Archive for August, 2012

Oh Jimmy, Some Things Never Change

Posted: August 16, 2012 in Sports

I didn’t get to see the Phillies 9-2 loss yesterday at the hands of the Miami Marlins but listening to the game on the radio, I could tell our boy Jimmy Rollins was up to his old tricks again. Mr. Hustle himself (no, not really) hit a ground ball and decided he wasn’t going to run to first base. If that wasn’t bad enough, he could have broken up a double play but decided take a Sunday stroll to second. I heard the replay of Franzke and Anderson’s calls of these two plays and they were outraged at his non hustle. There was a tweet from 1_krazy_puck to Jimmy saying, “try runnin out the play man. Youngsters are watching you.” Jimmy’s response to this tweet was, “Well you make sure u tell them what to do”. Are you kidding me with this Jimmy! This is the response you have to a fan that calls you out for your shitty play? I would really like to know how you can walk into the locker room after that game and hold your head up knowing that you once again decided not to give 100%. I can’t believe players like Halladay or Utley, (you know, players who actually go out there and give their blood, sweat and tears every game they play in) haven’t snatched you up yet and put their foot up your ass. I mean correct me if I’m wrong but do you think because you got a new 4 year contract you feel that you don’t have to play hard anymore? You have been nothing but a spoiled, non hustling, pop up machine, (which by the way, you lead the league in infield pop ups) crybaby if you’re not the leadoff hitter, non leader this whole season and I know I for one am totally sick of you.

This team needed you to be leader while Chase and Ryan were out. They needed you to step up, rally this team and try to stay afloat until the big boys got back. Did you do this Jimmy? Noooo! You pretty much checked out of this season before it ever began. I was so excited when the Phillies resigned you. Man am I pissed at that decision now. I don’t know why I am even upset over you not hustling anymore, I mean it’s not like this is the first time you’ve done this. I guess I was just hoping you learned from the first time Charlie benched you for pulling the same thing. I really hope you do not finish your contract out here in Philadelphia. Hopefully Ruben can find a sucker to take you off our hands next season.

I have a suggestion for you, how about if you go watch these same little kids that look up to you, play baseball. Maybe you can learn a thing or two from them.

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A Sad Day for EaglesNation

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Sports

August 5, 2012, the Philadelphia Eagles lost a member of their family.  Head coach Andy Reid’s oldest son Garrett, was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University.  Garrett had been at training camp  for the last 2 weeks assisting with strength and conditioning.  Garrett was known for helping his father out any way he could over the years at camp.  

I know I don’t have to tell anyone about the struggles Garrett and Britt Reid have had over the years with drugs and I’m not even going to focus on that because it is and has been very well publicized.  I heard Andy on the radio last week and he was talking about his boys and the hurdles they had overcome.  He was talking about Britt getting married and how excited he was to have Garrett at camp with him.  You could just hear it in his voice that he was a proud father.  Just from reading twitter over the last few days, I have gotten the impression that Garrett was a very fun loving, joyful guy to be around and he was dedicated to turning his life around.   I think people seem to forget that regardless of the issues Garrett had in the past, he was a son, a brother, a friend and a boyfriend.  I was just sitting here listening to WIP and the sister of his girlfriend called into one of the shows.  In the middle of talking about what a great guy he was and how she never could have picked a better boyfriend for her sister, she broke down crying.  To me, this shows just how much this young man was loved.

Now, let me say this about Coach Reid.  Over the years, Andy has been criticized for his coaching (my hand is raised) and the way he had raised and handled his kids.  I just don’t understand how anyone feels they have the right to tell someone else how they should have raised their kids.  It has appalled me that people have the nerve to call into these sports radio shows and say that Andy should have stepped down years ago to take care of his kids because that’s what a real father would have done or that he should have been there more for his sons and maybe they wouldn’t have turned out like they did.   Unless your name is June and Ward Cleaver, you need to shut the hell up and worry about taking care of your own home.   

As parents we do our best to teach our children right from wrong.  We pray to God that every time they walk out our front door, they remember everything that we’ve taught them  growing up and that they make the right decisions.  In reality, we cannot be there 24/7 to hold their hands so yes they are going to make mistakes in life and sometimes these mistakes are big.   All we can do is continue to love and support them and hope that they find it within themselves to straighten their lives out.  From stories I have heard about Coach Reid over the last 14 years, he has always supported his children and has always been there for them.  I know it cannot be easy being a head football coach and having a family, hell it’s hard for me being a single mom, working two jobs and going to school but we do our best. 

I cannot even imagine going to bed on Saturday Night and waking up the next morning to find out your son has died.  I cannot imagine having to pick up that phone to call your wife and tell her that her oldest child has passed.  I cannot imagine having to go on with my life without one of my children but this is something that Andy and Tammy Reid have to do.  No parent should ever, ever, ever have to bury their child.

 The Eagles are like family to most of us so it’s time for EaglesNation to come together and show their love and support for Coach Reid because you know what, regardless of how you feel about him as a coach this is so much bigger than football. 

 

R.I.P. Garrett