2 Phillies Nation News Mentions

1. Call To Arms For Nats Fans from NBC Washington

The other day, two brave Nationals fans put a video on YouTube, a call to arms for fans to make sure that those pesky Phillies fans don’t intrude on Nationals Park this year. After taking a beating in the comments, they pulled the video.

Fortunately the movement didn’t die with that video. A Twitter rebellion has started with #SaveNatsParkApril14th as the battle cry.

Last year, thousands of Phillies fans loaded up on buses and infiltrated Nationals Park. PhilsFever.com is planning it again, although possibly not in such large numbers.

“Last year, it was the season opener and we knew Roy Halladay was on the hill and that was a catalyst for one of the largest invasions ever,” explains the site’s owner, Quimby. “We should still roll in with 3-400 strong, but a far cry from the 1,500 we had last year.”

Other Phillies fans aren’t quite as realistic. Brian Michael of PhilliesNation.com had this to say about Nationals fan reaction to the invasion:

“They don’t like it one bit. It’s more that Nats fans, in particular, want the rest of baseball to feel sorry for them and give them special treatment like not allowing opposing fans into the stadium.”

Clearly it never dawned on Michael, who actually lives in D.C., that maybe opposing fans with that attitude aren’t wanted there because that line of thinking is obnoxious.

If the Phanatics are successful, some Nats fans think we only have ourselves, and our front office, to blame.

“If more people supported the Nats here in D.C. these ‘invasion’ trips would be much harder to accomplish,” said Thomas Landwermeyer, a season ticket holder from northern Virginia. “It also doesn’t help when Stan Kasten invites them to come to the stadium.”

While we don’t think Phillies fans need an invitation to venture down I-95, it certainly didn’t help.

Other fans see the invasion as motivation.

“I’m jealous of the Phillies fans because of their team’s success, and history, and the culture they have built up over the years. I want that for us,” says longtime fan Phil Senerchia. “I hope someday we Nats fans start busing up to Philly to watch our team pound the Phils. That’s got to start with us representing when the Phillies are in town, though.”

The Nationals haven’t put tickets up for sale yet, but if last year’s game attendance is any indication it could be a Phan driven atmosphere on April 14. And if that happens, it’s only a small blip in the world of bigger aspirations for our buddy from Phillies Nation.

“I’m fine with that because I couldn’t care less about the Nationals and their fans,” Michael boasts. “I only care about winning the World Series.”

I guess cities with no Super Bowl rings have to look forward to something.

We reached out to the Nationals to see if there will be any ticket offers or incentives for Nats fans to attend that game. We’ll update here with any news.

Click here for tickets to the Phillies fan invasion on April 14 in DC >>.

2. Inqlings: Double feature: Film and food from the Philadelphia Inquirer

A team led by Chase Lenfest and featuring 6ABC’s Walter Perez, PhilliesNation.com’s Pat Gallen, CW57′s Kharisma McIlwaine, and Survivor alumnus Gervase Peterson won the Police Athletic League’s annual PAL Night media basketball game during halftime at the Sixers game Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a 14-5 blowout, but not a total loss for Marisa Magnatta, producer of Preston & Steve. “I got a rebound,” she says brightly, adding: “And then a 14-year-old girl stole the ball from me.” Magnatta, who at exactly half the height of the rim was the shortest on the court, says: “I was trying to get people to hoist me up.” Magnatta’s teammates were Comcast SportsNet’s Marshall Harris, NBC10′s Harry Hairston, CBS3′s Jericka Duncan, and ESPN 97.3′s Mike Gill. The event raised more than $11,000.



Classic Flyers Action Tonight: 1987 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 vs. Edmonton

Flyers-Oilers 1987 Game 6 Just a little programming note that although the Flyers and Sixers are both off tonight, one of the greatest Orange & Black games of all time will be televised on Comcast Sportsnet starting at 7PM. Whether you were alive in 1987 and old enough to remember the playoff run or you’re a younger fan who wants to retrospectively witness Flyers history, this is a great game to watch. Hextall vs. Fuhr… Messier, Gretzky, Kurri, Coffey… Zezel, Tocchet, Howe, Propp, Craven, Eklund, March, Big Kjell, … JJ Daigneault… and of course, Gene Hart. Anyone who was there recounts how the building shook in the third period. 

After the jump, the video highlights for those of you who don’t mind spoilers or don’t have CSN in your market. 

These are the Flyers I can remember being there when I first became a fan and for years after. It was the same sport, but a different game.



Phils Down Jays For Second Grapefruit Win

On Monday afternoon, in Dunedin, FL, the Phillies won their second Grapefruit League game, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-3.  Read ahead for key notes from the match up.

-Roy Halladay made the start against his former team, earning the win with 2 shut out innings of work. Halladay allowed 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 1.

