With the Phillies being off today, and also incredibly putrid, I thought I’d find a story to feature that wasn’t Phillies centric. And I got really lucky.
There will be a Philly sports museum near the stadiums
Lou Scheinfeld, the man who named the Spectrum (and did so much more, of course), is taking on a new venture. He wants to create a museum of sports that will be Philly centric, and it’ll sit where the current Jetro warehouse is right now. In the article, the museum sounds cool as hell, and I actually said “I’d visit the shit out of that” when I read it. But it’s a little bittersweet. The very first Phillies Twitter tailgate I ever went to was in the Jetro parking lot. It was (and is probably) creepy, but without that tailgate back n 2010, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here right now. So thank you, Jetro parking lot. You’ll give your life to become a non-creepy place for Phillies fan to gather, so thank you for all you’ve given me.
Annnnnd back to the Phillies
Here are a few tweets that I saw after yesterday’s game. (Spoiler: they’re not good.)
The Phillies are 17-34 overall, making it their worst start through 51 games since 1945, when they went 11-40.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 31, 2017
With today's loss, the #Phillies finish May at 6-22. It represents their worst May since 1928 (3-22).— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) May 31, 2017
More Phillies tidbits: First month without winning 2 in a row since June of 1997 - 119 months ago! And they've trailed in 27 games in a row!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 31, 2017
Pete Mackanin discusses Nola’s quick hook
In yesterday’s recap, I expressed confusion over why Aaron Nola was pulled so early. Pete Mackanin cleared that up in his postgame comments, captured by Jim Salisbury.
Nola was surprised by the quick hook.
"I was ready to go out for the fourth," he said. "I didn't think I would be taken out that early."
But Mackanin had seen enough.
"Seventy-three pitches in three innings — too many pitches for me," he said. "I didn't want him to get hurt and end up throwing 100 pitches in four innings. So I just took him out."
I agree with that reasoning! It put more stress on the bullpen, but he’s actively trying to protect his starting pitching, and I appreciate that. Read the article, because Mack talks about why he didn’t pinch hit for Pinto later in the game. I get on Mackanin a lot, but he does seem to have a good brain in there. It’s just hard to trust it when the team is this atrocious.
More people preach patience with prospects
Stephen Gross, who writes for the Lehigh Valley based Morning Call, watches the IronPigs more than a whole lot of people. And he wrote an article that recommends patience with the organization’s prospects. (Hmm, sounds familiar...) There are legitimate reasons to keep every player exactly where they are right now, least of all because of how badly it’s gone in the past. He invokes Dom Brown, and rightly so, because the Phillies rushed him and look at how well it went. (Edited to add: Rushed wasn’t the right word here, they brought him up before he had a permanent starting job and that’s what screwed with him. I’m preserving my error here for posterity.) He even brings up Maikel Franco and how people were clamoring for his promotion, and now fans are calling for his demotion.
Thankfully, it seems like the Phillies agree with the patience crowd. They’re not eager to rush anyone in the minors. And no one wants a repeat of Dom Brown.
Tweet of the day
Guess what? The Phillies aren’t the only bad team out there! (It really does seem like it sometimes, though.) Here’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen.
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 Atlanta Braves. Presented by Benny Hill. pic.twitter.com/Xvv5IJlXjN— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) May 31, 2017
The kicker? All of that happened in the same inning of a single game.
And here’s Mr. Met flipping off a camera.
@Mets pic.twitter.com/tYuSIp8gCG— Tony T (@adelucia35) June 1, 2017
I think the debate over the best mascot is settled, now and forever. Phanatic wins!