In celebration of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a robot pitching contraption dubbed Philliebot threw out the ceremonial first pitch before yesterday's afternoon game against the Brewers -- and bounced it to home plate, which, believe it or not, brought on the boo birds.
The creation of Philliebot involved a couple of Penn students, a converted Segway and a few other additional parts, a simple enough equation, but that didn't stop Philliebot from talking smack and making threats before its big moment. Unfortunately for creators Jordan Brindza and Jamie Gewirtz, it talked a better game than it managed to produce, even though they were under "strict orders" not to set Philliebot's velocity too high, for fear of hurting the receiver of said pitch, the Phillie Phanatic.
It might be back to the drawing board for Team Philliebot, but at least one good thing came out of the whole experience: No more Terminator jokes about a solution to the Phils' bullpen issues. Fortunately, the Phils didn't need Philliebot's services yesterday, pulling out the 4-3 win.
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