Pretty Funny, No?

As the rumors heated up yesterday and into last night, this was tweeted by @JWerthsBeard as many Phillies fans tweeted that his final AB last night in St. Louis would be his last one.

Given the current situation with the Phillies, I found this pretty humorous.

Waiting Game For Werth, Phils’ Fans

Where did it all go wrong?

ESPN’s Buster Olney and Jayson Stark are reporting the Phillies are in trade talks that would see them parting with All Star rightfielder Jayson Werth while bringing in a veteran starting pitcher. The likely suspects?  Ben Sheets, Oakland ( 4-9 4.53 ERA) , Dan Haren, Arizona (7-8 4.60 ERA), Jeremy Guthrie, Baltimore (3-10 4.58 ERA), and the most appealing name being thrown out there, Houston Astros’ righthanded pitcher Roy Oswalt (6-11 3.12 ERA) .

Both Olney and Stark are also reporting that if the Phillies were to acquire Oswalt, they would need a third team in the deal, currently the Tampa Bays, as an unloading destination for Jayson Werth.

In recent weeks, fans have turned their back on Werth. The man behind the beard has been a fan favorite since his arrival, however, a horrendous slump in the last month accompanied with altercations with fans and a poor attitude in the clubhouse has made this once great love affair take a detour towards divorce court. A phenomenal player when he catches fire, Werth’s time in Phillies pinstripes may be drawing to an end, much sooner than anyone would have liked.

For Phils’ fans, this season could have gone any worse to this point. The injury bug has hit the Phillies pretty hard, as starters Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz, J.A. Happ, closer Brad Lidge, and after last nights loss to the Cardinals, starter Jamie Moyer is also on the DL. have all spent significant amounts of time on the disabled list.  After the acquisition of Roy Halladay in the off-season, the Phillies were the popular pick to win the National League Pennant, but as of right now, they are 48-45 and stand 7 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves with 69 games left to play.

For Phils’ fans, it’s very hard to be optimistic at this time, I know, but just remember the good ole 7 in 17 comeback in 2007, that might instill a little bit of hope, right? Right.

Sigh.

Jayson Werth:Popularity with the People Fading,Popularity With Blogs Rising

The last month or so has been absolutely miserable for Philadelphia Phillies rightfielder Jayson Werth. He’s batting just .222 here in July and for the season is batting just .163 with runners in scoring position. That’s just the beginning. A little less than a month ago, TheDirty.com reported that Werth might of had an affair with Chase Utley’s spouse, Jennifer Utley. The Dirty has since removed said post, but the reporting of that news, true or not, was still a distraction for a team that needed nothing of the sort.

To avoid beating the “Jayson Werth Public Persona” horse anymore than it already has been, I’ll provide some links here that have done so very well of late. Enjoy, or if you’re a Phillies fan, start contemplating what life after Werth is going to be like.

Is Werth Wearing Thin? – (Crossing Broad)

A Note on Werth – ( The Morning Call )

The Werth Hate Fest Continues ( Crashburn Alley)

Jayson Werth: A Poor Man’s Bobby Abreu ( iSportacus )

The Jayson Werth Love Affair Cools ( the 700 level)

There was also this tiff that he had with a fan close to two weeks ago on a foul ball that Werth probably would have had a play on if a father and his son weren’t in Werth’s space.

Jumping off of the Werth bandwagon seems to be the popular trend these days, but that’s how it goes in Philadelphia I suppose. Jimmy Rollins took a bunch of heat for his “frontrunner” and “bandwagon” claims, but sadly enough, it appears that he’s right about them. Phillies fans are a pessimistic bunch. I’ll admit my worries about this team are at a season high right now, but there’s plenty of ball left in the summer.

The Phillies are a team scratching for answers and if they are to right this ship, Werth is going to be a integral part in guiding it northward.

For now, enjoy the simple minded Phillies fans who think Werth “sucks” or whatever clever adjective they can come up with to describe his recent slump. Monitor those fans closely, for they will be driving that wagon when Werth goes on one of those epic tears that will remind us of how special a talent he really is.

Peter Gammons, You’re Cold as Ice, Bro.

Is it me or has Peter Gammons really been sounding off since signing on to the Twitter world? That, coupled with his recent transition from the Worldwide Leader in Sports to the up and coming MLB Network, and Gammons all of a sudden has a forum to be a little more “edgier” with his words. I couldn’t help but comment on his latest tweet, because there’s no way ESPN would just let him sound off and bad mouth another sport, right?

