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The Moon Rises, the Phillies Season Sets

July 9, 2012 Adam Thomas

1.) I finally got to see Wes Anderson’s new film “Moonrise Kingdom” yesterday and let me just say that it was well worth the wait. That movie was incredible, 4 stars 4 sure. But then again, I love practically all (I’m looking at you Darjeeling Limited) of Wes Anderson’s movies so maybe I’m not the best person to go to for an unbiased opinion.

It’s too early to say that it’s definitely his best movie, but I think that it’s in the conversation. Royal Tenenbaums still probably holds the crown though in my opinion (it’s hard to beat lines like:  “Hell of a damn grave. Wish it were mine.”  “Look at that old Grizzly Bear.” “Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin’ the cemetery?”  “I’m very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a terribly attractive woman” and of course “Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is… maybe he didn’t.”)

Yeah, now that I go through the quotes, I think the Tenenbaums still takes it.

2.) Speaking of good movies, you should check out “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” It is a really feel good movie that stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon. It is also directed and written by the Duplass brothers, and I am sure that most of the Headrush readers will recognize Mark Duplass as Pete Eckhart from FX’s hilarious fantasy football show “The League.”  I was surprised to find out that he writes and directs movies with his brother, but it turns out that this is the 6th movie they’ve directed together so I guess I’m a little late to the party.

3.) Alright here is my solution for fixing the Phillies:

a.) Trade Cole Hamels. Look, he’s their best player, I get that.  But he’s gone after this season. The Phillies have too much money tied up in over the hill/mediocre pitchers to make him an offer that the likes of the Yankees, or really, any team in baseball can offer him once he becomes a free agent.  So they need to trade him to get some top prospects to replenish the farm system that their idiot GM has pissed away on the likes of Hunter Pence. Then again, this is the same guy who traded Cliff Lee FOR A BAG OF MAGIC BEANS so maybe we don’t really want him dealing for prospects, eh?

b.) Trade Shane Victorino.  It’s time for that Hawaiian to fly somewhere else. Again, get some prospects or some bullpen help.

c.) Fire Juan Samuel.  Seriously, this guy is turrrrible. How in the world do you get run over by your own player?  And then look PISSED at that player for running you over?  Note to Samuel: GET THE F OUT OF THE WAY!

4.) I love how Lou Williams OPTS OUT of his contract and then tweets about how the Sixers chose to go in another direction. I’m gonna miss the boss and his boss way of thinking. I’m also going to miss Elton Brand, but come on, that guy is not worth 18 million.


The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day Lineup

April 1, 2011 Randy Neil

Yea, yea, Opening Day was yesterday. But we’re in Philadelphia. Opening Day starts today. First pitch starts (hopefully) at 1PM ET at Citizens Bank Park. I’ve seen flurries and rain all morning, but talk is that the game will be played as scheduled. Yippie.

The Lineup

1. Shane Victorino CF
2. Placido Polanco 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins SS
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Rauuuuul Ibanez LF
6. Ben Francisco RF
7. Carlos Ruiz C
8. Wilson Valdez
9. Roy Halladay


(God that’s an awful Photoshop job I know. Wasn’t me!)


Domonic Brown, Doc Halladay, and Roy Oswalt walk into a bar…

July 29, 2010 Randy Neil


A few weeks ago, the Phillies seemed hopeless.  The team has lost 11 of 18 since July 1st.  They dropped 7 games back in the division, and their offensive rank in the NL had dropped from 2nd to 12th. 

Although the Phillies line-up was often reduced due to injuries, on July 22nd, Charlie Manuel said goodbye to hitting coach Milt Thompson in an attempt to shake up the ball club.  Greg Gross, the former hitting coach, replaced him, and it was met with immediate success.

In fact, as of now, success is a poor word.  It’s been perfection.  The Phillies have gone 7-0 since the replacement, and have had 4 games with 6 runs or more. 

Last night was one of those games, and I managed to make it down to Citizens Bank Park to catch what is now once again a beautiful team to watch.  

Due to Shane Victorino’s abdominal strain (on a routine pop up mind you,) the highly anticipated Domonic Brown was called up from Triple-A to make his debut for the Phillies last night, starting in right field.  Werth was moved to center, and they both batted in the 5th and 6th positions in the line-up.  

Before Brown’s named was even announced for the at-bat, the 45,000+ in attendance were standing in ovation for the debut.  There was a feeling in the air something special was happening and I was glad to witness from 20 rows back behind home plate. 

The prospect flourished in the minor leagues, and all the hype building up to last night made what happened even more special.  Domonic went 2-3, scoring an RBI double in his first at bat.  Overall, he had 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a sacrifice fly for the night.  Not too bad for your first game in the major leagues.  

It was also nice to see Roy Halladay finally pitch, and he was outstanding.  6 hits, 9 strike-outs, 1 earned run.  Doctor’s doing some surgery.

The Phillies finally have momentum carrying into the stretch, and with news of Roy Oswalt coming to town, things should only get better from here on out.

altEarlier this morning, news was released that the Astros and Phillies have come to an agreement for Roy Oswalt to come to Philadelphia.  The sad news is most likely J.A. Happ is going to Houston.  I’m not a big fan of this, but something of this magnitude was going to require a little sacrifice.  Another prospect being speculated in the trade is Triple-A 1st basemen Jonathan Singleton.  We’re pretty OK on the first basemen front, so I think I’ll be able to sleep at night.

None of the official names or figures are being released, and there are still possibilities of Joe Blanton being the pitcher to go (hopefully,) but according to the Phillies official website, a deal is “in-place” and it’s awaiting Oswalt’s OK.  This is going to happen, and it will probably happen by the end of the day.

The Phillies are getting back to their form, and a Halladay-Oswalt-Hamels starting rotation sounds pretty damn good to me.  The Phillies projected starting line-up has only been on the field 8 times this year.  With that number set to increase in the upcoming weeks, and a stronger starting pitching rotation, I’d expect to see the Braves’ 3.5 game lead in the division diminish.  

Do work, fellas.