Isn't this a Tony Danza movie?
Watkins talked about his age.
“I don’t see it as an issue. I just took a different path to get here,” said Watkins. “I’m not collecting my 401K by any means. My body is fresh and I’ve been out in the world, and worked. I’ve met a lot of guys that are 19, 20 and this is their first job. I know what I need to do — coming to work and being mature about it.”
Are you surprised?
Last night Chase and Jennifer Utley hosted their 4th annual Chase Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night at the Electric Factory to raise money for the Pennsylvania SPCA’s efforts to fight animal cruelty. Thanks to our friends from GM of the Northeast for hooking me up with a sweet GMC Acadia to take to the event. It fit right in with the Bentleys and 7 Series in the parking lot…
Most of the Phillies were there, including Chase, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Kyle Kendrick, Ben Francisco, Cole Hamels, Danys Baez, and Mike Zagurski, among others. Heidi Hamels, Jen Utley, Cindy Francisco (CinFran!), Stephenie Kendrick, Johari Rollins, Krystle Campbell, Lindsey Lidge, and Mike Zagurski’s girlfriend (?) were all there. Sadly, no Brandy Halladay or Kristen Lee. More sadly, I knew most of those names without even looking them up.
I was there to take pics. There’s a photo gallery after the jump. I may have overdone it with the Chase and Cliff pics… There’s also a short video. It’s not too exciting, but don’t pretend like you won’t watch it.
Pic via Flyers Facebook Page
That shirt… is the greatest article of Philly athlete clothing ever worn in public. I dare you to prove me wrong. Looks like Harts got it from a company called Brooklyn Industries.
Apparent Phillies hat? Check (take notes, Mike).
Organic Eco-Heather Jaws spoof slim-fit? Meow.
Laid back what the fuck am I doing at the Zoo taking a picture with a guy in a propane (and propane accessories?) t-shirt look? Check. Check. And triple fucking check. No word on if he fell down shortly after this photo was taken.
As we ramp things up here to prepare for Flyers-Bruins Round 2 in, um, Round 2… let's look back at a few highlights of our friends to the naaaath. Boston: Beautiful city, shitty human beings.
– We'll post this again. Bruins fans throw condoms at CB writer Adam Gonsiewskiketchupandrelish.
– The Bruins awful marketing campaign from last year.
– And a video via Barstool of a Canadiens fan being serendaed at Game 7 last night. He's the guy in the centre of the screen. This is actually pretty funny. But they're still assholes.
Last year, we told you that the Mets were on the hook to pay Bobby Bonilla $1.2 million a year for the next 25 years. That is a fact. Know it, love it, take joy in it. But now comes this from an article on CNN.com about just how bad off the Metropolitans are: Not only are they paying Bonilla for services performed years ago, they are also on the hook to pay Bret Saberhagen, who left the team in 1995, $250,000 a year for the next 18 years, through 2029. The government may still be fighting over birth certificates, earth may be gone, and Darren Daulton may be lying ass up on a table in a spaceship, but the Mets will still be paying Bonilla and Saberhagan.
It gets better.
It turns out that, to prospective buyers, the Mets’ debt is closer to $625 million than it is the the reported $430 million. One contributing factor to that increase in brokedness (word?) is the fact that the Mets are seeing an 11% decline in attendance, meaning they are likely to lose about $70 million in 2011. And probably a lot of games, too.
The Amazin’ Mets, folks.
Meanwhile, in the nation’s capital, Jayson Werth is raking. No he’s not.
Thus far in 2011, Werth is batting .233 with four home runs and six RBIs. Six. His slugging percentage is .442, which – at this rate – would be his lowest total since 2005. His on-base percentage of .313 is 14 points lower than that of… Ben Francisco. The site Ology.com has a rather hilarious recurring post on Werth and wrote this satire (I think) about him:
After the Nats lost 6-4 to the Mets because of the sh*tty play of Werth's teammates, Jayson retired to the clubhouse to soak his ailing foot in ice culled from Swedish glaciers. He then hopped on Jerry Hairston, Jr.'s back to be carried out to his waiting Bentley. All just another day of hard work for the $126 million-dollar man.
Both the Mets and the Nationals will be gracing us with their presence in the upcoming week. Excitement!
There I go using one of those Yahoo common noun titles. But for those of you who don't know Jack Edwards, he is the Boston Bruins' TV announcer. He is also the owner of some of the best microgasms on the planet… and this awkward post-game rant about royalty, the Boston tea party, and, I think, the Bruins.
For realsies for a sec… his calls are excellent and something to look forward to in this series.
Now would also be a good time to remind you about the Bruins fans who threw condoms at our very own Adam Gonsiewskiburgerwithcheese last year.
Game 1- Saturday, April 30th at Philadelphia, 3 P.M. on NBC
Game 2- Monday, May 2nd at Philadelphia, 7:30 P.M. on Versus
Game 3- Wednesday, May 4th at Boston, 7 P.M. on Versus
Game 4- Friday, May 6th at Boston, 8 P.M. on CSN
Game 5- Sunday, May 8th at Philadelphia, 3 P.M. on NBC
Game 6- Tuesday, May 10th at Boston, TBD on CSN
Game 7- Thursday, May 12th at Philadelphia, TBD on CSN
Well played, Sixers. Well played. For some reason, Andre Iguodala jacked up a difficult two while the Sixers were down three in the final seconds. But we'll let it go. The Sixers surprised us all this season and Doug Collins should be proud of the job he did.
– I'm hurting from a growler of Flying Fish Summer Ale I drank last night. Highly recommended, but getting off to a slow start today.
– The Flyers will play the Bruins. Game 1, Saturday at 3 P.M. on NBC. More soon.
– J-Roll™ not only referenced the Sarge remix yesterday, but he also is on board with the Flyers. Diverse interests from J-Roll™.
– The Eagles rank 21st in the NFL in terms of social media interest. My theory? Most of the hardcore Eagles fans aren't 20 and 30 somethings who sit in front of a computer all day. Interesting story from Tim McManus. Also from Timmay, here is a roundup of who the experts think the Eagles will select in the draft tonight.
– Keep your playoff beards coming, crossingbroad [at] yahoo [dot] com.
– Video of Doug Collins appearing to flip someone off last night… after the jump.