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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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P