Larry Andersen's Attempted Cotton Candy Robbery Falls Short

Larry Andersen's Attempted Cotton Candy Robbery Falls Short

Not many highlights from the Phillies loss on Tuesday in San Francisco but clearly the most enjoyable half-inning of the game came when T-Mac and Wheels talked about Larry Andersen trying to steal cotton candy from a vendor only to have L.A. attempt a sugar swipe once again.

At least that was entertaining. The Phillies, not so much on Tuesday night. Joe Blanton does not reward those troopers who stay up late into the morning hours quite like Roy Halladay does. Heavy B wasn't great but as Charlie pointed out after the game, Joe kept the Phils in it.

The sixth inning, when the Phils had the bases loaded with no outs and could only get one across the plate was the most frustrating sequence in an overall frustrating night.

Other nominees for most frustrating moment include Placido Polanco's awful tag on a steal at third by Buster Posey which would lead to more runs being allowed. Chooch had Posey flat nailed but the tag was just bad and missed Posey's hands entirely before they reached the bag. Polly's 0-4 was also not enjoyable in any way.

For more on the game, check out Jim Salisbury's full recap.

>>Phils fail to capitalize on chances in loss to Giants

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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.