HELLO EVERYONE THE PHILLIES WON AGAIN.
I mean, good morning! It’s nice to see that the city of Philadelphia still exists after the first night of the NFL draft. And also THE PHILLIES WON AGAIN.
I’ll have more to say over the weekend about why we should all be careful with our feelings here, and why we can’t and shouldn’t let our imaginations run away with us. But this is fun. These guys are fun. And it would be against the laws of baseball, not to mention the purpose, to not enjoy these guys while they’re fun.
Now, since the Phillies finished their game around 4:00 yesterday, and then the team and the beat writers got on planes headed to Los Angeles, we’re a little short on Phillies stories. But you’ll see I’ve picked up the slack where necessary.
The Phillies have won six in a row
It’s pretty wonderful that the Phillies have swept the Braves and also technically the Marlins (it’s tough to really say that due to the rainout). And to go with that wonderful win is LTG’s wonderful recap, which you can read by clicking here. If you want something a bit more player specific, MLB.com’s Ben Harris wrote some words about Freddy Galvis’ recent performance, as well as his total ownage of Edinson Volquez. But in addition to that, here are some tweets that should make you feel pretty good.
I love Hector Neris’s two-armed salute to the heavens whenever he locks down the win.
Phillies 3, Marlins 2. The Phillies are 11-9 with a +11 differential, their best 20-game start since 2011. They have played good ball.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 27, 2017
“Good ball.” Hell yes.
Hellickson now has 1.80 ERA through five starts after today & he's done it w/o needing Ks. Only 11 Ks in 30 IP (115 batters faced) #Phillies— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 27, 2017
Jeremy Hellickson might be a wizard. It’s time to start an investigation.
Little thing that adds up: Andrew Knapp has turned the lineup over by reaching base with 2 outs and nobody on in both ABs today— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidmanCSN) April 27, 2017
The Stache does the little things that matter.
Angel Hernandez made a good call after making several crappy ones
I was pretty hard on umpire Angel Hernandez yesterday for taking a CB Bucknor approach to umpiring, i.e. making shitty calls and asking no one for help. The biggest thing Hernandez missed yesterday was a catch in left field from Daniel Nava, which was made close to the ground. Hernandez called it a hit, but it clearly wasn’t. [Correction: Third base umpire Ted Barrett actually ruled it a hit, not Angel Hernandez, but Hernandez still sucks, as you’ll clearly see.] And everyone at Citizens Bank Park knew that because they replayed the catch on Phanavision, which is standard operating procedure. But apparently Angel Hernandez hasn’t been to a baseball game this century.
Home plate ump Angel Hernandez not happy CBP showed replay on jumbotron of Nava making shoestring catch in LF after 3B ump called it a hit.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 27, 2017
Angel Hernandez just scolded the Phillies Phanavision crew for showing the replay of Daniel Nava making a catch that was ruled a hit.— Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) April 27, 2017
How did he scold them?
He turned around and wagged his finger at the press box area. Phanavision, of course, is up the right field line.— Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) April 27, 2017
After Phillies fans started booing when it was clear Nava had actually made catch Hernandez turned around, wagged finger up toward press box— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 27, 2017
He knows that stadiums are allowed to show recent plays on the scoreboard, right? Even if it’s contested? I guess he just doesn’t like it when the unofficial replay directly contradicts a call he made, which could be avoided by him making the right call. He saw it, saw the catch, and decided to finger-wag Phanavision (or where he thinks the Phanavision staff lives) because it made him look bad, because he did look bad! DANIEL NAVA CAUGHT THE BALL YOU BLIND IDIOT.
Ahem. Anyway. None of this makes Hernandez look very good. (The next half inning, he also rung Nava up on a swing that definitely wasn’t a swing, and I thought Nava was going to eat Hernandez’s head.) But Hernandez did redeem himself when he made the correct call on a very difficult slide from Michael Saunders, where he just barely got his hand on home plate underneath (or beside, or before) the tag.
What a great slide by Saunders. Looked like he was going to be out by a mile on relay throw. A well-executed move into home plate: pic.twitter.com/qh7zjHMUWP— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 27, 2017
I can’t in good conscience not point out that Hernandez made the right call there, because he did, and it was hard. I can’t know if it’s because he really, truly saw it, or like a stopped clock or a blind squirrel, he managed to guess right. But he got it right, and the Phillies scored, and that’s what mattered.
I love Philadelphia
With the draft in Philadelphia, there were lots of chances for the excellent, passionate people of Philadelphia to make themselves known.
I love Philadelphia, the city of my birth, the home of my people, the place where my heart belongs. [BOOOOOOOOOO]
The draft, it is happening
With the draft happening over the next few days, this is a good time to remind you that SB Nation has a whole site dedicated to the Eagles, and it’s called Bleeding Green Nation, and it’s incredible. If you need or want draft coverage, you can find it there. You can find anything and everything Eagles related there. So go there!
Here are a few more draft related tweets, because why not?
Find someone who loves you like Philly loves football: dedicated to the point of insanity no matter how much you crushingly disappoint them https://t.co/f6vtRNHd5l— Robyn Shepherd (@Robyniwitz) April 28, 2017
The NFL Draft should never be held indoors again (and if Jerry Jones wants to host 2018, he needs a bigger plan). https://t.co/VhIPHWdsKb— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 28, 2017
Low bar in Philly on draft day. Fan "just happy they made a pick" pic.twitter.com/oazqguiSIR— John Gonzalez (@_JohnGonz) April 28, 2017
Listen, we have reasons to set the bar low, okay!?
There is never a bad time for Rocky music.
Tweet of the day
After careful thought, I've decided that the Phillies are fun again— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) April 28, 2017
Enough said. Have a great weekend, fam.