Ryan Howard The Modern-Day Willie Stargell?

Ryan Howard The Modern-Day Willie Stargell?

Ryan Howard continued on his MVP caliber season last night by tying Mike Schmidt's single season Phillies HR record at 48.  Phillies fans have been in awe of Howard all season.  Schmidty's accolades towards Howard are something I didn't really expect to hear.  I love hearing great players talk about great players:

"He might be the modern-day Willie Stargell," Schmidt said of Howard.
"Lefthanded hitter with a distinct approach to hitting that I'm sure
guys will be imitating for years. Young kids holding the bat out, sort
of like [Jim] Thome... . He's making that extension with the bat, just
like Stargell used to windmill that bat and set it as the pitcher was
winding up. They both can hit the ball in the upper deck. Willie used
to hit some of the longest balls in the history of the league, and they
talked about them, just like they're talking about some of Ryan's home

If the Phillies make the wild card, how can you not give Howard the MVP?

The Inquirer has some great audio of Schmidt talking about Howard catching Mike Schmidt's Phillies record.

-Schmidt praises Howard's punch [Inquirer]

St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.

“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.” 

The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.

Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.

Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend


Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

While things in the world of the Phillies are going about as poorly as anyone could have expected, Chase Utley reminded us over the weekend that he is still a bad man at the ripe old age of 38.

Check out this sick diving stop he made over the weekend during the Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins.

Just Chase being Chase.

Oh, and earlier in the weekend Utley is sprinting out of the dugout to get up in people's grills when Giancarlo Stanton even looks in his teammates' direction. Miss that guy. Always.

(Let's just ignore his numbers on the season (.205/.302/.289))