Yes, I know they’re not there to look good–they’re there to play ball. But when you get used to ’em looking good, and the first pictures coming outta Spring Training make ’em look slightly scary…well, we’ve just gotta hope that they’re focusing so hard on their training that they simply don’t have time to look in the mirror and/or acquaint themselves with razors.
Joe Mauer, who was apparently mistaken for Nick Blackburn (also a BILF) due to his beard, doesn’t look too scary. He looks much better clean-shaven, but he at least looks well-groomed. Plus, I’m hearing that the beard gets shaven off today, which is fabulous news (I want to see the post-razor pictures, please!).
But Jayson Werth? Totally scary. Is he trying to channel his inner Sasquatch? He looks much less like a svelte right fielder and much more like a hick or a caveman. Let’s hope that, like Mauer, Werth has the good sense to shave that thing off his face…
The Mauer picture was originally found here.
The Werth picture was originally found here. Hat tip to my mom for alerting me to the fact that Werth looks like some sort of scary mountain man…
Holy crap. I cannot remember ever watching such an intense, nail-biting, face-hiding game. There were moments when I could barely breathe. And where my heart was pounding so hard I thought it was gonna come flying out of my chest.
That was truly a hell of a game. There were some crazy plays (Ben Francisco’s amazing catch in left field and Dexter Fowler’s insane jump over Chase Utley on his way to second, just to name a few). There was some great pitching–Lee was excellent again. I wished we could have gotten another complete game outta him, but Manuel did the right thing by relying on Madson, Eyre, and Lidge to help out.
But the most impressive thing, I think, was that the Phillies did something we’ve rarely seen out of them this season–they made a truly amazing comeback. Admittedly, I’d been really worried. They’d had bases loaded twice and had squandered the opportunities. They had a couple fielding errors. They were not entirely playing at their best. But once that awful eighth inning happened, when the score changed from 2-1 Phillies to 4-2 Rockies, these Phillies were not content to let that happen, to go to a game 5, to give up their momentum. So they went and got back that momentum. In the ninth inning, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth…they ganged up on Street and they took back their lead. And then Lidge and Eyre helped them keep that lead. This is the kind of teamwork, the kind of rally, that makes them the Fightin’ Phils. And this is exactly the sort of thing we want to see out of them as they prepare to face their 2008 NLCS foe, the Los Angeles Dodgers, once again.
A few BILF-related tidbits: Cliff Lee had gotten his hair cut and had shaved his face since NLDS Game 1 (when I saw him, he was kinda scruffy). GodDAMN, he looked good tonight, and I couldn’t help but think (many times) how it would be a lot of fun to just give him, you know, a friendly couple of nibbles on his pretty neck. Huston Street also looked great (especially, but not limited to, when he was helping to ensure a Phillies win), and I’d be more than happy to go console him after that tough, tough loss tonight.
I’m already looking forward to seing the Phillies in the NLCS. That being said, I’m grateful to have 2 days where I don’t have to watch a baseball game (the NLCS begins Thursday) so that I can actually get something productive done…screaming/swearing at the TV does not count as “productive.” 😉
I’m still on a BILF high from attending the Phillies’ ALS Night a few weeks ago. 🙂 Here are a few of the highlights…
Me meeting our very own Flyin’ Hawaiian…
Me meeting Brad Lidge–who, by the way, is absolutely GORGEOUS in person. And he’s really sweet, too–very nice, very genuine. Classy, classy guy. I heart Lidge!
I didn’t have a chance to meet him this year, but of course I couldn’t help finding King Cole’s table and taking a few pictures of him. Could this man be any more BILFalicious?!?
I still think Jayson Werth is hot even though he has a tendency to wear his sunglasses entirely too much. (He wore them for all of last year’s ALS Night, too.)
These aren’t BILFs, but they’re totally awesome anyway… Our World Series trophies from 1980 and 2008!
As I’m writing this, it’s Sunday afternoon, yet I’m already REALLY looking forward to Monday’s and Tuesday’s All-Star festivities. I’m hoping Mauer wins the Derby, and I’m looking forward to seeing Utley, Mauer, Morneau, and a whole bunch of other awesome talented BILFs in the All-Star Game! *squeal*
I’m pleased to note that several BILFalicious Phillies will be returning for the next couple seasons. King BILF himself, Cole Hamels, just signed a 3-year deal, while pinch-hitter extraordinaire Greg Dobbs has signed a 2-year deal. Another BILF in a red and white uniform, Ryan Madson, turned down a 3-year deal. He and the Phillies’ hottest outfielder, Jayson Werth, will be free agents after the 2009 season.
Hamels is happy he’s staying in Philly. And I’m pretty sure Philly’s damn happy to have Hamels! I can’t wait to see what sort of magic he works on the mound this year…
On a side-note, there are so many BILFs on the Phillies that I might just start having to call them the BILFadelphia Phillies. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
I am sick of hearing those damned cowbell sounds.
