1:35 - Blanton v. Bush - The Phils look to win their third in a row against the struggling BrewCrew. The game will be carried by your local affiliate (WPSG in Philly, WLYH in the Mid-State).
7:35 - Myers v. Suppan - Will the Phils be going for the sweep or merely trying not to fall too far back? Either way, unless you have a ticket, you won't get to watch your favorite team fight for their playoff lives. Why? Because MLB made a deal with the devil. I'm guessing the negotiations went a little like this:
ESPN: We want to show games during the week and on Sunday night, and we want you to make a rule that under no circumstances can anyone else can televise a game on Sunday night. If people want baseball, they need to come to the "worldwide leader."
MLB: Hmmm. How about we don't schedule Sunday night games, thereby eliminating competition for you, but if a game needs to be played that night for some unexpected reason, the local networks can carry it.
ESPN: [Stomps feet.] NO! We can't have competition.
MLB: We understand. But what if it was September and let's say, a hurricane hit and a playoff contender had to play a game on Sunday night. Don't you think the fans who supported the team all year and can't get tickets because it's sold out deserve to see the game on TV?
ESPN: Screw the fans.
MLB: We don't condone that sort of thinking.
ESPN: Here's a bunch more money.
Rick Reilly Is Dumb, ESPN Dumber
The Phils have Philadelphia all to themselves today. Some people will be getting ready for the game tomorrow night against the Cowgirls, but generally speaking, all eyes will be on The Cit today. If the Bird were playing Dallas at The Linc tonight, it would dominate the news. Rick Reilly doesn't think so, though. Here is what he said about which team "rules your city."
PHILADELPHIA Used to be Eagles, now it's Phillies. This is partly because of the Phils' young stars and partly because the Iggles owner has handed it to them. Jeffrey Lurie is a Boston guy who's made $800 million so far on his Eagles purchase but not many friends.How out of touch is this guy? I'm a Phillies guy, but I'm not delusional enough to think that people in this town would rather see a World Series title than a Super Bowl title. I'm also not stupid enough to think that Eagles fans care about Jeffrey Lurie or want to be his friend. As long as they win, they wouldn't care if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad owned the team. Of course, Reilly does use the name "Iggles," proving he's totally down with the Philly sports fan and knows all of their little intricacies...
Can you believe ESPN is paying this guy $2 million a year to write for their website and magazine. Adam Eaton thinks this he's overpaid.