So much happened last night! Let’s waste no time and jump right in.
Pat Neshek traded to Colorado
Paul Boyé wrote up this trade last night, but holy crap this happened out of nowhere! Here’s a look at the dudes the Phillies got in this trade.
#Phillies have traded RHP Pat Neshek & cash to Colorado for SS Jose Gomez & RHPs Alejandro Requena & J.D. Hammer. pic.twitter.com/yFbSKBseno— Phillies (@Phillies) July 27, 2017
So it’s two normal guys and some dude named J.D. Hammer who looks like baby Ricky Vaughn. We’ll have more about these new minor leaguers later today.
But of course, we must say farewell to Pat Neshek. He was a reliever with a fun, funky delivery and a glorious beard. He was a reliever who had a hard time getting his story straight about why he wasn’t pitching a few months ago. He was a reliever who was the Phillies’ lone All-Star representative this year. He was, he is... a reliever. So goodbye, Pat Neshek, you reliever you!
Oh, one last thing. As many players say on their way out of Philadelphia, despite the losing team, Neshek and his family loved it.
Pat Neshek on being traded— John Clark CSN/NBC (@JClarkCSN) July 27, 2017
"Its emotional... My family loved it here... Id love to come back maybe. This would be my #1 place"#Phillies pic.twitter.com/Qr9Pv5KXMW
Pat, if you’re still pitching in a few years when the Phillies might be good again, we’d love to have you back. Or at least I would.
Apparently the Phillies scored 9 runs against the Astros?
I’m being told this happened! I was unable to watch the game last night, so I had to read Victor’s excellent recap to find out what happened, but holy crap, the Phillies put a hurting on the Astros. DELIGHTFUL! And Cameron Rupp hit two two-run dingers! I couldn’t be happier about that, because I love dingers and I love it when the Phillies do well. And Aaron Nola was apparently on point! I’m so, so glad the Phillies didn’t get swept by the Astros.
IMPORTANT J.P. CRAWFORD UPDATE
I would like to draw your attention to this INCREDIBLE J.P. CRAWFORD INSIDE-THE-PARK GRAND SLAM.
Something you don't see everyday, @jp_crawford with an inside-the-park grand slam on a grand slide! #PlayOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/sa0SKCxJW2— IronPigs (@IronPigs) July 27, 2017
Say what you want about Crawford going from third to home. If he’d been out we would be having a different conversation, of course, but he got that tag in between the catcher’s legs! And the throw beat Crawford by maybe 20 feet, if the catcher can’t get the tag down in that amount of time, that’s his problem. Crawford was aggressive because the ball felt good off the bat (it looked good, too) and he’s playing with a lot of confidence. And look at him celebrate! It’s so fantastic, he’s so happy! I love it so much, I’m going to watch that video forever.
Pete Mackanin and Odubel Herrera had a meeting
We all knew this was coming, but according to all parties, it went well! I don’t know if anyone should have expected any less. Mack said what needed to be said, Odubel heard it and listened, and Juan Samuel was also there. The whole thing seemed matter-of-fact and drama-free, which is great. That’s what we want. May this issue go away, never to come back.
Tweet of the day
Adrian Beltre is a treasure. This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen, and I’m not kidding.
Umpire just told Beltre to get in the on-deck circle. Beltre responded by dragging the on-deck circle to where he was standing. Ejected.— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) July 27, 2017
Adrian Beltre was told to move into the on-deck circle, so he moved the on-deck circle over to him and was ejected for it pic.twitter.com/PfYIxlFkCo— MLB Insider Dinger (@atf13atf) July 27, 2017
The umpire ejected him for moving the on-deck circle! The whole thing is ridiculous! The Rangers were losing 18-6 and Beltre was warming up outside the on-deck circle, and then the grumpy umpire told him to get into the on-deck circle. And because it was an 18-6 game and the umpire was being a knob, he picked up the on-deck circle and moved it to where he was standing. That is a Hall of Famer move. God I love Adrian Beltre. He’s THE BEST.
Though it may not have been just the umpire being a knob.
To be fair, if you're Adrian Beltre and *looks up pitcher's name* Drew Steckenrider gets an ump to tell you to move in an 18-6 game...— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) July 27, 2017
The pitcher’s team was winning 18-6, maybe that Drew guy should relax a bit.
This is an all-time sports GIF pic.twitter.com/D6L991talO— MLB Insider Dinger (@atf13atf) July 27, 2017
Nope, that’s not a mistake, I wanted to make that gif available to you in case you’ll need it. Because you’ll need it. Trust me.