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The Master List Of 2013 MLB Bobblehead Giveaways

It’s probably needless to say for someone who spent the time going to each MLB team’s individual promotional schedules, but I enjoy bobblehead nights.  And this season, the MLB teams have a combined 95 bobblehead nights.

Most are current players, but you have the occasional broadcaster (Cardinals announcer Mike Shannon, complete with a sound chip in the bobble), mascot (Mr. Met is knitting in his as part of Stitch N Pitch, because who doesn’t want to go to a baseball game and knit scarves and hats – this is real) and retired player (the A’s Reggie Jackson looks the coolest, although the Rangers Nolan Ryan bobble picture isn’t available yet).

Some other highlights include a Dodgers Rick Monday bobble honoring the time he ran onto the field to stop fans from burning the American Flag:

Hanley Ramirez’s “I see you” bobble (what?)

Hanley Ramirez

and a Coco Crisp “Coco lean” bobble (what? again)

Coco Crisp

The Royals are giving out a series of Ketchup, Mustard and Relish bobbles.

Ketchup Relish Mustard

Winner of the Most Ironic bobble has to be the Brewer’s Ryan Braun bobble sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, because that’s how he got so strong, not from all of those (alleged) PEDs.

Ryan Braun

Those relevant to the Phillies include the Ruiz and Hamels bobbles that the Phillies are giving away, a Juan Pierre Marlins 20th Anniversary bobble and, not a bobblehead, but the Cubs are giving away a Ryno the Rhino Build-A-Bear.  While we’re talking non-bobblehead promotional giveaways, the Giants are giving away wine bottle stoppers, a full set including each of their announcers.

Giants Announcers bottle stoppers

The Dodgers and Brewers are leaders in the clubhouse, each with 10 bobblehead nights, followed by the Rockies with 9, although they haven’t announced what any of those 9 bobbles will be.

The Red Sox don’t have any bobblehead nights announced, and the Yankees, Padres, Orioles and Astros have only announced 1 each.

My favorite so far?  Reggie Jackson, but the Harold Baines ChiSox is right there too.

April 6th – Giants vs Cardinals – Buster Posey

April 7th – Brewers vs Diamondbacks – Norichika Aoki

April 13th – Nationals vs Braves – TBD

April 13th – Padres vs Rockies – Chase Headley

April 13th – Angels vs Astros – Mike Trout

April 20th – Reds vs Marlins – Brandon Phillips

April 20th – Pirates vs Braves – Andrew McCutchen

April 20th – Astros vs Indians – Jose Altuve

April 21st – Mets vs Nationals – Ron Darling

April 21st – Rays vs Athletics – Astro (David Price’s dog)

April 21st – Rockies vs Diamondbacks – TBD (20th Anniversary)

April 21st – Brewers vs Cubs – George Scott

April 21st – Blue Jays vs Yankees – Edwin Encarnacion

April 27th – White Sox vs Rays – Harold Raines

April 27th – Athletics vs Orioles – Reggie Jackson

April 28th – Cardinals vs Pirates – Carlos Beltran

April 30th – Dodgers vs Rockies – Hanley Ramirez (“I See You”?)

May 4th – Royals vs White Sox – Billy Butler

May 5th – Brewers vs Cardinals – Corey Hart

May 5th – Rockies vs Rays – TBD (20th Anniversary)

May 10th – Twins vs Orioles – Josh Willing”hammer”

May 11th – Mets vs Pirates – Mr. Met knitting

May 11th – Reds vs Brewers – Aroldis Chapman

May 11th – White Sox vs Angels – Paul Konerko

May 14th – Dodgers vs Nationals – Matt Kemp

May 16th – Angels vs White Sox – Mark Trumbo

May 18th – Pirates vs Astros – AJ Burnett

May 19th – Rockies vs Giants – TBD (20th Anniversary)

May 21st – Rangers vs Athletics – Nolan Ryan

May 25th – Mariners vs Rangers – Felix Hernandez

May 25th – Mets vs Braves – John Franco

May 25th – Dodgers vs Cardinals – Jamie Jarrin

May 25th – Royals vs Angels – Ketchup

May 26th – Brewers vs Pirates – Ryan Braun (sponsored by Wisc Milk Marketing Board)

May 26th – Giants vs Rockies – Barry Zito

May 30th – Braves vs Blue Jays – Freddie Freeman

June 1st – Indians vs Rays – Albert Belle

June 1st – Diamondbacks vs Cubs – Darwin Barney (with 1,000 gold bobbleheads. thanks @AnswerDave!)

