Mark Townsend

  • Phillies' fans mock Craig Kimbrel's delivery in hilarious scene (VIDEO)

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago

    Being the fan of a team headed nowhere can be awfully frustrating this time of year. Especially when you look around and see the excitement in places like Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Still, there are few better places to go than the ballpark, and even if the home team's product isn't up to standard, fans can always find ways to amuse and entertain themselves within the ballpark experience.

    For example, take the legendary fans in Philadelphia. Over the years they have built a reputation on finding creative ways to amuse themselves, often at the expense of opposing players. On Saturday night, a group of fans seated behind home plate were in especially rare, but hilarious form during the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

    Throughout the inning, as Braves closer Craig Kimbrel began his unique pitch setup and delivery, the fans behind the plate mimicked him.

    You can get a great workout at the park if you do the @Kimbrel46:

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  • The Grand Slam: LaTroy Hawkins makes 1,000th career appearance

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 days ago

    LaTroy Hawkins is the pitcher who seems like he's been around for as long as you've been watching baseball, though some fans might be surprised to learn that the 41-year-old right-hander truly has been around that long. On Saturday night in Los Angeles, Hawkins' longevity was celebrated as he was called upon to make his 1,000th career pitching appearance, a milestone only 15 pitchers before him had reached.

    Hawkins, who has served as Colorado's closer all season, entered in the eighth inning with the Rockies trailing. He faced one batter, getting Darwin Barney on a fly ball to right. So we can add efficient and spotless to describe his historic outing. Colorado would actually tie the game in the ninth on Ben Paulsen's home run, but ultimately fell 6-5 in the 12th. But the night for them was seemingly about celebrating and acknowledging Hawkins' great career.

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