Anyone who can successfully needle Ruben Amaro is good by me.
It all happened when I watched a spring training game with Rube in 2012. OK, I didn’t watch the game with him– I happened to be seated in front of him, and so I stalked him for the next 2.5 hours and then chronicled the experience. No matter. I enjoyed watching Rube and Dallas give it to each other. Here’s how it went down (from original post): Continue Reading
Dallas Green, a Phillies baseball legend and the first manager to bring a World Series Championship to the city, has passed away. Green played for the Phillies between 1960 and 1964 (with a second stint in 1967) and he posted a 20-22 record with a 4.28 ERA. He was hired to manage the team in the interim after Danny Ozark was fired in 1979. That offseason he was named full-time manager, and turned an 84- 78 team that missed the playoffs into a 91-71 team that won their division and eventually brought the Phillies their first NL title in 30 years and first World Series ever.
After one more year managing the Phils, Green was hired away as the VP and GM of the Chicago Cubs, where he made what is considered one of the most lopsided trades in sports history, sending Iván DeJesús to his former club for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg. After his tenure in Chicago, he later managed the Yankees and Mets. Green ended his career with a record of 454–478 as a manager and is the winningest manager in Phillies history, by win percentage, among managers who coached at least 299 games (he came one game shy of 300).
Green found himself back in the news a couple of years ago after his granddaughter was one of the victims of a shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona. He’d been back with the Phillies since 1998 as a front office advisor, and was inducted in the Wall of Fame in 2006. He passed away from kidney disease. He was 82 years old.
You can read touching and personal thoughts from Jim Salisbury about Dallas Green, the man, here.
The NBC-ization of CSN Philly is almost complete. Just a few peacocks here, a sprinkle of The Voice tie-ins there, and something something Lester Holt, and the transition will be complete.
According to Sports Business Daily, the two CSN networks in California, CSN Bay Area and CSN California, will be rebranded to, you guessed it:
NBC Sports Group will rename its two California-based RSNs to NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California – stripping away the CSN moniker. There is no word on whether similar changes will occur with NBC’s other RSNs – Chicago, New England, Philadelphia, Northwest and Mid-Atlantic. But it seems likely that those CSN-branded networks will be renamed with the NBC brand, as well – though the official comment from NBC is that it is exploring other changes, “given the unique partnerships with team partners across the RSN markets.”
CSN Philly has always been treated a little differently than its peers, 1) because it was the first, and 2) because COMCAST LIVES HERE or some shit. But lately the synergies have been more apparent. There are peacocks everywhere, the look and feel of Philly Sport Talk reeks of NBC (minus the Merrill Reese-voiced intro that sounds like a Transformers commercial), and, like most other cities, their website hate-fucks you in the face upon visiting.
The NBC partnership isn’t all ripe for snark, though– the recent multi-platform TOMBOY documentary leveraged the resources of BIG NBC and its little regional networks to put out a unique #content experience. And you know it’s important because it gets its own menu dropdown on the website.
But anyway, yeah, it’s not written in stone, but look for NBC Sports Philly brought to you by [insert local car dealer] to come to a cable box near you soon.
And boom goes the dynamite.
This is not particularly surprising, though it is a tad infuriating that Embiid, whose meniscus tear first showed up on an MRI in late January, still hasn’t been scheduled for surgery.
Per THE INTERNET, meniscus surgery is fairly common with a short-ish recovery period:
Rehabilitation time for a meniscus repair is about 3 months. A meniscectomy requires less time for healing — approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Recovery. Meniscus tears are extremely common knee injuries. With proper diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, patients often return to their pre-injury abilities.
Jahlil Okafor, however, had his meniscus repaired last year and started the season on a minutes restriction. At this point, that’s what the Sixers should call themselves, the Minutes Restrictions. Trust the process go fuck yourself. I hate sports.
UPDATE: Stein reports that the injury happened during a January practice:
Sources told ESPN.com that Embiid and the Sixers have been exploring treatment options after he suffered a partially torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee during a January practice.
A recovery timetable won’t be established, sources said, until after the procedure.
January practice, eh? When Bryan Colangelo was forced to acknowledge the meniscus tear on February 11, he said it could’ve been a pre-existing condition. Most fans assumed it happened when Embiid torqued the ever-living shit out of his knee against the Trailblazers. But Stein, if he’s correct, asserts that it happened during a January practice. Makes you go hmmmmmmmmmmm.
UPDATE 2: Tom Moore corrects the record:
That makes a lot more sense.
We’ve talked about the down and then down and then up and then down and then up again relationship between Dario Saric and T.J. McConnell on a couple of different occasions. I even made this terrible video:
But in the Ringer today, Dario told Ben Detrick something that just breaks our hearts:
“Sometimes in the games, he got one opinion and I got another opinion,” said Saric. “And we just talk about it. But that’s brother love. I love him so much. He’s got his fiancée, he getting married this September. He called me and said, ‘Can you come? Can you come, please?’ But I have a national team [obligation] in that time. Probably, I will not come.”
The very first thing we learned about Dario is that he sticks to his word. It’s important to him. He gave his word to his national team, and he’ll be with them in the 40th FIBA EuroBasket Tournament starting on August 31st. I understand that Dario is committed to the Croatian national team, and he’s been Croatian a lot longer than he’s known T.J. McConnell, but part of me wants him to just show up at the wedding after getting off the plane to Europe.
Later in the piece, Dario says he thinks he’s doing better because while he’s playing more minutes, “I have more balls in my hand.” We all do better with more balls in our hand. But The Homie did clarify one thing: He’s not exactly sure what “The Homie” means.
Fans have embraced “The Homie,” a handle that, like everything else joyful in Philly, emanated from Embiid’s Twitter account. Saric doesn’t quite get it, but the best sobriquets aren’t self-selected anyway. “I don’t know how I get the nickname,” he said. “I think it’s some kind of friendly neighbor, something like that. I like Super Dario more, but Homie is OK. It means they love you.”
“The Homie” is dead. Long live Dario “Friendly Neighbor” Saric.
Been thinking about taking the plunge… on a $25 t-shirt? Well, now’s your chance. Most t-shirts, including the ever-popular grey and red Process t-shirts, are 20% off now through end of day Friday (no code needed). Hoodies are 10% off and basically a steal at that price. Process tanks and throwback t-shirts are not discounted, 1) because they’re so awesome they don’t need it and 2) because my margins suck on those since they’re printed to-order using sublimation so we can achieve the badass effect of having the design star at the bottom of the shirt. LOAD UP for t-shirt weather.
On Monday, we looked at 10 things we’re looking forward to over the next 12 months. But what about beyond that? Who will be the first team in the city to win a championship? Will it be a dynasty? Let’s set our sights a little bit lower and see what realistic marks the teams in this city can hit, and who will hit them first. Continue Reading
I’m not a big Jay Glazer guy, but damn this is good:
EXCLUSIVE: Minute-by-minute look at how the alleged culprit in Tom Brady's jersey theft spent his night at the Super Bowl
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 21, 2017
Still looking for the breakdown of the locker room portion of the video, but I assume the guy reached back and to the left for the jersey.
Side note: This asshole gets multiple Super Bowl credentials and I still can’t get a response from the league to my request for an NFL Media account so I can apply for Draft credentials.