Gary "Sarge" Matthews
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The boys of summer made their Comcast debut yesterday against the Yankees in spring training ball. It was a beautiful Florida day, the sun was shining, the grass was green, and Harry the K's voice was heard on televisions all across the Delaware Valley. It was a glimpse of warmer months ahead with flashes of Cole Hamels' brilliance. It gave me that itch.
Fans also got to hear the sultry sounds of Gary "Sarge" Matthews in his new role as part of the Phillies broadcast team. Level contributer Matt P. suggested Sarge sounds much like the creepy old guy from Family Guy. Granted, it was their first day as a new crew, but put me down as not impressed. His voice is very soft and somewhat monotone -- the kind of voice you'd expect to hear doing a PGA event. Somewhat Ironically, while the Phillies were playing on Comcast on Sunday, the familiar sounds of Scott Graham could be heard on another Comcast station, CN8. Graham was one of the announcers doing Drexel basketball's game against Virginia Commonwealth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Drexel was downed 63-56, leaving them on the bubble.
I realize this was Matthews first day with the new squad and I won't write him off after one game, but it was not an encouraging performance. Did yesterday's game leave other Phillies fans craving the Graham Slam? Beerleauger gives a run down of some more serious observations, mainly outfield issues, from yesterday's exhibition.
Previously at The 700 Level: What Happened to Scott Graham?
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.