Cheeseboy (!) over at the DC Sports Bog has a post today titled "Caps Fans vs. Philly Fans." Steinberg takes some jabs at our loyal fanbase and then talks to former Flyer Donald Brashear about whether he's ever witnessed any crazy activity in Philly.
"No, but you always hear about it," he said. "It's mostly in
football. It's not that bad, it's just they can rock that building and
get the building going. They like the physical play and they like the
rough stuff. Philly does play physical, and they've always been a physical team, so we're gonna have to be ready to play physical."
I'll say this. I was at a Caps game on a Friday night in November and it appeared as if maybe 10,000 people were in the Verizon Center. We showed up 10 minutes before the game and sat 12 rows off the ice. Flyers fans show up every night. It's not even worth discussing. Any city can get excited about the playoffs.
He then goes on to ponder whether DC is a "hockey town." Again, DC may be a hockey town but I'd guess it's still a football town. But no matter what team gets the most love in DC, it's still a second rate sports city in terms of real fans.
PITTSBURGH --- Utility infielder Andres Blanco suffered a fractured left index finger in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Blanco was injured when Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco slid into his hand during a play at third base. Blanco was making his second straight start at third in place of Maikel Franco, who was out with a sore left wrist after being hit by a pitch Friday from Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Franco took over at third for Blanco, who hit a solo home run off Pirates rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon in the first inning. Blanco is hitting .271 with four homers in 75 games this season.
Meanwhile, catcher Cameron Rupp was not in the lineup after being hit in the left ear flap of his batting helmet on Saturday by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Carlos Ruiz started behind the plate.
Rupp passed Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol both Saturday and Sunday.
"If you get hit in the head, you probably want to take a little bit more precaution than if it was another part of your body,” Rupp said.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.
Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.
Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.
A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.
Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.
In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.