Kevin Kolb Still Loves the Eagles

Kevin Kolb Still Loves the Eagles

It's strange to think that the three quarterbacks that the Eagles had on their roster two seasons ago are now all starters in the NFL, albeit with differing levels of success in week one.

Donovan McNabb had a wormball of a weekend for the Vikings while Kevin Kolb made the Arizona Cardinals management feel a bit better about all of that cash they shelled out for him. Kolb was great over the weekend and on Monday was asked about his old team on the Scott Van Pelt Show.

"If we don’t win it, I want them to win it. I truly mean that. I
love those guys over there and I wish them the best except for Week 10
or 11, whenever it is that we play them."

Not exactly the same response you'd get from that guy on the Vikings, is it?

It's pretty clear that Kolb has maintained a great relationship with his former team, including the guy who took his job from him. Mike Vick did his weekly show on 94 WIP on Monday evening and talked about how he and Kolb are great friends and actually texted each other after Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers' crazy good performances on Thursday night's season opener. Vick said something along the lines of, "Now we gotta step it up," or something similar, noting that Kolb and Vick need to put up big outings on Sunday to stay at the top of the best quarterback conversation.

I'd say they succeeded in week one. And it's nice Kolb still thinks fondly of his old teammates.

Andres Blanco fractures left index finger, likely heading to 15-day DL

Andres Blanco fractures left index finger, likely heading to 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH --- Utility infielder Andres Blanco suffered a fractured left index finger in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

Blanco was injured when Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco slid into his hand during a play at third base. Blanco was making his second straight start at third in place of Maikel Franco, who was out with a sore left wrist after being hit by a pitch Friday from Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Franco took over at third for Blanco, who hit a solo home run off Pirates rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon in the first inning. Blanco is hitting .271 with four homers in 75 games this season.

Meanwhile, catcher Cameron Rupp was not in the lineup after being hit in the left ear flap of his batting helmet on Saturday by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Carlos Ruiz started behind the plate.

Rupp passed Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol both Saturday and Sunday.

"If you get hit in the head, you probably want to take a little bit more precaution than if it was another part of your body,” Rupp said.

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.

Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.

A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.

Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.

In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.