Jimmy Rollins: 'Don't Waste Your Time, Guys'

Jimmy Rollins: 'Don't Waste Your Time, Guys'

It's sad when the All-Star Break feels like mercy. Instead of celebrating a solid first half of the season from Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz, and Jonathan Papelbon while watching some exhibition baseball in Kansas City over the next few days, Phillies fans are instead looking forward to the fact that their favorite team can't dig their 2012 grave any further.

And I don't know about you, but I'm not going out of my way to tune in on Tuesday.

The Phillies finished up their first half yesterday by getting swept at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. The number in front of "games back" seems to get larger every day. Hope isn't just fading. It's gone.

The vibe surrounding this team was captured perfectly in five simple words from former NL MVP and clubhouse leader Jimmy Rollins following the game yesterday.

Phil Sheridan does a great job setting up the scene in the clubhouse following the loss. Players didn't want to answer questions from the media, which is pretty much the norm with the Phillies after a loss. And Jimmy provided the most perfect of brush-off lines as he walked away.

"Don't waste your time, guys."

So fitting.

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And just for fun, here's Charlie on why Shane Victorino was scratched on Sunday

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.