Walk-off finishes are always exciting.
But the Phillies' walk-off in the 15th inning last night on an RBI by Nick Williams was a little late for much of Philadelphia to witness live. And it wasn't even the only walk-off celebration of the evening.
Nope. That's because the Phillies thought they had actually already won the game a half dozen or so innings earlier in the bottom of the ninth when Hyun Soo Kim slapped one to right field and scored two... or so they thought.
They even did a whole celebration thing on the field complete with showering Kim in... bubble gum around first base. But then the play got reviewed and overturned and somebody had to clean up the mess.
Even Dee Gordon got in on the cleanup action.
Fans had to stick around for another few hours or head home to bed. At least Williams would eventually pay them off for their efforts.
Dee Gordon wasn't as lucky.
"We had two walk-offs today," Nick Williams said after the game. "I think that was the first time in the history of baseball that's taken place. It was a two-celebration game. I'm just glad one of them counted."
The Phils won by a final of 9-8 in 15 innings.
The Phillie Phanatic is nothing if not persistent.
When he has his big bug eyes set on something, he goes to great length to make it happen.
So it was with great joy we got to see his wooing of Los Angeles Dodgers' reporter Alanna Rizzo paid off on Thursday -- at least in the short term.
Prior to today's matinee with the Dodgers, the Phillies broadcast showed the Phanatic setting up a lovely, romantic setting on the field at Citizens Bank Park for a date with Alanna.
"He knows exactly how to get to a ladies' heart," Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy said.
But then the Phanatic had to go screw it up like the goof that he is and spilled his beverage all over his date.
We're hoping that Phyllis does not see this clip, for everyone's sake. But part of us thinks it may have all been a ploy to punk the opposing team's media member. Maybe the Phanatic is smarter than we all think and had that up his sleeve all along.
"Do they have to put him in a cage when they take a flight," John Kruk wondered aloud.
Can't say we're super familiar with the work of Don La Greca, whose bio says he's a co-host on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's either a total joy to listen to or absolutely a chainsaw to your ears.
One or the other, tough to say.
But it's hard to argue with the impressiveness of the rant he went on regarding the New York Giants offensive line the other day.
The stats he quotes are just hard to argue with in any capacity.
Regardless of how you feel about advanced stats, I thinkk we can all agree the Eagles D-Line is gonna go all Pythagoras on the Eli this weekend.