Jon Stewart, Cheesesteaks And The Phillies Shake Shack Debacle

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Over on the Philadelphia magazine news blog, they’re talking about Ryne Sandberg‘s claim that he got food poisoning from eating at Shake Shack in New York. This, needless to say, got Jon Stewart a little steamed and, as the man is wont to do, he turned his giggly rage once more on Philly, cheesesteaks, Rocky, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and the Phanatic.

It’s a solid rant. I particularly like the part toward the end when he cracks up and mouths how much he really likes our signature sandwich of “beef scraps” and Whiz.

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Carlos Ruiz at Phillies Spring Training: “If We Stay Healthy, We Can Do a Lot of Good Things”

Photo | Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

Photo | Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

Sitting in front of his locker in a padded folding chair, across the room from the raucous noise of Howard and Byrd and Rollins and rap, the man they call Chooch is for a moment alone, quietly looking down at the glowing screen of his cell phone.

It is nearly five hours before the Phillies – the 1-and-8-and-1 Phillies, the worst-spring training record-in-baseball Phillies – will take the field for Grapefruit League game number 11. And Carlos Ruiz, who returned to the team on a much-chided three-year, $26 million contract, is tuning out the cacophony.

Inside the locker room and outside as well.

“I feel great with the group we have,” says Ruiz, who turned 36 on Jan. 22. “If we stay healthy, we can do a lot of good things.”

If we stay healthy.

If.

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Roy Halladay Is Not Unhappy with Charlie Manuel’s Firing

Amid the lovefest that was last week’s sendoff to Charlie Manuel, at least one Phillies star didn’t seem to be shedding any tears.

I’ve exchanged texts with him and obviously I loved him — he was great,” Halladay said. “But from what I’ve seen, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked…Just different things, guys being at places on time, being on the field on time, taking groundballs, taking extra BP, all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.

Like every single thing Ryne Sandberg says Jimmy Rollins does wrong? [Daily News]

Read Dan McQuade’s homage, Charlie Manuel, True Philadelphian.