Billy Wagner is Sensitive -- Brett Myers, Not So Much

Billy Wagner is Sensitive -- Brett Myers, Not So Much

Billy Wagner was a fan favorite in Philadelphia but once he joined the New York Mets -- or maybe once he gave up that homer to Biggio in September '05 -- he became a hated enemy.  He's mouthed off about the fans in Philadelphia in the past, and once again he's decided to show how sensitive he really is in a Sunday piece by Jim Salisbury.

"People there expect you to perform, and when you do perform, they're still on your ass. In Philly, you can't have a good enough year. It's different in other places. In Philly, you should never give up a run or you should hit a home run every time up.

"When you're booing Mike Schmidt - come on."

Billy, come on now, don't forget: we threw snowballs at jolly old Santa!  Brett Myers throws a bit of a jab at Wagner in response.

"I think it's a great place to play. If you screw up, the fans will put you back in line. It's like tough love.

"Billy might think it's a tough place to play. Me? When someone tells me I [stink], I try to show them I don't. It fuels me."

Yeah, Billy, stop being such a wuss.  Are the fans in Philly vocal?  Sure they are.

"You can't pay attention to it," Myers said. "That's why Billy couldn't make it here. He could have been a superstar in Philly. The fans loved him because he threw 100. But he chose to focus on the negative part instead of the positive: The fans are the way they are because they care."

Those some fightin' words right there.  Wagner does have a point though, Philly is certainly not a place for players who need their hand held.  I'm loving this rivalry picking up some steam.  Both teams look like contenders on paper, let's hope the Phils can get their pen together and keep Phillies fans in a positive mood.

I'll have you know that Sony Playstation has done a complete full season simulation using MLB 07 The Show.  The Phillies edged out the Mets to win the East by one game.  The Phillies finished with 88 wins while the Mets took the Wild Card with 87 wins.  No word on whether Tom Gordon went down in mid-June.

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Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.


They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: