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Will Mike Trout get booed here? Phillies fans react to local guy's record-setting contract

Will Mike Trout get booed here? Phillies fans react to local guy's record-setting contract

For about a month, we’ve dreamed of a Phillies outfield with both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout in it. It’s time to get some new dreams and that’s okay.

Trout is reportedly set to sign a massive extension with the Los Angeles Angels (see story), erasing his 2020 free agency and making it nearly impossible for the Phillies to trade for him anytime soon.

There’s two ways to look at this news if you’re a Phillies fan. For years, we’ve wanted Trout, a Millville, New Jersey, native and huge Philadelphia sports fan, to come home and play for the Phillies. We cheered him at Eagles games, we analyzed his quotes about his future and how he must want to be a Phillie someday. One person even bought a Mike Trout Phillies jersey and wears it to games.

It’s time to move on and just appreciate Trout for what he is, a generational talent from our area who will likely never play in Philadelphia. That has to be okay.

On social media, there has been a range of reactions already. We have the irrational, "boo this man" crowd.

…we also have the more sensible crowd, which just so happens to be led by one of the best American soccer players of our generation.

Look, it was fun to think about Trout playing for the Phillies. He’s good enough to have warranted all the attention and romanticism he’s gotten over the past few years.

This does not mean we should boo Mike Trout now. However, it probably means we should show him a little less on TV during Eagles games.

Just how Kobe Bryant never played for the Sixers, Trout is just going to have to be appreciated from afar, and that’s okay.

Don’t boo this man. Look at the Phillies' roster, we’ll be just fine.

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At The Yard Podcast: Bad blood with Mets; prospect to keep eye on; early look at NL East

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At The Yard Podcast: Bad blood with Mets; prospect to keep eye on; early look at NL East

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury discuss a renewed rivalry between the Phillies and the Mets. Jim provides an injury update on Roman Quinn.

Why you should keep an eye on relief pitching prospect Kyle Dohy.

Also, the NL East promises to be this competitive all season.

0:30 - Hectic week for the Phillies. Jake Arrieta's comments were startling.
5:30 - Injury update on Quinn.
11:00 - Is this a new Vince Velasquez or just a hot streak?
13:30 - Keep an eye on Dohy.
16:30 - NL East looks virtually even so far.
21:00 - Did Aaron Nola turn the corner in his start in Colorado?

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MLB suspends Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame 2 games for throwing at Rhys Hoskins

MLB suspends Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame 2 games for throwing at Rhys Hoskins

Major League Baseball has determined that Jacob Rhame's pitches at Rhys Hoskins' head were intentional. Rhame has been suspended two games, chief baseball officer Joe Torre announced Thursday.

In the span of six pitches Tuesday night, Rhame threw two high-90s pitches that sailed over Hoskins' head in the ninth inning of a 9-0 game. The Mets claimed it was accidental, as teams always do, but nobody on the Phillies' side believed it.

It was apparent retaliation for two Mets being hit by pitches in consecutive at-bats by two different Phillies pitchers the previous night. Jose Alvarez and Juan Nicasio clearly were not trying to hit either Met in a close game.

MLB's ruling comes a day after Hoskins got his revenge on Rhame with a ninth-inning home run and a trot around the bases that lasted more than 34 seconds (see story).

There is definite bad blood brewing between these teams, which is good for baseball. 

"That's what a rivalry is," Hoskins said Wednesday night.

The Phillies and Mets haven't both been positioned to contend in the same year for close to a decade. The teams don't meet again for two months but when they do, it will be interesting to see whether those feelings have lingered and if the Mets aim to send Hoskins another message.

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