Jimmy Rollins' Red Bull Ball Park Cranks Promotion a Hit (But Not a Real Far One)

Jimmy Rollins' Red Bull Ball Park Cranks Promotion a Hit (But Not a Real Far One)

Jimmy Rollins' Red Bull Ball Park Cranks promotion went off without a hitch on Monday afternoon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the scenic Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Well, almost without a hitch. They did have to adjust the mound and homeplate placement slightly to account for Jimmy pulling the ball instead of hitting everything to dead center. But once bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer moved the temporary mound about 15 feet to J-Roll's right, Young James started swinging. [photos and video below]

Billmeyer didn't need any binoculars to see just how far Rollins' batted balls were going. Jimmy did have two or three swings that were awe-inducing, but they didn't come remotely close to 567 feet, the record Jimmy was swinging for.

Rollins farthest ball on the day, while swinging with a souped up metal bat, was 463 feet.

The kind high schoolers from St. Joe's Prep came out to shag fly balls way out on the Parkway, but they didn't see much action in their no-doubles defense. The kids were out near the 500 feet sign, and the only way anything got to them was on a bounce.

But this event wasn't really about Rollins setting a record. Even the Mad Scientist who developed the bat for Red Bull, when asked beforehand whether he thought Jimmy had a shot at a record, was hesitant to give his real thoughts.

"Be honest," Rollins said with a smile. Maybe if they had an F-18 jet engine blowing wind out toward center, he could have had a shot, the scientist finally admitted.

But the day was not without its highlights. This here sports blogger won a 5-dollar bill off of the Inquirer's legendary John Gonzalez by taking the "under 500 feet longest ball" bet.

And then there was Jimmy Rollins watching Jimmy Rollins on the big jumbotron they had set up. J-Roll isn't just entertaining to Phillies fans, he's quite entertaining to himself.

So the thousand (?) or so fans who came out on their lunch break didn't see a world record set, but they did get to see J-Roll take a few hacks on the scenic Ben Franklin Parkway.

Not a bad lunch.

>>More photos from the event by Nick Waters [Flickr]

The view out from home before they moved the mound to the right:

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

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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.

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• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
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• Other various projects as assigned

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MLB Playoffs: Yankees storm back for win over Astros to even ALCS

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MLB Playoffs: Yankees storm back for win over Astros to even ALCS

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and level the AL Championship Series 2-2.

The Yankees trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored on Gary Sanchez's go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.

The Yankees have rallied from a second straight 0-2 series deficit -- they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth, and New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs.

Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday and rematch of the opener, won by the Astros 2-1 (see full recap).

Dodgers on brink of World Series after shutout
CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish pitched sparkling ball into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles set a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff win. Yasiel Puig had two more hits in another entertaining performance that included an impressive bat flip -- on a long foul ball in the first inning.

Looking for a four-game sweep and their 22nd NL pennant, the Dodgers will send Alex Wood to the mound Wednesday night at Wrigley Field with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since their last championship in 1988. Jake Arrieta, eligible for free agency after the season, pitches for the Cubs in what could be his final start with the team.

Los Angeles was eliminated by Chicago in the NLCS last year, but this is a different group of Dodgers. The lineup is patient and pesky and the pitching staff is much deeper, especially since Darvish was acquired in a trade with Texas in the final minutes before the July 31 deadline (see full recap).