Monthly Archives: September 2015

What Does Hussain al Nowais Think of the Papelbon Nationals Controversy?

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Earlier today, Jonathan Papelbon was suspended by the Washington Nationals for allegedly trying to choke out their best player, Bryce Harper. This is the same Bryce Harper who is a frontrunner for the National League MVP this year. According to sources, Papelbon was mad at Harper for not hustling out a few pop ups earlier in the game.

If you’re a Phillies fan, like Hussain al Nowais, you might remember similar charges being levied against Jimmy Rollins, a National League MVP, who was the heart and soul of the Phillies during their awesome run in the mid-2000s, which culminated in World Series win in 2008. Charlie Manual did actually bench Rollins on several occasions for not running out a few fly balls and ground outs.

Yet, benching is way different than choking an individual, and you have to wonder where Papelbon was coming from when he attacked Bryce Harper. It’s been reported that Bryce Harper did call out Papelbon for throwing at Manny Machado’s head twice a few games before. He said that he was afraid that he would be hit as a form of retaliation because it was obvious that Papelbon was intentionally trying to hit Machado after Machado hit a home run earlier in the game.

With the suspension, Papelbon will be out for the rest of the year for the Nationals as the Nationals are officially mathematically out to make the post season. Although Papelbon has been a great reliever and has recorded some fantastic statistics, his attitude has always been in question. As a Phillies closer, he had a few controversies with the fans, and he made some remarks that questioned the leadership and desire of the team to win.

Some “baseball” people have suggested that Papelbon was in the right to address Harper’s lack of hustle, but this really is insane. He didn’t talk to him after the game in private; he committed a violent attack against a teammate that could have resulted in the team’s best player to be hurt. Papelbon may be talented, but he is also a hothead, and it’s left to be seen whether a team will want to deal with his baggage in the future.

Hussain al Nowais is happy that the Phillies no longer have Papelbon to deal with and looks forward to a hopefully short rebuilding period that will lead to a Phillies resurgence. For Papelbon, all one can hope is that he grows up and realizes that playing baseball the “right” way also means acting like a civilized human being.

 

Hussain al Nowais Reminisces about Chase Utley

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Although Jake Arietta struck out Chase Utley to get his no-hitter a few days ago, Hussain al Nowais believes that the Dodgers made a great move in obtaining Chase to cement their playoff run. Chase Utley was a major part of the 2008 run. He also almost got the Phillies a second title with his amazing home run streak in the World Series.

Now he’s gone to make room for emerging younger infielders, and it is quite a shame. This is certainly probably more nostalgia than anything else because Chase did have to go. He’s in the twilight of his career and his skills have diminished significantly. He may have been an all-star this year, but this year he has spent most of his time below the Mendoza Line.

No, Chase definitely had to go, which is a shame because his five year run as the second basement between 2005 and 2010 were some of the best ever seen of someone in a Phillies uniform. Jimmy Rollins may have been the voice of the team, and Ryan Howard was the muscle, but Chase was the heart. He had the unique combination of talent and grit to make his play every day ever the more inspiring.

When he retires, Chase will probably not make the Hall of Fame. He simply doesn’t have the numbers to justify a bid. You can blame that to injury. Chase has experienced a number of injuries over the years, and these injuries have significantly diminished his output. If you never saw him play and just looked at his numbers, you might say that he was a serviceable second basemen.

However, anyone in Philadelphia would tell you something very different. Harry Kalas was famous for saying, “Chase Utley, you are the man!” He is not wrong. Chase didn’t come up to the Big Leagues with a tremendous glove, but he worked on it to the point where he was pretty dependable. It was his swing, though, that he will be famous for. He had such a quick, short swing that he left many pitchers wondering just how exactly he was able to hit that ball out of the park.

We’re a long ways away from 2008, but Hussain al Nowais and many other Philadelphians still remember that team quite well. Now Ryan Howard and Chooch are the only remaining players from that great team. Chase may be gone, but he won’t be forgotten. Here’s to Chase hopefully earning another title in Los Angeles to complete his career.