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TGP writer interview: Joe Edinger

You’ve read his stories, now learn more about the man behind the byline.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Martin Prado: Not a Phillie, but maybe he should have been
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You’ve (hopefully) enjoyed our work here at The Good Phight, but aside from what they convey in their stories, how well do you really know the people who write here? Probably not very, unless you’re a weirdo stalker or related to one of us. (Hi, mom!)

With that in mind, I reached out to my fellow scribes and asked them a few questions so that you could learn a little bit more about the people behind the bylines.

Our first victim made his debut with us in 2023 and much like Johan Rojas, made an instant impact.

Joe Edinger

When and how did you start writing at TGP?

I started writing for TGP shortly before the 2023 season. As for the how, the old site I was writing at was preparing to shut down and I was in need of a new place to post my nonsense. I saw that TGP was looking for new people and submitted an application and a 500-word piece about how Nick Castellanos would rebound in 2023 (Kinda right!). I also dropped a Star Wats quote in an email to Ethan, so that probably helped.

Favorite Phillies moment since you’ve been here?

My favorite moment while here was writing the recap after the Phillies beat the Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS. I had signed up to the first recap of the new series knowing full well I would get all the blame if the Phillies lost. Luckily, Rob Thomson awarded me with a masterclass of managing and Trea Turner turned an unreal double play, so the writing was easy. We were so naive back then.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Trea saved the day
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Favorite writer - past or present - at TGP?

I used to love reading Justin Klugh here and still do in his various other homes. No one can quite capture the magnitude and absurdity of the game of baseball quite like him.

Have you ever been too drunk to fish?

I have not, but I have witnessed it. I once went on an eight-hour fishing trip with my dad and a bunch of his buddies along with a few of my friends. One of my friends was violently hungover and went through it the entire trip, never once dropping a line in the water. He was properly ridiculed.

What Major League player never played for the Phillies, but it felt like he should have?

I mean, is there any other answer besides Martin “Pardo” Prado? It’s a shame Charlie Manuel’s love affair was never properly reciprocated.

Who is the greatest racehorse of all time?

That would be Duncan, aka Furious D, the horse taken in by Homer and Bart Simpson. His in-your-face toughness prevailed despite rival jockeys promising to eat brains if he did.

Best YouTube clip of all time?

With apologies to the Phillies day care and their antics, Munenori Kawasaki has the greatest postgame interview clip of all time.

Anything else you’d like to share?

The warm welcome I’ve received from the TGP community and staff has been truly humbling. I’ve enjoyed my short time here and hope to continue to chronicle successful Phillies seasons for years to come. And if that doesn’t happen, at least see some more hilarious wins over the Braves.

Thanks to Joe for sharing, and be sure to follow him on that one social media site at: @Joe_Edinger