There were two good things at last nights Phillies v. Mets game and one of them was the free Jimmy Rollins figurine I got. The game was by far the most crowded I have seen CBP this season. They reported it as a sell out and the biggest walk up crowd in ball park history. This was good and bad. Part of the reason was the great showing of Mets fans. They are loud and obnoxious much like Philly fans. I actually saw a number of Phillies fans (I'm presuming, they were wearing Eagles gear and doing.. Eagles chants) get kicked out of the section I was sitting in for.. get this.. "using foul language"? That was a bit surprising to me.
What else was horrible? The traffic. Along with 43,500 people come a lot of cars. The traffic was so bad it almost wish I had stayed home to watch the game. The combo of roadwork on 95 and 476 was brutal.
And yes, the Phillies played the Mets and lost 8-5. Brett Myers never got into his groove. I think the balk which he was called for early on really got him flustered. Even after being down early, the Phils got back in it and were only down one when Uggie came in to give up 2 more. 3 runs down is a whole lot harder to dig out of than 1 run down. The Phils never mounted a final run at the Mets and lost the series opener.
What was the other good thing that came out of the night? Aaron Fultz doing a Superman dive head first into home plate. That guy moved up about 6 notches on the like-ability scale. Cheers to Fultz.
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.
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.