Not Who You Think It Is

It’s been almost two weeks since my last entry, and there just really hasn’t been much going on to motivate me to blog. This is a good thing, I suppose, because it means there isn’t any controversy in the Phils’ camp at the moment, and no injuries to worry about (yet).

So today I was idly browsing through a list of the all-time Phillies roster, and was struck by some of the names that made me do a double-take, thinking to myself “Huh, I didn’t know he was a Phillie”.

And that’s because they weren’t, at least not the person I first thought of.

Take, for example, Ethan Allen.

Most of us will probably think of the furniture company. Ethan Allen the furniture company was not founded by anyone named Ethan Allen, though. It was started by two New Yorkers who bought an old furniture factory in Vermont, and named it after an actual Ethan Allen.

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That would be Ethan Allen, the Revolutionary War hero, who was from Vermont, and led the Green Mountain Boys in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga.

Ethan Allen the baseball player was not from Vermont, but rather hailed from Ohio. This Ethan Allen was an outfielder for six different major league teams during his 13-year big-league career, including a stint with the Phillies from 1934-36.

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Over the course of his Phillies career, he batted .316, and led the league in doubles with 42 in 1934. His time as a Phillie came to an end in 1936, when he was part of a trade with the Cubs that brought future Hall-of-Famer Chuck Klein to the Phillies.

Next up: Buster Brown – shoe maven, bluesman, or ballplayer?

Spring (Training) Has Sprung

The Phils kicked off Spring Training 2011 today with a news conference to show off their much-ballyhooed-before-they’ve-even-thrown-a-pitch-together rotation. I’m not sure what the whole point was, really, as no new ground was covered. The questions were predictable, as were the responses.

All five starters were present.

Yes, five. Of course, the way the media have been hyping the “Four Aces”, one could be forgiven for forgetting that there is, in fact, a fifth starter. You know, the Other Guy, Joe Blanton.

At one point, one of the media members led off a question to Cole Hamels by stating that he was the “only one with a ring”. Uh, hellooo? Joe Blanton was on the ’08 staff too. Said reporter quickly corrected himself. I guess he’s been listening to all that hype a bit too much.

The pitchers themselves seem to be trying to downplay the whole “Four Aces” thing. When asked which of the nicknames for the rotation they liked best, Cliff Lee asked what they were. Someone out of range of the microphone rattled off a few. Kudos to Cliff for pointing out that all he heard in those nicknames were references to four guys, but there were five guys up on the podium.

Even after the conference had ended, Comcast’s Michael Barkann referred to the “Mount Rushmore” of rotations in his wrap-up.

Mount_Rushmore.jpgYo, Michael! Mount Rushmore only has four heads!

Mount_Rushmore copy.jpgHmm, not a bad image. But look! There’s a bit of space there to squeeze in a fifth head.

Mount_Rushmore_5.jpgOK, so it’s a wee bit smaller than the others. Let’s just hope that the starting five can live up to the “monumental” expectations already being thrown their way.

Ladies, Who’s Ready For Another Six-pack??

β™«   I like big butts and I cannot lie…  β™«

imagesCA5QC89Q.jpgBig butts, little butts, and all the butts in between (but not the really flat, Tim Lincecum-type butts).

Since one six-pack is never enough, here’s another to tease your brain and delight your eyeballs. Try to stop drooling long enough to leave your best guesses in the comments. πŸ™‚

panama butt.JPG                                                            Panama butt

evergreen butt.JPG                                                       Evergreen state butt

past butt.JPG                                                           butt of the past

phuture butt.jpg                                                         butt of the phuture

really nice butt.JPG            a really nice butt whose owner doesn’t seem to have any nicknames that I can find

obvious.JPG                                                         an obvious butt πŸ™‚

The first person to identify all six butts correctly gets, well, nothing, except the satisfaction of knowing that you really know your butts!

(all photos by me)

Well, THAT Took Me By Surprise!

Call it a Christmas miracle.

As I was reading a column in today’s paper that the Phillies were “showing interest” in signing Cliff Lee, hubby came in the door and said that the Phils had actually signed him. “Yeah, right”, I thought. So I checked the news on my handy cell phone (what did we ever do without them?), and saw that it was so. And for fewer years and less money than either the Yankees or Rangers were offering! With Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, and now Lee, the Phillies’ starting rotation will be a force to be reckoned with next season. πŸ™‚

It was only last year around this time that I was lamenting Cliff’s departure to Seattle via trade, and wishing there was a way to clone him.

cliff clones copy.jpgWell, I don’t need to wish any more! Happy Ho-Lee-days, everyone! 

Grab A Six-pack Of Heineys!

 

heineken six pack.jpgHmm, maybe later.

Actually, I had a different kind of heiney in mind. πŸ˜‰

[men, you may want to stop reading now]

Ladies, just how well do you know your Phillies? See if you can identify this six-pack of heineys (with some tiny hints thrown in)!

 

perfect butt.JPG                                                             a Perfect butt

 

 

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                                                         prognosticating butt

 

 

tinseltown butt.JPG
                                                               Tinseltown butt

 

 

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                                                            a Big Piece of butt

 

 

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                                                               butt of Gold

 

 

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The Man, The Butt

 

So, how many can you identify? And which is your favorite? Enjoy! I’ll be working on another six-pack in a few days or so.

(all photos by me – hey, I have a really big lens!)

Cast Your Vote Again!

Been pretty busy this week with work and dog adoption. Yes, we’ve adopted a dog. The kids have been wanting one for awhile, but we’d always managed to put it off. This fall, as motivation for field hockey, we told our daughter that if she scored a goal, we would get a dog. We figured we were pretty safe, as she hadn’t scored any goals at all in three prior seasons. Never even come close.

But then she scored one in the last game of the season.

I wasn’t planning on counting an “unofficial” one from a game or two earlier, but this was an honest-to-goodness goal. So we have a new addition – a 2 1/2 year old female springer spaniel mix named Maggie. So far, so good…

[I’ll have to try to get a good photo of her to post]

As for voting again, Jane Heller has nominated her She-Fan Cam video of me from Spring Training for one of her She-Fan Video Awards! No actual prize, just the thrill of victory to the winner. So please stop by her blog, and leave a comment to cast your vote for me.

Thanks!

Cast Your Vote!

This image best represents which of the following options?

pumpkin puke.jpga) The way I felt after eating too much leftover Halloween candy. [must remember to buy stuff I don’t like]

b) My reaction when the team of castoffs, oops, femininely-named, uh, thong-wearing, no, girlie-haired, I mean, San Francisco Giants won the World Series. [let’s hope the “rally thong” is NOT among the items that will be heading to the HOF’s World Series display]

c) Many Phillies phans’ reaction to the news that Davey Lopes will not be returning next season, due to the fact that he and the team could not agree on terms of his salary. [bad move by the Phillies! Davey’s impact on the success of the running game was HUGE!]

d) What happened when I accidentally caught a whiff of my son’s socks. [it was BAD! like something had died in there]

e) All of the above!