Holy @!: Phils catcher Lance Parrish Made the '88 All-Star Game

Holy @!: Phils catcher Lance Parrish Made the '88 All-Star Game

You excited for the All-Star Game tonight? You do know that this time it counts, right? Speaking of counting, the folks at the league office have been doing a lot of that recently as they’ve been forced to continually add and subtract players from both rosters.

I am fairly certain that between the injuries, the if-you-pitch-the-Sunday-before-the-All-Star-Game-you're-ineligible-to-pitch rule, and the requirement that all 32 teams send a player to the All-Star Game, Michael Martinez is the only player in baseball who has not been named an All-Star. At last count we were up to 84 All-Stars.

Now, as a Phillies fan, it's great that Roy Halladay is getting the starting nod. We may also get to see Cliff Lee. Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino are out due to injury. Cole Hamels, who pitched on Sunday, is not eligible to pitch. With the best record in baseball, it’s not outrageous that they have five representatives (yes, it’s fair to question Polanco’s inclusion, but the fact remains that he was voted in by the fans).

As a 30+ year old lifelong Phillies fan it’s a bit stunning  to think that five of our guys made the team. That hasn't happened since 1995 (Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Tyler Green, Mickey Morandini, and Heathcliff Slocumb)*.

(*Update: yes, the Phils had 5 representatives in 2009)

As an aside - I don't think any Phillie pitcher ever arrived in town with a more hyped and vaunted pitch than Tyler Green's knuckle-curve. I can still picture him baffling hitters while rocking that black and gold Wichita State Shockers uniform in the College World Series. Good lord was Tyler Green fun to watch the first half of the 1995 season.

Save for 1999 when Paul Byrd, Mike Lieberthal, and Curt Schilling were All-Stars, the Phillies sent a lone player to the All-Star game every year from 1996-2001.

In looking over the list of Phillies All-Stars, one name caught my eye in a "you've-got-to-be-kidding-me-this-guy-made-an-all-star-team" sort of way.

That name?

Lance Parrish.

In 1988 Parrish, one of the all time Phillie free agent busts, was selected by National League manager Whitey Herzog as a backup to starting catcher Gary Carter.

Parrish entered the break hitting a robust .229. Now, in Herzog's defense Parrish was leading all NL catchers in home runs (12) and RBI's (47) at the midway point.

Kevin Gross was also an All-Star that season, so it wasn't completely a case of Parrish making the team because Herzog had to choose a Phillie. In all likelihood Parrish was selected because he was a catcher with decent power.

Parrish ended up playing just 54 games after the break. His final numbers for the 1988 campaign? He hit .215 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI. He posted a slash line of .215/.239/.370.

Lance Parrish. 1988 National League All-Star.

He was traded that offseason to the Angels in exchange for a 19 year old pitching prospect named David Holdridge. While Holdridge never panned out the Parrish trade opened the door for a young catcher named Darren Daulton to take over the starting catcher duties.

Daulton went on to represent the Phillies in three All-Star Games and helped lead them to the 1993 National League Pennant.

Doug Pederson won't commit, leaning towards activating Nelson Agholor

Doug Pederson won't commit, leaning towards activating Nelson Agholor

For whatever reason, Doug Pederson refused to commit to it on Friday morning, but it certainly seems like Nelson Agholor is going to be active this Sunday. 

When asked about Agholor, Pederson cited Jordan Matthews’ ankle injury -- Matthews is questionable heading into the game – as a reason he’s “keeping [Agholor] in the mix.”

Does “in the mix” mean active? 

“Yeah, there’s a good chance,” Pederson said. “I have to find out how Jordan does today and see really. Just getting on Nelson, his mind has been great, his attitude has been really good, he’s been working really hard. So right now, nothing says not keeping him up, keeping him out. Everything is leaning toward keeping him active.”

Agholor was a healthy scratch against the Packers on Monday Night Football after a dreadful performance against Seattle, after which he admitted he was in his own head. All last week, Pederson said it was a possibility he’d keep Agholor down and then he did. Agholor watched from the sideline as the Eagles lost 27-13.  

