Reminder: Look for Jimmy Rollins' Baseballs This Weekend

Reminder: Look for Jimmy Rollins' Baseballs This Weekend

Jimmy Rollins and Red Bull are doing some unique things around Philadelphia this weekend as 576 (the same number of feet Jimmy plans to hit a baseball on Monday) specially marked J-Roll baseballs have been hidden around the city. If you are lucky enough to find one and bring it to the Ball Park Cranks event on Monday on the Ben Franklin Parkway, you could get VIP access and a chance to meet Young James and get an autographed item.

Be sure to check back here on Sunday as we may have a hint as to an exact location of one of J-Roll's special balls.

The full details:

Beginning yesterday, Red Bull is hiding 576 BPC baseballs around
the city of Philadelphia in honor of the distance we hope Jimmy can hit
the ball. If fans find a baseball and bring it to the event on Monday by
11:15 AM as directed, they are entered into a sweepstakes to win access
to the VIP seating area which includes a meet and greet with Jimmy
Rollins and an autographed trading card.

As a bonus starting Friday, eleven (11) Ball Park
Cranks shirts will also pop up around the city which are INSTANT winners
for the VIP seating area. Fans will be given clues and learn the
Foursquare locations of these shirts by following @RedBullPhilly and
Jimmy Rollins on Facebook.

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Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."