We all know the Phillies are double digit games under five hundred on the season but last night's contest against the Nationals proved that even in a lost season, there can still be plenty of excitement in any one game. Last night it came in a late 8th inning comeback led by some old familiar faces.
Started by the bat and base running of Jimmy Rollins, helped with a good eye from Chase Utley, and capped off with the stroke of Chooch, the Phillies came back from a deficit to take the late lead that Jonathan Papelbon did just enough to hold onto.
But it was the J-Roll play at the plate that was extra exciting.
The second you saw Juan Samuel waving Jimmy home you knew it was going to be a real close play. He was gambling for sure. But the decision paid off. With the help of Kevin Frandsen directing him nicely to the inside part of the plate, Jimmy made a fantastic diving slide that just beat the tag and Rollins let some much-welcomed emotion show. J-Roll was pumped.
[watch Chooch's single and Jimmy's great slide work here]
This isn't the first time Jimmy has had a ridiculous slide into home either.
So, in a season of disappointment, we can at least still enjoy the little things we used to get on a pretty regular basis. Hey, some high fives are better than no high fives.
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.