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Meanwhile, at Phillies spring training . . .

Feb 19, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

I saw a pic of a raccoon sitting in the bleachers at Steinbrenner Field the other day. The Phillies have one-upped the Yankees:

Gelb reports that animal control is on the way. Meanwhile, Ruben Amaro is frantically trying to ink the possum to a three-year, $39 million deal with a large vesting option to be Ryan Howard‘s platoon partner before he is captured, however.

  1. twenty1miles - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Bahaha. Craig you troll.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    That’s no possum. That’s a giant rat. And he’s more reputable than the garbage that Matt Gelb and his cronies write on The only thing rabid here is their daily rantings on how bad the Phillies will be this year.

    • spudchukar - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Yeah see the Phillies aren’t dead, they are just playin’ possum.

    • spudchukar - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      The reports were erroneous. The police didn’t say he was rabid, but that he was rapid, and that meant no Philly could catch him.

    • chc4 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      I’m not familiar with Matt Gelb and his ramblings but I can confirm the Phillies will be bad this season.

    • cur'68 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      I think that’s a very fetching representative of Family Didelphidae. Not a rat at all. But I can see why you might be taken in and think that’s a rat. He’s baseball Phan, my friend. Let us be charitable and treat him with the respect that all Phans deserve. And, if Ruin Tomorrow Jr. (as you phellow Phans so amusingly refer to him) signs him to a 3 year gig to platoon with Mr. Howard, at least you can console yourself with the knowledge that he’ll be good eating if anyone needs a snack.

  3. stex52 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    He must be rabid to make such a big deal out of watching spring training practice.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Maybe he was hunting Phanatic.

  4. jonevans511 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Na, Ruben won’t sign him. Too young.

    • chew1985 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      He looks 41 in possum years so he’ll fit right in. Looks like a distant relative of Jayson Werth.

      Also, Gelb got the police quote wrong–the only thing that they fear is rabid would be the Phillies bullpen.

    • chacochicken - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      So who gives more effort, this possum or Robbie Cano?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        He won’t stay off the DL long enough for the Yanks to find out.

  5. chacochicken - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Police, experts on rabid animals, huh? Why because its out during the day? So this is the way they treat fans?

    • Old Gator - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      It’s a possum. They’re not as nocturnal as raccoons and they occasionally do forage in daylight if they are aware that food is available – usually, fallen fruit. The ones in our yard are opportunistic that way, as most possums in the suburbs tend to be.

      • stex52 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        I’m sure that chaco is right as to the rabid rumor. The police don’t know, so they are putting it out to keep people away from him.

        They prefer nocturnal, but he probably just knows there is usually garbage there so he is checking it out.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        but he probably just knows there is usually garbage there so he is checking it out.

        Hey now, I know the Phillies aren’t looking too good this year, but calling them garbage is a bit much!

      • stex52 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Touche, FC.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        That’s a little ‘un.

  6. mdpickles - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    That’s it! I’m exercising my blogger/reader opt out clause on Craig! 😉

  7. tn16 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    BREAKING NEWS : possum has been caught by animal control, unknown if animal was put down

  8. El Bravo - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM


    • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      My possum.

      • Gamera the Brave - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        I loved the Dead Possum Society! Great flick.

    • nbjays - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      If he’s a Phillies Phan, wouldn’t that make him a Phossum?

  9. jm91rs - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    They need to erect a scoreboard to keep outsiders from being able to see game action without paying. Of course they’ll need approval of city council and they’ll probably get sued by adjoining property owners selling tickets to the possums.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Letting you know I enjoyed that one. Your humor is fine and so is my detector today.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        What? Do I have two hater fans now? I am moving up in the world.

  10. 4cornersfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Can he hit lefthanders?

  11. eagles512 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Could have done much better than that poor attempt at a joke.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      on my way to get some lunch today, i saw a car tooling down the road, completely oblivious, with one those little plastic road construction pylons somehow wedged into one of its front wheel wells. sort of like the car came out of the bathroom with toilet paper sticking to its shoe.

      is that funny enough to be allowed a post here?

  12. hisgirlgotburrelled - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    A platoon for Howard!? Amaro is doing all he can to make sure Howard is the only 1B on the roster and bats 4th. Platoon he says, Amaro laughs at your stupid idea of a platoon. If Howard plays 162 games the Phillies will be world series contenders. Amaro’s hopes hinge on Ryan Howard playing like it’s 2006. If anyone is going to get platooned it’s that hot shot Brown.

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