Here’s the Phillies’ Dallas Green Memorial Patch

Jim Adair - April 7, 2017

Via Jim Salisbury, here’s the memorial patch the Phillies will wear to honor Dallas Green:

It’s a departure from the standard they’ve set with the Vuk, HK, CB, and SLB patches in recent years. All of those were just white initials on a black background. They’ll debut the patch today while wearing their home uniforms for the first time this year.

The Phillies Have Partnered with Yuengling for the First Time

Jim Adair - April 7, 2017

The Phillies have their first new beer sponsor in almost 40 years: Yuengling, which has been around since 1829, and the Phillies, who’ve existed since 1883, somehow never partnered before, but they have now. According to Brewbound, the new, multi-year partnership between the beer brand and the team includes an outfield wall sign, digital sign and in-stadium sign featuring the brewery’s flagship beer, Yuengling Traditional Lager.

As you can see on both their Instagram post and live story today, the Yuengling sign is all set in left field, right next to the StubHub banner:

It marks the Phillies’ first official partnership with Yuengling. Unofficially, Yuengling is represented as a Phillies tailgater’s third top beverage and by scattered Darren Daulton Yuengling Light cardboard cutouts.

Here’s Lee Porter’s Comprehensive 2017 Citizens Bank Park Beer List

Jim Adair - April 7, 2017

The most important bookmark you can make on your phone for the Phillies season isn’t the schedule or the team’s baseball-reference page, it’s Lee Porter’s annual beer locator list. This year’s headliner is the eighteen – EIGHTEEN – tap handles at the Alley Brewing Company by section 102, which also features big cans from Flying Fish, Angry Orchard, New Belgium, SweetWater, Troegs, and the summertime baseball beer itself, Victory Summer Love.

The rest of the listings feature Philadelphia Brewing Co., Yards, tons of Victory varieties, Dogfish Head, and more. It’s all right here, in the palm of your hand.

The Phillies are Live Streaming their Opening Day Festivities in 360° Video

Jim Adair - April 7, 2017

If you have one of those fancy VR headsets – or you can “borrow” a set for an hour or so later – it’ll be like you’re at Opening Day even though you’re “working.” The Phils will be streaming their Opening Day festivities on their Facebook page, starting at 2:15 p.m., with 360 video.

“From parading through Ashburn Alley and onto the field with the players, to being next to the dugout as rookies Andrew Knapp and Brock Stassi hear their name called as part of Opening Day in Philadelphia for the first time, this live stream will truly bring you everything that makes Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park so magical.

Experience the day like you never have before.”

And here is the full schedule of the day’s festivities:

8:00 a.m.
Majestic Clubhouse Store opens. Features Limited Edition Opening Day collectibles and apparel. Check out What’s New at Citizens Bank Park in food, fashion and fandom.
12:00 p.m.
Free Phillies Opening Day Block Party presented by Budweiser on Citizens Bank Way! Features a live performance by Go Go Gadjet, a giant Budweiser Macro Bar, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, a huge Ferris wheel, kid’s fun house, Coca-Cola Speed Pitch and prizes and sampling from Turkey Hill Dairy, J&J Snack Foods, Rita’s Italian Ice, Chick-fil-A, Hatfield Quality Meats, Cavity Busters, AT&T, XFINITY Mobile, CBS Radio and more. Plus, take selfies at the large Opening Day letters at the Third Base Gate.
12:35 p.m.
All gates open. All fans receive a Phillies Opening Day Commemorative Knit Hat, compliments of Nemours. A 2017 Phillies Opening Day Scorecard will be available for purchase at kiosks for $3.
12:40 p.m.
Phillies batting practice.
1:10 p.m.
Nationals batting practice.
2:30 p.m.
Be in your seats to cheer on the 2017 Phillies as they enter Citizens Bank Park to make their “Leadoff Walk” onto the field.
2:37 p.m.
As representatives from the United States military unfurl a large American flag, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale will sing “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” State flags will be carried onto the field by members of the City of Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments.
2:42 p.m.
Nationals Introductions.
2:46 p.m.
Phillies Introductions.
2:51 p.m.
National Anthem: Performed by Kane Kalas, son of the late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, at his father’s statue behind Section 141.
2:52 p.m.
The United States Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, will parachute onto the field delivering the first ball.
3:00 p.m.
Ceremonial First Pitches: Sylvia Green, wife of the late Dallas Green, Phillies 1980 World Series Champion manager and senior advisor to the Phillies General Manager. Also: Fred Alward, 15-year-old patient at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

The Sixers’ Best-Case Lottery Scenario is Happening Right Now

Jim Adair - April 7, 2017

The Sixers and Magic are currently tied for the league’s 4th best lottery odds. When that happens, each tied team receives the average of the total number of combinations for the positions that they occupy. So you take the total number of ping-pong ball combos for #4 and #5, add them together, and each team gets half. But if that tie is broken with the Sixers on the losing (but lottery winning) end, they’re sitting in their best-case scenario.

current standings

The Sixers and Orlando both have three games left. The Sixers play Milwaukee, Indiana, and the Knicks. The Magic play the Pacers, Bulls, and Pistons. It seems unlikely, but the Sixers just need Orlando to win one more game than they win. If so, their current odds at a top-3 and #1 pick jump from 33.7% and 10.4% in the tie situation to 37.8% and 11.9% in 4th. If they fall cleanly behind the Magic (no tie), they drop to 29.2% and 8.8%. The odds get even better when you add in the Kings’ odds.

