It hasn’t been all good news for the Phillies during Spring Training.
Darin Ruf is a man without a position for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies.
It’s been well-reported that Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo-Gonzalez has started slowly during Spring Training. Though his velocity has increased, it still seems like he’s rusty, and working his way back. That process might take a while.
Jesse Biddle is living a dream. Biddle is from the area, attended Germantown Friends, and grew up a Phillies fan. So to be drafted by his favorite team, and have the chance to make the big league club is an opportunity that very few people ever have.
Spring Training is different for the Phillies this year. Not just because of the new faces like Larry Bowa, AJ Burnett, and Marlon Byrd, but because of what is expected of the players by manager Ryne Sandberg.
Jeremy Maclin wanted something that most athletes don’t go looking for: a shorter contract.
Rob Ellis won’t have a ring for his thumb, just yet.
When Jonathan Papelbon talks, there is usually quite a bit of reaction. Earlier this year, when Papelbon said that he doesn’t perform as well when the team isn’t winning, that reaction was generally negative. It seems it wasn’t only a lack of fire that caused Papelbon’s disappointing 2013 season.
Even the biggest supporters of former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel would have admitted the team was in need of a change. Surely there were other reasons, including personnel and injuries that caused that disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013, but the clubhouse needed a jolt of energy. Ryne Sandberg seems to be bringing that to the table in Clearwater this year.
In July, Riley Cooper was caught on tape using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. The incident quickly became a national story and consequently, Cooper became a controversial figure. Many fans and media personalities expressed strong opinions saying the Eagles should cut Cooper because of the incident.
Some of the more memorable quotes from 94WIP’s 7th annual Great Birds Debate.
Perhaps Rob Ellis put it best, when he proclaimed his love for the dysfunctional family he was standing up there with during the 7th Annual Great Birds Debate on Thursday at Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philadelphia.
The Sixers have lost 11 straight games, the most recent of which was to the team with the NBA’s worst record, the Milwaukee Bucks. The team traded two of its starters for a total of three second round picks. Of the players currently on the active roster, there are only two sure-fire NBA players. Still, things seem like they’re right on track.
Sometimes you have to make the best of a bad situation. No one hoped or expected that the 2013 Phillies would end the season 20 games under .500, that’s the bad situation. Reliever Jake Diekman found a way to make the best of it.
94WIP Afternoons host Rob Ellis has promised “one for the thumb,” in Thursday’s 7th annual Great Birds Debate. The odds are in his favor.