Valdez Caps Wild, Memorable 19 Inning Night

Valdez Caps Wild, Memorable 19 Inning Night

Ben Francisco drilled a home run into the left field seats in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday night to put the Phillies up 2-0 on Cincinnati. With Roy Halladay on the mound facing a Reds team he had dominated for 18-consecutive scoreless innings coming into the game, you figured we'd be in for one of those nice-and-neat two hour and fifteen minute victories out of Doc.

Fast forward some six hours later, the thousands of fans left remaining were screaming "Wiiiiilll-sonnnnnn! Wiiiiiilll-soonnnnnnn!" as Wilson Valdez stood on the pitching mound in the 19th inning. It's the kind of absolutely unpredictable story line akin to perhaps only Roy Oswalt playing left field that makes following baseball so damn fun.

"I was just trying to throw strikes," Valdez said with a smile as
shaving cream was still stuck in his ear, on his neck, and on his chin.

We've heard Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee say it hundreds of times, but when Wilson Valdez says it, you get the feeling he *really* means it. Plus, it's Wilson Valdez talking about freaking pitching.

Literally. When Wilson says he was just trying to throw strikes, that's exactly the only thing he's trying to do.

It wasn't Valdez's first time on a pitching mound. He told us after the game that he pitched two innings in the Dominican League back in the day. Rich Dubee and Pete Mackanin told Charlie Manuel that Wilson was their guy when the bullpen was completely empty.

Valdez showed off a heater that would have made Jamie Moyer jealous, hitting 88-89 on the radar gun.With every out he recorded, the Philly fans became louder and louder, loving every minute of the bizarre yet glorious spectacle unfolding in front of their eyes, some six hours after they all arrived at the ball park.

"It's something I'm never going to forget," Valdez said. "I feel happy because they were cheering for me. I'm glad that I could throw one inning."

It's something I'm never going to forget either.

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.

The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.

The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.

It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.

While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.

This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.

The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.

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Watch: Joel Embiid can't get over how much he trusts the process

Watch: Joel Embiid can't get over how much he trusts the process

Joel Embiid really trusts the process. 

And he'll tell you as much over and over.

In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.

By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.

And he does. Trust the process.