Game Chat: Phils Face One of Baseball's Worst in Minnesota

Game Chat: Phils Face One of Baseball's Worst in Minnesota

The Phillies continue inter-league play this evening when they kick off a three game set with the floundering Minnesota Twins. As Matt Gelb points out, the Phillies may have happened into some luck this evening by getting Twins starter Nick Blackburn's turn in the rotatin. His 7.75 ERA is the highest of any starter in the bigs with at least eight starts.

He'll go up against Kyle Kendrick for the Fightins. From CSN's "What you need to know:"

Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44 ERA) takes the mound for the Phillies hoping to
put behind him a dreadful five-run, five-walk outing against the

It was the kind of misstep Kendrick hasn’t been having
lately. He’s made 17 starts since last July 6, and in those 100 innings
he has a 2.97 ERA.

Utley Utley Utley

You can tune in to watch Chase Utley's first at-bat in Clearwater this evening right here. Hope will start your car.

8:10 start tonight from the midwest. Tonight's lineup: 1. Rollins, 2. Pierre, 3. Pence, 4. Thome (DH), 5. Victorino, 6. Wigginton (1B), 7. Ruiz, 8. Fontenot (3B), 9. Martinez (2B)

Swag? Or Fake Swag?

Apparently the Phillies were wearing some custom t-shirts that Hunter Pence had made. They showed the Liberty Bell and read "Fake Tough," a clear homage to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo ripping on Cole Hamels for plunking Bryce Harper earlier in the season. Hey, at least it shows this team still has some ... swagger??? Is that swagger? Or is it just a questionable fashion decision? At least it's something.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

The City of Philadelphia did an incredible job hosting the 2017 draft.

And it still wasn't enough to keep it. 

The NFL has announced the 2018 draft will be held in the Dallas Cowboys' home, AT&T Stadium. Dallas — or technically Arlington, Texas — will be the third city to host the draft in three years, following Chicago and Philly. 

It has been rumored for months that Jerry Jones had his city as the favorite to host the next draft. Turns out those rumors were right. 

Good luck topping what Philly did in 2017 though. 

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.” 

The 2018 draft will begin on April 26. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas. 

According to the NFL, at the 2017 draft, a record 250,000 fans attended the three-day event along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The estimated economic impact for the city was $94.9 million. 

“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”

Aside from the numbers, the draft in Philly was aesthetically pleasing. The television shots from the Parkway were gorgeous and the vibe around the entire event was special. 

Things went so well, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O'Reilly said the draft in Philly was a "resounding success." 

It won't be coming back in 2018, but the next time it does, the city will be ready.