Ryan Howard is officially a Wedding Crasher; taking the role of Vince Vaughn. Howard took a female companion to Water Works restaraunt in Philly on Saturday night to only be turned away due to a wedding reception being held there. However, the bride and groom are huge Philly sports fans, and invited Howard and his guest into the reception for a photo-op. Later that night, Howard and J-Roll were backstage at the Jay-Z concert. Got 99 problems, but the Yankees ain't 1.
The Little Red Machine?
With the recent run of success by this Phillies team (3 straight NL East division titles, a World Series championship, and another World Series berth this season), Jimmy Rollins has dubbed them "The Little Red Machine" , a mini version of the powerhouse Cincinnati Reds team of the mid-70's nicknamed "The Big Red Machine". Some baseball analysts feel this is a bit premature and unwarranted. ESPN's Rob Neyer points out- "In 2008 and 2009, the Phillies outscored their opponents by 230 runs. That's an impressive figure, no doubt. In 1975 and 1976, the Reds outscored their opponents by 478 runs. That's one of the most impressive figures in the history of professional baseball, the result of one of the five or six greatest collections of talent that's ever been assembled." He does go on to admitting that he likes nicknames and that with another World Series win the Phils can lay rightful claim to The Little Red Machine.
Pedro Likes it Fast:
When Pedro Martinez was asked if he thinks the Phillies need to be reminded not to take their foot off the gas, he responded with- "This team doesn't need to be told. This team has proven over and over that this team is all about business. If we were a car, right now we probably would be in trouble with the law. This team really speeds up and never lets down. I think we're more of a NASCAR type of team. We feel like we are in the driver's seat...in a NASCAR driver's seat."