Roy Halladay wasn't supposed to be the Phillies starting pitcher on Sunday afternoon when the weekend began, but a pesky 18-inning affair on Saturday night forced the Phils to change Doc's scheduled Sunday start from Reading to South Philadelphia.
Halladay was asleep late Saturday night when the team informed him of the change in plans. You can watch him tell the story in the video above. He wishes he could have had more sleep, obviously.
Not only did Halladay make the unexpected start for the Phillies but he managed his return well and helped the team earn a victory. Yes, his velocity was down, but he believes that is the facet of his game that will take the most time to get back.
It was pretty remarkable showing given that Halladay underwent shoulder surgery roughly 3.5 months ago and many believed at that time that his career as a Phillie was over.
Instead, he pitched on Sunday and he looked pretty good, finishing the day after six innings, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
And the Phillies win.
Following the game, Halladay said he still believes he can win a World Series in Philly:
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.