Phillies too stupid for words

FOX Sports – MLB – Myers goes to bullpen, Lieber to start

Manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday the Phillies will move Brett Myers into the bullpen, while inserting Jon Lieber into the starting rotation.

I agree pretty much with what Rotoworld wrote:

Incredible. This is perhaps the biggest overreaction to a lousy start that we’ve ever witnessed. Myers earned the Opening Day start for the Phillies after back-to-back fine seasons and had a great spring. He was coming off back-to-back poor starts, but he had struck out 19 in 15 1/3 innings. Short of turning Ryan Howard into a shortstop and benching Jimmy Rollins, we can’t think of anything else the Phillies could have done to better sabotage their chances for this year.

The only disagreement I really have with this analysis is that I would probably use words that are more insulting. Not that I ever thought they would win, but if this is what passes for decision making among the Phillies brass right now then they don’t deserve to win.

One of the biggest mistakes teams make early in the season is panicking because numbers are so easily distorted with this few games played. For example, just as Jimmy Rollins is not going to be leading the National League in home runs at the end of the season, Brett Myers is not going to give up more than a run an inning over the whole season. If this were June and his recent number were this bad but were minimized in season stats, the Phillies Brain Rust would pass this off as a bad stretch and leave him along or have him spend more time with the pitching coach. Instead, they panic and move their best pitcher to the bullpen where he’ll pitch maybe two innings at time.

I don’t bust this quote out much, since I like to keep it for special occasions, but I think this qualifies: “I’ve grown smarter stuff between my toes.”

Quote-a-palooza – Patriot’s Day Edition

“Don’t fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war let it begin here.” – Captain John Parker at the Battle of Lexington

“The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.” – Thomas Paine

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” – George Washington

“The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations… This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” – John Adams

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry

“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

“The writers of the U.S. Constitution understood the necessity for an armed citizenry. When only the government has guns, everyone else is just a slave. Gun-banners who would turn everyone’s life and liberty over to the care of an all-powerful, central government, don’t understand and don’t agree with that.” – Alan Caruba

“All of these massacres, these terrorist attacks, have genuine possibilities for being stopped dead in their tracks if they encounter a well-armed, well-trained, educated public vigilant to defend their freedoms…[T]he proper public response is to promote the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. We can stop this evil if we choose to. Let’s roll.” – Andrew Longman

“Unfortunately, the tax cuts that have produced our record-breaking government revenues and personal incomes will expire soon. Because Congress has failed to make them permanent, we are facing the worst tax hike in our history… Those who say they want a ‘more progressive’ tax system should be asked one question: Are you really interested in tax rates that benefit the economy and raise revenue—or are you interested in redistributing income for political reasons?” – Fred Thompson

“The current alarm [over global warming] rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman’s forecast for next week.” – MIT meteorology professor Richard Lindzen

“The country’s tax code has grown as indecipherable to the average American as Hammurabi’s. It might as well be written on clay tablets.” – Paul Greenberg

“Somehow, even though he’s been fired and you’d think it would all be over, the Imus story continues. This is the latest: Hillary Clinton announced that she will now meet with the Rutgers women’s basketball team. In a related story, Bill Clinton announced he’s going to meet with the Rutgers women’s swimming, volleyball, and gymnastics teams.” – Conan O’Brien

“Here’s what I think about Global Warming: In my experience, any time every ‘expert’ has agreed on anything, that anything later turns out not just to be wrong, but 180 degrees wrong.” – Rich Galen

“There was a strong earthquake in Mexico City [Friday]—6.0 on the Richter Scale. It was so powerful, thousands of people were sent careening across the border weeks before it even hit.” – Jimmy Kimmel

Supreme Court upholds ‘partial-birth’ abortion ban

Supreme Court upholds ‘partial-birth’ abortion ban – CNN.com

The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a controversial law banning a specific abortion procedure critics call “partial birth,” a ruling that could portend enormous social, legal, and political implications for the divisive issue.

At least something good has come out of the Bush Presidency: we have a majority of judges on the Supreme Court who are aware that jamming a knife into a partially-born baby’s head, crushing the skull and vacuuming out the brains is not a Constitutional right.

Jay Nordlinger on John Howard

Jay Nordlinger on Impromptus on National Review Online

One of the things I like about Jay Nordlinger is his ability to come up with comments like this:

Beautiful, just beautiful, this guy. Best thing to emerge from Australia since Olivia Newton-John. (But why did she have to turn slutty in Grease?)

I often tell girls that the message of Grease is one all women should follow: do whatever will make your man happy. They either lose bit of their love for that movie or get angry. Either is entertaining to watch since it seems to be tied to the female genetic structure to love that movie beyond its actual quality.

(Another thing I like about Nordlinger is that he once quoted me in one of his columns!)