June 2nd – Rockies vs Dodgers – TBD (20th Anniversary)

June 4th – Phillies vs Marlins – Carlos Ruiz

June 5th – Reds vs Rockies – Mat Latos

June 6th – Dodgers vs Braves – Don Sutton

June 8th – Diamondbacks vs Giants – Aaron Hill

June 9th – Brewers vs Phillies – Carlos Gomez

June 11th – Rangers vs Indians – Yu Darvish

June 16th – Rockies vs Phillies – TBD (20th Anniversary)

June 20th – Angels vs Mariners – CJ Wilson

June 20th – Braves vs Mets – BJ Upton

June 22nd – Royals vs White Sox – Mustard

June 22nd – Cubs vs Astros – Edwin Jackson

June 22nd – Giants vs Marlins – Ryan Vogelsong

June 23rd – Nationals vs Rockies – TBD

June 23rd – Brewers vs Braves – Polish Racing Sausage

June 27th – Dodgers vs Phillies – Sandy Koufax

June 29th – Athletics vs Cardinals – Coco Crisp (Coco lean)

June 30th – Marlins vs Padres – Juan Pierre (20th anniversary of franchise)

June 30th – Mets vs Nationals – Davie Wright

June 30th – Rockies vs Giants – TBD (20th Anniversary)

July 3rd – Reds vs Giants – Todd Frazier

July 5th – Cardinals vs Marlins – Mike Shannon (voice of the Cardinals)

July 6th – Rays vs White Sox – Evan Longoria

July 7th – Blue Jays vs Twins – JC Arencibia

July 7th – Brewers vs Mets – Hank Aaron

July 8th – Indians vs Tigers – Omar Vizquel

July 11th – Dodgers vs Rockies – Adrian Gonzalez

July 14th – Tigers vs Rangers – Justin Verlander

July 19th – Twins vs Indians – Joe Mauer/ Justin Morneau double bobble

July 20th – Nationals vs Dodgers – TBD

July 20th – Royals vs Tigers – Relish

July 21st – Mets vs Phillies – Dwight Gooden

July 21st – Rockies vs Cubs – TBD (20th Anniversary)

July 25th – Dodgers vs Reds – Vin Scully

July 28th – Rockies vs Brewers – TBD (20th Anniversary)

August 3rd – Cubs vs Dodgers – Kyuji Fujikawa

August 4th – Marlins vs Indians – Mike Lowell (10th anniversary of World Series win)

August 4th – Brewers vs Nationals – Harvey Kuenn

August 6th – Reds vs Athletics – Joey Votto

August 10th – Diamondbacks vs Mets – Paul Goldschmidt

August 10th – Dodgers vs Rays – Hideo Nomo

August 10th – White Sox vs Twins – Ron Kittle

August 10th – Mariners vs Brewers – Ken Griffey Jr.

August 11th – Blue Jays vs Athletics – Brett Lawrie

August 17th – Athletics vs Indians – Yoenis Cespedes

August 21st – Phillies vs Rockies – Cole Hamels

August 25th – Mets vs Tigers – Tom Seaver

August 27th – Dodgers vs Cubs – Rick Monday (Flag saving)

August 31st – Cubs vs Phillies – Anthony Rizzo

September 1st – Brewers vs Angels – Gorman Thomas

September 12th – Dodgers vs Giants – Magic Johnson

September 13th – Cardinals vs Mariners – Mike Matheny

September 14th – Diamondbacks vs Rockies – Miguel Montero

September 15th – Brewers vs Reds – Ben Oglivie

September 17th – Tigers vs Mariners – Miguel Cabrera

September 25th – Rockies vs Red Sox – TBD (20th Anniversary)

September 25th – Yankees vs Rays – Snoopy

September 29th – Orioles vs Red Sox – Fans’ Choice

Chris Johnson is the Promotions Director for 94WIP, co-host of What’s The Word on Phillies 24/7, as well as co-host of the Time’s Yours Podcast. He loves bobbleheads. Follow him @chrisjohnsonjr.

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Conroy: The 2012 Phillies Stink, But It’s Nobody’s Fault

Michael Conroy is a freelance sportswriter and Flyers fan, and a guest writer for Spike Eskin Dot Com. You can find him on Twitter @MichaelConroyPM.

Those damned, dirty Phillies are ruining our summer. How could Reuben Amaro Jr. do this to us loyal fans? How could Charlie Manuel put us through such agony? The players clearly don’t care about winning and it’s time to trade and fire everyone.

