Trying To Remain Calm / Not Who You Think It Is, Part 3

Just a couple of posts ago, at the start of Spring Training, I was, well, calm about the state of the Phillies. Of course, then I was blissfully ignorant of events that would transpire, and conspire to make me potentially lose my calm.

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Then, Chase Utley was taking it easy because of some vague reports of “soreness”. Now, Utley has been diagnosed with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, has received a cortisone shot in said knee, and has yet to appear in a Spring Training game.

Then, Domonic Brown was simply looking for his first hit of Spring Training. Now, although Brown finally got a hit over the past weekend, he broke a bone in his right hand in the process, something called the hook of the hamate bone.

broken hook.jpgA tiny bone, to be sure. Surgery was performed this morning to remove the bone, and the expected recovery time is 4-6 weeks.

[OK, if this bone can be totally removed, what possible purpose does it serve? Why do we have it? Must be about as useful as an appendix, tonsils, and wisdom teeth.]

I don’t even want to get into the fact that yesterday, the offense appeared to still be trying to awaken from winter hibernation, and Roy Oswalt allowed two home runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Yes, I know, it’s still early, sometimes pitchers are “working on things” and “getting their work in”, and hitters are still trying to get their timing down and working out the kinks, yada, yada. So I will take a deep breath, and try to remain calm.

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For the final installment (for now) of “Not Who You Think It Is”, did you know that the Phillies have had not one, but two legends of rock on their roster? Well, not really, just in name only.

PhilCollins_singer.jpgPhil Collins the rock star rose to fame first as the drummer for Genesis, followed by a very successful solo career. But being British, he likely never played baseball.

PhilCollins_baseball.jpgPhil Collins the ballplayer pitched for the Phillies from 1929-1935. The Phils of this span were mediocre at best, just scraping above .500 once (78-76 in 1932), and really stinky at their worst (52-102 in 1930). Collins himself was 72-79 with a 4.67 ERA during his stint with the Phils.

JimMorrison_singer.jpgJim Morrison the rock star was the frontman for The Doors from their inception in 1965, through 1971, when he died of a supposed drug overdose in Paris. There are some who believe that Morrison never actually died, and that he faked his death.

JimMorrison_baseball.jpgJim Morrison the ballplayer debuted with the Phillies in 1977, and during his two seasons in Philadelphia compiled a .174 batting average while appearing in 58 games. In 1979, he went to the White Sox as the “player to be named later” in a deal that brought the Phillies Jack Kucek.

Jim Morrison the ballplayer was last spotted managing the Charlotte Stone Crabs, a minor-league affiliate of the Rays.

Jim Morrison the rock star was last spotted with Elvis, buying Slurpees at a 7-Eleven in rural Georgia.

5 Comments

So the Phillies have two rock stars among their legends? LOL. Somebody’s been doing her research lately. As for the injuries, they’re starting to mount already and it’s disconcerting!

http://www.janeheller.com/confessionsblog

It’s early, it’s early…I think that’s what every fan tells themselves when their spring doesn’t start off as planned. As for Brown’s injury, look at it this way: If the bone can be totally be removed, then he probably won’t miss it and will return good as new. Hopefully.
Catherine
http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

Wish I was a fly on the wall at that 7-11…LOL! Where do you keep finding these? Funny stuff!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Two out of three ain’t bad; I still have my appendix. I knew Jim Morrison the ball player before I found out about Jim Morrison the phantom rock star ~ priorities.
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Yeah the Phillies spring training is going rough injuries-wise. Hopefully it’s all out of everyone’s system now. Brown should be okay after the surgery – Jim Thome and Dustin Pedroia have had the same surgery – but the downtime involved is a tough break.
Who knew the Phillies had such an impressive musical heritage?
Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

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