The Evster Checks In on Desean Jackson’s Twitter Account

The Evster Checks In on Desean Jackson’s Twitter Account

If you’re not on Twitter yet, then you’re living a lie.

Between Coco tweeting out pics of her bonkers bazooka butt, Rob Delaney’s absurdity and Richard Simmons’ zest for absolutely everything (he’s going to the movies today!), Twitter is by far the best thing going in this world. Even better than Federal Donuts. Yep, I said it. I SAID IT.

And the best thing about Twitter (slightly better than the bazooka butts) is getting to see what our favorite athletes are up to ALL THE TIME.

What a world we live in!

Wanna know what Shaq’s eating for breakfast? IT’S ON TWITTER! Wanna tell Bubby Brister that he can suck your butt? HE’S ON TWITTER! Wanna keep track of what Desean Jackson is doing this off-season? THAT WAS SIMPLY A RHETORICAL QUESTION SO I COULD TRANSITION INTO WHAT THIS WHOLE BLOG POST IS ABOUT!

So without further adieu, let’s check in our main man, D-Jax.

Oh, you know, just the Eagles #1 playmaker tweeting pictures of himself with his “Snoopie app.” No big deal. Just a two-time Pro Bowler, rap label entrepreneur and all around P.I.M.P. instagramming pictures of himself LOOKIN’ HARD AS A MUHGGG while rockin’ blue shades and cartoon diamonds!!!

Ugh, you’re so damn cute, Desean, even though you spelled Snoopie wrong. Who am I kidding? That somehow makes you even cuter! I love you D-Jax. I’m downloading this app immediately. Also I had no problem with you falling backwards into the end zone that one time. THAT WUZ DOPE.

Okay, first of all, no one b like dat. I’m sorry Desean, I’m your biggest supporter, but there is no person in this world, NO PERSON IN THIS WORLD, who b like “Jac keep it ROLLEN tho”. Trust me on this, D-Jax, trust me. I know there’s a lot of people out there who love you, and a couple of people out there who understand what the hell you’re talking about, but I assure you, no one b like dat.

This picture is fascinating in so many ways.

First of all, the Orlando Magic are beating the Chicago Bulls?!?! In Chicago?!?! And they’re using the old squads, so someone is playing with MJ, and they’re still losing to Michael Doleac and the Magic?!?!?

Second of all, what the hell is Desean Jax doin’ hangin’ out with Chris Brown?!?! That guy is SCUM. Desean! Stay away from him! Bruno Mars prolly likes video games too!

You gotta figure that the dude in the upper right hand corner has to be using the Bulls, because he looks SO SAD. Chris Brown is just rollin’ him, wapping threes with Nick Anderson, wearing a dumb hat (WHO WEARS A WINTER HAT IN LAS VEGAS?), while Bill Wennington can’t hit a wide open 15-footer.

I could write about this picture for HOURS, but I’m gonna move on.

But before I do! Why is that guy on the Magic -- possibly Bo Outlaw? -- SO TIRED??? He’s bent over and pulling on his shorts!!! Put a sub in, dude! Ike Austin, maybe? Or Matt Harpring? Someone!!!

Adorbz!!!

I’m proud of lil Cam too!!!

Although I think the buttons on his shirt might be messed up.

What’s up with his collar?

I love Twitterrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

You can follow Desean on Twitter @DeseanJackson10. You can also follow The Evster on Twitter @TVMWW. I’m not sure if you can follow lil Cam yet, but one day maybe, one day. 

Mackanin benches Maikel Franco and Michael Saunders as Howie Kendrick ramps up rehab

Mackanin benches Maikel Franco and Michael Saunders as Howie Kendrick ramps up rehab

Having seen his team's offense produce just six hits and one run in the previous two games, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin benched Maikel Franco and Michael Saunders on Tuesday night.

The benchings could last more than one game.

"I'm not going to tip my hand because I don't know what my hand is yet," Mackanin said. "I feel like I have to do something to get some offense in the lineup and there comes a point in time where I’m trying different things.

“At this level you’ve got to produce. You want to play, you’ve got to hit and they have to understand that. Nobody is here on scholarship."

Franco and Saunders opened the season hitting fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Phillies' batting order.

