The Philadelphia Phillies’ winning streak reached a season-best five games on Friday thanks in big part to A.J. Burnett. Not only did Burnett go the distance in the 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, but he helped himself at the dish as well, crushing an RBI double off the centerfield wall. Burnett was nothing less than gracious after the game. He credited Carlos Ruiz for the idea to use the changeup to keep the Cardinals’ batters off balance—a pitch not known to be in Burnett’s repertoire. He credited Cole Hamels for setting the tone for the entire rotation, which posted a 2.21 earned run average this past trip through. Then Burnett shared. Unprompted, the 37-year-old told CSN’s Gregg Murphy what made this outing “extra special.” In 16 Major League seasons, Burnett’s grandmother had never made it out to a game… until now. [mlbvideo id="33898255" width="640" height="358" /] It was the rare postgame interview that was both thoughtful and insightful. Oh, and the moths in that video are no joke. Remember what it was like watching the first half of the Snow Bowl between the Eagles and Lions last year? Picture that, only replace the snow with moths. Burnett had something to say about that as well.
Burnett on the massive swarm of moths that descended on Busch Stadium: "They were hitting me. It’s a mess out there." #Phillies — Jason Wolf (@JasonChadWolf) June 21, 2014
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Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke will sign an autograph for me, but not former Phillies reliever Pat Neshek.
Years ago, when Greinke played for the Kansas City Royals, he autographed a baseball for me before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Neshek, however, was not as lucky.
In addition to pitching for the Rockies, Neshek is an avid baseball memorabilia collector. He has written about it in the past on his website, and apparently is a frequent poster on the Sportscollectors.net message board.
Hat tip to Deadspin here: Neshek recently posted on the message board under the username "heat17" about a dispute with Greinke at a game against the Diamondbacks a few weeks ago, ripping the starting pitcher for refusing to sign an autograph for him.
Neshek wrote ...
"I asked him at the all star game if he would sign for me and he said he would... so a couple weeks ago we played them and I sent over the cards I needed signed... basically 3 league leaders cards with Kershaw and Wainwright already done and 2 from 2015 to complete the set. He said no... I waited around for him during batting practice and went up to him and he totally denied having the conversation at the all star game... I then asked why this was a problem and he said it's because "I wear him out." Hard to wear someone out when he has never signed for me. This is the only a-hole in major league baseball that has been a turd to me."
Neshek later compared Greinke's behavior to a few other MLB players he has dealt with in the past, but said he has "never seen anything like Greinke."
"So going back to the conversation I said can you just get these done it will take 5 seconds... just draw a little z on them for me... He said no I will never sign for you... I walked away... a couple minutes later I confronted him in the outfield while he was jogging and told him what I thought of him... he just kept on running then said I wouldn't even sign for your kid if he asked.... I wanted to laugh knowing he had probably thought of that line for a long time and that was the best he could come up with... I then let him know what I thought of him again and being the socially awkward guy he is ran back to the dugout and went inside. Soooo I'm done with this guy. I'm basically gonna have to trade with someone on here to 50/50 them down the road."
When his message board posts recieved attention, he poked fun at the issue on Twitter.
After a few hours of attention, it seems like Neshek has moved past the dispute.
If you thought the New York Giants couldn't look any worse, you were wrong.
After the G-Men's abysmal MNF loss against the Detroit Lions, a video of two Giant fans fighting in the MetLife stands surfaced this week.
The video of the fight begins with a man in an Odell Beckham jersey arguing with another fan in a white t-shirt. Allegedly, the argument started when the fan in the jersey threw up on the man in the white shirt, and then escalates when the Giants fan in the jersey throws a punch at the other fan.
The man in the white shirt retaliates by grabbing the fan in the jersey and throwing him down three rows of seats. Eventually, security made it to the area and restored peace.
The video made its rounds on Twitter and some fans had fun with it (see tweet here).
Sitting at 0-2, New York will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles this Sunday and try to avoid losing a second game against a division opponent. Maybe a Giants win will calm their fans down a bit.