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(Philly.com)   Left for dead months ago, Philadelphia Phillies creep above .500 after crushing Miami, are just three games out of NL wild card with 19 to play, starting with four against Lastros. Suck it, Pittsburgh   (philly.com) divider line 60
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2012-09-13 08:11:17 AM
A month ago I would have said that there was no way for the Phillies to get back into the race. They had way to many teams to leap over. I said to a co-worker that it would take a run like the Rockies made in 08. At this point it's still unlikely but they have a chance.
 
2012-09-13 08:17:21 AM
Brewers are also 3 back.
 
2012-09-13 08:33:43 AM
I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!" and "There's only ONE good baseball team in Pennsylvania!" for months. Of course, being Yinzers they are not capable of merely enjoying their team's successes, they have to take shots at the favorite teams of others.

They're strangely silent now. With the Steelers looking mediocre and the prospect of no Crosby to furtively touch themselves to, I suspect I'll have to spend the fall hearing how the 1976 Steel Curtain could have beaten the Luftwaffe.
 
2012-09-13 09:12:01 AM
I'm still finding this hard to believe.
 
2012-09-13 09:18:00 AM
www.ratfinktshirts.com
 
2012-09-13 09:18:09 AM
Meanwhile, in Boston...

[pic of mass grave]
 
2012-09-13 09:47:44 AM
GIANTS.
 
2012-09-13 10:14:53 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!" and "There's only ONE good baseball team in Pennsylvania!" for months. Of course, being Yinzers they are not capable of merely enjoying their team's successes, they have to take shots at the favorite teams of others.

They're strangely silent now. With the Steelers looking mediocre and the prospect of no Crosby to furtively touch themselves to, I suspect I'll have to spend the fall hearing how the 1976 Steel Curtain could have beaten the Luftwaffe.


I run into the same problem, but I've learned to accept that their exposure to the witch's brew of industrial by-products during their formative years and their close geographical position to Ohio has made them incapable of holding a pleasant sports-centered conversation.
 
2012-09-13 10:21:43 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!" and "There's only ONE good baseball team in Pennsylvania!" for months. Of course, being Yinzers they are not capable of merely enjoying their team's successes, they have to take shots at the favorite teams of others.

They're strangely silent now. With the Steelers looking mediocre and the prospect of no Crosby to furtively touch themselves to, I suspect I'll have to spend the fall hearing how the 1976 Steel Curtain could have beaten the Luftwaffe.


I went to college in Pittsburgh and I remember when one of my non sports fan friends was beaten up by a pair of yinzers after a Steelers playoff loss because he hadn't been watching the game.
 
2012-09-13 10:27:25 AM
I still don't think they can pull it off.

I want to believe though, and they are making each game must watch so far in September so I'm happy with the turnaround.

However, as bad as the Astros are...the Phillies always seems to suck when they get to Houston. Must be the bad Karma for planting Ed Wade as their GM so the Phils could use them as a farm system for a few years.
 
2012-09-13 10:32:40 AM
And their next seven games are patsies, but they've got two Washington series and one Atlanta series to go. Should be interesting.
 
2012-09-13 10:35:02 AM
For the record -- as bad as the first half (and then some) of the Phillies season was I consider a simple winning record to be a massively successful achievement. A Wild Card slot is akin to a fever dream.
 
2012-09-13 10:38:55 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!"


I had to look up what a "Yinzer" was.

I don't understand how a Philly fan has hope. Just 2 years ago after the Phill's organization pulled Cliff Lee away from the Rangers, I felt without a doubt that this was the premier pitching staff in both leagues. And for many years to come... they have woefully under performed as to their potential. Instead of us talking about them on their way to their 2nd WS appearance, there's hinting that with a little luck, they may squeaze into the playoffs.

/How very anticlimatic
 
2012-09-13 10:39:05 AM
Well, Pirates can always try again to exceed .500 in 20 more years
 
2012-09-13 10:40:33 AM
I still don't think it's likely, but damn is it nice to see the Phillies playing well. It was almost like "Man we're bad. Wait, we have Halladay, Lee AND Hamels? In the same rotation? shiat! Let's win!"
 