I am sick of looking at blue mohawks.
It’s the ninth inning of game 2 of the Series, and while the game’s not over yet, it may as well be. It’s not that the Phillies aren’t hitting–oh, they’re hitting. Just not, you know, when anyone else is already on base. Plus, you know it’s bad when the only Phillie to hit a home run in the game is…Eric Bruntlett. Sigh. Tampa Bay has been “on” tonight–and the Phillies, despite the fact that Ryan Howard’s seemingly making his way out of his slump, are “off” tonight.
I think I’m gonna cheer myself up by staring adoringly at Jayson Werth’s hair. (He’s up to bat right now, and even if he doesn’t get on base, at least his hair still looks hot.)
I’m thinkin’ I need a new Phillies good luck charm to replace the red underwear, which obviously isn’t working so well tonight. Suggestions, anyone?
There’s not a whole lot of Phillies-related stuff to talk about yet ’cause we still have no idea who they’re gonna be playing in the World Series (since Boston caught up from a 3-1 deficit in the ALCS to tie that series–game 7 is tonight!). So I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into my very Phillie-fied desk. Now, if my desk was in Philly, this probably wouldn’t be so exciting or entertaining, but keep in mind that I live and work right in the heart of Mets territory. The folks around me are Yankees and Mets fans. The Yankees fans don’t seem to mind my Phillies stuff (in fact, if Boston ends up sneaking their way into the Series this year, I bet all the Yankees fans are going to turn into makeshift Phillies fans very quickly). But I’m seriously surprised that no Mets fans have drawn devil horns on my Cole Hamels newspaper clippings or Sharpied a goofy-looking mustache on my picture of Pat Burrell…
This is where I sit to do my work-related (as opposed to my blog-related) magic. The day after the Phillies won the NL East, I switched desktop wallpapers from a picture of Cole Hamels to this one. 🙂 The Chase Utley mousepad is one of my favorite things ever. I often have to take my laptop and go make a presentation somewhere. Since I hate using the laptop mouse, I always bring along a regular mouse to attach to my computer…and of course the Chuttles mousepad comes along with it! It’s quite the conversation piece, I’ll say that much!
My desk is filled with pictures. Not of me and my friends or me and my family–oh, no, it’s filled with pictures of me and baseball players or rock stars. Here you can see the a picture of me and my favorite Phillie, Cole Hamels (from the first time I’ve met him–I’ve met him 3 times so far!), and one of me and Chase Utley. When I’m having a crappy day at work, these pictures totally cheer me up!
Two of my favorite Phillies-related things are in this picture! First, there’s Pat the Bunny–named in honor of Burrell (but is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Pat the Bunny you may have read as a young’un!). I often give Pat the Bunny kisses just because. 🙂 At my last radio job, it was a little game for my co-workers to steal Pat the Bunny. I’d come back from a meeting only to find an empty space, a ransom note, or some strange toy on my desk in the spot that Pat the Bunny used to occupy. Then I’d have to go wander the building to find Pat. It was usually the same Yankees fan behind the bunny-napping, so I never had to look too far.
And there’s my favorite picture of Cole Hamels. My co-workers, who didn’t used to be familiar with what the Phillies players looked like, would always ask me if that was my boyfriend, and I’d sigh despondently and say “No, that’s not my boyfriend. That’s my BILF!” (At this point, though, pretty much all my female co-workers know who Cole Hamels is. They have good taste–most of them think he’s quite attractive, too!)
I love my Phillies bear! I’ve named him Jayson ’cause his hair is cool as hell–just like Jayson Werth’s hair is! And here are more pictures. Over on the left there’s one of me and Ryan Howard (who is super-nice in person), and then in the silver frame, there’s a picture of me and Pat the Bat! (The other pictures are of me and Beck, me and Green Day, and me with the former lead singer of Allister. Can you tell I used to work in radio?) On the far left, you can see the corner of a big newspaper clipping from the Philadelphia Inquirer, featuring a truly gorgeous picture of, and article about, Cole Hamels. The headline for that article is “Great Expectations”–yeah, I think he definitely fulfilled and exceeded our expectations this year! (And what’ll you do in the World Series, Cole? Gonna go kick some butt and take some names there, too? I can’t wait to see that!)
And last but not least, here are my favorite two pennants, honoring my favorite two baseball players! Amazingly, no Mets fans have “accidentally” un-thumbtacked them and sent them sailing into the trash and recycle bins below them…
So there you have it. My own little slice of Phillies paradise in the center of Mets territory. I’ve got more Phillies paraphernalia coming, courtesy of my super-awesome mom, and I can’t wait to do more cube-decorating with National League Champions-related stuff!!!