-Ben Francisco continued to make a firm case to be the Phillies’ everyday right fielder to start the season. Through 3 spring games, “Benny Fresh” is batting .571. He collected his fourth RBI in two days with an RBI single off of Jays hurler Carlos Villanueva in the 4th inning.

-JC Ramirez, who was named the Phillies’ #15 prospect recently by PhoulBallz.com and PhilliesNation, looked tremendous, throwing 2 shut out innings against the Blue Jays starting lineup. Ramirez struck out 4 and walked 1, while allowing a hit and reached 95 MPH with his fastball on the stadium radar gun.

-Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco each drove in 2 runs in the victory for Philadelphia.

-Domonic Brown played the entire game in right field, going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the contest. Brown is now 0-for-9 in Grapefruit League action.

-Former Phillies prospects Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud each went 0-for-1, striking out. Gose drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning against Scott Mathieson. Gose was dealt to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade last July, before being flipped to Toronto in a separate deal. d’Arnaud was part of the trade that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in 2009.

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.



Caption This: What Song Best Accompanies This Photo

Oswalt, Hamels, Lee, Halladay

This comes to mind.

Photo by The700Level.com flickr group member puffygreenjacket. Taken on February 27th, 2011.



Newest Addition to Flyers Organization Tom Sestito Knows His Audience

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The 3:00 pm NHL trade deadline came and went this afternoon with the Flyers opting to keep their first place club intact for a run at the Cup, but they did pull off a minor trade that landed winger Tom Sestito who will be assigned to the Phantoms. According to the Blue Jackets website, Sestito is listed at 6′ 5”, 228. He’s a big dude. Let’s take a look at some of his work. [video below]

As you can read from Sestito’s tweet this afternoon, he likes to drop the gloves and knows the Philly fans will appreciate him doing so. If he ever ends up skating here.

From his HockeyFights.com page.



NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Flyers Acquire Tom Sestito From Columbus for AHLers

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco right, makes a save against  Columbus Blue Jackets' Tom Sestito in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The Flyers must have just gotten the trade into the NHL offices in time, because Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Blue Jackets traded LW Tom Sestito for Greg Moore and Michael Chaput. McKenzie says it went to the Rangers, but those two players are members of the Flyers organization.

Greg Moore was signed as a free agent prior to this season, after spending last year with Columbus. Chaput was the Flyers first pick of the 2010 draft, selected in the 3rd round.


Tom Sestito

#23 / Left Wing / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-5

228

Sep 28, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 – Tom Sestito 9 2 2 4 -4 40 1 0 0 7







Spring Gameday: Phillies vs. Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Roy Halladay vs. Jo-Jo Reyes

Time: 1:05 pm, Dunedin Stadium
Weather:
Sunny, 83
TV: N/A – Phillies.com for audio
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Former top Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek was originally slated to start this game against the man he was traded for prior to last season, Roy Halladay, but has been scratched with a stiff neck. The injury is not serious and is precautionary – Jo-Jo Reyes will start. Perhaps you remember Reyes from the Atlanta Braves.

What to listen for: John Mayberry Jr. getting the start at 1B today. He hasn’t played there for a while. Let’s also see if Ben Fran stays hot and if Dom Brown can pick it up a little.

Phillies
1. Rollins SS
2. Victorino CF
3. Polanco 3B
4. Francisco DH
5. Mayberry 1B
6. Brown RF
7. Del. Young LF
8. Ruiz C
9. Valdez 2B
Halladay P

GO PHILLIES!



No, Brandon Graham Will Not Loan You Money

ChangeThe NFL lockout isn’t even official yet, and already some players are broke. A couple of Eagles reportedly attempted to tap MAC at the Bank of First Round Rookie Bonuses, but were denied.

Brandon Graham admitted at least two teammates have approached him for money, one of them requesting a six-figure loan. The defensive end has not been willing to oblige.

“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money.”

“They try not to make it awkward. They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say.”

This despite the Players Association actively warning its constituents to create “lockout funds” for over a year, not to mention educational programs the league has run for years advising players how to manage their income.

Can’t say that I blame him. Sure, he hit the lottery coming out of college with $14 million guaranteed, but the minimum salary in the NFL is $300,000, and something tells me Chad Hall wasn’t the one hitting up Graham for cash. Plus, few things can create a stronger rift between two people faster than a disagreement over money.

Both the author of the story and ProFootballTalk believe Graham’s story speaks to a larger problem for the players. If they can’t hold it together before the checks ever stop coming, what’s going to happen to some of these guys during a protracted lockout? Or to the significant number of rookies and free agents who were counting on large bonus checks over the next few months? Going to be hard to negotiate with any leverage while DeSean Jackson is pulling shifts at Burger King.