2012-09-13 10:43:05 AM

Rapmaster2000: And their next seven games are patsies, but they've got two Washington series and one Atlanta series to go. Should be interesting.


Brewers just swept them, they might be collapsing like they did last year of Milwaukee might be getting hot at the right time like St. Louis did last year.
 
2012-09-13 10:46:56 AM

Babboonrash: 2nd WS appearance


It would be their 3rd in recent history. Also they were crushed by injuries this year, so it's nice to see them get healthy and make a run back towards a decent final record. If they were healthy all year and this was happening I don't think the enthusiasm would be quite so high.
 
2012-09-13 10:47:46 AM

Actual Farking: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!" and "There's only ONE good baseball team in Pennsylvania!" for months. Of course, being Yinzers they are not capable of merely enjoying their team's successes, they have to take shots at the favorite teams of others.

They're strangely silent now. With the Steelers looking mediocre and the prospect of no Crosby to furtively touch themselves to, I suspect I'll have to spend the fall hearing how the 1976 Steel Curtain could have beaten the Luftwaffe.

I went to college in Pittsburgh and I remember when one of my non sports fan friends was beaten up by a pair of yinzers after a Steelers playoff loss because he hadn't been watching the game.


Wtf are yinzers?

And its still highly unlikely that they keep winning at this pace and others keep losing.
 
2012-09-13 10:48:54 AM
Yeah, the first 2/3 of the season were a complete trainwreck for the Phils. So many things going wrong that every time they made an adjustment somethign else would happen that made those adjustments not work. Very frustrating, because you can't put wins together if you are not organized and feeling cohesive as a team. The thing is, now that it is stable, they are a playoff caliber team. Whether they will get there is sadly going to depend on how other teams do, more than how they themselves do. It is possible though, anything is possible with the Phillies, and it seems that the more unlikely something is the more likely it will be that the Phillies will be involved when the unlikely comes to pass. They are that kind of team.

I tend to agree that Houston will be the deciding factor. A sweep there would be very unnerving for the Nats and Braves.
 
2012-09-13 10:49:10 AM

Babboonrash: I don't understand how a Philly fan has hope. Just 2 years ago after the Phill's organization pulled Cliff Lee away from the Rangers, I felt without a doubt that this was the premier pitching staff in both leagues. And for many years to come... they have woefully under performed as to their potential. Instead of us talking about them on their way to their 2nd WS appearance, there's hinting that with a little luck, they may squeaze into the playoffs.


Well considering the bulk of their offense didn't play until midway through the season, the fact that they've clawed their way into contention is pretty impressive. Going into this season this is about the best that Phillies fans could hope for. And they've been 35-21 since Ryan Howard returned, completing their lineup, which would translate into a 96 win season. They'll be fine next year even if they don't make the playoffs this year.
 
2012-09-13 10:49:45 AM

Lost Thought 00: Well, Pirates can always try again to exceed .500 in 20 more years


This is the first year since the invention of dirt that they aren't going to lose 100 games. That in itself is a huge accomplishment.

Lets go bucs
 
2012-09-13 10:52:19 AM
There's something to be said for a team getting hot at the right time.
 
2012-09-13 10:59:10 AM
Come on Bucos.
 
2012-09-13 11:19:11 AM
Dont get all ready to bukakke eachother just yet Philly.
l.yimg.com
 
2012-09-13 11:19:56 AM
So is anyone besides the Astros actually eliminated? With the new wild card, it seems like everyone is in it.

/look forward to a 5-way tie for the second wild card spot
 
2012-09-13 11:21:22 AM
I am shocked, SHOCKED that a bad team that played over their heads for two months is losing ground to a team with triple the payroll and lots of injury problems earlier in the year
 
2012-09-13 11:26:27 AM
This is hot off the presses from the "no one gives a sh*t department", but I must say that Jimmy Rollins of all people has been carrying my fantasy team of late, which is quite the turnaround considering he started the season terribly and didn't really wake up at all until the AS break (and I considered flat dropping him outright several times)
 
2012-09-13 11:38:45 AM
Phillies and Dodgers are a combined 82-61 without Shane Victorino on their roster and 63-78 with him in their lineups.

