Jimmy Rollins attempt to hit a baseball further than any human in history was thwarted once already by a pesky injury in 2010, but the former NL MVP will be back at it on June 27th on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the historic Philadelphia Museum of Art.
According to the official Red Bull Philly Twitter feed, the Parkway will be shutdown from 10am to 2 pm next Monday as part of the Red Bull Ball Park Cranks 2011 promotion.
From the RedBullUSA.com site:
Rollins will also attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for
‘Longest Batted Ball’, which currently stands at 576 feet. The record
is for the greatest distance one individual can hit a batted baseball in
a legal manner with no restriction on equipment.
Jimmy will most definitely be swinging at the first pitch.
More info can be found here.
Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.
Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.
Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.
Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)
A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....
earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs
The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.