The 16 Best Phillies GIFs of 2014

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These are the saddest of possible words:
“Rollins to Utley to Howard”
Trio of Phillies, all in their thirties,
Rollins and Utley and Howard.
An NL East dynasty turned into rubble
If they’re all back next year, problems may double
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Rollins and Utley and Howard”

With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams

The Philadelphia Phillies finished up their season yesterday the same way they finished the last three: Out of the playoffs. The Phils finished with a 73-89 record for the second consecutive year. In yesterday’s finale, Cole Hamels pitched well and took the loss — an event that happened far too often for a pitcher that posted a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts but finished with just a 9-9 record.

With the Phillies out of the playoffs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite animated GIFs I made of Phillies games this season.

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Four Phillies Pitchers Combine for No-Hitter

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The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.

Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.

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Inside Cole Hamels’ $1.55M Newtown Square Home

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TREND photo

Is Cole Hamels following in Ryan Howard’s footsteps? Seems he and wife Heidi — who are not building a palatial Florida estate with doorknobs that cost thousands of dollars — are planning a move.

The Phillies pitcher moved to Newtown Square (a significant hike from his former Two Liberty Place residence) in 2009, as philly.com’s Lauren Mennen noted, into a home they bought for $1.53 million. Now they’re selling it for $1.55 million. Amenities include a three-car attached garage; finished basement with second kitchen, bar, game room and play room; and (not surprisingly) a security system with motion detectors and cameras.

Other general highlights are visible in the gallery of TREND real estate photos below, but the generic quality of the rooms make me think the photos must be of the model home in the development and not of the family home itself. Also, the address is slightly different on the deed. So: grain of salt.

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Amaro Open to Trading Hamels to Rebuild Phillies

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said on his show this morning that he’d be willing to trade pitcher Cole Hamels to rebuild the team … but would prefer not to.

“I have to keep my mind open on everything,” Amaro Jr. told Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Monday. “Again, some of these guys have limited no-trade clauses. Clearly, we’d like to keep Cole Hamels because I think he’s going to be a part of any transition we might have to make.”

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Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation’s ‘Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014′

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Last night at the Union League the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation held its fourth annual bash which always has an exciting city theme to it. In the past they created Havana Nights, Harlem Nights and A Night in Paris. Last night it was Taste of the World: Bollywood Bash 2014.

The Rollins event is always fun and lively; his teammates are good sports and always dress for the theme, and last night they didn’t disappoint, as you’ll see in the photos. As with all the Rollins events I’ve attended, it was a laid back fun evening for the players, supporters and fans.

The evening started with cocktail party held in the Lincoln Hall. There were food stations by various local restaurants including Sbraga, Dandelion and Davio’s, music was by CTO’s Tribeca band who had the dance floor packed all evening, and when they weren’t playing, CTO’s DJ Ravi Jackson was mixing up Michael Jackson and current favorites. Down the hall there was an entire room devoted to sweet desserts, including a gorgeous four-tied Bollywood inspired cake created by Cakes & Candies by MaryEllen. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities dedicated to making healthy food available to children and families most in need including at risk youth in the Philadelphia area.

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Phillies 2014 Preview: Bursting with Experience, or The Walking Dead?

Cliff Lee. Photo | Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Cliff Lee. Photo | Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The white board in the Phillies’ locker room — across from the tubs where the players dump their dirty clothes — was the spring training communications center.

It’s where the daily lineup and travel rosters were posted, along with reminders for players to get their visas and announcements about who had to show up for which practice.

One by one every morning, guys walked over to see if there was anything pertaining to them.

On the last Sunday of spring training, a message was written in green marker.

“Walking Dead Night Sunday,” the message read.  “(See AJ about details).”

I never was able to pin down A.J. about the details, but I am guessing he wasn’t referring to the potential disaster which general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hath wrought.

Still, Burnett may just have well been forecasting 2014.

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Ruben Amaro Jr.: Jimmy Rollins Isn’t Going Anywhere

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Ruben Amaro Jr.

Sitting in “Whale Beach,” an outdoor section of stands at Bright House Field reserved for media and VIPs, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., talks to Philadelphia magazine about the Jimmy Rollins controversy, Freddy Galvis’s health scare, and whether he is feeling the heat going into his sixth year at the helm after two straight seasons without reaching the playoffs.

Philadelphia magazine: Given super-sub Freddy Galvis’s bout with MRSA and the ceaseless chatter about the need to dump Jimmy Rollins and the team being too old, is this spring crazier than usual?

Ruben Amaro Jr.: No. Every year is a challenge. We always have to deal with DLs and issues that pop up. Like (former GM) Dallas Green told me from the very beginning, we are firemen. We have to try and put out fires and this is just another set of them, and we have to deal and go from there.

Philadelphia magazine: How is Galvis (who contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after suffering a scrape on his left knee)?

Ruben Amaro Jr.: Galvis is doing just fine. We were concerned about the severity of the infection. I don’t know how long it is going to take him to be ready but I’m more concerned about his overall health and so far he’s doing a lot better.

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Cole Hamels on the Phillies: “You Have to Know When to Start Over.”

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) sits in the dugout in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Aug 12, 2013. Photo | Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) sits in the dugout in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Aug 12, 2013. Photo | Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the Cole Hamels stare? You know the one — that withering look he’s known to give on occasion when the home plate umpire’s being stingy with strike calls, or an outfielder makes a bonehead play. I felt that same chill as Cole looked me in the eyes and said, “I’m not talking about the kids.”

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Heidi Hamels Is More Than Just Mrs. Cole Hamels

Photo by Christopher Gabello.

Photo by Christopher Gabello.

Heidi Hamels will hate the way this story begins.

But this is where her story must begin, because without it, the farm girl never becomes a celebrity, which is how she meets a handsome young man with a wicked changeup who asks her to marry him, and that handsome man doesn’t win a World Series, or tell his wife that her passion is his passion and yes, to take briefcases full of his money and create a foundation that will, without exaggeration, save the lives of children in a far-away country he’s never stepped foot in, and to adopt an orphan from another far-away country, and while she’s at it, to give a little hope to the rundown public schools in the city they now call home.

So the story starts here: Heidi Strobel, as she was known then, standing on a wooden perch in the middle of a blackwater river in the Amazon, hungry and exhausted in the way that makes you do strange things, preparing to take her clothes off for Oreo cookies and peanut butter and a soda in front of what would later be a national television audience. To everyone watching—maybe even herself—it seemed as though she’d traded her dignity for a snack and a morsel of fame, without knowing she was actually about to take her first step toward something much bigger. Naked and unafraid, Heidi jumped.
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