Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Code Blue? What about Alarm Orange?

Forget Code Blue. Someone sound an Alarm Orange. Anyone seen the Flyers? Maybe someone could remind them that the lockout is over. Oh, and if they want to win a game one of these days, that would be fine also.

After three games of the shortened 48-game season, the Flyers have exactly zero points. They are the only team in the Atlantic Conference that has played three games that has yet to collect a point. The Rangers also are oh-fer, but they’ve only played two games.

Yes, it’s too early to panic. Still, I don’t think this is quite what Flyers owner Ed Snider, who has a notoriously itchy trigger finger, had in mind.

Peter Laviolette would be wise to get something in the win column - and soon.

In the meantime, since the region is cloaked in the coldest temperatures to chill us in more than two years, perhaps it’s fitting to talk a little baseball, and dream of pitchers and catchers.

Forget them. Yesterday the Phillies added another piece to their crowded outfield puzzle.

And in the process likely raised some eyebrows.

The Phils signed Delmon Young, the former No. 1 pick who last fall was the American League Championship Series MVP for the Detroit Tigers, helping push them to the World Series vs. the San Francisco Giants.

It’s kind of hard to argue with Young’s performance on the field. He’s got the numbers - .267 batting average with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBI for Detroit last year. In the ALCS vs. the Yankees, Young was on fire, hitting .313 with three home runs and nine RBI.

It’s off the field where Young has hit more than his share of potholes.

He was suspended without pay for seven games for an incident outside a New York hotel where it is alleged he used anti-Semitic slur during a confrontation. He also once infamously tossed a bat at an umpire.

Right now, the Phils are hoping he provides the right-handed bat they desperately need to offset their left-handed lineup dominated by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

If he produces, the off-field stuff likely will quickly be forgotten. If more problems pop up, it’s not going to cost the Phils much. They’re only on the hook for a one-year deal believed to be worth $675,000.

Spring can’t get here soon enough. For frozen fans. For outfielders seeking a new start. And for a hockey team off to a very rough start.

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