10 reasons to doubt Rhys Hoskins

10 reasons to doubt Rhys Hoskins

Rhys Hoskins. He’s a phenomenon. He’s homered in five straight games and hit 11 homers in his first 64 at-bats. He’s the first and only reason to watch the Phillies this season. He’s what we’ve wanted here in town for a long time: A player who hits a home run, literally, every single day.

So why shouldn’t you be excited about Rhys Hoskins? Oh, many, many reasons:

-Why wasn’t he called up sooner? It’s simple math: if Hoskins had been called up in April instead of August, he would have 115 home runs. Instead, he has just 11, and that’s on Matt Klentak. Disgraceful!

-Is Hoskins from South Jersey? Is he an Eagles season ticket holder? Does he go on hunting trips with Carson Wentz? None of the above. And why hasn’t Hoskins done anything to push the front office for a Mike Trout trade?

-Hoskins looks like the first baseman of the future, but he’s blocked by the entrenched veteran incumbent Tommy Joseph. In fact, the Phillies’ lineup is so loaded that every top prospect must play out of position. So sorry, Rhys, you’re a left fielder now.

-Two words: Domonic Brown.

-Do you know how much money Hoskins is making this season? The rookie minimum of $535,000, pro-rated for one third of the season. So typical of the cheap Phillies, to pay their best player the least money.  

-That said, you just know that as soon as he starts to decline, the Phils will give Hoskins a five-year, $125 million contract that doesn’t kick in for two years, at which point he tears his ACL while grounding out to end a playoff series.

-The other night Hoskins hit a two-run homer in a 17-2 loss to the Cubs. Get used to that exact scenario, because it’s going to happen a whole lot in the coming years.

-Can Hoskins pitch?

-What if the Phillies waste Hoskins’ entire prime?

So in conclusion, get excited about Rhys Hoskins. But not TOO excited. Because there's a chance, however small, that he might not keep this up. 


Other Philly sports takes:

-What can we expect from the Eagles this year? As usual, it all comes down to injuries. If Paul Turner can come back from that fractured scapula by Week 1, I’m thinking 11-5. If not? 7-9.  

-My thoughts on the Soul winning the Arena Bowl again? It may be time for Jaws and Dick Vermeil to be put in charge of the Eagles.

-Why would the Flyers honor Eric Lindros? There hasn’t been a ceremony for the ’75 team in almost two years.

-LeSean McCoy, in town for the Eagles-Bills preseason game two weeks ago, ordered 200 Chickie’s and Pete’s cheesesteaks for his teammates. You have to admire a former Eagle continuing dedication to the 15th-best item on the Chickie’s menu.

-Wide receiver Anquan Boldin retired last week, but not before breaking the all-time NFL record of “most times I’ve demanded the Eagles trade for a guy without it ever happening.”

-The Sixers' new uniforms helpfully include a patch with the name of the website where you can dump your tickets after everyone gets hurt.

-All I’m saying is, if the city of Philadelphia put up a statue of Buddy Ryan, no one would EVER spray paint it or demand to take it down.

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Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fans had a reason to be ecstatic on Sunday night after Justin Turner hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 4-1, and give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

But not as ecstatic as one fan in particular.

Keith Hupp, a retired police officer and lifelong Dodgers fan, was waiting under the home run ball in the center-field stands and snagged it with his son's glove. He was also wearing a Dodgers Chase Utley jersey.

He even made the catch with his non-preferred hand.

“I’m a lefty,” Hupp said to J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. “I’ve dislocated my right shoulder so many times, I had to resort to my son’s glove on my left hand. So the last five or six home run balls I’ve caught, I’ve caught with my left hand.”

And the craziest part about this story is that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Hupp caught Turner's sixth-inning solo homer in Game 3 of last year's NLCS against the Cubs in almost the same place, the center-field stands at Dodger Stadium.

Although he has 24 home run balls in his collection, Hupp won't be keeping last night's game-winner. After making the catch, he gave the ball to a security guard, and was escorted underneath the stadium to meet Turner and make a trade with him. 

In a postgame interview with, Turner said Hupp couldn't decide what he wanted for the ball right away. They exchanged information and agreed that Hupp will get back to Turner in a few days when he decides what he wants.

Twitter had some good responses to Hupp's memorable home run catch: