WATN: Bobby Abreu

WATN: Bobby Abreu

Abreu made his debut tonight for the Yankees going 0-3 with a base on balls and a run scored.

Jayson Stark's most recent writings over at ESPN will make you depressed.  Some lowlights:

  • Now presenting the most lopsided deadline deal of this millennium:
    Abreu and Lidle for four guys the Yankees already have forgotten they
    ever employed.
  • "I keep asking myself, 'Is there something I don't know about Bobby
    Abreu that they know?' " said a high-ranking official of a team that
    would have loved to add Abreu in a less complicated, dollar-signed
    world. "I'm just baffled that they could not get anything back for a guy this good. And they paid him $1.5 million to waive his no-trade clause. And they just tossed in Cory Lidle -- tossed him in. I know for a fact there were teams that offered better prospects for Lidle alone. I don't get it."
  • To make this kind of trade, just for the joy of cashing out, simply
    tells the sport that either you think Abreu is outrageously overrated
    or your team is in major financial trouble -- or both.

To kick us while we're down, the New York Times get in on the act:

  • The Phillies are more disgraceful than the Yankees. They play in one of
    the largest markets in the country, and they act like a small-market
  • They stumble and bumble in other ways, too. Instead of hiring Jim
    Leyland as their manager before last season, they hired Charlie Manuel.
    Now Leyland has turned the Detroit Tigers
    into the best team in baseball, while the Phillies have faded from view
    in the face of the Mets’ demolition of the National League East.

It's always sunny in Philadelphia, isn't it?

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

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.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

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.