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Wanna buy a profane David Ortiz ugly Christmas sweater?

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I’m not sure what hipster came up with the ugly Christmas sweater craze, but he and his waxed mustache have a lot to answer for. Sure, I’m guessing it was pretty funny to see at the first holiday party he wore it to, but he had to know that the idea would be mainstreamed and commercialized eventually.

I mean, look at this stuff. Your aunt and grandma were probably unironically wearing stuff like this AS they were ironically buying stuff like this. Culturally, we have crawled up our own rear ends.

But at least some folks are making somewhat creative ugly Christmas sweaters. And are using the proceeds for charitable causes as opposed to enriching Kohl’s stockholders. People like David Ortiz and Teespring, who have come out with this beauty, the proceeds of which will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund:

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They’re $34, too. Which is appropriate given the man on the shirt.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.