Phillies Silence Mets Fans (at least for a night)

Phillies Silence Mets Fans (at least for a night)

Tonight was a beautiful evening for baseball and the Phillies bounced back from their poor showing last night to beat the Mets 8-4.  CBP didn't seem as crowded as the previous night,  people must really love having those 6 inch figurines on their mantle, but it appeared to be another sellout.  For the second straight night there were Piazza jerseys all over the place, but tonight, they kept their mouths shut for most of the evening.

Jim Thome came out of a funk to hit a solo shot deep to right field which put the Phillies up 2-1 after five.  Big time props to Robinson Tejeda for another great outing.  You couldn't have really asked much more from this guy so far.  He went six solid innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 earned run.

The Mets tied the game in the top of the seventh when Madson got into some trouble, but the Phillies got out of a jam and took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh.  Everyone's favorite Phillie came up with the go ahead single, scoring Thome, and the runs kept coming.  (short video clip I took of Thome scoring after the jump.)

Lieberthal actually knocked in a runner in scoring position and after a few walks Kenny Lofton came up with the bases loaded.

I like this picture because you can see Lofton running out of the batters box and the 3 Phillies on the bases on the move.  All 3 would eventually score and Lofton would have a double.  He has been playing very well lately and I'd like to give him some props.

Ugueth looked shaky giving up another longball and Wagner completed the game.  It never seems he can have a low pitch inning though.


This picture features the Dirty "The Camera Loves Me" Bird Man giving the thumbs up after Lofton cleared the bases.  In a post game interview the DBM was quoted as saying, "You better tell everyone on your site that my record is now 10-1 at Phillies games this season."  These facts could nither be proven nor disproven.

My season total is now at 7-3 (I believe) after last night's loss and tonight's win.  In a phone interview with the loyal Mets fanatic, Bryan from Garden City Park when asked about his thoughts on the Mets loss tonight responded, "Mets need to play better."

Here is the promised video of Utley knocking in the go ahead run.  Right click and "Save As."  Notice the person who jumps in front of the camera.  Download MOV00822.MPG

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.