It is clear who is to blame here.
 
2012-09-13 11:41:06 AM
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//GIS for "brewers turning up the heat" (w/o quotes) was one of the more eclectic results I have ever seen with SafeSearch on.
 
2012-09-13 11:43:35 AM

Rapmaster2000: And their next seven games are patsies, but they've got two Washington series and one Atlanta series to go. Should be interesting.


Atlants if olding like a cheap worn out suit. I'm sure the Phillies will sweep them just like they did in the final series last year.
 
2012-09-13 11:44:14 AM

Gunny Highway: Phillies and Dodgers are a combined 82-61 without Shane Victorino on their roster and 63-78 with him in their lineups.

It is clear who is to blame here.


As a Brewers fan, seriously, fark that guy.
 
2012-09-13 11:44:18 AM

srhp29: Atlants if olding Atlanta is folding like a cheap worn out suit.


FTFM
 
2012-09-13 01:15:00 PM

ElwoodCuse: I am shocked, SHOCKED that a bad team that played over their heads for two months is losing ground to a team with triple the payroll and lots of injury problems earlier in the year


So you knew this was going to happen? Cause the Phillies sure didnt. They started dumping players at the trade deadline so they could retool for next year. I know that pro's should play their best every day, but it is still impressive that the players didn't give up when their management did.
 
2012-09-13 01:23:03 PM

Babboonrash: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!"

I had to look up what a "Yinzer" was.

I don't understand how a Philly fan has hope. Just 2 years ago after the Phill's organization pulled Cliff Lee away from the Rangers, I felt without a doubt that this was the premier pitching staff in both leagues. And for many years to come... they have woefully under performed as to their potential. Instead of us talking about them on their way to their 2nd WS appearance, there's hinting that with a little luck, they may squeaze into the playoffs.

/How very anticlimatic


Check into their last WS win... the most important thing hitting the playoffs is confidence and playing as a team, right now if the Phillies get in they have that AND experience postseason to fall back on along with a dominating pitching staff and their offense back healthy.

Mayberry is a star to be in my mind and the shaky mid relief closing issue was taken care of so all in all you are looking at a better team that everyone wrote off til next season, so its just more fuel...
 
2012-09-13 01:39:46 PM

root88: ElwoodCuse: I am shocked, SHOCKED that a bad team that played over their heads for two months is losing ground to a team with triple the payroll and lots of injury problems earlier in the year

So you knew this was going to happen? Cause the Phillies sure didnt. They started dumping players at the trade deadline so they could retool for next year. I know that pro's should play their best every day, but it is still impressive that the players didn't give up when their management did.


Yeah, they traded Victorino, but he hasn't been all that good since 2009. Hunter Pence clearly wasn't what he was expected to be. And are you really saying that trading Joe Blanton was throwing in the towel? I'd be surprised if they hadn't been trying to trade Victorino and Blanton for a while now. They just got the opportunity when the Dodgers went spend-crazy. While those moves did free up a bunch of cash for next season, they weren't exactly trading away the core of the team, only fringe players who made too much money.
 
2012-09-13 01:47:22 PM

steamingpile: Actual Farking: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!" and "There's only ONE good baseball team in Pennsylvania!" for months. Of course, being Yinzers they are not capable of merely enjoying their team's successes, they have to take shots at the favorite teams of others.

They're strangely silent now. With the Steelers looking mediocre and the prospect of no Crosby to furtively touch themselves to, I suspect I'll have to spend the fall hearing how the 1976 Steel Curtain could have beaten the Luftwaffe.

I went to college in Pittsburgh and I remember when one of my non sports fan friends was beaten up by a pair of yinzers after a Steelers playoff loss because he hadn't been watching the game.

