Jimmy Rollins' Red Bull Ball Park Cranks Promotion a Hit (But Not a Real Far One)

Jimmy Rollins' Red Bull Ball Park Cranks Promotion a Hit (But Not a Real Far One)

Jimmy Rollins' Red Bull Ball Park Cranks promotion went off without a hitch on Monday afternoon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the scenic Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Well, almost without a hitch. They did have to adjust the mound and homeplate placement slightly to account for Jimmy pulling the ball instead of hitting everything to dead center. But once bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer moved the temporary mound about 15 feet to J-Roll's right, Young James started swinging. [photos and video below]

Billmeyer didn't need any binoculars to see just how far Rollins' batted balls were going. Jimmy did have two or three swings that were awe-inducing, but they didn't come remotely close to 567 feet, the record Jimmy was swinging for.

Rollins farthest ball on the day, while swinging with a souped up metal bat, was 463 feet.

The kind high schoolers from St. Joe's Prep came out to shag fly balls way out on the Parkway, but they didn't see much action in their no-doubles defense. The kids were out near the 500 feet sign, and the only way anything got to them was on a bounce.

But this event wasn't really about Rollins setting a record. Even the Mad Scientist who developed the bat for Red Bull, when asked beforehand whether he thought Jimmy had a shot at a record, was hesitant to give his real thoughts.

"Be honest," Rollins said with a smile. Maybe if they had an F-18 jet engine blowing wind out toward center, he could have had a shot, the scientist finally admitted.

But the day was not without its highlights. This here sports blogger won a 5-dollar bill off of the Inquirer's legendary John Gonzalez by taking the "under 500 feet longest ball" bet.

And then there was Jimmy Rollins watching Jimmy Rollins on the big jumbotron they had set up. J-Roll isn't just entertaining to Phillies fans, he's quite entertaining to himself.

So the thousand (?) or so fans who came out on their lunch break didn't see a world record set, but they did get to see J-Roll take a few hacks on the scenic Ben Franklin Parkway.

Not a bad lunch.

>>More photos from the event by Nick Waters [Flickr]

The view out from home before they moved the mound to the right:

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.