You see that picture to the right? That's Pat Burrell roughly 4 nanoseconds before watching strike three zoom into the catchers mitt.
It just so happened that I found myself with some great seats for Monday's game against the Cubbies at Citizens Bank Park. When I walked into the suite I noticed the label on our neighboring suite read The Lieber Family. If you've sat in a suite at CBP you'd know that you have your little inside area with a bar setup and TV, etc. But in the outside seating portion you are basically sitting next to the suites to your right and left, much like any other seat in the park.
Perhaps one of the more awkward situations I've been in at a baseball game occurred when one of the young ladies I was with who had never been to a Phillies game said something to the effect of, "this guy is really sucking, huh?" This after Lieber gave up a 3 run homer in the first inning. Being roughly 4-6 seats away, the look on many of the Lieber clan's faces was rather unpleasant.
Anyway, the Phillies performance as a whole was pretty similar.
The one positive from the evening was the atmosphere at the park for portions of the game. The Phillies gave all fans a towel with the Phillies 'P' on it. When Jose Hernandez came to pinch hit with the bases loaded, the vibe in the crowd was electric. The entire park was waving their towels in anticipation and excitement even though the Phillies were down by 6 runs. Hernandez hit a grand slam and the crowd ate it up.
I can't imagine what this place would feel like in a real playoff atmosphere. It'd be awesome.
A video of Ryan Howard NOT hitting his 58th HR and a picture after the jump.
This video is a waste of your time. It looked good before I uploaded it to YouTube, I swear.
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c