitched for seven teams over the course of his career, finishing with the Phillies from 1962-64.

Gimme some tongue

It seems everywhere I look these days, there are more pictures of players with their tongues hanging out. What is going on here? This image was found on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s coverage of last night’s game, showing Orlando Hudson caught in a rundown:


I’m surprised no one ends up biting their tongue (literally) while doing this.

On Monday morning, I found this little gem, also featured by Jane Heller. Somehow, it looks R-rated (or at least PG-13):


Grammar/music/history lesson for the day

No, I did not make a typo, “spake” is actually a word. It is the past tense of speak, though it is an archaic form. It also reminded me of the Richard Strauss composition, Also Sprach Zarathustra, which is sometimes translated into English as “Thus Spake Zarathustra”. You may recognize its introduction as the memorable musical theme from 2001: A Space Oddysey. Zarathustra, also known as Zoroaster, was an ancient Iranian prophet and religious poet.

So, am I likening Charlie Manuel to a prophet? Absolutely not. It just sounded good.

(Werth/Martin photo and Ruiz/Hudson photo by Ron Cortes for the Philadelphia Inquirer; Yankee tongue photo by Rob Carr/AP)



  1. jewsonfirst and http://brooksrobinsonrules.mlblogs.com/


    Nice entry! I hope that stealing home becomes a part of every teams strategy. I saw one of those as part of a double steal in the first O’s game I saw at Camden Yards!

    I knew about Cal McLish’s middle names, but had never seen his autograph! That’s pretty neat.

    Also, I have taken your suggestion and have awarded my very first Macher of the Month to Ryan Braun. Please take a look at the entry when you have a chance.


  2. rrrt

    Kaybee – I never really think of Werth as a base-stealing threat. If you heard a Phillie stole home you would probably think it would be Rollins or Victorino. Very exciting!
    Jane – Strange pictures just seem to catch my eye! Butts, tongues, let’s hope it doesn’t get any stranger than that!
    Ken – What was really neat was that it was a straight steal; the bases were loaded at the time. They also noted that the last time a Phillie stole home, it was as part of a double steal, and the last player you would expect – Carlos Ruiz! I’ll be sure to check out your latest entry, too!

  3. philliesredpinstripes

    Calvin Coolidge Julius Ceasar Tuskahoma McLish, aka Cal McLish. I remember him. He was mentioned in the Phillies’ Centennial film on the team’s first 100 years, in the segment about Phillies players ‘ nickname. The singer sang his name, saying several things about it, including it has class, and then saying “…Who’s reposible for calling you, Buster???”


  4. crzblue2

    Listening to the game on my way home it was sickening to hear Werth stole home. Ughh and to think he was a Dodger! Way to stick it to us. What were my boys doing! Sleeping….Let’s see what the second game brings. Two old veterans on the mound with Wolf & Moyer. I have friends in Phlly who have season tickets. The wife is a Phillie phan and the husband is a Dodger fan.

  5. redstatebluestate

    Yes, guys are invoking their inner Michael Jordans I guess. I heard the “J. Martin” story during the WBC when he had it on his Canadian uni but didn’t think he’d continue to do that during the MLB season. Apparently, I know nothing 😉

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