The Texas Rangers completed their sweep of the Phillies on Thursday afternoon, but our old friend Cole Hamels wasn’t the one silencing our bats — he had to sit out the series due to injury. That’s a shame: It would’ve been fun to see Cole pitch, even as an opponent, although a real return to Citizens Bank Park certainly would be even more ideal – as he himself mused to reporters this week. Read more »
Ed Wade famously described Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling as a horse every fifth day, and “on the other four days, he tends to say things which are detrimental to the club and clearly self-serving.” The reader was left to fill in the punch line: A horse every fifth day, and a horse’s ass the other four. Read more »
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon after being ejected form the game for hitting Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (not pictured) with a pitch in a September 23rd game.
Jonathan Papelbon is at the height of Wildwood boardwalk fashion.
The former Phillies closer was traded to the Washington Nationals in July of last year, was disappointing as the team’s new closer, then got into a dugout fight with NL MVP Bryce Harper late in the season.
He’s still the Nationals’ closer for the 2016 season. And at the start of spring training last week, Papelbon held a press conference apologizing for his role in the fight with Harper last year. “I was in the wrong,” he said.
But, according to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, Papelbon had an idea for a shirt he’d wear to the press conference: One with cut-off sleeves that read, “Obama can’t ban these guns.” Read more »