Entering play Tuesday, Franco was hitting just .221 with a .281 on-base percentage and a .377 slugging percentage.

Saunders was hitting .227 with a .273 on-base percentage and a .383 slugging percentage.

Franco was leading the team with 28 RBIs and tied for second with six homers, but his inconsistency and inability to harness his free-swinging approach was wearing on Mackanin. Franco swung wildly at breaking balls on Monday night and struck out twice. The 24-year-old third baseman has worked hard on developing a more disciplined approach with hitting coach Matt Stairs, but has been unable to consistently incorporate those adjustments into his game.

Mackanin said he was surprised by Franco's consistent struggles. He hoped the benching would take some pressure off the player.

"Befuddled is a good word," Mackanin said. "As much as he works in the cage and on the field in batting practice and does it right, when he gets in the game his head is still flying and his bat is coming out of the zone.

"You’ve heard me say this many times: Hitting is like riding a bike. I can’t teach you to keep your head in there. I can tell you to do it, but you have to do it on your own and he’s got to figure it out. Guys have to figure it out. They have to figure out how to get the job done. Whether it’s cut down on your swing, choke up, use a different bat, use a different stance, do something different. If you make outs the same way over and over, it’s not going to change."

Andres Blanco started at third base in place of Franco and Ty Kelly was in the lineup in left field with Aaron Altherr moving into Saunders' spot in right.

Quite notable was that on the same day that Franco and Saunders went to the bench, Howie Kendrick ramped up his rehab from an abdominal strain. He took batting practice outdoors for the first time since the April 15 injury. He could be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment later this week and be ready to play in the majors next week. Kendrick can play both corner outfield spots and both corner infield spots, so he could push Franco and Saunders for work if he hits and they continue to struggle.

Lifeless Phillies should call up red-hot Roman Quinn ... why not?

Lifeless Phillies should call up red-hot Roman Quinn ... why not?

The Phillies are a lifeless team right now.

For a while the starting pitching was the biggest issue, then it was the bullpen, now it's the offense. The Phils have hit .224 since May 12, which was when their 2-7 road trip began. 

Their .268 on-base percentage over that span is worst in the majors and their .613 OPS is better than only the Mariners.

Players up and down the lineup are slumping. Odubel Herrera has hit .207 with a .246 OBP since the ninth game of the season. Michael Saunders hasn't given them much at any point. Maikel Franco had an eight-game hit streak snapped Monday, but even still is hitting .221 with a .281 on-base percentage. 

At this point, why not bring up Roman Quinn and play him every day? It makes too much sense right now.

Daniel Nava went on the 10-day DL Monday with a hamstring strain suffered Friday in Pittsburgh. It doesn't seem to be a serious injury, but why not use the open space as an excuse to bring Quinn up for at least a few days and see what he's got?

Quinn could infuse some energy and life to the top of a sputtering lineup. Bat him second, play him in the corner outfield and see what happens. At the very least, he'd be a defensive upgrade over Saunders. At the most, Quinn's hunger to stick in the majors could result in a hot streak that sparks the top of the order the way Herrera does when he's hot.

Quinn is hitting lately at Triple A, batting .333 with a .424 OBP over his last 15 games. He showed last September that he can be an offensive catalyst with his ability to beat out infield singles, bunt for hits and spray the ball. Yes, he strikes out too much for a leadoff-type hitter, but it's just hard to see the downside of a call-up right now.

The argument against bringing Quinn up now is that it's too early to sour on Saunders, a player the Phillies signed in hopes of trading at some point. But think about how much Saunders would have to do to have worthwhile trade value. Yeah, you could flip him somewhere for a negligible return or some salary relief, but he'd have to be extremely productive for at least a month to get a team interested in trading a minor-leaguer of any value for him.

Pete Mackanin has tried many things to spark the Phils' lineup, moving Herrera and Franco down, sitting guys, challenging guys. The best solution, perhaps the only solution right now, might be a move made over his head to promote the Phils' speedy, switch-hitting outfielder who has a future with them so long as he stays on the field, which he has this season.

As for Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro, who have also hit very well at Triple A, they just happen to play the same positions as Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp, who have been the Phillies' most reliable bats the last few weeks.