So, the natural thing to do now is begin speculating who these degenerates are that can’t get their house in order. You know, so I’m prepared for the moment when they start knocking at my door. No, Asante, it’s all tied up in investments right now.

>> NFL Players Ill-Prepared For Lockout [Philly Sports Daily]
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Roy Halladay On the Hill: Listen to JJ and Sarge Call It

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A midday treat for Phillies fans who want to listen to a baseball game this afternoon as MLB.com will air the radio broadcast of this afternoon’s game with the Toronto Blue Jays. Roy Halladay will be making his spring debut on the bump against the team he spent the majority of his career with before joining the Fightins’ last season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 from Dunedin. Jim Jackson and Gary Matthews will be handling the game. A little Sarge should help to get you through Monday, as well.

“36 hours ago I was doing a hockey game in Ottawa. Feels weird,” Jim Jackson said before the broadcast this afternoon in Florida.

*I logged in to the MLB.com radio feed using my login info from last season, so either today’s broadcast is free or they haven’t reset it all from 2010. You can also follow the game on Gamecast here.

Above photo of the special Spring Training edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer in Clearwater from reader Harry Moore’s photo gallery from Saturday.



Deadline Day: Should First Place Flyers Make Moves?

The NHL trade deadline day is upon us, which is usually a busy time for the Flyers. However, seated in first place and already having made some moves, Paul Holmgren may not be as active as usual this time around. Tim Panaccio says a deal for a forward may entice them, having already shored up defensive depth by claiming Nick Boynton

We thought we’d open up a quick thread here for people to weigh in on what the Flyers might do, as well as what you’d want them to do (or not do). Anyone Reason-able on your wishlist? Should they stand pat and just work on having the current roster gel into the force it has been for most of the season, but has lapsed away from recently? Also, feel free to shout anything you’re hearing that has legs.

Also, if you’d like to play along. From commenter Beardface:

So its deadline day. The day for the rest of the league to make that one move to catch up to the level of the Flyers and for the Flyers to completely cement their position as the team to beat in the league.

Got a mini contest for today for bragging rights on the board. Name the following.

Biggest move in the league.

-Player moved gets 1 point, team improved the most gets 1 point, 3 points for a perfect guess

-Biggest pickup by the Flyers. (3 points for a correct guess)

-Considering the deadline is at 3, lets cut off the guesses at 12



Charlie Sheen’s Talkin’ About Practice

Sheen The “I can’t look away” Charlie Sheen Express keeps rolling on and is rapidly approaching Scaryville/Crazytown. Initially, Sheen was so intriguing for his playboy lifestyle and that ridiculous paycheck he receives for that comedy show nobody in the world admits to ever watching. Now, with his recent unravelling on the Dan Patrick Show and this morning on Today, it’s become a little bit awkward. Ah shit, who are we kidding? Charlie Sheen channelling Allen Iverson’s famous “Practice?!?” post-game rant was 100% awesome. [video below]

[via Philly Gossip / TBL]

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Are You Worried About Chase?


Chase Utley has been sidelined to begin Spring Training games with patellar tendinitis. That’s not a good sign as Utley is now 32 years old and has gotten nipped by the injury bug lately.

Utley says, with rest, the knee should be fine, it’s just not going away as fast as he or the team would like. Some are worried about this setback, some are not. Which category do you fall under? Let us know on the poll below how worried you are about Chase Utley’s knee. (Photo: Mcall.com)

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2011 BSH NHL Trade Deadline Discussion Thread Extravaganza

You just have to throw the word “extravaganza” in there on a day like today, right? 

It’s deadline day, and while the Flyers aren’t planning on doing much, they could be in the market for a forward, as reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger. We’ll see about that.

Whether something happens or not, though, we’ll be here to discuss it. At 2 p.m., I’ll join Frank Seravalli for a live deadline chat at Philly.com. In the meantime, you can get filled in on all the news, speculation and rumors over at SBNation.com. We’ll have all the trade news over there as well.

You can stay up-to-date with TSN’s 30 commentators on NHL Network, where they’re simulcasting TSN’s TradeCentre coverage from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The deadline, of course, is at 3 p.m.





So, Donald Brashear Is Keeping Busy

We haven’t heard much from Donald Brashear since his departure from the NHL, although I did run into him at a Phillies game last year. Then, yesterday, we were sent this video of Brashear playing his brand of hockey in the LNAH. When an opposing goalie gets a little Hexy with one of Brashear’s teammates, Donnie Brashco chops him down like a tree:

The initial fights were pretty nice, but that was about the weakest bench-clearing portion of a brawl I’ve ever seen. Now, everyone, partner up and stand around… Thanks to Dmitry for sending this in via Facebook



Monday Morning Fly By: Ready to Watch People Overreact Today?

Matt Calvert got a hat trick on Friday. And scored again on Sunday. Live with him on your Fly By.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes…