• Bits and Pieces is your weekly More Than a Fan source for all the interesting stories out of the National League East. Whether you want pictures, videos, or just the half news/half bad jokes column you’ve come to expect from me, this is the place to be. 

    Every installment of Bits and Pieces will be led off by the current National League East standings next to my preseason predictions. We’ll be chronicling my idiocy all season.

    Standings
    Current My Prediction
    Tm W L W-L% GB  
    Washington Nationals 14 8 .636 Marlins
    Atlanta Braves 14 8 .636 Phillies
    New York Mets 13 9 .591 1 Nationals
    Philadelphia Phillies 10 12 .455 4 Braves
    Miami Marlins 8 13 .381 5.5 Mets

    History of the Tomahawk Chop

    This is an interesting video I stumbled upon while looking around for quirky National League news this week. Frankly, I’m surprised the Tomahawk Chop isn’t a 50 year old, quasi-racist tradition.

    Lee (Not) Ready to Return

     

    “It’s better,” Cliff Lee said. “It’s slowly getting better.”

    That’s not exactly the kind of go get ‘em attitude you want to hear when you’re getting an update from a premier starter, but the Phillies will take it considering there’s no need to rush Lee back from his left oblique strain. Lee is eligible to be reactivated as early as Friday, but look for him to miss at least one more start.

    I mean, why not miss more time? It’s not like I predicted the Phillies to contend for the division on the strength of their starting rotation, or anything.

    Wright is Sweeter Than Strawberry

     

    David Wright is batting .397 and leading the surging New York Mets into playoff contention. Wright is kicking 2012′s behind this year, but last Wednesday, he kicked history’s ass.

    The two-run home run in the video moved Wright ahead of Darryl Strawberry for most RBI in Mets franchise history. Straw isn’t exactly a Hall of Famer, but being the best of your franchise in anything other than corked bats or used syringes is a pretty big deal. So, congratulations to David Wright. Now, get back to the basement so I’ll look smarter at the end of the season.

    Chipper Turns 40

     

    Chipper Jones celebrated his 40th birthday in style last Tuesday by hitting a birthday homer.

    In other news, Chipper Jones is 40. When the Braves visit the Colorado Rockies to face 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, the local Bob Evans during the crowded 3pm dinner rush is going to be the best autograph getting grounds in Colorado.

    Sources:

    Videos: MLB.com

    Stats: Baseball Reference

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    Josh was born in Cleveland, lives in Medina, and talks too much. Publisher or the More Than a Fan Digital Network and Host of the More Than a Fan Podcast, he's basically lucky to still be married.


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