Roy Halladay. I still can’t believe it’s real.
The outpouring of condolences immediately came after the confirmation by police. From the Phillies, to Chooch, Ruben Amaro Jr., our own BWanks, and plenty of others across the city, the country, and even from Canada.
Chase Utley pic.twitter.com/8ldHxOd9RH
— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) November 7, 2017
When Roy threw his perfect game, he bought about 60 watches to commemorate the occasion each engraved and personalized. The case had a plaque that read "Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks" – Roy Halladay#FirstClass #LeadersLead #R.I.P.Doc pic.twitter.com/hoXNoAIFDX
— Nelson Figueroa Jr. (@FigSNY) November 8, 2017
When people ask me if I could re-live any moment in baseball-1 that I always say would be to watch Doc pitch again! Today my heart goes out to Brandy and the boys. He was a great husband, father, friend and teammate. Such a special man! You will be forever missed! #RoyHalladay
— Cole Hamels (@ColeHamels) November 8, 2017
Cole Hamels just said the 5 aces all went on vacation to Australia in 2013.
— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) November 7, 2017
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 7, 2017
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Roy Halladay. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/9fFLPnjXHz
— Philadelphia Zoo (@phillyzoo) November 7, 2017
The golden age of the Phillies coincided with middle school and early on in high school for me. I remember rushing home from school in October to catch the Phils in the NLDS against Cincinnati. Near the latter part of that era came Halladay. He always had a presence that forced you to notice him on the mound. He was a workhorse and had the stuff of an ace for the majority of his career, and he was a giant. His great life was cut short. Rest in Peace, Doc.
Gone far too soon.
Rest In Peace, Doc. pic.twitter.com/khboArOzRm
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 8, 2017
It wasn’t all sad news yesterday. The Sixers got their fifth straight win with a 104-97 victory over the Utah Jazz. They did it without Joel Embiid, who was held out of the game for rest.
Dario Saric scored a game-high 25 points with 10 rebounds, while J.J. Redick put up 20 points, and Ben Simmons recorded 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 6 assists.
And if you care, Jahlil Okafor got in for three minutes. His statline: 0 for 2 on field goal tries, one assist, one turnover, and three personal fouls.
They’ll be playing Sacramento Thursday night in California.
Before the game, Keith Pompey of the Inquirer reported that Jerryd Bayless would miss at least the next two games with a left wrist injury he suffered against Indiana on Friday. The team will call up Furkan Korkmaz from the Delaware 87ers.
Not a ton of stuff regarding the Eagles as they enter the bye week. But we can rip on the high grade Pro Football Focus gave for Von Miller!
Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo enjoys working with Carson Wentz:
DeFilippo, in a 30-minute bye-week session with reporters, emphasized what people who have followed the Eagles closely this year see — how so much of what makes Wentz successful goes beyond his physical talents. They see him change protections, change plays at the line, coolly cycle through progressions, find mismatches. That might explain why some national analysts still seem reluctant to jump on the Wentz wagon. They look at highlights expecting to be bowled over by his arm instead of his head.
“He’s just so further along from a mental football standpoint than other guys who are coming into the league. I think it just allows him to grow even faster,” DeFilippo said. “I think that’s why you’ve seen the jump from Year 1 to Year 2. … He did a great job in the offseason of fixing a few things, things he and I had talked about mechanically, so we’ve got his arm slot where we need it to be now, and then on top of that, trust in his teammates, trust in his coaches, another year of playing, I think that is why you’re seeing him play the way he’s playing now.”
All of the offensive position coaches were available during the same window Tuesday, but when the session started, the largest swarm of reporters and almost all the cameras gathered around DeFilippo.
“Our quarterback must be playing pretty good,” DeFilippo said.
Doug Pederson went back to his days with Kansas City to beat the Broncos on Sunday.
Two idiots on FS1 (do people watch that channel when there aren’t games on?) are still saying crap about the Eagles.
One practice squad move: The Eagles brought back safety Tre Sullivan and have released linebacker Don Cherry:
Roster Move: #Eagles signed S Tre Sullivan to the practice squad and released LB Don Cherry from the practice squad.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 7, 2017
No Gold Glove for Freddy Galvis. He finished behind Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford for the second straight season.
The Flyers might be getting another defenseman back. This time, it could be Radko Gudas before their Thursday night tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks:
Gudas, the Flyers’ most physical defenseman, said he still has to be cleared by a doctor to play Thursday, but he was able to absorb contact during Tuesday’s practice. If Gudas can play, Mark Alt will be the extra defenseman. Alt has done a commendable job in the two games he has played.
“I feel pretty good,” Gudas said.
Gudas, 27, was injured in the first period of the Flyers’ 3-0 loss in Chicago last Wednesday, taking an elbow to the head from Brandon Saad, who was not penalized. The Czech Republic native has missed the last two games — a 2-0 win in St. Louis, and a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado.
“I hate watching,” Gudas said. “That’s the toughest for me, not being able to jump in there. Anything I can do to make it faster, I’m trying to do as much as I can.”
In other sports news, three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, were arrested for allegedly shoplifting in China. They were released on bail, but if China’s standard practices are applied, the three could face 3-10 years in prison.
Here’s the second College Football Playoff rankings:
— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 8, 2017
The Suns traded Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and 2018 protected first and second round picks.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 7, 2017
The NFL has invited Colin Kaepernick for a one-on-one meeting, but that meeting fell through after the league denied having a mediator present.
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon told GQ he either drank or got high before every NFL game and in college:
Howie Schwab, aka “The Schwab”, is coming back to TV for Fox as a bracketologist.
Disney is ending their ban on the Los Angeles Times from attending their advanced screenings.
Twitter now has 280 characters. It sucks.
Florida State has suspended all greek life activities after a fraternity pledge died.
In case you forgot, Meek Mill is going to jail. That also sucks.