12.21.10

Scribe Resists Urge To Call Phillies Starters “The Fourgetabuddies”

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Good thing, too, as the name has already been taken. Sort of (see above).  But with suggestions including but not limited to dubbing Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, “The Phab Phour” (really?), Philly.com’s Stan Hochman declares, “I want the best starting rotation in baseball called ‘The Un-four-gettables.’”

Other than Ruben Amaro Jr. and his front office elves, who thought Lee was “gettable” with the Yankees offering 7 years and $150 million?

That’s it, that’s my best shot. I had some other ideas, including “The Fourtissimos,” which refers to the musical direction to play loudly. Maybe too obscure. And besides, these might be four of the most soft-spoken guys in the whole cockeyed game.

I had a patriotic theme, “Armed Fources” plus “Deadly Fource” and “Brute Fource” but baseball is not a violent game, unless you’re sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium wearing the other team’s gear.

I thought about “The Enfourcers” but didn’t want to focus on the mob angle. I thought about that Grant Wood painting and posing the four guys in overalls and farm implements and calling them “Pitch-Fourked.” But that might have been too subtle.

I thought about “Mount Rushfour” with their portraits carved on the side of a mountain. And then there was the spinoff of a Broadway show about Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins called “Million Dollar Quartet.” Could have called them “Zillion Dollar Quartet” and scattered the shirts with musical notes.

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