Wtf are yinzers?

And its still highly unlikely that they keep winning at this pace and others keep losing.


Yinzers typically display most, sometimes all, of the following traits:

Someone who out of habit speaks with a thick Pittsburgh accent
Someone who works a blue-collar job, particularly in a coke refinery or steel mill
A person who unknowingly wears their favorite Pittsburgh sports attire to the wrong venue (e.g. wearing an NFL Pittsburgh Steelers jersey to an NHL Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game)
A person who traditionally drinks Iron City Beer, or Duquesene Brewing company beer
Someone who is unaware or refuses to acknowledge that the Rolling Rock Brewery was bought by InBev, and is no longer based in Latrobe, PA
A person who only listens to the musical genre Classic Rock, who has their radio always preset to 102.5FM WDVE, and lists Donnie Iris as one of their favorite musicians
A person who dedicates their Sunday's to the NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers
Someone who typically disregards dress codes and simply wears sports attire (e.g. wearing an NFL Pittsburgh Steelers jersey to church)
A sports fan who stayed true to the Pittsburgh sports teams even in their darkest hours
A sports fan who pretends to have stayed true to the Pittsburgh sports teams and still believes old players still play for one of the major market teams (e.g. Jack Wilson is still the Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop)
A gambler who plays the penny slots at the Rivers Casino until the early morning hours
Someone who lists their favorite restaurants as traditional Pittsburgh establishments (e.g. Eat N' Park, Kings, Primantis)
Someone whose summer vacation typically consists of going to the beaches of Erie, PA or boating on the rivers in the area (Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio, Youghiogheny)
A person whose hair style can in one form or another be categorized as a mullet 

according to the wikipeida entry on yinzer
 
2012-09-13 01:48:25 PM
www.cinawesome.com

Mmmmm hmmm, mmmm hmmm, yes this is all very interesting.
 
2012-09-13 02:01:22 PM

protectyourlimbs: Mayberry is a star to be in my mind


I lost you on that one. In my opinion he'll never be anything more than a guy that comes off the bench. He's already 28 and has shown no signs of consistency.
 
2012-09-13 02:06:16 PM

ghall3: However, as bad as the Astros are...the Phillies always seems to suck when they get to Houston.


For whatever reason, since about 2004, the Astros are the *only* NL team with a winning record against the Phils. That's completely insane. And means I view this series with some trepidation.
 
2012-09-13 02:35:58 PM

mikaloyd: Dont get all ready to bukakke eachother just yet Philly.
[l.yimg.com image 630x420]


That really needs the caption "SURPRISE BUKAKKE" on it
 
2012-09-13 02:52:15 PM

there their theyre: Someone who out of habit speaks with a thick Pittsburgh accent


There's a Pittsburgh accent?
 
2012-09-13 02:59:34 PM
TB 1 - 0 O's bottom 7.
 
2012-09-13 03:00:45 PM

Babboonrash: I don't understand how a Philly fan has hope. Just 2 years ago after the Phill's organization pulled Cliff Lee away from the Rangers, I felt without a doubt that this was the premier pitching staff in both leagues. And for many years to come... they have woefully under performed as to their potential. Instead of us talking about them on their way to their 2nd WS appearance, there's hinting that with a little luck, they may squeaze into the playoffs.


Are you Skip Bayless?

The 2010 & 2011 Phillies, finished with the best records in baseball.
They lost in 2010 the most dominating pitching performance in the last 20 years.
Lost in 2011 to a red hot St. Louis Cardinals.
And both of those teams won the WS.

Speaking as a Phillies' Phan, I'm disappointed in the results, but I wouldn't label them chokers, losers or underperforming. They played great, but the other teams were playing out of their mind.
 
2012-09-13 03:08:06 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: there their theyre: Someone who out of habit speaks with a thick Pittsburgh accent

There's a Pittsburgh accent?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mobi0B0L37w
 
2012-09-13 03:30:41 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: there their theyre: Someone who out of habit speaks with a thick Pittsburgh accent

There's a Pittsburgh accent?


