Monthly Archives: April 2010

Out of Left Field: Werth the Money? He’s not exactly Howard the Duck!

By HOMER PLATE
Humor Columnist — homerplate@highhopesblog.com
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My oh my, why is 99% of the world drunk? I know, because they are depressed because they don’t have the brain of one Homer Plate. Included in that 99% are all females between the ages of 21 and 37 who are drunk because they can cannot partake in the loins of said Plate. MMMMMMM Homer.

As the lime green Bentley motored down that big long bridge that leads to Key West last evening, I was listening to one Rob Ellis on 610 WIP ramble on about whether athletes are over paid. He personally said they are not because of the value they bring to fans over the course of a season. I don’t know where he got that crap from but he is so far off base Homeo could throw him out from the galley of the SS Smack 40 miles off the coast of Sudan. Watch out for those damn pirates, Homeo!

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Eagles put it on the line and beef up after draft

By PHIL ANDREWS
Senior Writer — pandrews@highhopesblog.com
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I think it safe to say I was not the only one surprised by the Philadelphia Eagles decision to not select an offensive lineman in last week’s NFL Draft; especially considering that they eventually end up with 13 picks over-all.

As long as I can remember Philadelphia has always drafted at least one offensive lineman every year with the exception of 2001, but this year’s lack of a lineman selection was blatant considering how thin they appear to be at that position.

With that said the Eagles did sign 11 undrafted rookies the Monday after the draft, three of whom were offensive linemen; two tackles and guard.
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Laperriere to miss playoffs

By JAY BOEHMER
Staff Writer — jboehmer@highhopesblog.com

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Photo: FOX Sports

Ian Laperriere is one of the Flyers’ classiest and most respected players.  Throughout the sport, there are few that exemplify sportsmanship and hardwork the way he does.

Unfortunately, that modest attitude and unwavering dedication to his team can come at a price.

“Lappy” hesitated and dove at a slapshot during a Flyers penalty kill in the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the game in which Philadelphia clinched a series victory.  His awkward lunge at the puck left his face exposed, and he took the puck right above the eye.

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A Really Big Piece to the Puzzle

By MIKE RADANO
Senior Writer — mradano@highhopesblog.com
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Ryan Howard addressing the media before Monday's game from San Francisco.

The first reaction is usually the same no matter your station in life.

“That’s a lot of money.”

After that, well, it’s all in perspective.

Shortly after 2 p.m. CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salsbury broke the news – that’s in was first to report, not first to see Salsbury’s column and let everyone on Twitter or anyone who happened to be tuned to the right radio frequency – that the Phillies and Ryan Howard had agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $125 million. Howard, who will be 37 when the contract expires if the Phillies pick up the option year, is the centerpiece to the Phillies offense and seemingly intended to break the free agency bank.

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Phils lock up Howard

By CHRIS DiFRANCESCO
Columnist — cdifrancesco@highhopesblog.com
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The Philadelphia Phillies have given arguably the franchise’s most elusive slugger ever a new mega deal.

Superstar first baseman Ryan Howard has agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract extension that kicks in beginning in 2012 through 2016 with a club option for 2017 worth $20 million, according to the Phillies.

Howard’s new deal begins in 2012 and goes through 2016. There’s a $23 million club option for 2017, or a $10 million buyout. Howard will make $20 million in 2012 and 2013 and $25 million in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Raising Arizona (Diamondbacks) – Phillies lose Series Finale 8-6

By STEVE WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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For a minute there, it seemed as if Kyle Kendrick had finally turned a corner.  After his spectacular start last week, Kendrick began the game today with four scoreless innings before getting tagged for five runs in the bottom of the 5th.  It seems for every starter on the Phillies staff, besides the one known as Doc, there has been “the inning” during a game when they completely implode and allow multiple runs against them.  After the fifth, the Phillies were able to regain the lead 6-5, only to have Danys Baez and Dave Herdon give it back and then some.  Baez, the ‘biggest’ offseason bullpen acquisition has been shaky after a solid first week or so.  Herndon, a trendy spring training rookie, has had his troubles as of late as well.

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Out of Left Field: Charlie and Homer both need a closer!

By HOMER PLATE
Humor Columnist — homerplate@highhopesblog.com
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There comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to make a decision that will ultimately either cost him a game or cost him a chick. For Charlie Manuel, the decision is to choose a closer who can get the job done on at least a semi-regular basis and for Homer, the decision is to choose a closer of the female persuasion who will take him back to the promise land of love…wow…that rings of the cheesy writings of my great great grandma, Homeretta.

Just last evening, I was pondering these two dilemma’s when I decided to pop into the local convenience store for some Cuban cigars and cognac to enjoy while I perused the Wall Street Journal later that evening. Turns out, the backwoods, cheesy ass town I was in didn’t carry said merchandise so the Plate would have to suffice with Marlboro and Mountain Dew. Continue reading

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