Because of the pick swap, you can just add the Kings’ odds at #1 and top-3 right on to the Sixers’. Currently, Sacramento is in a tie as well, with Minnesota, with four games left. Depending on where they land, Sacramento’s pick can add a full 15% chance to a top-3 Sixers pick and a 4.3% chance at the number one pick. That’d bring the Sixers’ best case numbers up to 52.8% and 16.2%. Those are better numbers, in both cases, than LA has in the third-best spot. And if LA stays there – Phoenix has a 1.5 game hold on the #2 odds spot – the Sixers will have a 53.1% chance at getting the Lakers pick and a 49% chance that it’s #4 or 5. In layman’s terms: If the Lakers land in the #3 odds spot, the Sixers land at #4, and the Kings land at #7, the Sixers have better odds than the Lakers do at a top-3 pick and a #1 pick, while also possessing strong odds of getting the Lakers’ pick.

When the balls fall, the balls fall. But the Sixers are just a couple of games away from being set up in the best possible attainable situation.

What Did We Learn From the Sixers This Year?

Jim Adair - April 6, 2017

In many ways, this Sixers season was a resounding success. They could end the year with 30 wins while still being real lottery contenders. If you predicted before the season started that they would win ~30 with only 31 games of Embiid and 0 games of Ben Simmons, some would’ve said that was impossible. Most others would say WHY, WHAT HAPPENED? TELL ME! TELL ME RIGHT NOW!!!!

While we know a lot more right now about this team than we did back in October, there are still questions. Let’s start with the affirmative.

What we know

Joel Embiid is a Superstar

Forget the stats, the per-36 and the multiple Rookie of the Month Awards. On eye test alone, Joel Embiid is a superstar. He’s the next generation of NBA player. He shoots threes, blocks shots, moves in the lane like a hummingbird, and does it all with astonishingly little basketball experience. Joel Embiid is better at basketball than you are at everything you’ve ever done, and he’s reached that mark in half the time. He’s much more advanced than we ever thought he’d be this early, and he’s only getting started. If he can stay healthy.

Dario Saric is the Real Deal

Euros coming over to the NBA always have a learning curve. Typically, they see a jump in their second season after a year of adjusting to a longer three-point line, faster game, and bigger bodies. If Saric doesn’t make that leap next season, he’ll be fine. He’s played around 150 games in the last year and a half, and if anything he’s only sped up. There is no rookie wall. He started the season stroking from three but looking lost in most other aspects of the game. His passing didn’t show the flash we knew it could, he got smothered in the lane against bigger and more athletic players, and he turned the ball over a lot. Since Embiid went out for the year and more weight was put on Dario’s shoulders, he’s been putting up 17.1 points, 3.1 assists, and 6.9 rebounds in 30 minutes a game. His awkward, open-hand lane floaters are consistently dropping (55% within 5 feet on the season, 60.3% since Embiid went down), his passes are finding their marks (0.91 assist/turnover before ASG, 1.17 after), and he’s creating more ways to score. And all of this is happening while his three-point shot is falling apart. If that comes back next year, watch out. Continue Reading

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Ryan Howard Signed a Deal with the Braves

Jim Adair - April 6, 2017

As Chase Utley gears up for another year in LA, Chooch starts his Mariners tenure, and Jimmy Rollins mulls retirement, Ryan Howard finally found himself a job. In the NL. In the division.

According to Mark Bowman, the Braves have signed Ryan Howard to a minor league deal, where he’ll go to extended Spring Training and then join Triple-A Gwinnett. If Howard makes the bigs this year, there will be plenty of chances for him to face off against his former team.

Hamels with the Rangers is fine. There’s no real history with the Dodgers, White Sox, or Mariners. But the Braves? THE BRAVES? I understand that a job is a job and Howard doesn’t want to hang it up, but seeing him inside the division is going to be very, very strange. As always, one mantra stays true: At least it’s not the Mets.

Kyle: You know how this ends– Howard hitting a walk-off on on 0-2 curve against the Phillies.

NFL Draft Prep Has Begun on the Parkway

Jim Adair - April 6, 2017

An indoor/outdoor arena, numerous video screens, a goddamn zip line, etc. That kind of thing takes a while to set up. 21 days out, the prep has begun.

Currently, the Art Museum’s main flight of stairs – minus the top section – is blocked off as the theater and stage are built. The construction allows for entrance to the museum from a side stairway, but it has thrown a large wrench into the plans of tourists, tourists, and tourists. And with the construction, parking restrictions have already begun.

From now until early May, Phase 1 of the parking restrictions will keep cars off the roads closest to the museum, while Phase 2 (starting in two weeks) will keep cars off the remainder of the Parkway. No, really:

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Good God, it looks like Major Drumstick left behind his massive turkey baster. Or, Mrs. Drumstick…

Phases 3 and 4 will extend parking restrictions into some residential areas around the museum, and just generally make the area a complete nightmare. That’s kinda how the Parkway always is though.