Everybody knows how godawful an umpire Joe West is.  His latest quest to one-up himself came on Sunday when he threw Jonathan Papelbon out of a game for simply adjusting himself.  As if that wasn’t enough, he had the audacity to throw Pap aside by his jersey.  SMPhH, indeed.  This isn’t the first time Joe has thrown someone out for little to no reason.  Here’s a quick list of notable and preposterous Joe West ejections:

joe-westMay 31, 1980: Ejected Expos’ RHP Bill Gullickson for checking his blood sugar between innings.

September 18th, 1982: Ejected Twins’ CF Jim Eisenreich for being “too twitchy”.

July 3, 1986: Ejected Mets’ 1B Keith Hernandez for spitting in his “general vicinity”.

August 15, 1993: Ejected Yankees’ LHP Jim Abbott for refusing to shake his right hand before the game.

June 18, 1998: Ejected Marlins’ RP Antonio Alfonseca for illegally using extra digits on the baseball while pitching.

April 8, 2002: Ejected Indians’ 1B Jim Thome for excessive smiling.

May 4, 2005: Ejected Reds’ 1B Sean Casey for releasing a cover a Toby Keith’s “How Do You Like Me Now?”

June 14th, 2008: Ejected Pirates’ manager Jim Leyland for blowing smoke rings out of the dugout.

September 4, 2011: Ejected Phillies’ OF Hunter Pence and Manager Charlie Manuel for causing him to look him to look at replay of the original call on the field.

What a dope.  Let’s Go Phillies!


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I was at a farmer’s market somewhere in what could be described as “Redskins Country” (whatever that means) this past weekend.  I, of course, was dressed to the nines in full Eagles regalia.  As I was walking along with Baby Phan One, a woman at a stand shouts at me, “It’s great to see an Eagles phan here!”

Overjoyed, I ran over to her and struck up a very brief conversation.  She told me where she was from and I told her where I was from and then she mentions that she “was going to wear my Eagles lanyard, I mean I reached for it, but…then I grabbed this one…”


To my horror and disgust, she was wearing a Washington Redskins lanyard.  FOR WHO?  FOR WHAT??  To boost your sales you’ll disown your birthright and throw on the blatant bigotry of the Washington Redskins and then have the audacity to strike up a conversation about how much you love the Philadelphia Eagles with a True Phan like me??

Needless to say, I immediately walked away in mid-conversation never to return again.  SMPhH at the nerve of some people.  I would expect that kind of treasonous and traitorous nonsense from a lesser city’s fanbase, but not ours.

God Bless the Eagles and Shame On the redskins.

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I haven’t abandoned hope on trying to find out the identity of the Phillie Phanatic’s phather.  After examining the possibilities of Bill Giles, David Montgomery, Gary “Sarge” Matthews, Tim McCarver, and Mr. Snufflelupagus, the trail seemed to have died a year ago.  However, it was renewed again yesterday as I read Tom Burgoyne and Len Epstein’s book, The Phillie Phanatic’s Galapagos Islands Adventure, to Baby Phan One.  Look at this picture from when The Phanatic visits his motherland of Phanatic Town in the Galapagos Islands.

20140728_085817Do you see him lurking in the shadows?  Do you see him viewing The Phanatic from afar??

eyesThe entire populace of Phanatic Town is out celebrating the arrival of their hero, The Phillie Phanatic, except for that solitary pair of eyes.  Surely this is The Phanatic’s missing (more likely deadbeat) phather.  He’s clearly too ashamed to show his face to his son and atone for his phailures.  He couldn’t even come out to wave goodbye.  SMPhH…

20140728_085843The worst part in all of this was that The Phanatic was so close to learning the truth.  Unfortunately, the continued cowardice of his phather prevented this from happening.  I am determined to find the truth.  It’s what The Phanatic deserves.

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The Phillies are in a bind.  The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and they don’t really have anybody to trade.  Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley don’t want to leave.  A.J. Burnett, Cliff Lee, and Jonathan Papelbon all just crapped the bed in front of a stadium full of scouts.  Carlos Ruiz just had a concussion.  Even John Mayberry, Jr. is hurt.  Teams aren’t going to give up what RAJ wants for Cole Hamels.  The phans want a trade and the team needs a trade.  Somebody simply must get traded.  Enter, Reid Brignac.

(Photo by Drew Hallowell /Getty Images)

(Photo by Drew Hallowell /Getty Images)

Why would anybody want Reid Brignac?  Because he wins baseball games.  Brignac is 6th on the Phillies in batting average, 5th in on-base and slugging percentage, 4th in OPS and OPS+, and he’s 3rd in BAbip.  The most important statistic is that Reid Brignac leads the entire MLB in “walk-off win” (WOW) rate.  He has a WOW of 3.03.  This means that in over 3% of his plate appearances, he will hit a walk-off hit.  He has 2 walk-offs in 66 plate appearances thus far in 2014.  If you translate that into a full season (600 at bats), Reid Brignac is personally going to win 18-19 games for your team.  Nobody else in the Majors even comes close.

The Phillies should get quite the haul for someone who is this valuable to a team’s success.  This is even more true when you account for his miniscule salary impact ($449,000).  Plus, he doesn’t become a free agent until after the 2016 season has concluded.

Which teams would be interested in a player that makes them win 18 more games a season?  All of them would.  DO IT RUBE!

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I finally received a postcard from my long deported clone of Carlos Ruiz, Mini-Chooch today!  I hadn’t heard from him in ages.  It seems as if he is doing well playing lots of baseball.  I was hoping to Skype with him, or at the very least receive an actual letter (email even), but I suppose this will have to do.  I’m deeply concerned about his handwriting though.  His English grammar skills seem to have deteriorated as well.  Oh well, it’s just awesome to hear from the little guy, I miss him so.  I deciphered the message for those of you that can’t read his chicken-scratch and included a transcript below.

postpost222“Hola, I am having a good fun playing baseball.  My teachers explain me a lot.  We win the other team.  Te amo and un abrazo.  Mini-Chooch.”

What a sweetheart!

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Mrs. Phan and I welcomed our newest edition to the Phan Clan two weeks ago.  “Baby Phan 2: The Reckoning” is a healthy and sleepy baby boy.  Much like the birth of his sister, Baby Phan, I got right to work doing what any Phather of the Year candidate should do.  I began to teach my son how to root for Philly teams.  Observe.

20140716_230345As you can see, he’s already a huge Phillies phan.  Fortunately, he has no concept of winners and losers at this early stage.  Soon I will begin to teach the ways of the Eagles and then the Flyers and Sixers.

It’s not an easy task to teach your children who to root for when you’re displaced.  Thankfully, I’m not currently living in an area that is home to any major teams.  It’s just a mashup of all sorts of different people.  There’s some Cowboys fans that live around the corner, but my shotgun keeps them off my property.

I think I’ve done a fairly decent job at teaching the original Baby Phan about Philly sports.  She has been able to identify all 4 major teams for over a year and when she chooses a color, she will relate it to one of the teams.  Red for the Phillies.  Green for the Eagles.  Orange for the Flyers.  Blue for the Sixers.  She doesn’t really like the color yellow (stupid Pittsburgh), which is awesome.

Baby Phan has also been able to appropriately boo opposing teams for some time now.  I didn’t even really teach her, she just naturally did it.  I think there’s a booing gene that gets passed down.  Time will tell if she’ll ever truly be interested in Philly sports.  If for some horrific reason she isn’t, at least I now have a backup plan.

Needless to say, I was prepared for Baby Phan 2.  This was thing first thing his little precious baby eyes saw (as I pushed the doctor out of the way)…


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