Phillies’ Triple-A team taunted Mets’ by playing video of Rhys Hoskins’ homer and slow trot

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Last week, things between the Phillies and Mets got heated, apparently over unwritten rules. With his team leading 9-0 in the ninth inning, Mets reliever Jacob Rhame threw a fastball up and in to Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who wasn’t a fan of the location. Hoskins got his revenge the next day, hitting a two-run home run off of Rhame. Hoskins took a 34-second trot around the bases, the longest trot in baseball and beating his previous record of 28.88 seconds. MLB later suspended Rhame two games for his actions and the Mets sent him down to Triple-A Syracuse. If he is recalled, he will have to serve his suspension out before appearing in a game.

The rivalry between the Phillies and Mets has continued at the Triple-A level. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) are in the midst of hosting the Syracuse Mets for a four-game series. As Rhame took the mound in the sixth inning of Monday’s game, the IronPigs played a video of Hoskins’ homer and trot around the bases, according to Nate Mink of Syracuse.com.

Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco was unhappy with the choice to play the video, giving IronPigs president and GM Kurt Landes a piece of his mind following the game. DeFrancesco said that what happens between the Phillies and Mets at the major league level has nothing to do with the clubs at the minor league level. Landes apologized and said he was unaware of the choice to display the video.

The Mets won Monday’s contest 7-5 and demolished the IronPigs 18-5 on Tuesday. Veteran outfielder Carlos Gómez said, “They didn’t respect (us), not only the pitcher, they don’t respect us as a team. They should not have played that video. We’re all professionals here.” Gómez added, “It’s good we beat them, so they can feel (us).”

Minor league teams have gotten more and more into the entertainment business, so this isn’t surprising. Even after the incident, the IronPigs continued to have fun at the Mets’ expense:

Even Rhame wasn’t miffed by Hoskins’ slow trot. After that game last week, he said, “He got me. Make a better pitch, he doesn’t get to run the bases.” It’s hard to imagine he was upset about the video being played.

This seems like good-natured ribbing from a rival affiliate. DeFrancesco should loosen his tie a little bit.

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.

Biden called the Braves’ drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” The team got its White House visit in with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and the Major League Baseball playoffs begin again. The Braves trail the New York Mets by 1.5 games in the National League East but have clinched a wildcard spot for the MLB playoffs that begin Oct. 7. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk said he hoped they’d be back to the White House again soon.

In August 2021, the Braves were a mess, playing barely at .500. But then they started winning. And they kept it up, taking the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.

Biden called their performance of “history’s greatest turnarounds.”

“This team has literally been part of American history for over 150 years,” said Biden. “But none of it came easy … people counting you out. Heck, I know something about being counted out.”

Players lined up on risers behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most discussed was one who hasn’t been on the team in nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

Hammerin’ Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a shot to left field on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players for Atlanta and in baseball history, a clear-eyed chronicler of the hardships thrown his way – from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced during his pursuit of one of America’s most hallowed records. He died in January at 86.

“This is team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.

McGuirk said Aaron, who held front office positions with the team and was one of Major League Baseball’s few Black executives, was watching over them.

“He’d have been there every step of the way with us if he was here,” McGuirk added.

The president often honors major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, typically a nonpartisan affair in which the commander in chief pays tribute to the champs’ prowess, poses for photos and comes away with a team jersey.

Those visits were highly charged in the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, didn’t take kindly to criticism from athletes or their on-field expressions of political opinions.

Under Biden, the tradition appears to be back. He’s hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday he joked about first lady Jill Biden’s Philadelphia allegiances.

“Like every Philly fan, she’s convinced she knows more about everything in sports than anybody else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too nice to the Atlanta team because it had just beaten the Phillies the previous night in extra innings.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later questioned about the team’s name, particularly as other professional sports teams have moved away from names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians, and the Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – following years of complaints from Native American groups over the images and symbols.

She said it was important for the country to have the conversation. “And Native American and Indigenous voices – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.

Biden supported MLB’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics contend is too restrictive.