Yoenis Cespedes Owns Home Run Derby, Can't Say We Didn't Warn You

Yoenis Cespedes Owns Home Run Derby, Can't Say We Didn't Warn You

Well, hopefully even with our predictive spoilers, you were able to enjoy the best Home Run Derby in half a decade. Just as we called it, Yoenis Cespedes laid waste to the 2013 Home Run Derby, smacking a total of 32 home runs--and he could've probably hit a bunch more if that wasn't all he needed to pass second-place finisher Bryce Harper. If this doesn't teach you about the backwards principles of always choosing the least predictable HR derby winner, nothing will. (For the record, we also called David Wright being a let down, which was almost too easy, though we were off on the second-round leader choking in the finals, since that was also Cespedes.)

It was a hell of a thing watching Cespedes. Aside from one cheapie he hit just over the line in left in the finals--which made up for the shot to deep center he missed by a half an inch just before--it seemed like every single one of his dingers was a moon shot, no-doubters off the bat that ended up in the second and third decks all over the field. His outrageous high-arcers stood in sharp contrast to the screamers that Harper hit, which were no less impressive in their line-drive velocity. The home run was on full display in all its grandeur tonight, and not a single contestant--not even Wright--posted anything close to an 0-fer, a nice change of pace from the last few years.

Good times, even with no Domonator. Hopefully he'll show up big time at tomorrow night's game to demonstrate what the NL was missing in this one.

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.