I Was There: Almost almost no no

I Was There: Almost almost no no

First, a confession:  Cole Hamels is a big part of why the other women on the masthead at Ladies... asked me to join them to write about hotties, sports, and sports hotties.  So I make no pretense at objectivity here.  If you're looking for objective, go read the AP's story about the game.  I'll wait.

I'm a big believer in omens; those little messages from the universe that try to tell you when something momentous is going to happen.  So when I left work yesterday to head down to the CBP for Ryan Howard bobblehead night and Cole's seventh start of the season, there was a rapture-like downpour all over the Delaware Valley and four fire trucks blocked my progress to I-95.  "This is a bad sign," I said to myself.

I'm glad I ignored that thought.

Clearly a lot of other people threw common sense by the wayside too.


How much could I get on eBay for nine pallets of Ryan Howard bobbleheads?

From the Phillies Wall of Fame area in center field, I had a great view of the bathroom bullpen.  Too bad the ushers threw me out before I could watch Cole and Jeff Suppan warm up. 


After wandering around on the concourse for 90 minutes, drinking Victorino Hop Devil and growing ever more damp, I caught the grounds crew yanking the tarp off the field. 

Finally, Cole comes out to warm up.  I squee.



Eeeeeeeeee!



The minister of silly walks.



Brett Myers chats with a fan, then slugs him in the face.  Allegedly.



I think I took this photo during the first or second inning.  From my seat in Section 141, I had a very fine view of Pat the Bat.  Pat, you've got something on your pants;  let me brush that off for you.

Around the fifth, though, the atmosphere in the park changed.  People started to take notice of the Brewers' line -- a whole string of zeroes.  All of a sudden, people were standing up on every two-strike count, screaming for strikeouts, going wild on a 5-3 throw to first.  For all the flak Philadelphia fans take for their negative qualities, they're a force to be reckoned with when they get behind you.  It's hard to say who was carrying who;  Did Cole have these 40,000-or-so soggy Philadelphians on his back, or did we have him on ours?



Just look at that line!



It was Nurses' Appreciation Night at the CBP, so during the Phanatic's traditional sixth-inning appearance, he was kitted out in scrubs and a surgical mob cap. 

Eventually, though, the magic had to end (I blame it on the striped-shirt wearing douchebag sitting in front of me -- don't talk about a no-no while it's going on, dumbass!) J.J. Hardy and his stupid goatee lined a two-run homer out to Section 142.  It only took a little bit of booing for the guy who caught it to throw it back on the field, though.  Cole, with his incredible poise, fanned six of the next seven guys he faced.  What a stud.



Now Jason Bay has a friend!

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).