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Phillies special 'Players Weekend' uniforms feature dope hat, lackluster jersey

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Phillies special 'Players Weekend' uniforms feature dope hat, lackluster jersey

When the Phillies play the Cubs at Citizen’s Bank Park August 25-27, both teams are going to look very different.

In a joint venture by the MLB and the MLBPA, the first “Players Weekend” has been announced, giving players a vastly different look and the ability to use nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.

First, the look.

More reserved than some of the other MLB teams, the Phillies will be in these home white jerseys with a large Phillies 'P', while the Cubs will sport a two-toned blue with a large Cubs logo.

The hat is a bit more of a deviation from the normal look.

The hat the Phillies will wear for Players Weekend is red with a baby blue Liberty Bell, which will likely be a big hit at the team store that weekend.

Here’s how all 32 teams will look in their new uniforms.

Finally, perhaps the biggest change of the weekend is that players will be able to wear nicknames across the back of their jerseys. Diego Ettedgui Lacau, communications representative and Spanish interpreter for the Phillies provided this sneak peek at the names the Phillies picked to appear on the backs of their jerseys.

Some players, Nola and Nava, chose to keep things classic with their last name, but others, really got creative with their names. Aaron Altherr appears to pay homage to the famous Key & Peele Substitute Teacher skit with A-Aron, Nick Williams will be known as Nicky Dubs and Ricardo Pinto shall be known as Pinto Bean. Others like Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco and Tommy Joseph chose names we are familiar with as they went with Torito, Whitey and Tojo.

Players will also be able to customize their cleats and bats throughout the weekend, so there’s sure to be a lot of interesting looks out on Major League diamonds that weekend.

Nnamdi Asomugha ... the movie star?

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Nnamdi Asomugha ... the movie star?

Eagles fans certainly know that Nnamdi Asomugha knows how to be a part of drama. So given his experience with the Birds' 2011 "Dream Team," it's only fitting that the former cornerback is still starring in dramas.

Only now, he's doing so on the big screen.

In a lengthy feature published by Bleacher Report Tuesday afternoon, the former Eagle talked in depth about his transition from being an NFL player to a big-time actor, and Asomugha specifically hit on some of the problems from his time in Philadelphia. After the 2011 NFL lockout, the Eagles signed him to a $60 million contract that never panned out, with the team sputtering to an 8-8 season and eventually cutting him just at the beginning of the Chip Kelly era in 2013.

“It wasn’t like I could spend much time talking about defenses and schemes,” Asomugha told Bleacher Report's Joon Lee of the free-agent frenzy following the lockout. “It was ‘pick the team, the head coach and make a decision.’ And that’s what we did.”

Asomugha, who married Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington in 2013, made his acting debut on an episode of Friday Night Lights back in 2009 and will star in the upcoming film, Crown Heights. The full-length feature won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Flim Festival and will be released August 25.

But the piece also spends a significant chunk of time on Asomugha's fateful two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. Apparently, he was good friends with Jason Babin and according to Lee, the former Pro Bowl corner would rather not talk about his years with the Eagles (yet, still does at length...).

Here are some quick hits from Asomugha in the story:

 On why the "Dream Team" never panned out:

“We all just came in trying to learn and trying to pick it up as quickly as possible. It was never a feeling of ‘I’ve been here before. We’ve done this before. I can come in with the same confidence that I had before.’”

On the controversial report that he was eating lunch outside the NovaCare Complex in his car:

“It was interesting that that came out because guys would go home, guys would eat in their car. It’s not an abnormal thing on any team. We’d eat in the training room. We’d eat in the locker room. We’d eat in all sorts of places.”

On leading a quiet life:

“I’m really bad at self-promotion. I know that about myself. People told me all of the time, ‘You could be such a big star if you just talked about yourself more,’ but I’m not good at that. It’s always been about team.”

If you want to read the full story, click here. If you want to instead reminisce and cry about the "Dream Team" that never was, watch this mini-doc from the Eagles' 2011 season:

Cole Hamels' ridiculous mega-mansion is up for sale

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Cole Hamels' ridiculous mega-mansion is up for sale

Have $10 million and need 19 bathrooms? Then Cole Hamels’ Branson, Missouri mansion can be yours.

According to Realtor.com, Hamels and his wife Heidi are selling one of the most over-the-top homes you’ve ever seen. The listing price is for a cool $9.75 million and the inside is completely unfinished, so you’re going to need a few more bucks to finish the job.

Hamels began building the 32,000 square-foot home in 2012 while he was still with the Phillies, but the couple has decided to relocate to the Dallas area rather than Missouri, where his wife is from.

Sitting on 104.7 acres of land with more than 1,700 feet of shoreline, this one-of-a-kind residence boasts some ridiculous features. In addition to the 10 bedrooms, the home has 13 full bathrooms and six half bathrooms. There are four separate living areas and includes a second kitchen, exercise room, wine cellar, elevator and a massive three-car barn/garage. There would have been plenty of room for Cole to display his World Series ring, and MVP trophies from the NLCS and World Series.

Hamels has one year left on the 6-year, $144 million contract he signed with the Phillies with a club and team option for 2019. After the 2019 season, Hamels will be 35 and a free agent. Perhaps he’ll need a new place to live.