You may not have decided where to watch the Super Bowl yet, but MLB.com/Live has your pregame viewing all worked out. Word is they had to decline a strong bid from Failblog.org, but MLB.com will be airing the August 26, 2008 game in which the Mets [spoiler alert!] choked away a 7-0 lead to lose in 13 innings.
It was an amazing game in front of 45k plus at the Bank, and Charlie had to go way beyond his regular bench to do it, even pinch-hitting Brett Myers. Little did we know what valuable experience Brett was gaining at the plate despite striking out that day. Clay Condrey had a double. Chooch played 3B. Chris Coste didn't start the game, but he finished it with four hits. Gaaaddamn I'm gonna miss me Scott Schoeneweis this year.
"If we go on to win the division, this will be the game to look back
on," Coste said afterward. "Whether we won this game or lost it, it
wasn't going to make or break the year, but the way in which we won it
reinforces the fact that the Phillies are never out of the game,
regardless of the score."
3 PM today. MLB.com/Live. Click on "Winter Classics." Thirteen of the most important innings of 2008 Phillies baseball, on their way to being WFCs. [Update: While the original MLB.com article says 2PM, the game feed page says 3PM.]
Finally, just for fun, do a Google image search for mets fan.
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.