If you're anything like us you're not great at planning. The Phillies are playing the Washington Nationals down in DC in just about a week from now and we still can't decide if we're going to make the trip down there.
So it pleases us that the Phillies and MLB are going to give us plenty of time to make plans to attend what David Montgomery and the organization hopes will be the next All-Star game in Philadelphia... in 2026.
Why are the Phillies hoping for the Mid-Summer Classic in 2026? Well, Google the word sestercentennial and you'll find out.
According to the Daily News, the Phillies are hoping to host the All-Star game so far out into the future because that would be the 250th anniversary of the Unites States of America.
"We think the Year 2026 is a pretty special time for this city and our
country," Phillies president David Montgomery told the Daily News on
Wednesday. "We were fortunate enough to host the All-Star Game in 1976.
If we were to get in line and get that opportunity a couple years
before, it would foreclose the opportunity to host in 2026."
At least the Phanatic will already have an outfit picked out.
Photo by Jim MacMillan
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.