Mets pitcher records 1st MLB hit off Scott Kingery, jokes on social media

Mets pitcher records 1st MLB hit off Scott Kingery, jokes on social media

When someone gets a bloop single or a broken bat hit, they’ll often say “it looks like a line drive in the box score.” Does the same apply when your first major-league hit came off Scott Kingery lobbing pitches over the plate?

Thursday, in the midst of the Mets' 20-run victory, the Phillies used position players to record the final nine outs of the game. Roman Quinn pitched first and regularly registered in the upper 70s with his offerings, but Kingery on the other hand …

In the eighth inning, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was called on to hit for just the fourth time in his 12-year MLB career and he delivered with an RBI single off the soft-tossing rookie infielder. 

After the game, Blevins took to social media to make a joke about his first hit.

Mets fans had some fun with the moment, too.

While Dodgers fans, just didn’t get it.

The Phillies went on to win the second game of the twin bill, aided by a solo home run from Kingery. The Phils also gained a half-game on the Atlanta Braves in the standings, so we can have a laugh at this one.

Congratulations, Jerry, it’s a line drive off Kershaw in the box score.

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Gritty knows exactly how long to microwave a turkey

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Gritty knows exactly how long to microwave a turkey

In a Thanksgiving coup, the folks at Time magazine have somehow managed to score an exclusive interview with the Flyers' mascot Gritty.

It does not disappoint.

It all started yesterday when Time's Twitter account asked its followers who the Person of the Year should be. Gritty responded in perfectly gritty fashion. The dude is good at social media.

And he's also apparently quite good at interviews.

His Thanksgiving takes are FLAMES:

Q: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

Gritty: Simple. Boat of gravy. With a straw.

Q: White meat or dark meat on your turkey? Do you wish there was orange meat?

Gritty: Boat. Of. Gravy. With straw.

And finally, the folks at Time asked Gritty about the trending prank of texting your mother asking her how long you should microwave a turkey. Your mother probably thinks you shouldn't, but she's not Gritty.

Q: Is there a Thanksgiving message you’d like to share with your fans?

Gritty: It takes exactly four hours and 13 seconds (plus one popcorn cycle) to cook a 12-pound bird to golden perfection in your microwave. You’re welcome, moms.

We will be heading to Acme right now to get a 12-pound bird right now and will report back about our microwave skills tomorrow.

The whole interview is probably worth your time. Gritty shares details of his friendship with the Phanatic as well as his take on the struggling Eagles. 

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Around the NFC East: Eagles can still make the season worth it

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Around the NFC East: Eagles can still make the season worth it

Fear not, Eagles fans. The season is not over.

Thanks, entirely, to the sorry state of the NFC East.

A week ago, Washington seemingly had this division on lock. A week before that, Dallas was considered dead and buried. A week from now we could be talking about the Eli Manning Giants as the hottest team in the division.

The point is, with over a quarter of the season remaining… including three straight games against NFC East opponents… the Birds season is hardly over. 

Also, just a friendly reminder, we won the Super Bowl. This is fact. Here's what's happening this week in the NFC East...

New York Giants (3-7)

ICYMI: Who needs draft position when you can win a meaningless game in November? The Giants did what the Birds couldn’t, beating Ryan FitzMagic and the Bucs in a shootout, 38-35 (albeit in Jersey).

Spin: Wins like this only hurt their chances of landing a franchise QB in next year’s draft, which is the only thing that matters for this franchise in 2018. So, naturally, they seem intent on messing it up.

Sure, they could run the table, end at 9-7, and win the division (earning the privilege of losing at home to Carolina). In fact, outside of an Eagles comeback, that’s the best possible scenario for this division. LET’S GO ELI!

What’s Next: The Birds this Sunday. If they’re smart, they’ll get back to process-trustin’ form, and quick. 


Washington (6-4)

ICYMI: The Washington Football Team fell to the AFC South-leading Houston Texans, but the big storyline is the compound fracture suffered by 34-year-old quarterback Alex Smith, who is now out for the season. Smith is a professional, and we take no joy in a human being’s injury. We do, however, take joy knowing Washington must pay Smith $71-million through 2021 whether he plays or not.

Back-up Colt McCoy may not be too big of a drop-off, but to be safe,Washington signed Mark Sanchez, presumably to help with Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case. 

Spin: McCoy can do what Smith did, and he’s beaten Dallas in this role before. Despite the shake-up, Washington will be pretty hard to catch if they beat ‘dem Boys on Thanksgiving.

What’s Next: Washington’s run defense will need to be better if they’re gonna stand a chance at slowing down Zeke. 

Dallas Cowboys (5-5)

ICYMI: Despite a number of missed opportunities, Dallas snuck out of Atlanta with a victory, beating the one-time playoff contender 22-19. They’ve now won two in a row, are back at .500, and are the betting-mans favorite to win the division.

Spin: Leighton Vander Esch is the Unbreakable to Sean Lee’s Mr. Glass. Zeke is a Pro Bowler again. Jerry Jones is Executive of the Year for bringing in Amari Cooper, and Jason Garrett is a mastermind for figuring out how to use him. Dark days are upon us, as the sky falls, children weep, and trumpets sound.

Or…. and I may be crazy here… but this is still a 5-5 team that has the same foundational issues we all laughed at two weeks ago when they seemed dead in the water. A lot can change quickly in the NFL, a reality the Birds (and their fans) should keep in mind.

What’s Next: Thanksgiving matchup against Washington. Do yourself a favor, and plan your dinner accordingly.