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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The first of many for the kid.
Travis Konecny on Tuesday night scored goal No. 1 of what should be an exciting and promising career in orange and black.
Not only was it the 19-year-old's first NHL marker, but it ignited a third-period comeback from three goals down as the Flyers stunned the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center with a 4-3 shootout win when they looked dead in the water at second intermission.
"Obviously, it makes it 3-1," Brayden Schenn said of Konecny's special moment. "It gets the crowd going a bit. It gets us going. Any time a guy scores a first goal, like I said, it gets a little more excitement through the building and through our team."
The goal wasn't of the flashy variety, but it epitomized the youngster's complete game. Teammates have routinely praised Konecny for his willingness to score ugly by finding the greasy areas — as we so love to call them — and doing work, despite his a not-so-intimidating frame.
So skillfully, Konecny deflected a power-play point drive by the other 19-year-old Ivan Provorov. Like a little kid — then again, he is a teenager — Konecny leapt into the boards in celebration, smiling ear to ear. In came Provorov for a big hug. Watching those two have fun is fun.
Flyers fans, frame this screenshot and hang it somewhere (and don't you dare cut out Matt Read). Meanwhile, for Konecny's goal and the celebration, watch the video above.
The Phillie Phanatic is just like you and me. He hates being stuck in an office.
ESPN posted the below video of the Phanatic being forced to wait around an office for some sort of interview and an idle Phanatic is a mischievous Phanatic.
He starts out by trashing former ESPNer Skip Bayless, finds some Mets' swag to desecrate, and finishes off by going all Office Space on a desk chair.
It's fun for the whole family.
Not sure why the ESPN people didn't just let him post for the Body Issue like the people over at Sports Illustrated.