Admit it: The Phillies are getting you a little excited.
That’s probably foolish: They’ve been outscored by 44 runs this year, which means their 45-46 record is actually outperforming what’s expected of a team that far behind in the run column. But they have Chase Utley back, and Cole Hamels has finally won two games in a row, and even center fielder Ben “Never Hit a Home Run” Revere is starting to hit (mostly singles, of course).
It’d be nice if the Phillies started to play better, as the team has not been much fun to watch this season. Sometimes they get blown out, sometimes the bullpen blows a lead and third base coach Ryne Sandberg gets approximately 10 runners a week thrown out at the plate.
But the season isn’t a total loss. Despite the Phillies’ struggles this year, they still excel in one of baseball’s most important stats: the ability to produce funny animated GIFs. With the MLB All-Star Game next week, I figured it was time to do a rundown of the top Phillies GIFs of the first half. This list is so jam-packed that this GIF didn’t even make the list!
Okay, that’s because the Phillie Phanatic did this same bit last season. Enjoy this countdown of the top 10!
10. Kevin Fransden walkoff bat flip
Last month, Kevin Frandsen hit a walk-off homer to beat the Mets. He made sure to flip his bat in celebration, as taunting the Mets is not only acceptable, it’s encouraged.
9. Erik Kratz gets trucked, still gets guy out
Phillies backup catcher isn’t just a spokesman for turkey bacon. He can also stand in the path of a runner and not drop the ball. Imagine how great baseball would be if you could truck the opposing player at every base and not just home plate! I’d buy season tickets.
8. Phillies fan spills beer
This foul ball was in no danger of hitting fans; the screen protected them. Still, one Phillies fan was startled enough he spilled his beer.
7. Ben Revere’s amazing catch, and his not-so-amazing catch
Sometimes Ben Revere is awesome…
… and sometimes he’s not so awesome.
6. Kevin Frandsen and Ben Revere celebrate
Back in early April, Kevin Frandsen had another walkoff hit, this one a three-run double. Ben Revere looked like he was two feet tall while celebrating with him.
5. Ben Revere’s handspring
4. Papelbon’s crazy eyes
Jon Papelbon celebrates walkoff hits by looking like a maniac.
3. The Phanatic’s ATV breaks down
Is there a better metaphor for the 2013 Phillies than the Phanatic’s ATV breaking down?
2. Fan screamed at after Freddy Galvis walkoff homer
Freddy Galvis had a walkoff homer against Cincinnati in May, and this fan didn’t catch it. He caught an earful from the woman he was with. This would have been an incredibly hard catch for him! Totally not fair.
1. Jimmy Rollins nWo crotch chop celebration
This is how Jimmy Rollins celebrated Frandsen’s walkoff homer: With a crotch chop at home plate. Well done, Jimmy. May you never leave the Phillies.