Weather heats up, bats heat up, and the balls start carrying. Fight at the bat rack - It's hittin season. Don't get left out! — Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) June 19, 2014
He's a damn poet. I didn't think it was possible to love Charlie Manuel any more but then he joined Twitter. And he's been killing it. The Phillies are four games out in the NL East and Charlie Manuel -- the guy people used to refer to as the country bumpkin "Uncle Cholly" -- is really good at Twitter. We live in a strange and beautiful world. Follow Charlie. The things you may learn:
On this day in 1974, #AbqDuke Charlie Manuel beat Mickey Mantle in a HR Derby at Abq Sports Stadium. Bob Feller was one of the pitchers. — Albuquerque Isotopes (@AbqTopes) June 18, 2014
The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams who will go give Tim Tebow a look during his baseball workout for roughly 20 MLB teams.
That's according to Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury who writes that the chances of Tebow making it to Major League Baseball as "extremely thin."
Then, when appearing on Philly Sports Talk on Tuesday evening, he tossed in the added bonus of shoe eating.
"I think this is more of a due dillegence thing just to say that you were there," Salisbury told Michael Barkann. "This guy hasn't played baseball in more than a decade. Before that it wasn't like he was a standout. He was more of a tools plalyer, a good athlete."
"If he ever plays a day in the big leagues I will eat my shoe," Salisbury said.
I think it's safe to say we are all pulling really hard for Timmy to make it now.
Well, is it?
It features Eagles' kicker Cody Parkey and defensive lineman Beau Allen playing the parts of Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze in 80's hit movie Dirty Dancing.
It's not enough for Eagles fans and members of the media to rip quarterback Sam Bradford. It's becoming quite popular for other NFL players to do it as well.
Credit Michael Bennett for starting the trend, as Bradford has been a favorite whipping boy of the Seahawks defensive end for some time. Now the Eagles' NFC East rivals are getting in on that action though, as Redskins cornerback Josh Norman got in on the action in a recent interview for ESPN The Magazine.
The context isn't entirely clear, as Norman's quote is provided only as a blurb in the online version of the story. Then again, not much context is really needed in this case. The message is perfectly clear.
"Have you ever once been one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league? Not that I remember -- and you want more money? I can't wait to play him twice a year."
Unfortunately, the sentiments about Bradford's standing and contract match those of many people around here exactly. The part about looking forward to seeing Norman twice this season, not exactly.
Washington was fortunate when the Panthers decided to rescind the franchise tag from Norman, making the All-Pro corner a free agent. Scheme changes often don't benefit big-money free agents at the position, but the Redskins could be an exception as they play a similar style of defense.
>> Josh Norman: 'I'm the best cornerback on earth' [ESPN]