The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are the best.
They certainly have marketing down pat.
Their latest gem came Monday. When you head to the team's official website, IronPigsbaseball.com, the first thing that pops up is a graphic promoting Thursday's home game against Rochester. What made it so great? They highlighted the opposing pitcher, which happens to be 44-year-old veteran Bartolo Colon.
Lehigh Valley wanted to make sure fans knew "Big Sexy" would be taking the Coca-Cola Park mound.
The 5-foot-11, 285-pounder is a presence out there, alright.
The Phillies have seen him plenty over his long career. The IronPigs will get him Thursday night.
"Big Sexy" should have a big challenge against Lehigh Valley, which is 55-35 and boasts a stacked lineup.
This would be a fun game to go to if you're a Phillies fan.
After getting pretty beat up by minor league baseball experts, J.P. Crawford continues his recent hot streak.
Crawford pulled off a play on Wednesday night that you certainly don't see every day. He hit a rare inside-the-park GRAND SLAM.
But he should have been out. The solid throw from the outfield to home plate clearly had him beat but the catcher was pretty nonchalant with his tag and Crawford managed a pretty good slide underneath.
It was Crawford's ninth home run of the season.
Lehigh Valley went on to beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2 and Crawford finished the night 1-3 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.
They always say to be a closer, you've got to be a bit whacky.
Ken Giles seems to have that down.
The former Phillie always seemed to have the intensity and intimidation.
I mean, look at this ...
Well, add the peculiarity to his focus and arm.
Prior to Wednesday's game against his old club, Giles was getting the mind right with some important meditation in the Astros' bullpen, which you can watch in the video above.
As you can see, this guy is clearly meant for the ninth inning.
And, hey, when your team is 67-33 and 17½ games up in first place, you're allowed to be this loose.