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What's it like to catch a ball from Bryce Harper on Opening Day?

What's it like to catch a ball from Bryce Harper on Opening Day?

Some baseball fans go their entire lives without ever coming near a foul ball or a ball thrown into the stands by an MLB player.

But if you are ever lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you’ll never forget the first time you get the ultimate baseball keepsake. You’ll remember the exact game and the exact player who made that moment possible. For me, it was Eric Bruntlett in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.

For nine-year-old Kayla Brady from Havertown, it was Bryce Harper on opening day in 2019 in his first game ever playing for the Phillies. 

Yes, Kayla was extremely lucky to get a ball from Bryce on the first day he wore his Phillie Phanatic cleats at Citizens Bank Park, but there was a whole lot of prep work by her dad, Matt, to make the moment possible.

“I bought the tickets in the first row of section 104 (in right field) around Jan. 10 on StubHub,” Matt told me on Friday. “I bought them on a day where the Vegas lines on landing Harper moved a lot towards the Phillies. It was the one day I actually believed some of the rumors that Bryce might actually come to the Phillies.”

Matt and Kayla had to sweat out the next few weeks just like the rest of Philadelphia, but the gamble paid off big time.

“Finally, when he signed I was super pumped. I followed it super hardcore. All the beat writers. All the fake articles from Jon Heyman and everything,” Matt told me.

Kayla’s grandmother bought her a No. 3 Harper Phillies jersey last week in preparation for the big day. But did they ever imagine Kayla would actually get a ball from Harper?

“I didn’t think it was zero percent to get a ball,” Matt said. “If Bryce is going to throw it to anyone it’s a super cute girl wearing his jersey with a glove in the first row.”

The first couple innings Harper was having a catch between innings with the bullpen catcher who ended up with the ball, but eventually a fan in the first row caught Harper’s ear.

“In the fifth inning, this older guy a couple seats down from us yelled at Bryce, ‘Hey Bryce for my granddaughter!’ He wasn’t even related to us. But he got Bryce’s attention and he threw a ball and it went a couple rows too high. Bryce gave a little hand gesture toward us like, ‘next inning.’ Sure enough, next inning he comes out and throws a strike right to me,” Matt said. “And I caught it and handed it to Kayla. We hugged and gave Bryce a big thumbs up. You could see on her smile she was thrilled but she kind of acted too cool for school. That’s how she is.”

“We protected that ball like it was her life,” Matt said. “Putting it in her glove, putting it under towels, putting her feet on it. There was no way she was letting that ball get away.”

And for good reason. Kayla is quite the ball player herself. She played shortstop for the Hilltop U8 softball tournament team that went 26-0 last season en route to winning districts, states, and regionals. Matt coached the team and was also quite the ball player himself when we both attended high school together at Malvern Prep — many say Matt was the second-best catcher to ever play there behind Ben Davis.

It’s no surprise Harper has supplanted Rhys Hoskins as Kayla’s favorite player after such an exciting opening day.

What was Kayla’s big takeaway from the experience?

“I’m glad my dad didn’t drop it,” she joked.

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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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Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Updated: 6:35 p.m.

Oh boy.

Things have gotten wild over in the Eagles' world today, beginning with former Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick torching almost everyone on his old team on FS1’s “Undisputed” this morning (see story).

Then, Malcolm Jenkins clapped back at Scandrick in NSFW fashion to essentially dismiss the claims by Scandrick, to which Scandrick then responded on Colin Cowherd’s show that he essentially “wasn’t attacking anyone personally”(see story).

And so, after a morning of ping-ponging back and forth, we have the ultimate response, from the team itself.

The Eagles social media account offically weighed in in the most brilliant way. Actions speak louder than words, Scandrick, and you can't run from history.

Well damn, they really just exposed Scandrick. I mean, how do you come back from being shredded by both Jenkins and a professional NFL team?

So long Scandrick, you won’t be missed.

Jenkins himself apparently liked the tweet, too ... he had a very interesting quote tweet.



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