Found April 01, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Congrats Pierre!You remember how it was, right?  It’s the week before school starts and you are laying everything out.  You’ve been to the store at least three times that week getting pencils, notebooks and anything you think you might need.  Then comes the clothes.  You can’t even dream about going back to school with the same gear as last year.The goal is to have a plan.  A first week, first month plan as to how this school year will play out.  Then, as it always does, the plan falls apart the second day.  We do this every year.  And then when you finally graduate, first day of school is redirected to the first day of the year.  Resolutions are broken and the plan is useless.So goes the way of the General Manager.  This is is his week before classes start.  He is making the changes and preparing himself and this team for class.  Sure, there is a plan.  There is always a plan.  He hopes it will last awhile, but you never know.  Changes will need to be made, but when?———————

U2 - One (Juan Pierre Remix)

[In light of Juan Pierre making the Opening Day roster, I remixed U2's "One" to honor his best skill - leading the league in caught stealing. I picked caught stealing over his second best skill, having a small head but wearing a large helmet, because that didn't fit into song easily. Enjoy.]Does he make them better?Or are they still the same?It will make it easier...

Phillies Nation 2012 Playoff Projections

Three Phillies Nation Staff Members Anticipate Seeing This Celebration Again in October. Photo: APThe regular season is rapidly approaching and what good would a baseball blog be without predictions and projections? Today begins part one of the Phillies Nation projections as our staff predicts who will reach the playoffs and win the World Series. Tomorrow, we will bring our 2012...

Phillies Odds and Ends – Injuries and Roster Breakdown

The Philadelphia Phillies will play their final Grapefruit League game today. Then, they will board a plane and head North. In the wake of their Spring, there will be several questions. Several of them we have already examined. Most of them center on the health of this team. Ruben Amaro Jr. hinted over the weekend that relief pitcher Jose Contreras will begin the season on the disabled...

Manuel: Phils still team to beat in NL East

The Phillies are missing two big offensive pieces, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Their nucleus is a year older. But after five straight National League East titles, manager Charlie Manuel believes one thing hasn’t changed. “I think until somebody beats us, we’re the team to beat. That’s what I think,” Manuel said before the Phillies and Braves tied, 7-7, in Philadelphia’s...

VIDEO – Something to Make Phillies’ Fans Feel Good About

It’s been a pretty tough Spring for Phillies fans.  There hasn’t been much good news to talk about, and nationally and locally, people are proclaiming the Phillies amazing run of success at its end.  I’ve even felt that way myself.  There are definitely reasons to be concerned about this team.  Heading into a season without two of the team’s biggest stars is a huge obstacle...

Why the Phillies will be just fine, and other 2012 predictions

OK – so obviously new jobs/responsibilities/life events have killed off Dannie (blog-speaking) and have severely limited me. But the reason for this blog was never to make money, it was as a creative outlet for reasonable sports discourse, and the start of baseball season still gets me very fired-up and in need of that outlet… I only got to one part of my Phillies preview, the...

Galvis' RBI triple leads Phillies over Pirates

Freddy Galvis hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning, Jimmy Rollins drove in two runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Monday night in their first of two exhibition games back home. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard out of the lineup, the Phillies have tried several different ways to try and replace their Nos. 3-4 hitters. Rollins, batting...

Spring Training Gameday: Blue Jays v. Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL Weather: 30% Chance of Rain, 77 TV: MLB.TV Follow Phillies Nation on TwitterThe Phils play their last Spring home game of 2012 at Bright House Field as Doc matches up against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays. The biggest surprise of today’s line-up is the inclusion of Hector Luna at second. Luna last played second base...

Phillies Infield Grasping at Straws

After trading utility infielder Wilson Valdez for a minor league pitcher in January, things have gone steadily downhill since then. In an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this month, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. finally admitted that the Valdez trade was “foolish.” His exact quote was, “It was foolish to trade Wilson Valdez” and Amaro then admitted if he could go back in time...

De Fratus Checks In: What’s Next, Cut Days, Fantasy Drafting

The fan favorite known to his family and friends as “J-Bone” is back with another inside look at his progress to begin a new season. Right-handed reliever Justin De Fratus shares his thoughts, exclusively with once again, from Clearwater, FL.The 24-year-old hurler, who was selected in the 11th round of the 2007 draft, went 6-3 with 15 saves, a 2.99 ERA and...

My Two Cents Podcast 3/31/2012

Steve and Connie Mack break down the Philadelphia Phillies and add a little Flyers talk. With opening day this week, get the inside scoop and best opinions about the Phillies. Listen to My Two Cents live on Thursdays only on My Two Cents 3-31-12

Spring Training Gameday: Yankees v. Phillies

Time: 7:05 pm, Legends Field – Tampa, FL Weather: 20% Chance of Thunder Storms, 75 TV: Sorry folks, this one is not on TV tonight. Follow Phillies Nation on TwitterThe Phils are down to 29 healthy players in camp as they enter the final full week of Spring Training. Juan Pierre leads off in left field while Freddy Galvis returns to the line-up. Mike Stutes was supposed to throw...

On-Deck Series: The Phils hang on to win a back and forth battle with the Pirates as they win, 4-3.

The Phils win a back and forth fight with their cross-state rivals the Pirates to win the first game in their two games on-deck series, 4-3. The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s fly out. The Phils added to their...
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