When pressed on Friday about his failure to commit to playing Agholor, Pederson said he didn’t want to rush into anything, because something unexpected could come up. 

“If I can wait until the last second, I’m going to wait until the last second and just see,” he said.  

On the last question of Friday’s press conference, Pederson seemed to possibly tip his hand. He was asked if there are things he can do as a play-caller, if Agholor plays, to build his confidence, perhaps getting him the ball early in the game. 

“Yeah, there’s always way to do that, obviously, play call, play design, specifically to get him going in the game, could help,” Pederson said. “Get him the ball early. It might just be a screen, just getting him the ball quick, let him get settled into the game. Those are all things I consider, especially putting the openers together, the first 15 (plays), let’s say, focusing on certain guys, wanting to get them touches early. And he’s definitely one of those guys.”

The Eagles have elected to keep just four receivers active on game days all season, while some other teams keep five up. Pederson said the reason for that is special teams. Instead of having a fifth receiver, the Eagles keep up core special teams players like reserve safety Terrence Brooks or reserve corner C.J. Smith. 

With Matthews’ injury and with Agholor’s situation, Pederson might have to consider activating five for the first time this season on Sunday. 

“That’s something, obviously, I have to consider,” Pederson said. “It really depends on today and how well Jordan comes out of today. And see where he’s at. Again, it’s a short week and getting back out there yesterday, (Thursday) was, I don’t want to say it hurt him, it was good to put him out there. The decision could come from how well he does or doesn’t come out of today.”

Connor Barwin and Kurt Vile promote New Year's show in bizarre fashion

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Connor Barwin and Kurt Vile promote New Year's show in bizarre fashion

Kurt Vile and Connor Barwin are both beloved Philly dudes so it made sense when they hooked up a couple of summers ago for the Eagles defender's first MTWB benefit show.

It appears as if the duo have remained tight and they even joined forces again today to help promote Vile's show on New Year's Eve at the Fillmore over in Fishtown.

Let's just say it seems they were trying to be as bizarre as possible on purpose to get some attention.

Mission accomplished.

Kurt Vile, Connor Barwin & Jello Man Telling Jokes

Check out Kurt and his pals Connor Barwin and Jello Man getting amp'd up for the big New Years Eve show in Philadelphia. Still a few tickets left if you haven't gotten yours yet. Catch Kurt Vile & The Violators on Tour in a city near you: Tue-Dec-13 Dallas, TX Trees Wed-Dec-14 Austin, TX KGSR 26th Anniversary @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater Wed- Dec-28 New York, NY Terminal 5 Thu- Dec-29 Boston, MA Royale Fri- Dec-30 Boston, MA The Sinclair Sat- Dec-31 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore Thu- Jan-26 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater Fri- Jan-27 Saxaphaw, NC Haw River Ballroom Sat- Jan-28 Athens, GA 40 Watt Sun- Jan-29 Charleston, SC Music Farm Mon- Jan-30 Ponte Vedra, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Tue- Jan-31 Orlando, FL Social to Beacham Wed- Feb-01 Ybor City, FL Ritz Ybor Sat- Feb-04 Mexico City, MEX Plaza Condesa February 4-8 Riviera Maya, MX My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday Wd-Feb-27 Perth, AUS Perth Festival***SOLO*** Tue-Feb-28 Perth, AUS Perth Festival***SOLO*** Fri-Mar-03 Sydney, AUS Taronga Zoo ***SOLO*** Sat-Mar-04 Melbourne, AUS Melbourne Zoo***SOLO*** Thu-Mar-09 Brisbane, AUS Queensland PAC***SOLO*** March 10-12 Golconda, TAS A Festival Called Panama***SOLO*** March 11-13 Meredith, VIC Golden Plains Festival***SOLO*** Co-headline w/ Band of Horses 12/14 Lucy Dacus supporting 12/14 Woods supporting 12/28-31 Nathan Bowles supporting 12/28-31 Luke Roberts supporting 1/26-2/1 2/4-8 w/ My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, Deer Tick Mick Turner supporting 3/3-9

Posted by Kurt Vile on Friday, December 2, 2016

Here's a fun old video featuring the two hanging before the aforementioned MTWB show: