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  1. Former Philadelphia Phillie Great Johnny Callison Taught His Parrot to Cuss at You

    Jul 12, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT


    The thing I’m most familiar with about former Phillie great Johnny Callison is that whenever a current Phillie guns down a player at the plate from the outfield, my dad likes to say it was Callison-esque. Dude had a great arm. He’s also very well known for a walkoff home run in the 1964 All-Star…

  2. Another Former Phillies Reliever Is Suggesting Rich Dubee Be Replaced

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee care not for your criticism. (AP)

    Remember Scott Mathieson, the Canadian reliever who made 15 total appearances with the Phillies over three seasons (2006; 2010-11) for a 6.75 major-league ERA? He otherwise spent nine seasons in the Phillies’ farm system before being released in 2011 and is now pitching in Japan? Why are we talking about Scott Mathieson on a Friday…

  3. The Evster Repairs the Images of Bynum, Lindros, Rolen and McNabb

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    I cannot wait to heckle Andrew Bynum when he comes back to the Wells Farg. I might even make a sign, even though I recognize that there’s nothing lamer than making a sign, and nothing more annoying than sitting behind a fan holding one up. And yet I’m still considering it. Right now my #1…

  4. Video: Jayson Werth Did Not Like the Aura That Post Game Microphone Was Putting Out, Abruptly Ends Interview

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT


    And you wonder why some Phillies fans feel like this? Jayson Werth had a reputation as being a bit surly with the media during his time in Philadelphia and a bit of that showed on Thursday night after the Nationals loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Werth is going through a pretty typical…

  5. How to Make the Vet Look Pretty: Fireworks + a Really Good Photographer

    Jul 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT


    We all kind of “miss” the Vet, but no one really misses the Vet. Over at the new digs — which we all continue to enjoy — the Phillies are promoting postgame fireworks on Thursday and Friday and dug up this old shot of the place whose bases now decorate the parking lot. Admit it,…

  6. Ruben Amaro Finally Spits Some Truth (Admits He Doesn’t Really Know If Buyers or Sellers)

    Jul 11, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT


    We all do it. Because when there’s not a whole lot to talk about, expressing one’s opinion on whether the Phillies should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline will usually elicit a response from someone who feels strongly for or against whichever side of the argument you fall on. But mostly we all…

  7. Cliff Lee Hit a Fan in the Head with a Baseball (Off of Anthony Rendon’s Bat)

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT


    The Phillies lost 5-1 to the Nationals on Wednesday night, which is okay because you can’t win ‘em all, and we’re all sort of waiting for the bottom to fall out anyway. However, we’ve come to expect wins when Cliff Lee takes the hill, and it was the rare failure to deliver that stood out.…

  8. Charlie Manuel: Roy Halladay Is “Coming Along Real Good”

    Jul 10, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT


    The Phillies are creating a bit of buzz once again with their latest stretch of good baseball, taking two of three from a pair of first-place teams, and the first two so far in a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. We’re still skeptical about a potential playoff run as we’ve seen this team go…

  9. Did You Notice That Ben Revere Is Hitting Over .300 Now?

    Jul 10, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT


    What a difference a BABIP makes, huh? Ben Revere, the 25-year-old we gave up Vance Worley for in the off-season to be our center-fielder of the future, hasn’t looked like that much different a player the last month, but turn around and all of a sudden he’s hitting .302. This is no small feat for…

  10. Ian Desmond Shaved in the Middle of the Nationals Loss to the Phillies Last Night

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT


    Maybe the old Cole Hamels is back? The Cole Hamels that breaks faces. Or at least alters them in strange ways in the middle of games. Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond must have come close to having his face broken by Hamels when he grounded into a double play early in the game on Monday…

  11. Charlie Manuel Pulled the Old ‘Close But No Cee-gar’ on Jayson Werth

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT


    Cole Hamels worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning by striking out Ryan Zimmerman with heat and battling Jayson Werth who had already taken him deep earlier in the game. Once Hamels won the final battle against Werth in the eighth, the Citizens Bank Park faithful erupted. Hamels commented…

  12. Phils Turn to Hamels to Mimic Lannan’s Success Against Nats. Wait, What?

    Jul 9, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT


    John Lannan was awesome on Monday night in the Phils series-opening victory over his former team, the Washington Nationals. Lannan got a standing ovation when he exited after completing the 8th inning with a zero under the Nationals’ score. He allowed just four hits while striking out four and handing out two free passes. It’s…

  13. Ryan Howard Needs Surgery for Torn Meniscus, Could Miss 6-8 Weeks

    Jul 8, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT


    Welp. Apparently the MRI results today were not great for Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. The Big Piece has a meniscus tear that will require surgery and he’ll need 6-8 weeks to recover from it, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. who spoke with reporters before tonight’s game against the Nationals. That would be around the…

