Things get serious on Monday in Atlanta so over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park the Phillies had quite a bit of fun. From Jimmy Rollins selecting players at-bat music today, Chase Utley serving you a beer, to Charlie Manuel chauffeuring fans from the parking lot to the ball park yesterday, there was all sorts of hijinx going on. Among the best was clearly Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee taking over the Phanatic's legendary hot dog launcher. Oh, and Cole's mustache.
We wrote earlier in the week that Cole's beard was not long for this world. Turns out, something even better was in store.
Cliff was asked about Cole's new facial hair following the game. He was quite impressed with it and said he hopes he keeps it.
You can watch Cliff talk about it all below. And watch some of the fun from CBP over the weekend.
A few observations: Love how the fan barely acknowledges Mike Adams. Cliff Lee wanting to go out on the hot dog cannon jawn is so Cliff Lee.
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Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.
"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."
Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.
The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.
Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).
It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.
Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.
Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.
Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.
Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P