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Phillies Talk podcast: Possibility of mic'd up players in 2020 is exciting

Phillies Talk podcast: Possibility of mic'd up players in 2020 is exciting

Phillies game producer Jeff Halikman joins Jim Salisbury to discuss:

  • (0:56) — Missing the game and everything that goes into a game broadcast.
  • (9:30) — The possibility of players being mic'd up.
  • (15:02) — How different it will be to produce games this upcoming season.
  • (24:58) — Watching the Flyers and Penguins five overtime thriller from May 2000.
  • (28:02) — Dream come true to work with Harry Kalas.
     

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Mets Zoom snafu puts the Phillie Phanatic way, way too close to Jacob deGrom

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Mets Zoom snafu puts the Phillie Phanatic way, way too close to Jacob deGrom

Sports in 2020 are a learning experience for everyone, including the person in charge of hanging up temporary backgrounds in online conference calls.

Mets ace pitcher Jacob deGrom was addressing reporters via Zoom on Friday afternoon from inside Citizens Bank Park. Nothing out of the ordinary there for a currrent COVID-19-era sporting event.

And then... things went sideways for the Mets' logistics team:

Why, hello there Phanatic!

I love how it looks like the Phillies' mascot was just lying in wait behind the curtain, spying on deGrom's press call and trying to gather inside info. That's commitment.

It's not quite as dramatic, but the scene - and the Phanatic's unexpected entrance - immediately reminded of one truly classic Vine:

I mean, c'mon now:

Mystifying.

deGrom was scratched from Friday's start because of neck tightness, a big break for a struggling Phillies team in desperate need of a win to turn things around. 

And after that scene, I can't imagine deGrom is in any rush to return to Citizens Bank Park.

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Phillies get a break Friday night with Jacob deGrom scratched

Phillies get a break Friday night with Jacob deGrom scratched

The Phillies have received a break even before playing the New York Mets on Friday night. Jacob deGrom, the Mets' scheduled starter, has been scratched with a stiff neck. The Mets will start right-hander Walker Lockett.

DeGrom, 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season, won the last two National League Cy Young awards. He was scheduled to face Phillies rookie Spencer Howard. Howard is still scheduled to make that start, his second in the big leagues. 

The Phillies made a roster move prior to Friday night's game. Lefty reliever Austin Davis was sent to the training complex in Lehigh Valley and lefty JoJo Romero was added to the active roster. Romero, who has never pitched in the majors, gives the Phillies a lefty reliever capable of pitching multiple innings.

Here is the Phillies' lineup for Friday night's game:

1. Andrew McCutchen, DH
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Didi Gregorius, SS
6. Jean Segura, 2B
7. Jay Bruce, LF
8. Alec Bohm, 3B
9. Roman Quinn, CF

Spencer Howard, RHP

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