Sarge Is Awesome [.gifs]

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Staked to a four-run lead, the New York Mets wanted to get Mike Pelfrey through the bottom of the sixth inning as he was at the end of his rope, throwing over 120 pitches. With two outs and the bases empty, he had to get past Placido Polanco before hitting the showers. Polanco, as he always does, worked the count well, fouling a few pitches off and getting to 2-2. Pelfrey decided to throw him an inside slider, but went a bit too far inside, nearly hitting Polanco. Those of us watching on TV wondered if the ball grazed his uniform, but alas, it did not. 3-2 count.

Pelfrey then started jawing at Polanco for seemingly no reason. Broadcaster Tom McCarthy speculated that it was because Pelfrey thought Polanco was trying to lean into the pitch to get a free trip to first base. Polanco was as surprised as anybody to hear the criticism. The .gifs show this story unfolding in hilarious fashion. Click the link to watch the scene.

The HBP That Wasn’t

What? What?

Don’t Mess With Chase

Roy, Ben, and Raul Ready to Pounce

Thole Doing Damage Control

More Damage Control

Thole Telling Pelfrey He’s Stupid (Presumably)

Polanco Still Has No Idea

That wasn’t the best part, though. After the debacle, Gary “Sarge” Matthews expounded on what had just occurred.

That’s why these guys lose anyway, though. They’re a bunch of crybabies. Most of ’em, they really are.

But wait, there’s more!

Andy Martino, the Mets beat reporter for the New York Daily News, tweeted about his encounter with Sarge shortly thereafter.

Just ran into Gary “Sarge” Matthews in hallway. He said: “Tell them the Sarge said it–The Mets are crybabies. That’s why they lose.”

Then he doubled back and make a crying motion with hands on face. Said: “Make sure you have tears, like this.”


Although the Mets-Phillies rivalry has fizzled out since 2007, this is certainly a fun way to fan the flames. I doubt anything will come of this, but it was great to see Mets fans throw hissy fits on Twitter.

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  1. The Howling Fantods

    August 25, 2011 07:20 AM

    That Utley gif is fantastic.

  2. Steve

    August 25, 2011 07:40 AM

    I personally enjoy Roy on the top step looking like he’ll absolutely kill anything that moves in front of him.

  3. Nick

    August 25, 2011 08:07 AM

    Every one of those Mets fans reactions made me think of George Costanza’s jerkstore retort.

    Well oh yeah? Well HE’S a crybaby! His son sucks at baseball! The Phillies will suck in three years! Not that I have any evidence or thought behind argument. I’m just so ANGRY!

    And you’re complaining on Twitter and following a pathetic and almost insolvent franchise that has to offer cheap tickets on Groupon.

  4. Nick

    August 25, 2011 08:11 AM

    Pelfrey seems to be quite the hothead.
    Remember when Pelfrey started barking at Utley for stepping out during his windup? And then Utley crushed the very next pitch into the seats. Unfortunately they lost the game, but that was a classic moment.

  5. Anonymous GM

    August 25, 2011 08:30 AM

    Roy, Ben and Raul look like a bunch of goons

  6. Scotch Man

    August 25, 2011 08:31 AM

    I’d be mad too if the team I was on could probably get beaten by the Camden Riversharks

  7. Chris

    August 25, 2011 09:05 AM

    What a waste of my time reading this BS. Who cares enough to waste as much to create this crap??!

  8. The Fork

    August 25, 2011 09:51 AM

    Until the Mets catcher takes his mask off, can’t really call him “gutsy.”

  9. Jeff

    August 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    “Mets beat reporter for the New York Daily News …”

    Can the Mets beat anyone besides a reporter?

  10. Mike B.

    August 25, 2011 12:02 PM

    @Chris: and yet here you are reading it.

    Continued success, Sarge!

  11. Scott G

    August 25, 2011 12:40 PM

    Not trying to be real nit-picky, Bill. However, I wouldn’t say Polanco works counts well. He averages 3.65 P/PA which puts him 127th in MLB.

  12. Nik

    August 25, 2011 01:38 PM

    How much does it suck for Martino to go from the Phils to the Mutts.

  13. Dubee Dubee Du

    August 25, 2011 04:37 PM

    @Chris , not only did you read it you took the time to comment about it.

  14. Jeff G.

    August 25, 2011 04:38 PM

    What I wanna know is what Victorino was doing… 10% he was laying low to avoid another suspension, 90% he was shooting a furniture commercial for The Dump.

  15. Phillie697

    August 25, 2011 06:43 PM


    What are you gonna do between now and the post-season? Heck, maybe once the roster expands we might have some minor topic to discuss regarding prospects, but between now and Sept. 1st, I’m not even that bothered that most of the Phillies games aren’t on DirecTV. Bill’s got to write something to keep us sharks fed, LOL, and I can only take so much “Phillies are awesome” articles…

  16. Dan

    August 25, 2011 08:05 PM

    The best part of those gifs is Raul coming to the top step and spitting while staring Pelfrey down. Nice job Bill, never get tired of reading your work

  17. Ants

    August 25, 2011 08:20 PM

    I missed this game. Thanks for the breakdown.

    Also, I like that the Mets fans don’t deny that they have a bunch of cry babies. Instead, they just make fun of Sarge’s kid.

  18. bptess

    August 25, 2011 08:54 PM

    I was at the game. You don’t show Chooch actually hopping out of the dugout onto the field (he used the steps closer to first base).

  19. howardfan

    August 25, 2011 09:13 PM

    Halladay looks like he wants a ball in his hands to pelt someone with.

  20. Phillie697

    August 25, 2011 11:41 PM


  21. dave

    August 26, 2011 12:19 AM

    Like in the picture after the scrum in SF, Ben simply looks happy to be there. “Blessed are the days when I’m not in Lehigh Valley.”

  22. Eric

    August 26, 2011 02:50 AM

    LOVE Raul’s angry gob of spit right before the .gif ends.

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