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Check Out Ryan Howard's Mansion Plans. The Big Piece has big plans to build a 17,500-square-foot mansion on a lot he bought just south of Clearwater back in February 2011. The plans include a pool that flows into a lazy river. The man will practically have a moat. [Crossing Broad]Rita's Heads West. Like, way west—Burbank to be exact. The first Rita's location in California is set to open in September with 24 other Los Angeles locations expected to follow. [Philadelphia Business Journal]Is Robert Barchi the New Rutgers Prez? Back in July, Barchi announced he'll step down as head
J-Roll Thinks Howard Might Not Play. Ugh. Rollins isn't convinced that Ryan Howard will see the field this year and the Phils are looking for infield help. Not. Good. News. [Crossing Broad]Springsteen Surprises at SXSW. The Boss showed up a day early and accompanied the headline act at the Austin Music Awards. [Philly.com]Couple Arrested for Allegedly Setting Woman on Fire. A North Philly couple and two others—including a 14-year-old—have been arrested for allegedly forcing a woman they met on the Internet to cover herself in gasoline and light herself on fire. They supposedly made her post a video to Facebook
It was damn near 70 degrees yesterday, Kelly Drive is perpetually packed with people gearing up for the Broad Street Run and Rita's Water Ice is open. It’s officially spring in our books, which means—no offense Flyers and Sixers—we've already shifted focus to what's going on in Clearwater.Some of us have semi-normal jobs that prevent us packing up our crap all willy-nilly and hopping a flight to Phillies spring training. Others, have careers that prevent them from watching the Phils in their offices. Luckily, that's not a problem we run into at The Philly Post. So, while we’re stuck up here with the lions of March, we’ve got your Spring Training Cliff's Notes from Week 1. You know, just in case you already feel like you’re behind the curve. Here’s what you need to know.
The slugger was in Baltimore to see Dr. Mark Myerson yesterday. Dr. Myerson cleaned Howard's sutures and discovered an infection in The Big Piece's wound left from when he had surgery to repair his Achilles tendon. Howard will be sidelined indefinitely because caring for the injury is the team's biggest concern. The team's trainer wouldn't use the term "setback" to describe the issue because they had never set an exact timetable for Howard's recovery and return. [ESPN]
Last week, as Ryan Howard ran straight ahead, fielded lightly hit grounders and took batting practice, Phillies fans envisioned the first baseman’s early return to the lineup and dreamed of parabolic shots rising toward the upper reaches of Citizens Bank Park–perhaps as early as April. Manager Charlie Manuel expressed his optimism, and we heard how Howard was “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon.Then came the seroma.And the reality check.
Hawaii Five-0 is a violent show. Not just violent for the standards of network TV, but violent for the standards of Hawaii. The state average has averaged around 24 murders the past few years, while an average of 24 people are murdered on every episode of Hawaii Five-0.It is with relief, then, that I report that Shane Victorino’s character was not murdered during his cameo last night on the show. In fact, he made it out completely unscathed, with the only person killed near his scene was a man dressed as a Hawaiian NaKoa warrior.As the Phillies get better, more and more Phillies show up in minor celebrity cameos on TV. Sure, the-Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen made a Saturday Night Live cameo in 1997 and there was a (probably unauthorized) Phanatic cameo in The Simpsons’ 20th season, but the guest stars have really ramped up in recent months. Even radio announcer Scott Franzke was on an episode of Kitchen Impossible!As such, I’ve rated four recent Phillies TV cameos. Since they’re all pretty tacky, they will be judged by numbers of ill shirts.
Ryan Howard (the Phils first baseman, remember?) underwent surgery in October after—well, you know. Word is that the timetable for Howard's return has him slated to begin "baseball activities" sometime next month. That happens to coincide with the start of spring training in Clearwater. [NBC Philadelphia]
The Phillies need to start over
After the Phillies beat the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS, a reporter asked Charlie Manuel the following question: “Charlie, the Cardinals pinch hit Punto, Holliday there late and you had Bastardo to face Punto. Had the Cardinals gone Holliday there instead of Punto, were you prepared to bring in your righty there immediately to face Holliday?”Unlike many questions from sportswriters, it was a direct, simple inquiry about baseball strategy. Nothing fancy there. Here is how Charlie Manuel replied: “You know, I don't know if I would have did that or not, because I might have let our righty face Holliday there. I don't know. Really, I don't know.”Hey, man who’s paid to manage a baseball team, what would you do in this very specific situation? “I don’t know.” Fire him. Fire Charlie Manuel now. He’s been out-managed in the past three postseasons and lost three winnable series. He couldn’t get a team with this much talent out of the first round of the playoffs. He clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing. Goodbye.