The Phillies community was hit hard this week with the loss of Darren Daulton. Those in attendance at this weekend's Alumni Weekend games at Citizens Bank Park will have the chance to remember him fondly.
A moment of silence for Dutch will take place at tonight's 7:05 game against the New York Mets. The team said in an official release that the team will "also pay homage to Darren’s legacy before and during" tonight's game.
This will likely be in the form of a video tribute. We've also heard rumblings of Dutch's No. 10 being displayed somewhere on the field.
Since Pete Rose's Wall of Fame ceremony has been canceled, the Phillies will use Saturday evening's game to honor many of the team's legends, including a special video tribute to those who have left us recently like Jim Bunning, Dallas Green, and Daulton.
In addition to Daulton remembrances, fans attending Sunday's game will receive a Topps Wall of Fame Card Pack featuring baseball cards of players already enshrined on the Phillies Wall of Fame. At least 40 players will be introduced on the field pregame with another tribute to Daulton taking place as well.
UPDATE: There is a No. 10 painted on the dirt behind home plate.
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."
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 MLB.com, 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: