As our friend Gonzo wrote yesterday, things down at Citizens Bank Park feel a bit like the days of old... only a little different. So with playoffs out of the picture, we've got to look for other small pleasures, like 90s retro night and... Spacehog.
Yes, it's 1990s retro night at the ball yard and the Phillies will be rocking the throwback unis during the game and fans will be treated to a Spacehog performance pregame.
It's gonna get weird. Vance Worley takes on Bronson Arroyo. No Kevin Frandsen tonight, sadly. Polly is back in the lineup at third.
7:05 lineup per usual.
Here's a list of some of the special happenings at CBP tonight, per the Phillies:
PHILLIES 1990’S RETRO NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
Utley51639 4 x 6§ Retro Uniforms:
Both the Phillies and the Reds will be wearing 1991-era uniforms, the final season the Phils wore burgundy pinstripes.
‘90s Reunion Party in Ashburn Alley, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Special celebrity look-alikes and characters from 1990’s TV and movies.
Phanavision Player Headshots:
Phillies players will be featured as TV & movie characters from the 1990’s.
Plenty of 1990’s entertainment:
Tommy Greene, author of a 1991 no-hitter and member of the 1993 NL Champions, will throw the ceremonial first pitch and take part in a pregame autograph session at the Phillies Authentics Shop on the Main Concourse from 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Pregame performance by Spacehog
Phanatic Spice will join the Spice Girls for their second reunion of the summer!
Return of the Wolf Pack!
Pregame reunion of popular radio personalities from ‘90s stations 103.9 WDRE and Y100 at McFadden’s from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Special ‘90s version of Citizens Bank Phan Trivia Challenge
Plus, plenty of in-game treatment from 1990’s music, movie clips, TV, trivia and more!
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.