Holiday Viewing: Phillies Take On the Woebegone Mets in New York

Holiday Viewing: Phillies Take On the Woebegone Mets in New York

Ahh, yes. Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Hopefully you're reading this on your iPhone while sitting beachside down the shore -- worst case scenario you're in some traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway. If you do happen to be sitting in an office, we're sorry. It'll get better.

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to take it easy, and with that, the Phillies will kick off a three game set against the Mets in New York before a quick trip south to face the Nationals. Beating up on the dregs of the NL East is how the Phillies can put some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL. The Phillies should beat up on the Mets and Nats. That's what they were built to do.

You have to like the Phils pitching matchups this weekend with Roy Oswalt kicking it off tonight against left-hander Chris Capuano, followed by Hamels vs. Pelfrey, and finally Worley vs. Niese on Sunday. Even the Phillies fill-in fifth starter instills a pretty nice level of confidence in Phillies fans when facing the Mets.

Hopefully the Phils caught up on their sleep last night after the wild two wins in roughly 16 hours on Thursday. The wacky 19-inning game counts just the same as any other in the win column, but pulling that out with the team rallying behind Danys Baez and Wilson Valdez seemed to increase morale amongst the team and the fanbase more than any other victory this season.

The Mets, of course, have been going through some franchise drama that is hilarious to outsiders rooting for other teams, but must be truly painful for the Flushing Faithful. You almost feel bad for… No. No, you don't almost feel bad for them.

First pitch tonight scheduled for 7:10. Any Philadelphians heading up the turnpike to take in a game at Citi? Or transplants showing their support?

Enjoy the weekend. Eat some ice cream. Keep your beer cold. Go Phils.

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A quick note on another Mets matter, Mike Missanelli recently took an opportunity to call Mets fans "half-human, obnoxious, drunks." While we dislike Mets fans as much as the next Phillies fan, Mikey Miss seems to be falling into the same stereotypical trap that we get so angry about national columnist using when talking about Philly fans. Metsblog also claims Phillies fans are still "obsessed" with New York. He's wrong, of course. We just love a good laugh. 

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- www.Phillies.com. Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.