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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wait, what's that? Oh, right, the Phillies are 88 games behind the Washington Nationals, yet Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins are still playing every single day. Nice job, Charlie.
Jimmy Rollins grounded out in yesterday's game, and he didn't run full speed on the way to first base. The horror! I don't know how he can look his daughter in the eye every night. He deserves all the criticism from the fans and the media that he's been getting.
On the other hand, Roy Halladay thought the count was 2-2 to Carlos Lee in the 4th inning when he threw a pitch out of the strike zone. Lee took the pitch, but it was actually ball four. Two runs scored in the inning, including Lee's leadoff walk.
To recap: 1) not running out a groundball when you are owed 22 million dollars over 2 years and you have zero chance to make the playoffs = INCONCEIVABLE; 2) forgetting the count and walking the leadoff batter because of it = totally acceptable.
The fact that Manuel held a 1-on-1 meeting with Rollins to discuss hustle is despicable. There are about 10 billion issues with this team right now, and Rollins's hustle is somewhere between "the indent on the top of Charlie Manuel's hat as it sits atop his head" and "Brian Schneider's resemblance to Dave Coulier" on the list of importance.