Cinco Tres son Muy Caliente

Cinco Tres son Muy Caliente

It was less than 10 days ago when I was sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley listening to Sid taunt Bobby A. for only having  3 HRs.  Bobby proceeded to go yard that day and when he did, Sid booed.

Since that Sunday game at Wrigley, Bobby has been nothing short of an MVP with a bat in his hands.  You don't have to like Bobby Abreu, but you can't argue with the fact that his recent hitting surge has been impressive.

The Phillies took the series opener against the Cards but their defense looked horrific.  Jimmy Rollins had two errors for the first time in his career.

Ryan Howard finally went yard, hopefully this will help him get things going and allow him to stay in the line up once Thome comes back to DH.

Corey Lidle pitched well and the bullpen held on, but Billy Wagner has seemed very human in his recent appearances.

Everyone's favorite presidential candidate Pedro from Napolean Dynamite was in attendance, he had a microphone at one point and screemed, "I love Philadelphia!!!" to cheers.  Larry Anderson was sporting a Vote for Pedro tee shirt.

Pedro singing "Take me out to the ballgame" Picture from Yahoo.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."