On Twitter, Curt Schilling Battles Philly Bloggers over Evolution

Last night on his Twitter account, former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling (aka @gehrig38) got into it with some Philadelphia Phillies bloggers. They weren’t talking about a possible rebuild for the Fightin’ Phils or debating the merits of the 1993 Phillies’ starting rotation. No, they were arguing evolution.

Here’s how it started:

Yes, Curt Schilling attempted to convince people on Twitter that the theory of evolution was wrong with a YouTube video. This… seems like the wrong way to go about it, but, hey, tweet about whatever you want.

Schilling, of course, got a lot of blowback after posting the video. But most amusing was that he argued with Phillies bloggers Ryan Sommers and Zoo With Roy.

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The Phillies Won the World Series Six Years Ago Today

Six years ago today, the Phillies won the World Series.

Here is what I remember: Hugging my girlfriend. Walking up to Broad Street and high-fiving every stranger along the way. Some dude freaking out about my “Red Means Go” t-shirt, which was the giveaway at the 2006 opener. People ripping a tree out of its planter and passing it around the crowd. Fans dancing on top of a bus shelter — which then collapsed. Some fans chanting “I smell weed.” Hugging a man after he sold me a bootleg t-shirt. Hugging friends. Hugging strangers.

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Philly’s 10 Best Pro Athletes on Twitter

References to the Almighty God. Mentions of Jesus Christ. Bible verse citations. Heads up about heading into practice. Vague references to “grinding” and/or “putting in work.” Thanking Uber for the ride. The Twitter lives of many Philadelphia professional athletes can be pretty banal.

But that doesn’t mean all of them are social media dullards. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 Philly jocks who make it a point to bring their best game on Twitter — follow-worthy, all of them.

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Philadelphia History Museum’s First City Social

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A beautiful Indian Summer evening greeted guests Tuesday at the Philadelphia History Museum’s (PHM) first City Social fundraiser which was held in their garden.

Formerly the Atwater Kent Museum, the PHM opened two years ago after a renovation and a name change for the museum that holds the city’s treasures and history. Since that time more than 40,000 people have visited, including 3,000 school children, to learn about Philadelphia history through the art, objects and artifacts in the collection.

At the first City Social, the board of trustees honored Mayor Michael Nutter and First Lady Lisa Nutter for their contributions to the city. During the evening’s program, the museum gave the couple a beautifully framed copy of the Lenape Wampum Belt (the original is on display in the museum). Philadelphia’s first couple gifted the museum with the signed Taney Dragons t-shirt and cap that the mayor wore this summer during the Little League World Series, as well as his 2008 Phillies World Series Ring. Funds raised from the event will help maintain and acquire more artifacts for the museum, as well as support the new interactive exhibits which will be installed this year.

Photos from the Philadelphia History Museum’s City Social after the jump »

Phillies Deny Report of Big Changes

UPDATE: The Phillies have released a statement on Howard Eskin’s report of the Phillies’ ownership shakeup, and have denied any forthcoming changes to the partnership.

[Original 6:05 a.m.]Big changes are coming to the Phillies, Howard Eskin reports — and in fact the changing of the guard began to take place earlier in the season.

According to Eskin, the changes break down like this:
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Time Is Running Out for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

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The 2014 baseball season in Philadelphia passed without a whimper.

The last game was a Sunday matinee where Cole Hamels pitched another gem … and lost. And the Phillies resigned themselves to the fact that they had finished in last place with a dreadful 73-89 record that doesn’t figure to improve that much in 2015.

Do you remember when Citizens Bank Park used to be a cool place to be? The Phillies had the biggest attendance drop of any team in major league baseball this year — about 600,000 fewer people came to the ballpark than in 2013.

Now I will never be the owner of a major league baseball team. But if I could be, and I was one of the major parties that owned the Phillies, I would not be happy with this kind apocalypse. And I would be kicking some ass.

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The 16 Best Phillies GIFs of 2014

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These are the saddest of possible words:
“Rollins to Utley to Howard”
Trio of Phillies, all in their thirties,
Rollins and Utley and Howard.
An NL East dynasty turned into rubble
If they’re all back next year, problems may double
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Rollins and Utley and Howard”

With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams

The Philadelphia Phillies finished up their season yesterday the same way they finished the last three: Out of the playoffs. The Phils finished with a 73-89 record for the second consecutive year. In yesterday’s finale, Cole Hamels pitched well and took the loss — an event that happened far too often for a pitcher that posted a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts but finished with just a 9-9 record.

With the Phillies out of the playoffs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite animated GIFs I made of Phillies games this season.

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Ex-Phillie Mitch Williams Suing MLB Network, Deadspin

Hey, what’s ol’ Mitchy-poo been up to? Oh, I see: He’s suing MLB Network and Deadspin stemming from a report Deadspin posted about Williams’ behavior at a youth tourney game this April.

Williams, the Daily News reports, is suing MLB Network for wrongful termination and defamation and Deadspin for defamation. After Deadspin posted its report — which included allegations of foul language by Williams and photos of him chest-to-chest with an ump at an under-10 tournament in New Jersey — Williams admitted being ejected from the game, but claimed it was the ump who was the problem.

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