Okay, that was a little engagement in some hyperbolic sarcasm. I can’t actually join the angry mob that is forming over at Citizen’s Bank Park even though I’m bored and I REALLY want to. The truth is that Charlie Manuel has never been a great manager but he is better now then he was when the Phillies won the world series in 2008. We can’t get mad at Michael Martinez for being Michael Martinez either. As for Ruben Amaro, maybe this is a “me problem” but I will never be able to attack a general manager for going out and spending gobs of money on the best talent available. My heart just wouldn’t be in it. With all of that in mind, I feel it’s important that we, as a fan base, collectively come to one realization. The Philadelphia Phillies are a bad baseball team and it’s nobody’s fault.

If you were to ask me if this season has been a disappointment, I’d reply with a question of my own: “Do you still beat your wife?” That’s because your question is a loaded one. I think we need to identify what our expectations were coming into a season with a worse roster, one year older. If you didn’t expect a step back, you were being unreasonable. The problem is that no one knew how to quantify that expected drop off. There was no way to tell how far the team would fall as a result of injury, aging, and turnover on the depth chart.

As of right now, the Phillies sit four games below .500 and everybody has their own solution to this “problem.” I’m writing this to tell you that you’re wrong. You’re wrong and you should stop wasting your time. There is no bright young talent for this team in the minor leagues. There is no blockbuster trade that is going to return the team to title contender status. We have exhausted all of the team’s resources in pursuit of the success that we’ve enjoyed during the past five seasons…and that’s okay.

When a perennial championship contender falls from it’s pedestal in a city, the situation can be categorized in one of two ways. One of these categories is divorce. This is, by far, Philadelphia’s favorite way to process the loss of a title contending team. It’s very simple, we get to pick sides, gossip and our anger can be directed at clearly defined targets as we see fit. The fans have lost something, but we get to make someone pay for it. The loss of our 2008-2011 Phillies simply cannot be processed this way. That team lived a vibrant life, accomplished many great things, realized it’s dream; our dream as a world champion and now it’s gone. This falls under the category of death. In Philly, we hate accepting this point of view because in this scenario, there is simply nobody to blame; no one to direct our anger at.

We went through our denial phase before the year when we signed a $50 million closer to an aging team that had assuredly taken a massive step backwards with the loss of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley as we knew him. Next came anger, which we have directed towards just about anyone we possibly could. From Reuben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel to Michael Martinez, Mike Fontenot, and even our beloved Chase Utley, they’ve all been the “reason” we lost our Phillies this summer.

Next up was bargaining. During this phase is when you heard all of the talk about “treading water” until Halladay, Utley and Howard come back. Countless media members brought up how much of a second-half team this is and that if the team could just get in to the post-season, then anything could happen. For the past week or two, Philadelphia has been in the depression phase. The fans have finally realized how bleak the situation is and that the team just simply isn’t who they were anymore. The run of division titles; the dominance over the National League is over.

Now we have finally come to face the most difficult stage of grief: acceptance. Our dominant Phillies are dead and gone. It won’t be an upset when they lose anymore. We all won’t “expect” to see a win everytime we spend money on a ticket to a game. The time has come for us to accept these facts and move on. I am asking you all to just move on. Stop all of the trade talk and stop pointing fingers. This team has given us fans so much to cheer for since 2008. The core of Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels provided fans with everything we could have asked for. They brought us wins, excitement, consistent playoff success and above all, this team brought Philadelphia a world championship. This had to end at some point. The fans needed to pay for all of it but I wouldn’t give the time and experiences we had with that team back just to avoid the pain we are feeling now.

So go to the games and cheer for the team. Enjoy the treat of watching Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee pitch for as long as they remain here. Take in the at-bats of our captain, Jimmy Rollins who has been a symbol for one of the most successful teams in Philadelphia sports history. Do all of these things and don’t agonize over the many losses this hollowed team will undoubtedly suffer.  For a world series in Philly, for the memories the team gave us, we can watch some ugly baseball for the next few years and do it with a smile on our faces.



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What’s Darren Rovell’s Problem?

The other day, Darren Rovell annoyed me. It wasn’t one of the “A or B” polls, or breaking down a pitcher’s salary into innings.

Perhaps my tolerance was low, because it was at the end of the day. Whatever it was, it got to me. It was when he first asked this:

Many people then informed him that teams do that for a specific reason, and it was part of the MLB CBA. He then tweeted the following:

And then this:

And then this:

And then this:

And then this:

In between, there was a back and forth with Nationals pitcher Drew Storen, which is documented here.

