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Gritty Earns The Phillie Phanatic's Respect Through Dance Gritty Earns The Phillie Phanatic's Respect Through Dance

The greatest mascot in American professional sports took another step towards earning total admiration from the Philadelphia faithful on Saturday when he decided to have a dance party with the true O.G. of the charming-but-still-creepy mascot game: the Phillie Phanatic. The opening hug alone should indicate just how…

Philly's Grounds Crew Uses Flamethrowers To Dry Wet Field, HAS FLAMETHROWERS Philly's Grounds Crew Uses Flamethrowers To Dry Wet Field, HAS FLAMETHROWERS

Monday night’s scheduled Nationals-Phillies game was postponed when the Philadelphia grounds crew couldn’t get the field ready for play, despite there being no significant rain at game-time. The issue, it turns out, came down to heavier than expected rain over the weekend, or possibly a miscalculation by the…

Joe West Gums Up Phillies' Strategy With Textualist Reading Of Foreign Substance Rule  Joe West Gums Up Phillies' Strategy With Textualist Reading Of Foreign Substance Rule 

A strange thing happened in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s Cubs-Phillies game. Veteran umpire Joe West, working third base, noticed Phillies reliever Austin Davis pull a notecard out of his back pocket before pitching to Addison Russell, and decided he needed to know more, and brought the game to a halt.

That Phillies Loss Might've Been The Season's Most Brutal That Phillies Loss Might've Been The Season's Most Brutal

There’s an old baseball saw that you should never make the first or third out at third base. What does the conventional wisdom say about making the third out—the game’s final out—trying to tag up and move to third base, but leaving second base before the ball is caught?

Mark Reynolds Punctuates Meltdown By Throwing Batting Gloves At Umpire

Nationals international man of mystery Mark Reynolds was displeased by a called strike three in the top of the eighth inning in Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies, when umpire Sam Holbrook rang him up on an 0–2 outside fastball after an enthusiastic frame-up by Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro. Reynolds stomped…

The Phillies Are Going To Miss The Playoffs Because They Keep Losing To The Mets The Phillies Are Going To Miss The Playoffs Because They Keep Losing To The Mets

The Phillies played a marquee game on national cable last night, so of course they lost, falling 8-2 to the Mets in the 2018 MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport and losing a chance to climb back into first in the NL East. The Phillies lost 3 of 5 in the series, bringing them to 5-8 against the Mets this season.…

The Mets Made The Phillies Look Like The Mets The Mets Made The Phillies Look Like The Mets

The New York Mets are the greatest baseball team of the past two days. Following up on a 16-5 drubbing of the Orioles on Wednesday night, one of the biggest laughingstocks in baseball took down the Phillies this afternoon by a staggeringly competent score of 24-4. Those 24 runs today are a Mets franchise record.

César Hernández Circles The Bases On A Bunt Thanks To Diamondbacks' Errors  César Hernández Circles The Bases On A Bunt Thanks To Diamondbacks' Errors 

In the eighth inning of the Phillies’ game against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, two throwing errors by Arizona led to César Hernández touching ‘em all on a bunt.

Maikel Franco Punctuates Walk-Off Dinger With Incredible Bat Flip

Every bat flip demonstrates a certain amount of contempt for the bat. Something like who needs this piece of shit or get this fucking thing out of my face, odd and rude attitudes to have towards a tool that just helped you do one of the coolest things in baseball, which is sock a mighty dinger.

Phillies Go Yard Seven Times, Allow Us To Remember Some Guys Phillies Go Yard Seven Times, Allow Us To Remember Some Guys

The Phillies scored five runs in their final five innings—one in each frame—to pull away from the Reds for a 9-4 win and extend their lead in the NL East to 2.5 games. The youngest team in baseball appears to be no fluke, or at least, they’re starting to be confident they’re not, which is maybe sort of kind of like…

The Dodgers Waved The White Flag The Dodgers Waved The White Flag

The Dodgers ran out of relievers, and that was just fine with Trevor Plouffe. “I’m going to win the game right here,” Plouffe said to himself as he walked to the plate in the bottom of the 16th, set to face Dodgers outfielder Kiké Hernandez, whose appearance on the mound was somewhat inexplicable, given that Rich…

Let's All Laugh At Dellin Betances Trying To Hit Major League Pitching Let's All Laugh At Dellin Betances Trying To Hit Major League Pitching

The Yankees are already a 50-win ballclub, and nobody on that team gets strikeouts at a higher rate than relief pitcher Dellin Betances. That’s why I don’t feel too bad laughing along with his teammates as Betances learns what it’s like to be on the other side of Major League pitching. In the eighth inning of a win…

Phillie Phanatic Shoots Woman In Face With Hot Dog Gun, Sends Her To Hospital Phillie Phanatic Shoots Woman In Face With Hot Dog Gun, Sends Her To Hospital

The Phillie Phanatic aimed his hot dog gun, pressed a button and fired into the stands. The duct tape-wrapped hot dog flew through the air … and hit Kathy McVay in the face. It knocked off her glasses, gave her a black eye and sent her to the emergency room. She has to ice her face every 20 minutes.

Jorge Alfaro's 89-MPH Throw To Second Is A Base-Stealer's Nightmare

The Phillies have been winning ballgames, more than anyone expected through this point in May. Some attribute that to pumping up the rotation with Jake Arrieta, Odubel Herrera’s scorching start, or Gabe Kapler’s cosmic management, but there also are the little things that don’t come through in the box score, like…

Odubel Herrera’s On-Base Streak Ended Even Though He Got On Base Odubel Herrera’s On-Base Streak Ended Even Though He Got On Base

Odubel Herrera didn’t start opening day, but since then, he’s been on fire: He leads the National League in batting average, at .344, and is 10th in slugging. (Yes, genius manager/fedora wearer Gabe Kapler benched his best player, now a legit NL MVP candidate, for the first game of the season.) The Phillies are a…

Shortstop Pedro Florimon Pitches Perfect Inning, Then Socks Mighty Dinger Shortstop Pedro Florimon Pitches Perfect Inning, Then Socks Mighty Dinger

The dreaded Cardinals chased Phillies ace Jake Arrieta after just three innings in Friday night’s gloomy, rain-delayed tilt in St. Louis. The score was then 4-0; by the time reliever Drew Hutchison finished the sixth inning it was 9-2; the game finally became a laugher when Yacksel Rios allowed another three runs in…

Max Scherzer Is A Fire-Breathing Dragon Max Scherzer Is A Fire-Breathing Dragon

The marquee pitching matchup of the day had former Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Jake Arrieta pitching the rubber match of the Phillies-Nationals series. Arrieta was fine—he allowed a run on two hits and two walks in six innings—but Mad Max was downright historic:

Pedro Florimon Ruins The Nationals With Slick Glove Fake-Out

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez and four relievers held a banged-up and disappointing Nationals lineup to just two hits in Saturday’s 3-1 Phillies victory. The Nats engineered eight walks in the game, but left eight runners on base and were 0-3 with runners in scoring position. They did, however, put speedster Trea…

Pug Terrorized By Phillie Phanatic While Trying To Enjoy Ballgame

The Phillie Phanatic celebrated his birthday yesterday by inviting a whole bunch of dogs to hang out with him at the ballpark. Some even performed in an agility contest! With the Phillies trailing in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Phanatic said hello to this unsuspecting pug and maybe kinda sorta tried to eat…

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