Alan Rangel is a pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization. We were previously unaware of who he was until he tweeted a photo of himself alongside Phillies legend Ryan Howard.
The thing is, The Big Piece is rocking Braves gear.
That said, I'm happy for Howard to continue his career and maybe get a shot at another championship (if he gets red hot and eventually traded from the Braves to a contender this summer).
But seeing Howard in another uniform is similar to seeing Chase Utley in a Dodgers uniform for the first time. Or Jimmy Rollins. Or Carlos Ruiz. It just makes us kind of sad.
Howard inked a minor-league deal with the Braves last week. Some wondered whether RyHo would ever get a chance, but as Corey Seidman pointed out, "Howard was one of 111 major-leaguers who hit 20 or more home runs last season. Other than David Ortiz, who retired, Howard was the only one of those players not on a major-league roster."
Personally, after the shock of seeing Howard in a Braves' uni wears off, I wouldn't mind seeing him in a game at Citizens Bank Park this summer. I'd give him a nice ovation for all of those years of service.
When Eagles' fourth-round pick Mack Hollins drives up to Philadelphia from his hometown Rockville, Maryland, he's going to have two companions.
Hollins, the UNC receiver, is a big fan of exotic animals. His two snakes — a ball python and a sunglow boa — were sitting by him as he spoke on a conference call with Philly reporters on Saturday afternoon.
According to his bio at North Carolina, Hollins' dream job is to one day own a "world-renowned aquarium."
"I actually have both my snakes here now," Hollins said. "I've had turtles. I was going to get an alligator at school, but my roommates weren't really all for it. My dad had a lion growing up, so we've had it all."
Where do you keep a lion?
"His dad had it in a big cage in his yard," Hollins answered. "I guess in Ohio, the permits aren't as difficult to get exotic animals. Might be where I get mine from. I don't know how Philly will feel about some of the exotic animals, but I might have to get a couple."
For now, though, Hollins is sticking with his snakes. And he plans on driving them to Philly.
"It's nothing but an hour drive," he said. "I'll put them in a car and load them up. I might come with nothing but the snakes."
The NFL and the city of Philadelphia have really put on a spectacle for the thousands and thousands of fans who descended on the Ben Franklin Parkway over the past few days.
But you don't have to be in front of the Art Museum exactly to see the NFL's influence on the city. All you have to do is drive down Interstate 76 through Center City at night while the draft is going on and you can't miss which team is on the clock.
That's because the entire side of the Cira Centre building that is connected to 30th Street Station lights up with the logo of whichever team is on the clock.
You can see our above video which features the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and Pittsburgh Steelers. No confirmation to the reports that birds flying over excessively pooped on the building when the Dallas Cowboys' star lit it up.
The Eagles shared a pretty nice shot of their logo lighting up the building as well.
It's just another nice touch to what has been a wonderful event so far for the city of Philadelphia.