Before defeating John Cena on Sunday night and walking away from the
company as WWE Champion, CM Punk previously suggested he might defend
the title in other promotions. Is this just a photo of two guys who
know what it takes to be a champion, or could Cole Hamels be in line
for a shot at the belt?
As part of a much talked about angle
that has been garnering some mainstream attention, Punk defeated the
face of the WWE in front of his hometown Chicago crowd about one hour
prior to his contract expiring. The first order of business for the
Straight Edge Superstar: parade around Wrigley Field with the gold.
Hamels and manager Charlie Manuel were said to be seen hanging around
and having their picture taken with Punk on the field before Monday's
game, as well as some members of the Cubs. Punk also threw out the
first pitch on Friday.
As for Monday Night Raw (spoilers), it turned out to be far more entertaining than the Phillies game.
were treated to the first two rounds of a tournament that will
supposedly crown a new WWE Champion, and chairman Vince McMahon was
informed by real life son-in-law Triple H that the publicly traded
company has charged the wrestler-turned-executive with taking over
If you've ever been into this stuff, the
last month has been great. If not... hey, look! There's a picture of
Cole Hamels holding the WWE Championship.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
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. Jerad Eickhoff, P