Photo of the Day: The Philadelphia Daily News


I’ll give Philly, its fans and its media this much: for as insufferable as they can be when they’re cruising, they offset it rather appropriately with anger, recriminations and negativity when things go poorly.

You won’t hear a lot of “we got robbed” from those guys.  You won’t hear a lot of “oh well, see you next season.”  Things are either awesome or terrible, and it’s because the players are either invincible or dog crap.  Not a lot of in between, and there’s something kind of neat about that, even if it’s a temperament most of the rest of us can’t understand.

Anyway, it leads to stuff like this column in which Dan McQuade lists a bunch of potential “solutions” he’s heard from half-crazed Phillies fans since Friday night. It also leads to this cover of this morning’s Philadelphia Daily News:


At some point over the summer I started to imagine the kind of needling stuff I’d write if and when the Phillies failed to meet expectations.  Turns out I don’t really have to. You don’t needle a guy when he’s busy trying to shove a sword in his own gut.

Steven Souza diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle

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Steven Souza looked like he sustained a major shoulder injury after diving for a ball and missing on Wednesday night. Turns out, though, that it is not nearly as bad as it could’ve been: he has a strained pectoral muscle. That’ll only keep him out “a couple of weeks” according to Dbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

Good news for Souza and the Diamondbacks, who are counting on their new right fielder’s power to help offset the loss of J.D. Martinez, who helped the Dbacks to the playoffs with his second half home run outburst. He hit 30 with Tampa Bay last year and would seem poised to at least match that given Chase Field’s more hitter-friendly reputation.

Until Souza returns Jarrod Dyson and Yasmany Tomas will likely cover right field.