MLB Winter Meetings: Phillies content without making a splash, Rob Thomson didn’t watch the World Series, and MLB Rule 5 Draft update
MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Nashville, Tennessee and I have a few updates for…
Following the game, D-Backs skipper Torey Lovello spoke with the media about his team’s performance and how after falling behind 2-0 in the NLCS on the road, they have used the Phillies’ backup catcher and the comments he made about jumping in the pool at Chase Field as bulletin board material.
Garrett Stubbs used an empty beer box as his hat. His overalls as a beer fridge. pic.twitter.com/OsDO2ELbHr— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) October 13, 2023
If the Phillies do what they came here to do — win two of three games and clinch a second straight National League pennant — they’re planning to add a wrinkle to their customary celebration.
Who’s ready to take a dip?
“I’ve seen that pool before, so I know exactly where it is,” backup catcher/team DJ Garrett Stubbs said Wednesday, referring to the famous natatorium beyond the right field fence at Chase Field. “If we take two here against Arizona, we’ll be bee-lining it for the water.”
Okay fine. Whatever. I find it very hard to believe that the Arizona Diamondbacks are worried about Garrett Stubbs saying that if the Phillies clinch on the road to go to the World Series, he wants to jump in the pool.
Not to mention, it’s not like the D-Backs have responded like Bryce Harper did in the NLDS against the Braves when he delivered not one, but two death stares after homering twice in Game 3. The Phillies are literally handing these baseball games to Arizona on a silver platter. This series should have been over already but now we’re heading into Game 5 tied up with these cornballs. Just brutal.
Regardless, I hope Garrett Stubbs makes a run for the pool tonight. During pregame warmups go over the wall and into the pool, just to get everyone riled up. When Zack Wheeler and the Phillies take a 3-2 series lead back to Philly, do it postgame as well, just for good measure. That might be the spark this Phillies team needs after two horrible games on the road.
Point being, if Torey Lovello and the Diamondbacks are using Garrett Stubbs and comments he made about jumping into the pool if the Phillies would have punched their tickets to the World Series while in Arizona, then by all means go right ahead.
Stubbs, our verified “Chiefs Vibes Officer” should be the last guy you should turn to when you’re trying to create a nonexistent chip on your shoulder. He doesn’t even play in the postseason?
Stubbs is just there to keep the Phillies’ vibes high and pretending like that nasty pool out in centerfield is some type of sacred place and only there for D-Backs series clinching celebrations is a bit of a reach.
There has to be a reason Lovello didn’t mention someone who can actually impact the game right? Nothing on Bryce Harper and our normal starting lineup? Just going to focus on Garrett Stubbs?
Sounds about right.
I probably would have went with the fact that the D-Backs got their shit kicked in in Game 2 of the NLCS, losing 10-0 and how the entire city of Philadelphia laughed in their faces because they are not a serious baseball team.
Or the fact that the D-Backs squeaked by in Game 3 to win 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth while the Phillies played one of their worst games of the year.
Hell, I’d even throw in the fact that the Phillies had the D-Backs dead to rights in Game 4 last night before Craig Kimbrel decided to hand them another win for the second straight night.
But hey, if that’s what motivates the Arizona Diamondbacks and they are going to win the NLCS because of it, then by all means, have fun in the World Series because the Phillies are really the ones who fucked up by allowing that to happen.
Fortunately, I don’t believe that will be the case at all.
I’m honestly shocked the D-Backs have won the last two nights. I also really can’t even picture them winning the NLCS with Game 6 and Game 7 (if necessary) being played at Citizens Bank Park.
In any seven game series, nothing matters until someone wins on the road. Game 5 tonight.