What bothered me most I guess, is that I felt like Rovell was intentionally ignoring obvious facts to either drive people nuts, or because he had trouble admitting he was wrong. I guess it’s funny that someone being stubborn about being right or wrong would bother me specifically given my personality.

To me, it should go like this:

@DarrenRovell: If MLB teams struggle to draw on weekday day games, why do you they schedule them then?

And then:

@DarrenRovell: Oh, it’s a CBA thing so they can get sleep. 

Instead, it devolved into an insane (my words) discussion in which he was demanding proof that players with more sleep perform better than players with less sleep.

So on my commute home, I thought to myself “what is Darren Rovell’s problem?” I thought as well, it might make for an interesting post.

The next morning, I decided to ask Rovell on Twitter if he’d like to comment before I wrote it, and he kindly obliged. He was a good sport about it, especially to someone who (me) repeatedly asks him questions like “how many dollars per second does that come to?”

He did ask if I was going to use his comments, to run them as an unedited Q&A. I agreed.

It went longer than I expected. I’ve got no idea how to whittle it down (and I agreed I wouldn’t), so I’m just giving you the entire exchange. Because it got so long, it’s here on spikeeskin.com instead of cbsphilly.com. Enjoy.

We’ll start with the questions I sent him, along with his answers:

1. What’s your problem, anyway?

Don’t have any problem, Spike. Love Twitter as a tool. Love to engage people. Enjoy hearing what they have to say.

2. Why do you think people follow you? For what purpose(s) specifically?

Think there are a couple reasons. Obviously they want sports business news. Some want the quirky news, things that they won’t get from any other feed. I know that I can’t please everyone. Some people love the offbeat things that I do, some people don’t.

3. What percentage of response that you get on Twitter do you consider to be negative?

I’d say probably 30 percent of what I get is negative. Fans are passionate and I appreciate that. It’s not pretty when it gets nasty, but I can take it. I’m a man. I’m 33.

4. Do you read all of it?

Yes I do. And I’m totally fine with people who want to be critical of anything I say. I think people don’t realize that I read all of it so when negative tweets come in from people like you with so much frequency, they don’t realize that their credibility is being compromised. I’d say 80 percent of what I see from you to me is negative so after a while it becomes more about “What’s His Problem?” instead of “What’s My Problem.”

5. Do you feel like Twitter is a prudent place to have a realistic discussion of whether or not day games have a positive effect overall on baseball? Or any such discussion that might be better served where answers longer than 140 characters are available?

This is a big debate right now. What is the appropriate use of Twitter? I pick Twitter sometimes to engage in conversations that might be bigger than the medium because it’s what I have in the moment. Maybe I’m busy with the TV story or writing a blog and don’t have the time to push the debate further. Or maybe I think it’s a small issue and people come out with amazing passion like they did in this debate.

What I think people should realize, as I do, is Twitter is out of context by its very nature. So you have to be patient to let the dialogue advance. People interacting with me felt like I wasn’t listening to them on this topic. I was. My point was, is it worth exchanging players sleep for compromising revenues by having day games that draw much smaller crowds than night games? I think it was a good question. While many came back with, it’s obvious this and that, there wasn’t anything that really stuck. The comical thing of course was, since when do fans really care about a player’s health, especially if they’re good enough to play?

6. Is part of how you behave and your “Twitter persona” an act, or is it really you?

This is the genuine article. If I had to put on an act every time I got on Twitter or tweeted something I’d be more exhausted than I already am from a day full of work.

7. Do you ever think that some of your responses come off as condescending?

Perhaps. I don’t mean them to be. I think it’s a written medium and just like emails sometimes don’t read like the person intended, I can see how a tweet could come off that way. I’ve written almost 30,000 tweets, it’s going to happen just based on volume. The funny thing is that people who bash what I do and curse at me expect a magnanimous response in return. Or, as I referenced before, they’re people like you who have decided you have a problem with me beyond what I write and seemingly tweet at me to “pick a fight.” How am I supposed to respond there?

8. The DM thing, what’s that all about? Why do you do that? Part of me believes it’s just to drive people nuts, which I’d understand.

I originally DM’d people because I didn’t think people on my timeline really cared to hear my back and forths with other people. I guess they did. So I haven’t done the DM thing in at least four months. When I choose to respond, it is a public response.

