There's no more hockey for a while. It all ended so quickly last night and now we're left with a big void in our lives. We'll need to fill it somehow. For some, they may spend their time watching more baseball, or researching some SABR stats trying to explain the Phillies' recent struggles. For others, they may get into the Philly Union or the World Cup and try to really learn the beautiful game so we can understand just how phenomenal Rev's posts are. For the crazies, maybe you'll spend some time studying up on Doug Collins and the debate over who should be selected number two overall in the upcoming NBA draft. Oh, and Kulp will be reading every OTA tweet like it was sent from the Emergency Broadcast Service. Life or death stuff coming out of those OTAs.
Me? I'll be headed to Boston tomorrow to take in the Phillies series at legendary Fenway Park. I was hoping to have to cancel that trip.
The kids over at the Maple Leafs blog Down Goes Brown have a pretty good list of things that hockey fans can do this offseason.
- Buy an expensive bottle of wine, light a few candles, cook a romantic
meal, and eat it alone in the dark after realizing your spouse left you
two months ago.
- Head to library and sign out a collection of the world's greatest
sonnets; come home and see if any of them are the right size to prop up
that wobbly leg on your bigscreen TV stand.
- Touch up resume, send it to the Chicago Tribune for upcoming sports
- Figure out the names of the guys in the band that sings that "Chelsea
Dagger" song. Find them. Punch them all repeatedly in the face.
Check out their full list here.
What are you going to do with your life now that it's your own once again?
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P