I see what you did there, Petey, with your double entendre.

Either way, there’s no doubt in my mind that if Gammons was still at ESPN, he’d have to get the OK from the higher ups on some of his tweets. Can’t say I don’t enjoy them, however. His not so subtle slap in the face of Stu Scott a month back was a good one, and it’s also fun to enjoy his off topic rants. MLB Network seems to be a lot more lenient with its talent than ESPN will ever be. Gammons is a baseball writer, if he was still at ESPN, his off topic tweets that he publishes every once in a while probably wouldn’t fly with the the big dogs in Bristol, but he’s not, so he can, and we all, for better or for worse, get to see how bat shit crazy he really is.

Jayson Werth

Fan Favorite No More ? – Focusing on the Philadelphia sports scene, the blog Crossing Broad delves into whether or not Jayson Werth is still a fan favorite in the City of Brotherly Love. Do I think he is? I think a personal hot streak for him at the plate and consistent Phillies success in the wins column will help him immensely, but I feel as though with every passing day, it’s more and more likely he won’t be in Philadelphia next year. Read the Crossing Broad blog post and also because they use one of my tweets in their blog post.

Jayson Werth No Longer a Fan Favorite – ( Crossing Broad )

This Is Boring

No meaningful sports are on television tonight, unless of course the Tour De France means something to you, then kindly make your way to Versus and keep to yourself.

The 18th Annual ESPY Awards are on tonight, that’s kinda worth watching I suppose. Oh? Seth Meyers from the incredibly mediocre Saturday Night Live is hosting? What’s that? Using the adjective “mediocre” is giving that piece of shit show too much credit? I’m sorry, seriously, very sorry.

Baseballs second half resumes tomorrow and for the next month that’s all we, as sports fans, will have to keep us going. The NFL and College Football are just around the bend, as well as HBO’s AWESOME series “Hardknocks” comes back at the end of the August.

So enjoy your lack of sports tonight. Perhaps make your way to MTV to watch the Real World New Orleans Part Deux? No? Nothing? Didn’t think so. I recommend taking about five tylenol PM’s and just calling it a night right now.

Seth Meyers, I hate you.

RIP George Steinbrenner

Longtime New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away today as a result from a massive heart attack. He was 80.

Steinbrenner is well known for his tyrannical leadership qualities, his disrespectful approach to those who worked under him, and perhaps most importantly, his “whatever it takes” attitude to help bring New York a winner.

Having grown up in Philadelphia, I was essentially raised to dislike everything from New York, and George Steinbrenner and the Yankees were clearly no different. In the late 90s, Steinbrenner spent and spent and brought in superstar after superstar while my beloved Phillies spent every summer in basement, it was very easy for me to hate him.

People who say that George Steinbrenner ruined baseball because of his endless budget are, to me, hypocrites. His attitude and demeanor to the people around him aside, if you told me that the owner of my favorite sports team, not even just baseball team, basically said to his fans that he was going to do everything in his power to bring them a winner, I’d be ecstatic. He spent his millions because he wanted to win, it’s not his fault that he had more money than he knew what to do with. Sit there and tell me with a straight face that Kansas City Royals fans or Pittsburgh Pirates fans wouldn’t want someone like George Steinbrenner leading there team. Can’t do it? Why not? Because those are the some of teams and people who believe George ruined the game. Why? Because jealousy and envy run ramped through this country, because they wish they had an owner who was willing to do whatever it took to win, but instead they rebuild, year after year, and get shitty results.

I would love to sit here and bash Steinbrenner because it’s what I’ve been raised to do, however, the overwhelming hatred for him is ridiculous, especially after his unfortunate passing. Sure he had some illegal transgressions in the Nixon re-election and his treatment of Frank Martin and former play Dave Winfield were despicable, but get over it. No one is perfect, not you, not I, not George Steinbrenner. The dynasty he brought New York in the late 90s is something that all baseball fans wish they had with their own team, so instead of admitting that, “we” admit he ruined the game.

Absolutely ridiculous.

One of baseball’s most influential personalities passed away today, and instead of a jealousy-riddled rant on why I dislike him or the Yankees, I’ll admit that the reason why I used to say those things is because I was completely and utterly jealousy of the dynasty that he built.

If only George Steinbrenner owned the Phillies, the late 90s and early 2000s would of been much easier to deal with.