9. Are there any of the 100 Twitter Rules you’d go back and change.

Definitely Rule #28 which refers to using an unfollow as a “learning experience.” I don’t do that anymore. I just stay true to myself, know what my role is, and if someone unfollows me, I’m good with that.

I then asked if I could ask a couple of follow up questions (they ended up being more comments than questions as you’ll see), and Darren obliged. My thoughts:

In regard to his response to question #5:

The thing that bothered me here is that as someone who knows business, it seems like you either clearly ignored some obvious ideas here, or were looking for someone to say them. When bargaining to agree to a CBA like this, clearly there’s give and take. So maybe it’s not optimal for owners, by and large to have some day games in terms of gate, perhaps it’s something they give away just to get something back. As well, we’ve seen in the NBA season that rest for players (and lack of rest) can definitely have an effect on play. Having a quality product for more games, if it means less gate for a few seems like a pretty easy exchange. 

I don’t think the passion was in that people care that much about day games. The passion was that you asked a question, they gave an answer, and instead of acknowledging that you didn’t know the answer and a “thanks for the response,” it was just that day games were still silly and bad business. That you refused to acknowledge that you were mistaken. 

That I think is where it seems condescending and frustrating.  

In regard to his response to question #4

 I think the issue here is how you address when people are critical, which is what provokes a more negative response. 

 I would suggest that your responses can compromise your credibility as much as, of not more than, mine do my credibility. 

 That said, as a receiver of plenty of negative response (not in volume what you do clearly, but enough to understand), I get it. Point made. 

To which, Darren responded with the following:


I don’t believe I was mistaken. That’s the point. And it has nothing to do with being stubborn. How much more of a quality product do you get with better sleep? Is that exchange with a smaller crowd definitely worth it for the business? While owners can choose to pay the players whatever they want, they also can choose to correlate it with the revenues that they bring in. If you believe that, and you believe the union wants to maximize the player’s dollars (which despite conventional thinking is the main role of the union, instead of to protect the HEALTH of the players), then it’s not ideal for business. I asked for data on quality of play or quality of sleep on getaway days. I’m not sure that the data exists, but if someone presented it to me, I would have posted that with lightning speed. I was thrilled that players weighed in and said that it was much harder to go to sleep when they arrive in the early morning versus late at night. But it’s still a valid question to ask: How much does the difference affect performance? Show me analysis that teams who used getaway days to leave early played better the next day.

Drew Storen, the Washington Nationals closer, said I was wrong about sleep and getaway days and the business of it all. So let’s look just at the Washington Nationals.

Storen Tweeted: “Having players perform at the top of their abilities in order to win the most games is better for business. It’s about winning.”

So then why have the Nationals only had 1 WEEKDAY GETAWAY ALL YEAR SO FAR. ONE. This is when they played a day game during the week so that they could travel somewhere else to play the the next day.

On April 11th the Nationals played @ the Mets on a weekday day game so they could get home to Washington (long trip I know, explain that one to me). They won the next day in 10 innings by one run.

So at least in Storen’s case, there was one piece of data, which no Twitter follower looked up for me (I would have RT’d it whether it proved my point or not) and the data is inconclusive.

Did getting home early help the Nationals get the win? Did Drew and his teammates go to sleep immediately when the went home? The Nationals won that game on a WILD PITCH by reliever Alfredo Simon.

It’s easy to say I’m wrong and I make bad points, but there’s clearly a debate as to whether it’s smart for Major League Baseball (and for the union to collectively bargain) getaway days when they are so few and far between, that they seem to affect crowds and there is not a ton of data that i’ve seen that says that on these few occassions lack of sleep affects performance.

I share so much on Twitter. From great T-shirts to weird tattoos to opinions voiced by those who do and don’t follow me. The burden to have to share everyone’s thoughts on every issue you discuss, just isn’t fair. It’s also easy to say that someone is wrong if you’re not going to back it up.


Read back through my responses yesterday and tell me one tweet that had any sort of disrespectful or condescending tone. You won’t be able to find one. I’m in search for some facts instead of opinions. You have you opinion, I have my opinion. Persuade me other than to say “it’s common sense that players who sleep better perform better.”

And he also added in a subsequent email:

I think it’s also fair that your intro does not include any counterpoints to my points so as to compromise this debate.

I agreed to that stipulation. Then, I responded with this:

You need facts to determine whether people perform better if they’ve slept better? I guess since common sense suggests that it’s true, but a simple google search returns a ton of results. 


I don’t have any research about teams on getaway days, as I’d guess there isn’t any. But I don’t think suggesting that because there’s no specific data on it, the intuition wouldn’t be the same. Right?

