So, did anything happen last night? Anything major or dramatic? Like someone getting thrown at, maybe? Oh, we’ll get to that later. Believe me.
Pete Rose is going on the Phillies Wall of Fame
Phillies faithful have voted, and their feelings are now known. They passed over Placido Polanco (understandable) and Scott Rolen (NOT UNDERSTANDABLE) to elect Pete Rose to the Phillies Wall of Fame. As Kevin Cooney mentions, Rose has often been absent from big Phillies celebrations in the past, so this is his official welcome to the world of Phillies love-fests. Honestly, it feels like this was inevitable. Cincinnati has done nothing but shower Rose with love, and there’s been a concerted effort from Rose (and his people) to rehabilitate his image. He’s the cranky old man on Fox Sports’ baseball coverage, and getting him on that show really normalized him again. And after Dallas Green died, it almost felt like this was the right thing to do. No matter how you feel about Rose (and personally, I’m torn), this is happening. So the only thing we can do is roll with it. The guy is part of Phillies history, after all. And we wouldn’t be good fans if we didn’t at least recognize (if not accept) our team’s history.
So, about last night...
Dajafi recapped last night’s game for us, but we have to talk about it here a little bit. In the late innings, with the game tied, Edubray Ramos essentially threw behind Asdrubal Cabrera’s head. He later said the pitch slipped and it had nothing to do with the monster home run that Cabrera hit off him last year, which Cabrera pimped with a bat flip. I’m not sure that’s true.
Edubray Ramos insists he put the Cabrera bat flip behind him, that it had nothing to do with tonight. The HR was Ramos' last pitch of 2016.— Ben Harris (@byBenHarris) April 11, 2017
Pete Mackanin responded, of course. Well, after he was ejected from the game by the touchiest, most oversensitive umpire ever. (Not ever, probably, but close.)
Edubray Ramos says pitch over Cabrera's head got away. If finds out pitch was intentional, Mackanin said Ramos' actions were "inappropriate"— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 11, 2017
I was super duper hoping that this was some kind of beef left over from the WBC. It wouldn’t have made Ramos’ actions any better, but it’s definitely more interesting than “my fee fees were hurt because he pimped a home run in a game that was essentially meaningless to my team.” If players started to bring WBC drama into MLB games, that would add another layer of awesome drama and storytelling to the season. Instead, it’s the same old boring, hyper-macho reason as always. “WAAAAH HE SHOWED ME UP SO I’M GONNA THROW AT HIS FACE.” YAWN. Give me a break.
Around the Phight
- Joaquin Benoit is the closer now, which John Stolnis so ably covered for us.
- David S. Cohen built a quiz that tests your knowledge of the Phillies players origin stories, and you should definitely go and take it.
- Ethan Witte wrote about Jerad Eickhoff’s trade value.
- Howie Kendrick is doing things, and it’s great, says Justin Klugh.
- And our minor league king Jay Polinsky has started his daily minor league roundups. Here’s the one that covers the first weekend of minor league action.
Tweet of the day
I’ve got two for you today. First, Brock Stassi got his first major league hit last night. AND IT WAS A HOME RUN!!
No silent treatment for Stassi from his Phillies teammates when he returned to the dugout after connecting for his first career home run/hit pic.twitter.com/IAg8UFZpVY— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 11, 2017
EEEEEEEE! The guy who caught the ball didn’t seem interested in giving it back, which is a MAJOR dick move (if you ask me), but apparently he did eventually give it back so they could give it to Brock.
And now, some spring training justice.
Apropos of nothing, Kyle Kendrick gave up 10 R on 10 H in 6 IP for Boston's AAA team tonight— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) April 11, 2017
HEY RED SOX FANS, WHERE’S YOUR KENDRICK NOW????