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Rhys Hoskins wants to do choreographed grand slam celebrations with everyone

Rhys Hoskins wants to do choreographed grand slam celebrations with everyone

You know what’s a lot of fun? Winning.

That’s what the Phillies did on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, which they could have used a bit more of down the stretch last season.

And the fun isn't only in the stands when things are going well, either, as Phillies players new and old showed Thursday.

What happened in the bottom of the seventh inning on opening day is something Phillies fans hope to see a whole lot more of this season in South Philadelphia.

That would be Rhys Hoskins taking a victorious stroll around the bases after sending a ball deep into the outfield stands for a grand slam and celebrating with teammates Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen in choreographed fashion upon crossing home plate.

The first home run celebration between Harper and Hoskins didn’t disappoint. It consisted of something of a “missed” high-five resulting in a pat on the back, followed by a business-like handshake. It had shades of Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews.

Following his bro-down with Harper, Hoskins did an unremarkable high-five with Jean Segura before a little ballin’ with Cutch, mimicking a Joel Embiid-style Euro step with the Phillies’ new leadoff hitter. 

Does Rhys have a different celebration with every teammate? I asked him following the game.

“Yeah. We’re getting there,” Hoskins said. “Obviously it’s still early. Some of my handshakes have to get ironed out, make sure we remember them. We got a lot of new teammates and I think the more handshakes we get to do, the more fun we’re having. That’s always a good thing.”

We can’t wait to see all of the handshakes. Bring us the handshakes.

Harper, who was intentionally walked to get to Hoskins before he hit the big grand slam, enjoyed watching Hoskins' bomb just as much.

“I find joy in seeing what my teammates do,” Harper said. “We got to do our handshake today for the first time. We were pretty pumped.”

Harper also partook in an interesting celebration with his fellow outfielders once the win was official.

“I saw that on a video game this offseason,” Harper said. “I talked to Cutch about it, he said, ‘Yeah, that’ll be great.’ Whoever the player of the game was in the outfield, they’ll get the rock, try to juke the guy and score. It was pretty cool. I liked it.”

The Phillies’ opening day win was also pretty cool. Phillies fans liked it.

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Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Back in April, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan began a rap career with Good Boyz Music and now he’s back with another track and video. 

In this one, entitled “Come Thru” Jernigan is wearing his No. 93 Eagles jersey for his verse, which he drops under the name Stud Muffin (h/t PhillyVoice). At one point, Jernigan is holding a black umbrella in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. 

OK then. 

Check it out, but be warned: There’s some NSFW lyrics in there. Jernigan’s verse starts around the 38-second mark. 

As PhillyVoice pointed out, Jernigan does drop a David Akers lyric in the song — “like my name David Akers or I play rugby.” That seems to be a reference to the previous line when Jernigan mentioned kicking and punting. 

While Jernigan rocked his own jersey in the latest video, back in April, in “Hustle Harder” Jernigan was wearing an old-school Grant Hill Pistons jersey. Here’s that track: 

Believe it or not, his budding rap career wasn’t one of the topics of conversation when a few reporters caught up with Jernigan back in May.

Jernigan signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to Philadelphia this past offseason. That came after what has been a wild couple years for Jernigan in Philadelphia. He was traded here, became a big part of the defense, signed a huge contract, suffered a mysterious injury and then the Eagles declined his option this offseason before he returned at an extremely discounted rate. 

The Eagles this offseason also brought in Malik Jackson, who will likely take over as the starting defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. That, of course, was Jernigan’s old position. 

“I don’t care,” Jernigan said in May. “I believe in me. I believe in Timmy. Straight up. I believe in Timmy. I hope nobody take that the wrong way.”

He even believes enough in Timmy to wear his jersey in his rap video. 

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Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

The new big man in town, Bryce Harper, went to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to take in the Sixers game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He rubbed shoulders with some of the previous biggest (little) men in town.

Harper was in attendance and rang the bell prior to tip-off — something he'll surely do many times during Phillies games across the street this summer.

When Harper made his way to his seat in a suite, he was seated alongside Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Rhys Hoskins was also in the suite as were all of the aforementioned players' significant others. Talk about some serious Philly sports firepower right there.

And then later in the game, the Sixers shared an image of a couple of legendary No. 3s meeting in the bowels of the Center. I'd love to hear the conversation between Allen Iverson and Harper.

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was also in the building, sitting a bit closer to the court. Rapper Meek Mill was also in the building and took a photo with A.I. Which got me wondering: What's the perfect storm of Philly sports stardom in a Rat Pack sort of way? Obviously you had Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the court last night. In terms of the Flyers, aside from Gritty, you'd have to go Claude Giroux or maybe a fun-loving guy like Scott Hartnell from years past? Recently retired players that could fit the bill from other teams would have to include Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and maybe Pat Burrell just for fun. Is anyone in recent Eagles memory a bigger name than Brian Dawkins? He'd fill the fedora quotient. Nick Foles could be fun in a clean and wholesome sort of way.

My Philly sports Rat Pack would consist of A.I., Simmons, Embiid, Kendall Jenner, Wentz, Jason Kelce and Gritty. We got a good portion of that in the building last night.

Who is in your Philly sports Rat Pack?

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