Nick Pivetta, Athletics turn gloomy rain delay into ultimate staring contest

Nick Pivetta, Athletics turn gloomy rain delay into ultimate staring contest

The great Athletics-Phillies rain delay pitchers standoff appeared to end in a draw Saturday night. 

As the rest of the players headed for the clubhouse as the game was delayed in the bottom of the third inning at Citizens Bank Park, three pitchers decided otherwise. 

Daniel Gossett and Daniel Mengden, who tossed a two-hit shutout against the Phils Friday night, set up shop on the rain-exposed top deck of the Oakland dugout. They sat under a makeshift covering that was propped up by brooms held by both right-handers. 

Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta ran solo in the first base dugout. Teammates at first wrapped what appeared to be a garbage back around the top railing to the dugout roof to keep him dry. An umbrella was added — punched through the tarp to go over his head — as the delay entered the second hour. 

Pivetta, wearing what appeared to be a homemade poncho with a hood, donned sunglasses and had a towel draped over his left arm. A yellow “Caution, Wet Floor” cone was placed on both sides of him on the dugout bench. 

Teammates traded out some hats for Pivetta as well, who was the first to get rid of the tarp above his head as the rain lessened to a drizzle. 

Both teams tweeted about the competition, with the A's pointing out that Pivetta was by himself. 

"Your guy is solo? Our brotherly love will win out."

Get it? 

As the grounds crew rolled up the tarp and prepared for the restart, Gossett and Mengden got up, rolled up their covering. The starting pitchers then headed into the clubhouse — while their teammates started to warm up. 

Who says a rain delay during a matchup of last-place teams in September can’t be exciting? 

Chris Long experiences what it's like losing to an underdog

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Chris Long experiences what it's like losing to an underdog

Chris Long knows how it feels to win a high-stakes game as an underdog. 

On Friday night, Long experienced what it's like to suffer a devastating loss to an underdog.

Long's alma mater, Virginia, entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, but the Cavaliers are bowing out of the Big Dance much earlier than expected. 

Virginia was not only upset by No. 16-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County, but blown out by the Retrievers, 74-54. UMBC, which was a 20.5-point underdog, became the first No. 16 seed ever to take down a No. 1 seed. Until Friday, No. 16 seeds were 0-135 in the tournament. 

The Eagles' defensive end seemed to be taking the loss just as you would expect.

While Long couldn't appreciate the impressive upset effort, fellow underdog Lane Johnson certainly did.

Vinny Curry posts emotional tribute on Instagram

Vinny Curry posts emotional tribute on Instagram

Veteran defensive end Vinny Curry has been released by the Eagles in a cap-saving measure, and he made sure to let Philadelphia know how special it was to be part of the team that gave the city its first Super Bowl title.

He posted this emotional tribute on Instagram, which details his long history with Philadelphia. Curry was a lifelong Eagles fan from New Jersey, so it was particularly special for him to bring the Lombardi Trophy home.

This is what he posted on his official Instagram page.

Who would’ve thought a small town boy from Neptune, NJ who grew up an Eagles fan, would’ve been drafted to his favorite team and win his and the teams first Super Bowl Championship! All Gods Plan! Philadelphia, Thank You! Thank you fans for opening your arms and taking me in as one of your own! This has been a dream come true for me to have the ability to play for my dream team and bring the Lombardi trophy home to you all! Thank you to the entire Eagles organization, coaching staff and my teammates, MY BROTHERS! UNDERDOGS! Without you guys, none of this would’ve been possible! I love you all from the bottom of my heart! I am humbled by this opportunity and can’t be more proud to call myself an Eagle for life! This experience has been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait to see what the future now holds for me. Thank You Philly!

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Curry and the Eagles failed to agree to a pay cut, but it looks like there will be no bad blood between Philly and Flee. In the post he thanks the team, coaches and fans while staying positive about his future.

We’re not crying, it’s just dusty in here.