1. Recants and Recusals

    I posted yesterday about how the team, and more specifically, manager Rick Churches and GM Alvin Kirby, had appointed as captain Felipe Lopez, a man who has been on the team for only 1 disappointing season and has yet to appear (not his fault) in camp...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 75 reads 0 comments

  2. 18 Holes of Darkness

    On Sunday, Mrs. Joan Delaney celebrated the one year anniversary of her majority ownership of the team and regional sports network, NYS. I think her purchase price was in the $800 million range, of which she accounted for about 60% on her own...

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  3. The Cosa Nostra Sit-Down

    Since I beat the team through arbitration in my grievance with them on Monday, I had zero contact with anyone in management since - until today...

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  4. Back To School

    Our first game against a team other than ourselves is this afternoon. We play the Riptide, who are trying to make all 3 of their fans call them The Tide. The game is in West Palm Beach, about an hour's drive from Ft...

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  5. Zookeepers

    They got me. I promised, back in January, that I wouldn't speak with the media this season. I pretty much didn't, even when Diane Sawyer came to our home a week later, and have been able to keep that promise to myself since...

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  6. And The Winner Is...

    Me. Just got word that the arbitrator, Benezir Sutton, ruled in favor of me in my grievance against the team...

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  7. Motivationally Speaking

    Our new esteemed manager Rick Churches spoke to the full team yesterday. With nearly every man on the roster now reported to camp, this was Rick's first opportunity to get everybody in one room to hear him philosophize...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 95 reads 0 comments

  8. You Don't Have These Problems With MasterCard

    Most of us are here now, but not everyone. There are always one or two guys who have visa problems and can't get into the United States for the start of camp, which always makes me wonder when they applied for their visas...

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  9. Fathers & Sons

    My dad, "Red" Scott, is already down here at camp. Since he's a broadcaster on the TV side, which means he won't have any games to broadcast for another two weeks, he doesn't need to be here...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 269 reads 0 comments

  10. Trading Places

    Just a weird weekend. That's all I can say. The story in the Newark Star Ledger about how the team was close to trading me and three prospects to Cincinnati threw us all for a loop...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 91 reads 0 comments

  11. Pitchers and Catchers: Spring Training, Day One

    I paid a visit to camp today for Day No. 1 of spring training. I'll admit that I was more than a little nervous. The clubhouse was jammed with reporters all looking for comments from me about ...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 252 reads 0 comments

  12. What I Did On My Winter Vacation

    Today is my last day off before the start of spring training. The report date for pitchers and catchers is tomorrow. The family flies down to Orlando today around noon and then we take the drive to Fort Pierce...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 101 reads 0 comments

  13. Day 3

    Because we completed my arbitration hearing today, and because of leaks, arbitrator Benazir Sutton told me the gag order was lifted. I can now fill you in, from my perspective, on what happened on Days 2 and 3 of my arbitration hearing...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 147 reads 0 comments

  14. A Bizarre Turn of Events

    Yesterday was Day 2 of my arbitration hearing with the team. They want me to retire or sit on the disabled list all year so they can collect on insurance to pay my contract. I tell them I can play, and will play, this year...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 124 reads 0 comments

  15. Spring In The Sunshine State

    Friday is spring training day. Even though my team had told me not to appear, that I was on "disciplinary suspension," the arbitrator at the grievance hearing suspended the team's suspension, pending her ruling...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 360 reads 0 comments

  16. A Time Of Grieving

    The first day of testimony between the team and I began this morning. As we all know by now, the team is looking to void my contract because of an injury that took place last season...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 234 reads 0 comments

  17. Curt Schilling Takes Sports Journalism into His Own Hands

    Curt Schilling's shoulder hurts. The media report his career is over, surgery is inevitable, and the team wants to void his contract. No matter that the two sources who know everything about this subject—Mr...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 511 reads 0 comments

  18. Fan Fest, Day 2

    I didn't plan on attending Fan Fest for a second day—especially after the problems I had on Day 1—but super agent Jack Perry told me Pepsi had a booth there and asked me to stop by and say hello...

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  19. Fanatic Festival...

    ...or Fan Fest, as most call it. We've held it every year for the past seven. I think they took two or three years off before that and the fanatics went fanatical, so they reinstated this New York Mardis Gras for baseball fans...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 140 reads 0 comments

  20. If I May Butt In With My Rebuttal...

    It appears that my manager, Rick Churches, and I don't see things eye-to-eye. Not sure where this all started. When he was one of our TV guys, he was a nice enough person...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 115 reads 0 comments

  21. I've Got The Edge Now

    It came as a total surprise to me. With about three minutes to play in the fourth quarter of last night's Super Bowl, the Pepsi ad flashed on my screen. There I was. I. Just me...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 285 reads 0 comments

  22. Super Bowl XLII: Giants Win...and I Suddenly Feel Like Looting

    A last-minute touchdown. My team is destiny’s friend. Fans, music, tension. Victory! The Giants—my Giants—have won Super Bowl. It makes me want to swarm into the streets...

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  23. Second Opinions

    I visited a new doctor yesterday to get another opinion on my arm. It wasn't easy, seeing the new doctor. Not because the office was hard to find or my car wouldn't start. We had to negotiate with the team who it was I was going to see...

    David Philp Written by David Philp about over 6 years ago 94 reads 0 comments

  24. Shut Down

    The MRI came back. Scar tissue. I don't have bone chips, tortilla chips or the t.v. show CHiPs floating around my arm like the ship in Fantastic Voyage...

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  25. Set Back

    My house is not right on the road. There's a stretch of about six feet between road and the new fence we put up for security purposes...

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