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Former Phillies outfielder costs fan a shot at $5.6 million

Former Phillies outfielder costs fan a shot at $5.6 million

Ezequiel Carrera, who played in 13 games for the Phillies in 2013, cost one baseball fan a shot at $5.6 million in MLB.com’s popular Beat the Streak contest by going 0-for-4 in last night’s game.

The concept of the competition is for fans to select one or two baseball players a day with the hopes of putting together the longest hitting streak with results from real games. A streak of 57 games is worth $5.6 million to anyone who can last that long and one-up the record set by Joe DiMaggio.

The online contest, which began in 2001, never had anyone reach a streak of 50 games until Bryce Harper’s walk-off home run against the Phillies pushed Robert Mosley’s streak to 51 games, just six away from the big money. On Monday, he selected Kevin Pillar, who went 1-for-5 and Carrera, who came into the game batting .327.

Against starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and the Atlanta Braves, Carrera went hitless, thanks to this nice defensive play by Jace Peterson, and Mosley’s streak came to an end.

While a shot at $5.6 million was lost, Mosley can still take home the $10,000 prize for longest streak of the baseball season.

LeSean McCoy, NFL players react to Trump's comments

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LeSean McCoy, NFL players react to Trump's comments

Stop me if you've heard this one before: President Donald Trump said something controversial.

Trump attacked NFL players who have or will kneel in protest during the National Anthem during a speech in Huntsville, Alabama Friday night. He questioned the NFL and said the owners should release each and every person who takes part in protesting during the Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” 

“You know, some owner is going to do that,” Trump added. “He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump’s comments in a statement from the league. Many other players across the league made their voices heard on Twitter in response to those comments.

Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush:

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: 

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron:

New Orleans Saints second-year wide receiver Michael Thomas:

Philadelphia Eagles wide reciever Torrey Smith:

Buffalo Bills and former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy:

We can’t forget McCoy’s comments about Colin Kaepernick just a month ago when he said, “There’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions and there’s other players that it’s not good enough or not worth it.”

Lebron James, a 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player, took to Twitter to address Trump withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation to the White House for winning the 2017 NBA Championship after Trump said Curry was “hesitating.”

Sixers forward James Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way contract with the team in August:

These players are not just “sticking to sports” and are speaking out in response to a controversial topic that has engulfed professional sports.

Why sports are awesome: Joel Embiid's Twitter and Rhys Hoskins

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Why sports are awesome: Joel Embiid's Twitter and Rhys Hoskins

Sports Ilustrated gets it. The characters in Philadelphia sports are some of the best in the world right now.

On SI's list of "77 Reasons Why We Love Sports," the alien otherwise known as Rhys Hoskins and Joel Embiid's Twitter both make appearances. While the NFL Red Zone Channel inexplicably comes in at No. 1, Embiid's Twitter comes in at a worthy No. 2. His recent tweet about the Los Angeles Chargers' beleaguered rookie kicker is a great example of why Embiid is a must-follow.

Hoskins, the Phillies' record-breaking slugger, comes in at No. 65. His latest mind-bending accomplishment is becoming the fastest player ever to 45 RBIs. With Hoskins' ridiculous natural power and impressive plate discipline, this stretch doesn't look like a fluke. He could be one of the top reasons Philadelphians love sports for the next 15 years.