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View PostThere I said it! Chase needs a ride on the pine a few days..........why is he always untouchable anyway?

 

 

kooky.gif Maybe cause he's a .300 hitter who hits about 30 bombs a year. Who you want to play over him?

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No,no....just a game or 2. He's only hitting .257 right now. Remember we have a gold glove 2nd baseman on the team who plays 3rd but we lack a respectable replacement for him.

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Well, if you followed the team you would know that Chase never gets critized. These guys do; Werth, Rollins, Howard, Ibanez, Victorino, Hamels, Lidge, Moyer, Ruiz, Kendricks, Happ, Fransico and Dobbs. But never, never Chase!

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View PostWell, if you followed the team you would know that Chase never gets critized. These guys do; Werth, Rollins, Howard, Ibanez, Victorino, Hamels, Lidge, Moyer, Ruiz, Kendricks, Happ, Fransico and Dobbs. But never, never Chase!

 

 

Again, since he's been there what has he done that needs criticizing?

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View PostWell, if you followed the team you would know that Chase never gets critized. These guys do; Werth, Rollins, Howard, Ibanez, Victorino, Hamels, Lidge, Moyer, Ruiz, Kendricks, Happ, Fransico and Dobbs. But never, never Chase!

 

Pitchers get treated differently than position players so they don't count. Francisco and Dobbs are just fill-ins for injured players so they don't count. Ruiz? headscratch.gif Werth and Ibanez don't get that much criticism, but Rollins and Victorino are outspoken so they catch a lot of flack. Howard is a Nationally recognized player so he catches everything.

 

BTW-Why didn't anyone criticize Bobby Abreu for being a horrible fielder? Gold Glove my azz!

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Abreau got killed here, enough so he was traded for his lack luster hustle.

Great article by Gary Cobb on the subject, take 4 minutes and read it!

 

Philadelphia Sports Fans Shouldn't Worship Sacred Cows

 

 

610x-11-300x207.jpgI don't believe in sacred cows but it seems that the Philadelphia sports media and many Philadelphia sports fans believe in them.

I've been accused of being biased in favor of Donovan McNabb but the main reason I have made it a point of supporting the former Eagles quarterback is because of the way he had to play great or face criticism while the sacred cows are protected whether they play well or not.

My thinking is, if you're not going to fairly criticize everybody, then I don't want one guy to be picked out and have to face all of the criticism.

If the Eagles offense doesn't play well then McNabb was a choker or gutless, but if Brian Dawkins and the defense didn't play well, then everybody would look the other way and not talk about it. The Eagles defense forced a total of one interception and one forced fumble in four NFC Championship game losses and one Super Bowl loss.

That's five games but only two turnovers. That's choking because that defense was one of the main reasons the Eagles made it to the championship games, but didn't play well in those games.

That's worthy of criticism but it never was the case here in Philadelphia. Dawkins and the defense would get a free pass while McNabb and the offense carried all the blame for the losses.

You tell me one time during those big games when Dawkins took over the game. I hear about how he's such a sure Hall of Famer but McNabb isn't one because he didn't come through in games. That's a double-standard. Why shouldn't both guys be judged by the same ruler? You can't call out McNabb without also calling out Dawkins.

I respect Dawkins and what he achieved here in the city. I think he's a Hall of Famer, but I think the same thing about McNabb. These guys both had great careers here but came up short when it came to winning a Super Bowl.

I hear people accuse McNabb of not being any good and also being a choker. If you're not any good and you don't play well in a championship game, that's not being a choker, it's not being any good. Some people hate McNabb so much they want to say that he's not any good and he's also a choker.

Dawkins was and is truly a great player, so it's right to expect great players to play great in big games. He's a surefire Hall of Famer, but if you were to ask him, he would tell you that he was disappointed that he couldn't make a big play to turn around those big-game losses.

Now we see the same thing with the baseball team. I hear and see Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez getting ripped constantly, if they're not playing well, but Chase Utley can be awful but you won't hear any criticism coming his way.

He's always hurt if he's not hitting the ball well. If he's throwing the ball into the stands like that bad stretch he had a few years ago, then everybody reasons that something must be wrong.

I hear people say that Utley is the best player in baseball despite the fact that his batting average was .332 in 2007, .292 in 2008, and .282 in 2009. This guy's batting average dropped 50 points in three years, but you would never hear any criticism of him.

He's a Superstar player and should be held accountable like every other player on the team.

I hear people predicting he's going to be the league MVP even though his batting average has been going down steadily year-after-year. Have you heard anybody focus on the fact that his batting average has been dropping so sharply.

Right now he's hitting .256, but the same people who rip other players will defend Utley by saying he's hurt. Lidge was hurt a year ago, but did he get a free pass. Lidge didn't cry about his injuries even though he was hurt all year long.

After the season, he had surgery on his elbow and his knee. Nobody gave him a pass then and nobody is giving him a pass now.

You can't say that Utley should get a free pass because of the World Series championshp a couple of years ago because Lidge was perfect that season but is still called on the carpet. Hamels, Howard, Rollins and Werth also made major contributions to that championship team, but they're criticized when they don't play well.

Double-standards like the ones I have pointed at, damage the image of the city's sports media and fans. Dawkins and Utley know when they don't play well. They see their teammates get savaged for not performing but see themselves get through scott-free.

If you're going to be tough on everybody, then people respect you, but if you're going to call out some people and not call others, then people see it and it erodes your reputation. Tough and fair is good but tough and biased is bad.

McNabb didn't bring a championship here, but Dawkins didn't either. Howard, Hamels, Rollins, Werth, Lidge and Ibanez aren't get the job done right now, but Utley isn't getting it done either.

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I think Chase is possibly hurt again..... Same hip. Watch him swing. He has no lower body in his swing anymore. A lot of times his back leg is swinging around out of place on his follow through. Either his mechanics went to sheet or he's hurt.

 

I think Utley gets pass in this town because he's as hard a worker as you'll find in the game(which we know Philly fans love gritty hard workers). He'll play hurt when others would take the year off. Even though his hard work might not be showing on the field right now most people realize it and give him respect for it.

 

The sad news is, if he is hurt he either plays with pain and a lot less production or he's done for the year......

 

John

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BTW, I don't know what the hell that writer is talking about. Dawkin's did not get a pass as far as I am concerned. He got ripped but in football the game rests on a QB. Why pretend thats not how it is in every city? McNabb was a choker, plain and simple.

 

As far as Utley goes this guy still has no clue what he is talking about. Is possible that his average is down over the last 3 years because....He was hurtcwm40.gif Remember the broken hand? Which he came back early from..... Oh, how about his torn labrum which he played through half the season and still brought home a championship..... Something I never saw McNabb able to do. That choker was never able to lift himself up and overcome his skirtiness....

 

I'm sorry but that sports writer should find another job. It's pretty clear he isn't even paying attention to the sports going on in this town.....

 

John

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Gotta agree with The Spaniard,his hip is def. messed up.You can see when he swings that he isnt right.Doubt it will get much better as long as he plays on it every day.Wierd A-Roid is also having a problem with his surgically repaired hip.Must be the "tea" that they're drinkin' wink.gif

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