The Philadelphia Phillies fell to a season-worst six games below .500 with their 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, the third consecutive meeting of this series that required to extra innings. It’s exhausting just watching.
When that much baseball gets played, strange things are bound to happen—like Marlon Byrd’s bat breaking on a swing-and-miss. The handle is in Byrd’s hands, the barrel is lying somewhere out by first base, the baseball is in the catcher’s glove.
Video proof of this evil voodoo below (h/t Deadspin).
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Obviously, the lumber must’ve been compromised before Byrd pulled it out of the rack, a hairline crack so fine, a professional hitter wouldn’t notice. Or, maybe he was so tired from playing 15 hours worth of baseball the last three days, he was sleepwalking.
Then again, Byrd did bash the home run to get the Phillies into extras, so at least we know he came to play.
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.
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."