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Ken Giles angrily punches himself in the face

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Ken Giles angrily punches himself in the face

Ken Giles was always an intense dude.

With the Phillies, following a big out or save, he'd be so pumped up that he'd often hop off the mound and wear this fierce scowl on his face.

When a closer is zoned in, he's zoned in.

Like this …


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Whether it was good or bad, Giles would show his emotions. Many remember the dugout confrontation he had with Ryne Sandberg and Bob McClure in 2015.

As a visitor, Giles returned to Citizens Bank Park last season with a boom box and some dance moves, somewhat jokingly (we think) getting himself ready out in the bullpen for a July game.

Has anything changed with Giles since he's gone to the Houston Astros?

Not really. He did win a World Series last season despite struggling with an 11.74 postseason ERA and ultimately losing his ninth-inning role amid the team's run.

If anything, though, Giles' intensity has actually gone up a notch.

Didn't think that was possible? For proof, here was his reaction Tuesday night to allowing four runs on 16 pitches in the Astros' 4-0 loss to the Yankees.

Yes, that is Giles punching himself in the face. Like actually punching his own face.

Listen, you've got to like his passion. You want players to be upset when they don't perform.

But socking yourself in the jaw? That might not help Giles tomorrow.

The 27-year-old had allowed just two runs in 10 innings (1.80 ERA) prior to Tuesday's outing. Maybe he felt a good thumping was needed in order to get back on track the next time he takes the mound.

Whatever works for those closers.

Pick some PPA violations and we'll tell you which Philly athlete you are

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Pick some PPA violations and we'll tell you which Philly athlete you are

Is there anything more Philly than a Philadelphia Parking Authority violation? 

There is no greater sadness than walking out to your car, spotting that slim white and blue envelope on the front window from the distance, and just knowing it signifies: they got you. 

To those of us whom have fought this long battle, we salute you. While the PPA may have temporarily suspended some of their violations, we know it's only a matter of time before they emerge back and stronger than ever.

So, we've decided to create this handy little quiz for you to determine your Philly athelete personality, depending on the type of violation you will likely recieve next. 

Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

The Eagles have been quite the disappointment this season, with the latest being their atrocious 37-31 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida. And with disappointments come possible troll jobs? 

As the clock wound down and fans became increasingly exasperated with the team, social media anger started to build and it looks like one fellow Philadelphia team may have added just an oh-so-subtle jab in there.

As the 37-31 score went final, the Flyers sent out quite the interesting reminder of their impressive record this November. It seems like they don’t want fans to forget that they are NOT part of the teams that have been disappointing this city. 

You have to admit, the timing is a bit suspicious. 


Fans certainly seem to think that the Flyers are trolling the Eagles with their post, based on the replies. 

https://twitter.com/sluongo19/status/1201252463703154688 https://twitter.com/btcs41/status/1201252665977720837

We love a little friendly fire between the Philadelphia sports teams, if this is a true troll job. Or maybe it’s just a conveniently scheduled tweet by the Flyers' social media team. 

You be the judge. 

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