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08:10 AM ET 12.12 | Philadelphia may not be done just yet. One report, from CBSSports.com, said the Phils had discussions with the Chicago Cubs about acquiring outfielder Alfonso Soriano and cash, and sending outfielder Domonic Brown to Wrigleyville. Another, courtesy of Sportsradio 94-WIP, had the Phillies offering a 3-year deal to free agent Josh Hamilton. None of this should surprise you. So if the rumor mill heats up again during afternoon drive time, drive with a steady hand and an understanding of how these things work. Of course the Phillies would have interest in a former MVP who hit 43 home runs this year (Hamilton) and in a veteran righthanded hitter with more power than Hunter Pence (Soriano).

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December 12, 2012  09:00 AM ET

He hits at least 70 in Philadelphia!!!

December 12, 2012  09:10 AM ET

The only thing Hamilton hits in Philly is the bottle. Those fans will chew him up and spit him out.

December 12, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Heres hoping!

December 12, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Number 12 would not be a bad pick up for the Phillies with hardly anything to lose with the Cubs paying the biggest part of his salary.

December 12, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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The only thing Hamilton hits in Philly is the bottle. Those fans will chew him up and spit him out.

There's two things I know about you from that comment. One, you've never been to Philly, or at least you've never been to a sporting event in Philly. Two, you listen to way to much sports talk radio. It's poisoned what's left of your mind. If Hamilton, or anyone else for that matter, comes here and embraces the team and tries like hell to succeed, the fans will love him. Name one player that the Philadelphia fans drove out of town. Remember, I'm talking about real fans, not the 32 year old idiots who sit in their bedroom at their parent's house and call the sports talk radio stations at 2 in the afternoon.

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December 12, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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Without even thinking too hard, Dick Allen...Jim Eisenreich...Mitch Williams...they always hated Mike Schmidt, but he stuck around.

Jim Eisenreich? Really. Try this link:

http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060508&con tent_id=1443669&vkey=news_phi&c_id=phi

Mitch Williams was loved in this town and still is. He started his broadcasting career here. Fregosi fried him in '93 and he had nothing left when he gave up that home run. He stood up like man after that season and Philly fans loved him for it. Mike Schmidt was arrogant and distant from the fans until the day he donned that wig. That changed everything. I think I was in 4th grade when Dick Allen was traded so I can't say anything first hand about that.

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December 12, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Without even thinking too hard, Dick Allen...Jim Eisenreich...Mitch Williams...they always hated Mike Schmidt, but he stuck around.

That guy is a moron.....obviously he is a typical person that has never been to PHILLY.

December 12, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Jim Eisenreich? Really. Try this link:http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060508&am p;con tent_id=1443669&vkey=news_phi&c_id=phiMitch Williams was loved in this town and still is. He started his broadcasting career here. Fregosi fried him in '93 and he had nothing left when he gave up that home run. He stood up like man after that season and Philly fans loved him for it. Mike Schmidt was arrogant and distant from the fans until the day he donned that wig. That changed everything. I think I was in 4th grade when Dick Allen was traded so I can't say anything first hand about that.

probably the dumbest thing i've ever read. The phillies fans would be all over him.....obviously you have never been here.... The east cost has the best fans such as the PHILLIES, SOX, and Yankees.

December 12, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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There's two things I know about you from that comment. One, you've never been to Philly, or at least you've never been to a sporting event in Philly. Two, you listen to way to much sports talk radio. It's poisoned what's left of your mind. If Hamilton, or anyone else for that matter, comes here and embraces the team and tries like hell to succeed, the fans will love him. Name one player that the Philadelphia fans drove out of town. Remember, I'm talking about real fans, not the 32 year old idiots who sit in their bedroom at their parent's house and call the sports talk radio stations at 2 in the afternoon.

probably the dumbest thing i've ever read. The phillies fans would be all over him.....obviously you have never been here.... The east cost has the best fans such as the PHILLIES, SOX, and Yankees

December 12, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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probably the dumbest thing i've ever read. The phillies fans would be all over him.....obviously you have never been here.... The east cost has the best fans such as the PHILLIES, SOX, and Yankees

I mean be all over him in a good way also.

December 12, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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Without even thinking too hard, Dick Allen...Jim Eisenreich...Mitch Williams...they always hated Mike Schmidt, but he stuck around.

Few players could have gotten away with the comments that Schmidt made about the fans, in any town let alone in Philly. Yet they still forgave him and to this day he is still an icon in Philadelphia sports lore.

Eisenreich almost gave up on baseball because of Tourette Syndrome. He was was brutally taunted by the fans at Fenway when he was a rookie with the Twins. The Phillies gave him a second chance at a baseball career and he was one of the most consistent and popular players we had during his stay in Philly. He played on a team with HUGE personalities, but was a fan favorite even with his quiet, unassuming manner.

Philly loved "Wild Thing". They still do. Yes, his house was vandalized after the beach ball he threw to Joe Carter to end the '93 World Series, but the fans always knew he was one of the horses that got us there. He manned up and told the Philly fans that he effed up and threw a bad pitch. He still lives in the Philly area and got his start in broadcasting with the Phillies.

Dick Allen was before my time, so I won't go there.

Apparently, you're just another one of the idiots that believes that only bad things happen in Philly because of the fans. I meant after all, we threw snowballs at (a drunken idiot in a) Santa (suit) and we do nothing but brawl in the stands at Eagles games (now is where you agree with me and point out that there is a jail cell and court room in the Linc). Nowhere else on earth do a minority of idiots get the press that they do in Philly. I've been to Redskins/Cowboys games where half the PG County police force has been called in to stop fights in the stands. That doesn't mean that all Redskins fans or all Cowboys fans are idiots. Nor are they splashed across your TV on Sportscenter when they do stupid crap. Most players actually like playing in front of the passionate fans in Philly. The one's who don't usually complain because either they underachieved or they had a beef with the organization they played for and the fans are the easiest target. Philly fans are known for booing our own. And we all know that no other city boos their own players...

Perhaps you should think harder... I'm sure if I called my dad he'd be able to give me a 2 minute synopsis that would debunk your fourth example as well...

December 12, 2012  10:28 AM ET

He might like it there. Who knows, he may even decide to hang out in nearby Amish country?

December 12, 2012  10:28 AM ET

3 years he stays in Texas.

December 12, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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That guy is a moron.....obviously he is a typical person that has never been to PHILLY.

in all fairness he did say "Without even thinking too hard"...

December 12, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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Without even thinking too hard, Dick Allen...Jim Eisenreich...Mitch Williams...they always hated Mike Schmidt, but he stuck around.

I'll give you Mitch Williams, but he did give up a WS-winning bomb.

Dick Allen wasn't driven away by the fans...he was driven away by the Carpenter family.

Eisenreich? Really? In what universe was Jim Eisenreich driven away by Phillies fans?

December 12, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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3 years he stays in Texas.

I don't think he's leaving Arlington for less than 5 years, unless the money is just ridiculous.

 
December 12, 2012  10:47 AM ET
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You think an article from the Phillies' own website is going to tell the truth about the situation?Williams received death threats and his house was attacked while he was with Philly. I don't remember anybody threatening to kill Wakefield in '03...the man got a standing O at the Boston writer's dinner in the winter after the Boone HR.

A Boston fan complaining about Philly fans and how they treat their athletes. Priceless.

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