Today in Philly Sports History: Schilling to Southwest, 2000

Today in Philly Sports History: Schilling to Southwest, 2000

The Phillies were having a dismal season in 2000 as the trade deadline approached. They were 11 games under .500 on July 26th, 2000, with more bad news coming down the pipeline--ace pitcher Curt Schilling was on his way out of town. Dissatisfied with the Phillies' performance over the last few seasons, Schill had pushed for a deal to a contender, and GM Ed Wade granted it by sending him to the then 56-44 Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, the Phillies got pitchers Vicente Padilla, Omar Daal and Nelson Figueroa, as well as first baseman Travis Lee. "I will leave here with nothing but the best memories on and off the field," claimed Schilling in his post-trade conference. "I was booed so much less than I probably deserve to be booed here, which I don't think too many people leaving Philly can say."

"The reality of the deal is that we are giving up, obviously, one of the top starting pitchers in all of baseball," Phillies GM Ed Wade said at the time. "In getting these four players, we answer a lot of needs. Did we get Curt Schilling back in this deal? Obviously we didn't." True to say the least, although considering some of the hair-pullingly lopsided deals Wade and Gillick made over the course of the decade, we did at least get back a little value here. Padilla would be one of the team's front-end starters for several years, Lee at least had an above-average 2001, despite ultimately being a disappointment, and Figueroa served OK that season as a fill-in starter as well. (Daal would be less serviceable, leading the league in losses the next year with his 4-19 record).

Schilling, though, went on to combine with D'Backs starter Randy Johnson as the most dominant one-two pitcher punch in 21st century baseball, as the two powered the Diamondbacks to the '01 playoffs (setting the single-season record for combined strikeouts by teammates) and got named co-MVPs in the World Series. Schill would also win a pair of rings after moving to the Red Sox, all while the Phils struggled with Padilla, Randy Wolf, Kevin Milwood and Jon Lieber as their makeshift aces. His time in Philly will likely endure as a somewhat checkered one, but Phils fans certainly didn't know what they had until it was gone with Curt Schilling.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.