Aaaaaargh!!!

“She’s mean and she’s evil, like that little old boll weevil…”

Yep, I’m feeling pretty mean and evil right about now. Despite hitting four home runs off Johan Santana, the Phillies fell to the Mets by a score of 6-5. Too bad three of the homers were the solo variety. :-(

I was hoping that the Phillies could take advantage of the Mets’ depleted lineup, what with Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado out with injuries, and the bullpen without J.J. Putz. But the baseball gods apparently had other ideas last night.

 

“Doctor, doctor, give me the news…”

Brad Lidge has been place on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee. According to this morning’s newspaper, recent MRI exams have shown no structural damage. Maybe he also needs to get his head straightened out?

To take Lidge’s spot on the roster, the Phillies have called up Paul Bako from double-A Reading. Here he was on a recent Sunday:

bako.jpg

The Phillies are now Bako’s 11th team during his major-league career! The move will allow the Phillies to use Chris Coste as a right-handed bat off the bench, while having Bako available as a backup catcher.

 

“Hey now, you’re an all-star…”

The most recent NL voting update shows Raul Ibanez leading all-star voting for outfielders. Ryan Braun and Carlos Beltran are in second and third, respectively. I’m OK with that. But why is Manny Ramirez still hovering around at fifth?? What knuckleheads out there are actually voting for him?? I know voting began prior to Manny’s suspension, so I can understand some votes in the early going, but why would anyone cast their vote for him now??

Other Phillies currently leading at their positions are Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. I’ll agree on Chase, but as much as I like Jimmy, he is definitely not having an all-star calibre year so far. (I know, Jenn, I should bite my tongue and/or fingers for speaking/typing such heresy)

I myself have not voted yet, I tend to be a last minute voter, but rest assured I will be casting my ballot(s) soon.

 

“More, more, more…”

More megapixels, that is. After suffering a prolonged case of pixel envy (even my son’s point-and-shoot had more megapixels than my Canon Rebel!), I have finally upgraded to the Rebel XSi, nearly doubling my resolution from 6.5 to 12.2 megapixels. More is better, right? I’m looking forward to getting out there next week and using it.

 

“I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hands wet on the wheel…”

Speaking of next week, my husband and I will be hitting the road for a much-needed vacation, while the kids spend some time at Camp Grandma (otherwise known as my parents’ house). Contrary to the line above, I plan to do our driving during the day. Tentative itinerary has us stopping in Baltimore on Sunday (6/14) to visit Camden Yards (haven’t been there in many years), spending a few days in Myrtle Beach, and then hopefully hitting Washington to check out the Nationals the following Saturday (6/20).

 

“But you don’t really care for music, do you?…”

You may have noticed that all my subheadings are snippets of song lyrics. I guess I was feeling a bit musical this morning. Do you know them all? If you do, you get… well, nothing, except the satisfaction of knowing that you know them. :-)

(photo by me) 

11 Comments

I will never, ever understand how people can still be voting for Manny! Whoever is doing it is NOT a true baseball fan. I hope you and the hubby have a great trip and YES!! I knew all the songs!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hey Sue…yes, the title says it all. I feel ya. SO frustrating. If they don’t win tonight, I am going to drown in a BIG bottle of wine! Well, maybe I’ll do that anyway ;O) Ha, ha! Hope things are getting better up your way…talk to ya later!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

So frustrating not to beat the Mets when they have players out with injuries. The Yankees have a series with them this weekend, so I hope they’ve cooled off. Have a great trip with your husband and eat a pit turkey platter at Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards for me!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Julia – I will post the titles tomorrow, so you can check and be sure :-). Hopefully there’s still time for some of the other outfielders to move up in the voting, and eliminate all possiblity of Manny as an all-star.
Jenn – Frustrating just doesn’t quite cover it! Mike’s Hard Lime is my libation of choice at the moment – I many have to have one tonight.
Jane – The Mutts had just been swept by the Pirates, so I guess they were due to win one at some point. One can hope that the Phils will cool them off the next two games. I’ll make sure to check out the turkey platter – thanks for the tip!

GAH!! Manny Ramirez!!! I’m so pissed that he’s still up there. Have a great vacation!! And I don’t even have the satisfaction of knowing all the songs that those lyrics come from. Man…
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Bako’s been on 11 teams? That’s kind of weird. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Haha. Hope you guys have a great trip!!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Well, I am sorry that you lost.
I hate the Mets and I was hoping for you to win.
At least you didnt lose 9-0, it was a close game for you. :)
http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

I hate to tell Julia, but a lot of us are voting for Manny more to make a farce out of the voting than anything.
It is nothing personal, and MLB will probably noy make him eligible for it anyways becuase of all his “off-time.”
Great song lyrics.
That is a great way to break up the paragraphs and also get some music in our minds.
Now if I can just find my brains off switch again……

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Chase Utley is pretty awesome. You are right.
I thnk that people who vote for the All Stars are not voting for who deserves to play, but the names that are the most recognizable or for those on their home team. Manny has not played since April so those who vote for him are either Dodger fans or those who recognize his name. Many voters are not that familiar with very many players.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Congratulations for being on the front page of MLBlogs.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Emily – song titles are posted in my current entry; check them out if you have a chance.
Kaybee – yep, eleven teams. He’s what they call well-traveled.
Tribechick – Welcome! Thankfully they came back to take game two of the series. Mets-haters are always welcome on my blog.
Renegade – How many of them did you know? Don’t get me started on all-star voting. I don’t really care for the current process, but I’m not sure how I would change it if it were up to me.
Cat – Thanks! Like I said to RaysRen, I think the current method of voting leaves a bit to be desired, and I know some people will vote for their team’s players no matter how good or bad they are doing. I’d like to see the most deserving players get the honor, but it usually is simply a popularity contest.

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