Where’s the data to suggest that every day game, if it became a night game, would have higher attendance? Just your intuition, right? I might even suggest that as part of a marketing strategy, to make games more kid friendly and appeal to people who can’t normally attend games, it works on a much broader level than something as direct as ticket sales for particular games. 

At this point I asked Darren if he’d like to come on my 94WIP radio show Thursday night for 12 minutes to discuss this, and I could post everything together. He suggested I publish this, then he’d do the interview. He then added the following:

Please incorporate this….

Again, there’s one piece of data with the Nationals. I did it for you. They had 1 weekday day game on April 11th to take a 1 hour flight back to Washington. Let’s work with that data because it’s the only data we have. Figure the players got back at what…8 pm? Did they go to sleep right away? Did their sleep make them better the next day?

Many on Twitter, like you, suggested that this was not a debate and I was wrong to suggest it was. Sure, there is data that says that sleep can make one perform better. But that’s over TIME. How many decent night sleeps do baseball players get by playing three- and four-game homestands in the same city. I’m sure enough. And if they don’t, it can just be called part of the job. I get less sleep that a government employee who might be expected to leave work at 4:59:59 pm every day. It comes with the territory.

It’s a much better assumption (than a sleep performance argument) that I make that weekday day games as a whole draw fewer fans than the same game would at night.

I can’t really work with the one piece of data I have because Johan Santana faced Stephen Strasburg on April 11th and that factor alone contributed to that day game drawing more than 9,000 fans more than the previous game. Would it have been more if it were a night game? Probably.

One more point to make here.

On April 11, the Nationals and the Mets played the game during the day on a weekday (it was a Wednesday) despite the fact that the Nationals were going back to Washington and the Mets had an OFF DAY the next day.

Explain how that makes sense.

Of course I wanted to respond, but with this post in mind, and the interview in mind, I responded with the following:


There’s no way I can just “publish this,” and not respond to your final retort.

Then you’ll want to respond. 

Then I’ll want to respond (since it is in fact, what I’m writing).

And everyone will want to have the last word. 

I’m not quite sure how to proceed from here, but there are plenty of things (including one game being sufficient data to conclude anything about sleep and performance or attendance) that I’d like to respond to in your last email.

I appreciate your time, but I’m not entirely sure that an unedited email chain makes for great reading material. 

He then responded that I could do what I want, and asked that I just not use anything he wrote out of context. I don’t believe I’ve done that. He then sent me this:

You see why having a longer forum than twitter isn’t necessarily more fruitful?

To which I responded with:

No, this absolutely does not show that. It just shows that email isn’t the best forum for it. That doesn’t make Twitter better. 

I then told him I wouldn’t take him out of context, and that was that.

I thank Mr. Rovell for taking the time to answer the questions. I’m not sure I found out the answer to my original question. But I won’t tease him on Twitter anymore.


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Time’s Yours Podcast: Phillies Memories With Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley

I remember it well … we were on the way to my Aston Middletown Little League game, and it happened. Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run, and my little league game was the reason my dad didn’t see it. That’s how I remember one of the 100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Dad never made me feel bad about that by the way.

Bill Baer usually writes about stats, but in this book he writes about memories. His new book, 100 things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is exactly what the title says it is.

We talked about the book, and what it’s like for a guy who normally writes about numbers to write about something like this.

Follow Bill Baer on Twitter @CrashburnAlley, and check out his work on Crashburn Alley.

Buy the book for just 10 bucks on Amazon right now.

Subscribe to the Time’s Yours podcast on iTunes.

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Ryan Howard Is Filling The Donovan McNabb Void

Josh Robert (@JRob215) takes a look at how fans are treating Ryan Howard, and it’s a familiar feeling. Read the full story

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Eagles Fans Using “I Don’t Care” As A Rallying Cry

The Phillies are in the midst of a playoff run that will (hopefully) last a few more weeks. The Eagles are mired in a disaster of a three game losing streak. Philadelphians are saying “we don’t care about the Eagles.” That’s not really what we mean.

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Photoshop Fun: Charlie Manuel Means Business

Matt Mac (_@mattmac on Twitter) discovered that Charlie Manuel has changed his image a bit to let the Phillies know he’s serious. We give you, Clubber Manuel.  Read the full story

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Could Philly Turn On The Phillies?

I was in the car on Monday, listening to WIP callers lose their minds over the Eagles loss to the Giants, and I got to thinking about the Phillies.

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Jimmy Rollins On The Giants?

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