Found January 07, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Photo: APThe box score doesn’t tell the whole story.  Statisticians point to numbers to evaluate players, but it’s impossible to get a sense of the game just by looking at newspaper clippings.  August 5, 2011 was a perfect example: the Phillies demolished the San Francisco Giants 9-2, but the story line was much greater.Being on opposite coasts, the Phillies and Giants aren’t known for a rivalry, but they shared some tension over the last couple years.  Jonathan Sanchez and Chase Utley exchanged words on multiple occasions.  Charlie Manuel proclaimed the Giants pitching staff “good, but not great.”  A new dimension evolved when the benches cleared in the sixth inning of a blowout game.Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez threw at Shane Victorino, who homered early on in the game.  The Phillies already had a significant lead as the plunking appeared  intentional.  Victorino took a few steps towards Ramirez, who was ready to fight.  Victorino was held back  by the home plate umpire and sta...

Gnome Sweet Gnome: My plan to take Brian Wilson with me to every NL ballpark in America

“I’m gonna get that Weezy gnome and take a picture with it at every NL baseball park. Step 1…get that gnome.” Those are the words I tweeted this evening upon seeing the highly-anticipated and much-ballyhooed Brian Wilson Garden Gnome, which was unveiled by the San Francisco Giants twitter team today (pictured below). You’ve seen those pictures on the Internet of gnomes...

Giants unveil the Brian Wilson gnome

Remember back in November when the San Francisco Giants announced plans to have a Brian Wilson Gnome night?Well, on Thursday, the team showed it off via Twitter.My guess is that the team is praying their colorful closer doesn't decide to shave anytime soon.So, yeah, on May 20, be one of the first 20,000 fans to see the Giants take on the Oakland A's and get your gnome. Or...

Giants Notes: Sanchez Back On Track

Freddy Sanchez starting to hit. Buster Posey back in training mode. Matt Cain a Yankee? Here's the latest offseason news about your San Francisco Giants.

Here’s the Brian Wilson Gnome the Giants Are Giving Away May 20th (Picture)

Yes, the Giants are following the lead of the Hagerstown Suns and plan to give away 20,000 of these Brian Wilson garden gnomes May 20th. Garden gnomes are nothing new in terms of baseball giveaways, but not too many are fully bearded with sunglasses like this one. Our friend Mona shared a picture of the gnome on Facebook and she plans on getting one as long as she can. I imagine...

Questions That Loom Over the Phillies 2012 Season

A new year is upon us and a new Phillies season is almost here, with Spring Training to begin in just over a month. A few off-season signings have solidified some areas, where other areas may still be of concern. Here is my list of Phillies looming questions by position:The Starting Rotation - The projected starters and order are Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton...

My Chase Utley Trifecta Should Feature Him In A Dodger Uniform

I may have once upon a time mentioned achieving this Trifecta, but after scanning most of my Utley Collection so it could be pictured with the rest of my UCLA PC, I decided to highlight this Trifecta I completed months and months ago with a post of its own.As I must painfully mention each time I acquire a new Utley hit, Chase not only attended my Alma mater of UCLA, but was also...

On this date in Giants history—Jan. 7

Happy birthday to former Giants infielder (1950-’56) and manager (1961-’64) Alvin Dark, who turns 90 years old today. Dark led the Giants to the World Series in 1962. It’s also Jim Lefebvre‘s birthday. The Giants’ former hitting coach (1980-’82) turns 70 today. 1913: Future Hall of Fame first baseman Johnny Mize is born in Demorest, GA. Known as “The Big Cat...

Take a Flyer on Miggy?

What's to lose?Miguel Tejada is training in Miami as he looks to make a comeback, reports Jon Heyman of (on Twitter). The 37-year-old was designated for assignment by the Giants in August after hitting .239/.270/.326 in 343 plate appearances. I'd be surprised if there was no gas left in Miggy's tank.Alert readers have probably already noticed the other...

Not That Color

There are some things that one just should not have to suffer for a job.  Wearing the color of your rivals, every day? … In the meantime, the San Francisco Giants released a promo picture of the Brian Wilson garden gnome, and it looks… Sunglasses?  Really? I suppose it could be worse.  It is a free giveaway.  But it just looks so…cheap.  Which Brian Wilson will not...

Off-Season Check In: Austin Hyatt

Throughout the autumn and winter months, I have been checking in with various Phillies minor league players to inquire about how they try to maintain their baseball acumen during the long, drawn-out off-season. This edition features 2009′s 15th round draft selection, righty pitcher Austin Hyatt.As a member of the Double-A Reading Phillies in 2011, the 25-year-old Hyatt was named...

Big moves by Nats, Marlins put heat on Phillies

The Phillies have enjoyed a strangehold on the NL East in recent seasons, but big moves from divisional foes have put the heat on Halladay, Hamels and company.

Victorino Opens Revamped Boys & Girls Club

Phillies All-Star Shane Victorino had the grand opening of the Shane Victorino Boys and Girls Club, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia Thursday. The club will give children a place to learn and play after school.

Angels 'very unlikely' to sign Madson

Those daydreams about free-agent reliever Ryan Madson joining the Angels' bullpen? Put them to rest, general manager Jerry Dipoto said.
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