Antonio Bastardo mere seconds after he closed the game for the Phillies. Shortly after he was interviewed about the big win…
A couple of Philadelphia legends hooked up at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon when 67-year old Phillies skip Charlie Manuel invited 46-year old WBC Lightweight Champion Bernard Hopkins down to give a little motivational speech to his team. And unlike that time Donovan McNabb ignored him when he did the same for the Eagles, the Phillies seemed to relate to the champ.
The Press of Atlantic City‘s Susan Lulgjuraj (I *dare* you to pronounce that correctly) was on hand and said Bernard’s message was simple — stay hungry and always act like you’re the underdog. Sure, it might sound a bit cliché, but you have to remember that the guy delivering this message could whoop everyone’s ass in that room.
When that’s the case, you tend to listen a little more closely.
After The Executioner talked to the team, he stepped on the field to chat with reporters, and was his usual hilarious self. Watch the video after the jump, but I’ve gone ahead and transcribed my favorite exchange:
Reporter (Marcus Hayes, I think): What’s the highest level of baseball you ever played?
Bernard Hopkins: I was on Broad St. about thirteen years old I was chasing somebody up the street with a bat.
B-Hop: [dead serious] Literally. I’m not proud of that, I don’t know the guy, I hope he’s still around. But I remember that — seriously — it was at Broad & Glenwood.
Reporter: How about a bat and a ball?
B-Hop: See — he didn’t say that!
Again, watch the rest of the (highly entertaining) Q&A session after the jump.
Boxing champ Bernard Hopkins pays Phillies a visit | Press of Atlantic City
Bernard Hopkins talks to the Phillies [Video] | Delco Times
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Vance Worley (2-1) 2.83 ERA
PHILLIES: Vanimal was working on a no hitter of his own last time he pitched against the A’s, unfortunately his pitch count was higher than me this past weekend. Sorry for that lame analogy. But it explains the missing game threads.
John Lackey (5-6) 7.36 ERA
RED SOX: I have a feeling the Red Sox are going to hit Worley pretty hard, so hopefully the Phillies beat up on this troll equally as bad.
Thanks to James Fayleez for the Clarence Worley pic.
According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, The Nationals have inked former Phils left-hander JC Romero to a AAA deal. He’ll be playing in Syracuse with the Sky Chiefs until the Nats need him in the big leagues again.
I’m not really sure why Romero would turn down a minor league assignment from the Phillies only to turn around and accept one from the Nationals. Maybe he wanted to be with a team with a shot at the playoff– HAHAHAH I’m sorry, I couldn’t even get it out. I thought I could, but nope. HAHAHA
Cliff Lee would have would thrown a no-hitter last night if it weren’t for one complete dick of a beatwriter. The Inky’s Matt Gelb bucked tradition and violated the rule that you don’t talk about a no-hitter that’s in progress.
Gelb’s reaction to the angry responses he received was basically “Psh. Whatever, nerds.” And OF COURSE immediately after that, Marco Scutaro singled to break up the no-no in the sixth. In reaction, Twitter banded together to reveal all the other things that the one we affectionately refer to as the Koala spoiled:
I started things off. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m hilarious.
Loctastic is evidently making a very obtuse Die Hard reference or something.
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Cliff Lee (8-5) 2.87 ERA
PHILLIES: Cliff Lee could care less who the Red Sox are. That being the case, why not throw his third straight complete game shutout?
Josh Beckett (6-2) 1.86 ERA
RED SOX: Josh Beckett leads the league in ERA this year but I feel like the Phils usually hit him pretty well. Also I hate him and wish him nothing but the worst today.
As you have probably heard, Phillies closer Ryan Madson was placed on the 15-day DL this morning with what is being described as a right hand contusion. The time missed isn’t what’s worrisome here (the DL stay is retroactive to June 18th, so he’s available to rejoin the team on July 4th), it’s the severity of the injury.
Last week, Charlie Manuel folded under questioning and told reporters that Madson had a “feeling” or “tingling” in his hand. And while I’m certainly no doctor, numbness of the throwing hand doesn’t sound like a promising injury for a pitcher. I guess the good news is that the injury actually occurred during a game on May 20th vs. the Rangers when David Murphy hit a bouncer that came up and whacked Madson on the outside of the right wrist. So it was at least tolerable.
Although since then, Madson has pitched in 13 games/13 innings, and gave up 6 earned runs, a .352 OBP against, with 11 K’s and 4 walks. Probably his worst stretch of the season.
Head after the jump for the .gif of the play the hit Madson’s hand…
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