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::grabs head, screams::

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
Juan Samuel: not happy
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What’s most difficult about the Phillies right now isn’t that they’re bad, it’s that they’re frustrating. I mean, don’t get me wrong. They’re bad. But they’re frustrating and embarrassing, too. It’s a giant cluster of horribleness, and if you’re reading this post, I commend you for wanting to read more about this team instead of running away and reading about literally anything else.

WHY DID ODUBEL HERRERA RUN THAT STOP SIGN

I was actually watching the game last night when this happened. The Phillies had a five-run lead at one point, and it had been an enjoyable game. Nick Pivetta had been dealing, and then things started to fall apart. I just had no idea how far they’d fall apart until ODUBEL HERRERA RAN THROUGH JUAN SAMUEL’S STOP SIGN. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH. (Please read Justin Klugh’s rendering of the blown stop sign heard ‘round the world, in which he talks to a cartoon bird.)

The best part about this is that he didn’t even run through it. HE RAN AROUND IT.

The fabulous Emma Baccellieri over at Deadspin has some very instructive gifs of this play as well. I love Odubel Herrera, but that was absolutely terrible. Good Lord. I can’t gif this due to the draconian MLB rules, but in the dugout at the start of the next inning, Juan Samuel was SO. ANGRY. He could not believe what had happened. But he’d shaken off the anger by the end of the game.

Maybe you should, Juan! ::weeps::

There were some good things in last night’s game

It wasn’t all bad. Aaron Altherr had this amazing catch.

And Nick Pivetta had an amazing start, for the most part.

Cole Hamels: Still Awesome

Guys, Cole Hamels is living his best life, and he’s not doing it in Philadelphia.

I hope Rangers fans know what they have in this man. I hope they treasure him.

I MISS YOU COLE HAMELS. I MISS YOU SO MUCH.

Cameron Perkins: Philadelphia Hero

Guys, Cameron Perkins clearly knows his way to the hearts of Philadelphia fans everywhere.

In case you don’t know, that’s this song.

Then, the official Hall & Oates account retweeted Zolecki’s tweet, and Matt Gelb had a question.

AND WE GOT AN ANSWER!!

God I love Philadelphia.