Ryne Sandberg’s Jeff Manship Gambit was The Most Phillies Thing Ever

Ryne Sandberg’s Jeff Manship Gambit was The Most Phillies Thing Ever

Jeff Manship was cruising. The right-hander woke up Saturday morning with a 7.53 earned run average, but that didn’t seem to matter as he was retiring 12 New York Mets batters in order, six of them on strikes. For innings 10 through 13, Manship carried the Philadelphia Phillies.

So when the pitcher’s spot came up with a runner on third and two outs, Fightins skipper Ryne Sandberg left Manship hit. At this point, the club had been playing competitive baseball for 10 of the last 25 hours, and Ben Revere legitimately might be the next man up in the bullpen. Yes, you could argue leaving Manship in with his eight Major League plate appearances is a total play-not-to-lose strategy in this situation. Yet, if by some minor miracle he puts the ball in play and reaches first base safely, or even draws a free pass at least…

And then, magic. Manship tops a weak chopper that has just enough juice to clear the mound, and now the ball is heading into the hole up the middle. Shortstop Ruben Tejada has a beat on it though—but he’s having trouble getting the thing out of his glove. Manship is going to be safe. Manship is going to be safe!

Manship is probably going to be safe IF he doesn’t start to hobble while grabbing at his right quadriceps. Instead, he does the latter, and the game is going to the 14th. Worse still, Manship is hurt, and that whole playing-not-to-lose thing? That’s down the tubes, too.

Antonio Bastardo enters and surrenders a run on cue. The Phillies threaten, but ultimately fall short. Mets win 5-4.

Phillies baseball.

>> Phillies' Manship frustrated by injury, loss [Delco Times]

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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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

Requirements

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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Redskins RB thinks Eagles fans are mean (but maybe a little clever too)

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Redskins RB thinks Eagles fans are mean (but maybe a little clever too)

There's never any love lost between NFC East rivals so this Monday's much-anticipated contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins is sure to bring plenty of chatter to go along with some exciting football.

Philly's reputation often precedes it and there was some new fuel added to that fire on Wednesday when Washington running back Chris Thompson said some inflammatory -- or complimentary, depending how you look at it -- things about our city's thoughtful fans.

Thompson was a guest on ESPN 980 this morning and said he's anxious to play the Eagles in Philly because they're one of the best teams in the NFL. But also for other reasons.

From the Washington Post:

“Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I’ve ever experienced, too,” he said, “so I’m excited about that as well.”

Host Bram Weinstein then asked for any favorite tales, and Thompson obliged.

“You see a lot of the players pregame when we run out of the tunnel, guys just go pray or whatever in the end zone,” Thompson said. “And [two years ago] I went and prayed in the end zone, and one of the [fans] told me, he was like ‘God’s not gonna help you today.’ And I was like oh, shoot. I heard it while I was praying. I was like dang, all right, that’s a little harsh.”

Harsh. But fair!

On a serious note, Thompson also said he's not planning on bringing his family to Philly for the game.

“I heard that’s the one stadium you keep your family from going to,” Thompson told Weintstein. “My family will be here this week, and they were like ‘I want to come to the Philly game.’ I said absolutely not, you’re gonna have to wait until Dallas comes around. Because my step dad, he’s a big guy. And if he starts fighting, It’ll be real bad out there. I was told that right away my rookie year: keep your family away.”

Now, I can't say I disagree entirely. But not just with Eagles games in Philly. NFL games in general are most certainly not a family friendly environment. Every other week there's a video of an incident from Carolina or San Francisco or any other stadium around the country of fans acting in ways that are incredibly unfriendly to a family environment.

I took my now wife to her first Eagles game three seasons ago. We sat in the club level where I joked (kinda) that she wouldn't see any of the infamous rowdy behavior. That was before one of the largest brawls I've ever seen broke out with guys tumbling down row after row. And that was Eagles-fan-on-Eagles-fan violence.