  14. The Phillie Phanatic Giving You a Mini Plush Toy of Himself for Your Birthday is the Best Gift Ever [Video]

    Jul 8, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT


    The Phillies kick off what could be a season-shaping series with the Washington Nationals tonight at Citizens… WAIT, did you see the Phillie Phanatic gave T-Mac and Sarge little plush Phanatic dolls for their birthdays over the weekend? Someone in Philly apparently bought a winning lottery ticket worth like $700,000 but I’d say T-Mac and…

  15. Cliff Lee’s Reaction to the Phillies Team Meeting Was Very Cliff Lee-esque (Awesome)

    Jul 8, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT


    The Phillies won another series over the weekend. This time they did so against the division-leading Atlanta Braves to cut one game off their lead which now stands at 7.5 games on July 8th. Every little bit of ground is needed at this point. But a series victory was not the only news to come…

  16. Dom Brown, Cliff Lee to Represent Phillies in 2013 All-Star Game

    Jul 6, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT


    The results are in, and there are no real surprises here. Major League Baseball announced the participants for the 2013 All-Star Game on Saturday, and while no Phillies were voted in by the fans, two were deemed worthy of inclusion on the National League roster. For Cliff Lee, this is nothing new. The 2008 American…

  17. The Evster’s Guide to Sports on TV this Weekend not Involving Laynce Nix

    Jul 5, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

    Tennis: 2013 Wimbledon Bartoli vs Flipkens

    While many Philly sports fans will spend their Independence Day weekends outside having cookouts or going to the beach or heading down to Citizens Bank Park to check out KEVIN THE FRANDSINATOR FRANDSEN, I will be staying on my couch to limit my chances of getting skin cancer. If you too are terrified of THE…

  18. Friend of The Level, President Thomas J. Whitmore, Wishes You a Happy 4th of July

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT


    Good morning, Cole Hamels and the Phillies square off against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at 1:35 p.m. in the rubber match of a three-game set. And perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and that the Phillies will once again be fighting for their freedom. Not from tyranny or oppression or…

  19. Howard Rests Cranky Knee as Phils Look for Rare Pittsburgh Series Win

    Jul 3, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT


    The Phils found some rare luck in Pittsburgh last night when they snapped the Pirates’ nine-game win streak. They’ll have two chances to take the series from our state rival tonight and during the day tomorrow. They’ll have to do it with Ryan Howard on the bench this evening who is battling some knee pain.…

  20. Just Defratus: What Doesn’t Kill You Will Only Help You Win Games in Pittsburgh

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT


    The Philadelphia Phillies put an end to the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates’ nine-game winning streak on Tuesday night thanks in large part to the bases-loaded jam Justin DeFratus got the Phillies out of in the eighth inning. Charlie Manuel made the always debatable move of opting for the young DeFratus over his really expensive, potentially illiterate…

  21. Pittsburgh Is Catching Baseball Fever

    Jul 2, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT


    A mid-summer trip to PNC Park might be more crowded and expensive than you bargained for. After two consecutive decades of nothing but sub-.500 and often last-place teams, the Pirates suddenly find themselves with the best record in baseball at this season’s midway point – and fans are responding. The Pirates recently enjoyed a fifth-straight…

  22. Audio: Jonathan Papelbon Doesn’t Pay Any Attention to Trade Rumors Because Reading Is Hard

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT


    When Jonathan Papelbon opens his mouth, often amazing things come out of it. We bloggers are thankful for that. Today, Paps was a guest on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM and had a gem when asked if he pays attention to his name popping up in trade rumors: “Man, I don’t read… I can…

  23. Video: Doctor Updates Darren Daulton’s Condition After Brain Surgery

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT


    So far the news sounds positive for former Phillies catcher and sports radio personality Darren Daulton after undergoing surgery on Monday. Doctors were able to remove the two brain tumors during the seven-hour procedure, and Daulton is said to be in good spirits. Dr. Kevin D. Judy performed the surgery, and he gave Derrick Gunn…

  24. Ruben Amaro Hopes Chase Utley Is a Phillie for Life

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT


    While the Phillies sail into Pittsburgh for three games with the Pirates, trade winds are gusting back home. They must be getting strong, because even the heavy stuff is starting to get blown away. Chase Utley figures to be one of the Phils’ most coveted pieces as the deadline approaches. A free agent at the…

  25. The Phillies Are Averaging 5,871 Fewer Fans Per Home Game

    Jul 2, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb penned another article this morning about Ruben Amaro Jr. looking at the looming trade deadline and weighing his options. It’s the same players we’ve seen tossed about before: Lee, Papelbon, Utley, Rollins, etc. There is an interesting quote from Ruben about not having to take money back for certain guys…