Maybe don't boo Ryan Braun tonight

Maybe don't boo Ryan Braun tonight

Opening Day was fun for a couple of innings. Then we got reminded of some baseball realities. The Phils bullpen being one of them. And that some people at baseball games in Philadelphia get really, really drunk.

May be a chicken or egg debate there, not sure.

But one thing was very clear. Ryan Braun absolutely killed the Phillies during Tuesday's home opener to the tune of three home runs. He heard boos all day long and he fed off of it.

Sam Donnellon at the Inquirer wrote about Philly fans booing better than Braun's earlier East Coast stop this season:

"Today was the worst," said Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers third baseman, who hits behind Braun. "I thought Boston was bad, but here was real bad. They were booing the same way, but it was louder here. The Phillies fans - they can boo some people."

So we got that going for us. Except Braun seemed to enjoy it.

Ryan Lawrence at the Daily News also wrote about Braun's big day:

“I love it,” Braun said of the nonstop booing. “It’s great. Seriously, as a competitor I really enjoy it ... It’s a long season and playing in an environment and atmosphere like this is certainly motivating.”

So maybe save your breath. Or at least be creative.

There was one particularly vocal, likely drunk, most definitely annoying fan out in left field who was repeatedly heckling Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, saying things like "how's it feel to play with a cheater!?" I'm not sure if the irony of his jeers fell on him as Carlos Ruiz stood at the plate as he screamed his lungs off. Antonio Bastardo did not make an appearance in the game. Marlon Byrd did go 1-5 on the day. All three hometown players have served suspensions for using banned substances.

So, the booing doesn't exactly help. Maybe it fuels the opponent, who knows. I don't particularly care if you boo a guy or not. At least be somewhat creative about it. And not rip a guy for using peds while your own guy who served a suspension for banned substances is up to bat.

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Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.