The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets were on track to extend Friday’s stalemate deep into Saturday morning. It seemed entirely plausible this baseball game was never going to end.
Then Mets rightfielder Chris Young misplayed the routine-est of fly balls with zero outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, and even though this is the Phillies we’re talking about, at that point there was no delaying the inevitable. A few batters later, something called Reid Brignac raked a bases-loaded single, and the Fightins were walk-off winners by a 6-5 final after a swift five hours and 23 minutes that seemed to just fly by if you were doing something other than watching.
I guess this goes to show that no matter how bad things get for the Phils, we still have the LOLMets. With the victory, Philadelphia moves into a fourth-place tie in the NL East with… the Mets. Damn.
On second thought, you know what? These two teams deserve each other. And now, for our viewing pleasure, this five-game series will continue until Monday.
In all seriousness though, good win for the Phillies—unless you’re actively rooting for them to lose, which some of you undoubtedly are. A.J. Burnett struck out 11, and the bullpen combined to pitch seven scoreless innings. Domonic Brown belted a three-run homer, while Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Brignac contributed multi-hit games.
Plus, Brignac got to play the hero, which good for him, whoever he is. He should probably send a thank you note or get well soon card to Chris Young though.
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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.