The Grover Awards: The Very Best of How The Good Phight Covered the Phillies in 2013

C'mon there blogger. Stand in there and try to touch me. - A Wet Luzinski jawn

Before a new season begins, the hive mind is set abuzz once again as we congratulate ourselves for another fine year of Phillies baseball bloggery.

With the briny whuff of late winter upon us, and nothing much to do other than cheer on the crocuses, what better time to clear out the old and welcome the new baseball season, eking the warmth out from every last scrap of paper we jotted on during 2013 and its Season of Welp?

It's Grover Award time!

For those recent castaways and ne'er-do-wells new to the Good Phight, or Bambi-eyed n00bs happening upon us like the fresh-faced machete targets of this year's horror show, the Grover Awards, named after Phillies all-time great Grover Cleveland Alexander, are the blog's way of celebrating its inherent greatness. Yes, greatness. We expect it in ourselves, and we demand it in our yogurt.

As was the case last year, the Blog Lords, complemented as ever by its growing horde of masthead contributors, all led by Liz, have marked various posts and comments throughout 2013 with this Z-snapped seal of approval:

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Compiled with some degree of rigor over the course of the year, I, your blog poet and social media cruise director, set about to group these 2013 nominees into the following categories, and arrange them thusly for you, the fans and readers, to vote upon:

  • Today! Best Original Blogplay: The posts that were exemplary in their virtuosity, and slow-clappingly outstanding in the overall field of blog excellence.
  • Wednesday! Best Original Screenplay: The best posts that gave us a pictorial feast for our eyes, whether in still or animated form.
  • Thursday! Best Adaptation of an Original Post: The best posts that riffed on whatever might have been originally intended and moved it to 11, because you see, it's one louder.
  • Friday! Best Responses (Long form): Best responses to another post, generally 25 words or more, and
    Best Responses (Short form): The pithiest pith that ever pithed.
Read and Vote Today! Voting for all Categories ends at midnight Eastern Time, March 3!

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Here are the nominees for Best Original Blogplay in 2013, presented chronologically:

crowhop: Chase Utley’s Best Five and After: What the Numbers Say

crowhop: Playing the Eighth Inning Blame Game: Part 1 and Part 2

RememberThePhitans: Bailey O’Neill, bullying victim

Joecatz: Chasing Time: Phillies 3, Pirates 1

RememberThePhitans: Rise and Fall of the Phillie Phanatic

Cormican: Hardest Luck Recapper. (Season Achievement Award)

Trev223: User Error: Mets 6, Phillies 4

crowhop: Three Seasons of Dom Brown (with Accompaniment)

88Lindros88: A Peek Inside the GM's Office.

See poll below. Vote early and often - we won't close the bars.


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