Oh my God, yes. Back in the 1990s, I worked with a couple of girls from the Pittsburgh area, and their accent was unbelievably thick. And it's not just the accent. Soda is "pop," and rubber bands are "gum bands," and so on.
 
2012-09-13 03:50:13 PM

Gunny Highway: Phillies and Dodgers are a combined 82-61 without Shane Victorino on their roster and 63-78 with him in their lineups.

It is clear who is to blame here.


YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH.
 
2012-09-13 04:04:01 PM

AdmirableSnackbar: Yeah, they traded Victorino, but he hasn't been all that good since 2009. Hunter Pence clearly wasn't what he was expected to be. And are you really saying that trading Joe Blanton was throwing in the towel? I'd be surprised if they hadn't been trying to trade Victorino and Blanton for a while now. They just got the opportunity when the Dodgers went spend-crazy. While those moves did free up a bunch of cash for next season, they weren't exactly trading away the core of the team, only fringe players who made too much money.


Victorino was great in 2011 too. Pence was his normal self this year, but Rube Amaro traded for him on the basis of a career season he was never going to repeat, so I'm fine with getting rid of him. Kendrick seems to be an improvement over Blanton, however the fark that happened.
 
2012-09-13 05:11:27 PM

Rapmaster2000: And their next seven games are patsies, but they've got two Washington series and one Atlanta series to go. Should be interesting.


Even if they were to win all those games it barely helps them since they still have to catch 3-4 other teams not including the braves.
 
2012-09-13 05:16:41 PM

Cybernetic: antidisestablishmentarianism: there their theyre: Someone who out of habit speaks with a thick Pittsburgh accent

There's a Pittsburgh accent?

Oh my God, yes. Back in the 1990s, I worked with a couple of girls from the Pittsburgh area, and their accent was unbelievably thick. And it's not just the accent. Soda is "pop," and rubber bands are "gum bands," and so on.


Don't forget "dahntahn" (downtown). It's not quite as bad as a Boston accent, but someone with the true Pittsburgh accent is very distinguishable. I moved up here about 7 years ago from Tennessee...however, I don't have a stereotypical southern accent because I've lived in other places, too. I've yet to meet one Pittsburgher who can tell I'm from the south, and one even accused me of "hiding" my accent.

On topic, I'm sad to see the Bucs self-destruct (yet again). I've never been around baseball (no MLB in TN), so I've adopted them as my team (hey, they suck, but the seats are cheap). Maybe my kids will one day see a winning team.
 
2012-09-13 05:29:32 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I work with a bunch of Yinzers who ran their mouths ENDLESSLY about "Raise the Jolly Roger!" and "There's only ONE good baseball team in Pennsylvania!" for months. Of course, being Yinzers they are not capable of merely enjoying their team's successes, they have to take shots at the favorite teams of others.

They're strangely silent now. With the Steelers looking mediocre and the prospect of no Crosby to furtively touch themselves to, I suspect I'll have to spend the fall hearing how the 1976 Steel Curtain could have beaten the Luftwaffe.


This type of behavior has always seemed so strange to me. I root for the Phillies because I grew up in the area in a family full of Philadelphia fans. Had I grown up in SF, I'd probably like the Giants. Had I grown up near Boston, I'd be a Red Sox fan. I don't feel a need to pick on someone because they like a different team than I do. What's so hard about just rooting for your team without putting someone else down because they root for a different team? We're not suiting up and playing the games, for crying out loud.

I see it more with football, though. I'm an Eagles fan. Despite the fact that I live in AZ, there are more Cowboys fans here than anything. My Cowboys-fans friends are always reminding me that the Eagles haven't won a Super Bowl. Ok.... So, am I not allowed to root for a team that hasn't won a Super Bowl? Does my cheering for them therefore make me a loser, or does it just mean I'm a loyal fan who doesn't jump on bandwagons? Can I only root for teams that have won a lot of championships? It's so weird to me to be attacked for which teams I like.
 
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