It was a very good weekend for Phillie fans as the Fightins swept the Padres at CBP. I spent Sunday at the park and it was a wonderful day for baseball. I was at the game with out of towners (Baltimore, New York, Boston) and they all loved the new ball park here in Philly.
One of the most exciting plays of the day, which also proved to be one of the most important, was after Ryan Howard doubled in Abreu and Lieberthal was intentionally walked with 2 outs to get to Myers. Myers stepped to the plate and ripped a double left which scored Howard. Instead of striking out to end the inning, Myers helped himself and also allowed Jason Micheals to come up after him to knock in two more, giving the Phillies a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Myers went six strong innings giving up only one earned run and K'ing 6. The pen came in and shut down the padres. Great job by Madson, Frenchie, and Wags.
Ryan Howard continues to make a place for himself in the hearts of Philly fans. We need a nickname for this guy. Anyone? Howard went 3-4 with a RBI and a run scored, just missing a home run as well.
With both Atlanta and Washington losing, the Phillies are now 3 games out of both the division and the wildcard. Tomorrow the Phillies open a series in Houston which should be one of the more important series of the season.
Crappy phone pic from Sunday's game after the jump:
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