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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tampa to Philly: I drink your milkshake!    

I obviously can't speak intelligibly about the Phillies replacing my hero with a suckier, older, more expensive, and less fun version, so instead I'll wrap up my offseason haterade on the matter by simply linking here, which pretty well sums up why they are dumb as a fucking post.

Of course, I'm not supposed to hate on them, having just won the WS and all, but fuck that. This entire matter has been abominably stupid.

Bravo, Rays. Boo Phillies. Boooooo!!!!

PS- Between Price and Burrell, the Rays now employ BOTH of my sports crushes. This is a problem. Help me Austin Jackson, you're our only hope.

Update: I forgot the obligatory link to the brilliance.

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6 Comments:

  • He signed in Tampa for what will amount to chump change. There is no way Philly could have turned down $8 million for his production.

    This has all the makings of a 35 home run F.U. of a season for the Bat...

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11:21 AM  

  • And they don't even have to play him in the outfield! The Phillies obviously didn't have that option, so Burrell's probably worth more in Tampa. The same could be said of Ibanez, who is lucky he signed early... Phillies, not so lucky they signed him early.

    Not that I really think the Mariners have a shot at the West either, but I am incredibly thankful they don't play in the AL East. I feel like the Yankees, Sox, and Rays all have a shot at 100 wins, or at least they would if they didn't have to play each other so often. Ridiculous.

    P.S. My previous post about how Ibanez might actually be better than Burrell defensively by a run or two (which would put Burrell in a category with pretty much only Bobby Abreu and Brad Hawpe -- who is just really, really bad -- though people like Manny and Griffey make the occasional visit to that territory), is at least debatable. I checked the UZR, and their three year averages have Ibanez at .3 runs worse (Ibanez -13, Burrell -12.7).

    Normally, they build in 5 runs of give and take either way (making both Ibanez and Burrell virtually indistinguishable defensively at between -8 and -18 runs per year compared to the average left fielder), but Ibanez's average is helped by a significantly better 2006. So, that's probably age-related decline, which Burrell might not really have hit yet. If you take only Ibanez's '07 and '08 you get -16.7, and if I had to take a guess at his three year average next year, I'm guessing it's closer to 16 than 13.

    3 runs over the course of a season isn't that much, and UZR is only one system, but whatever Lookout Landing posted before (showing Raul to be a teensy weensy bit better defensively) certainly isn't definitive. Raul Ibanez: at least he's not Brad Hawpe!

    Interestingly, each had their best year of the 3 year sample in 2006, their worst in 2007, and bounced back in 2008.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 2:08 AM  

  • BTW - let me know if/when you want to come boo the hell out of Raul with me... my seats are still right next to left field.

    By Blogger Alex, at 3:05 PM  

  • No no no, he'll just think he's hearing "Ra-UUUUUUUUUUUUUUL!"

    I suggest the simple, classy, "WORSE THAN PAT! WORSE THAN PAT!"

    By Blogger Jeff, at 5:50 PM  

  • Eh, I like Ibanez. It's the fault of GMs and managers that he's still playing left field; all athletes overrate their own abilities, or most of them anyway.

    By Blogger Jesse, at 8:07 PM  

  • the real question is who will take up Pat's mantle as Philly's greatest womanizer?

    While I really love the idea of career-nobody-turned-WS-savior Eric Bruntlett walking into an old city meatmarket and shouting, "Who wants a ride on the bearded love train?", I don't see it happening.

    My money's on Brad Lidge or Jayson Werth.

    By Blogger Alex, at 11:19 AM  

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