Psst Joe, This Guy Vince, We Need to Talk

Psst Joe, this guy Vince, we need to talk. Vince Velasquez is working his way out of the big leagues. Yet another dismal performance from Vince Velasquez leads a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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One of the bottom dwellers in the National League, the 39-64 Pirates beat up on Velasques. He only could squeeze 2 innings with a horrible, 6 hits, 5 runs a walk, and a strikeout. For most pitchers, that is a seven-inning performance, not Vinny. To compound matters, the Phillies offense was huge, well, one hit can be huge.

In a game that resembled a root canal, Bryan Reynolds basically won the game with a run-scoring triple. The Bucs were just getting started and Gregory Polanco made it 2-0 with an RBI single. Rodolfo Castro lofted a fly ball that Bryce Harper signaled a fair catch on with the ball dropping behind Harper for a run-scoring ground-rule double putting it to 3-0. The deluge continued with KeBraon Hayes hitting another run-scoring double, Polanco with his second RBI, and Kevin Newman with a two-run double to bring it to the 7-0 score.

This could be the final start for Vinny V as the Phils acquired, Kyle Gibson and closer, Ian Kennedy from Texas for…hold your breath, Spencer “Two Inning” Howard. From “The More To The Story Category.” Freddie Galvis was brought in from Baltimore. Is Rhys Hoskins going on the DL with Alec Bohm transitioning to first and Galvis taking over third? Time will tell. This guy Vince is playing his way out of the job.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.