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Gabe Kapler and Bryce Harper Bonded Over Training and Food

Kevin Kinkead - January 18, 2019

Phillies manager and contemporary sex symbol Gabe Kapler was on “MLB Now” with Brian Kenny.

He talks about the Phils’ offseason and the acquisitions of Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen, before getting into Bryce Harper around the two minute mark:

On Harper:

“I think we bonded over stuff like training, I think we bonded over food – he loves food and Philadelphia has an incredible food scene, among the best in the country if you ask me. I think we just hit it off. He’s an easy guy to talk to and he certainly is especially competitive. We joked a little bit about a moment on the field in September, when he was able to get an umpire to change a call.”

Kapler is right. We do have a great food scene. We’ve got places like Vetri, Fork, and Suraya. And just up the street from me you can find a Taco Bell, Applebee’s, and Panda Express.

Crossing Broadcast: The Saints Game, Sixers v Wolves, Media Scrums, Posturing

JoyOnBroad - January 16, 2019

Kevin and Russ recap the Saints game, the Sixers’ blowout of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jeff McLane v. Howie Roseman, and Manny Machado’s agent grandstanding for the integrity of MLB Free Agency.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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Your Complete NFL Championship Weekend Betting Guide

Another weekend is here and with it comes two fantastic NFL championship games featuring rematches of memorable regular season shootouts. The action is also in full effect across the NBA, NHL, and college basketball. With Super Bowl Sunday looming just two short weeks away, start building your bankroll now by getting in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action. Enjoy all of the different great games on tap across multiple sports this weekend and take

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Your Complete Patriots and Chiefs AFC Championship Game Betting Preview

New England and Kansas City will meet at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line in a rematch of the Patriots’ wild 43-40 win over the Chiefs back in October. The Patriots are showing up for their yearly reservation in the AFC Championship Game, appearing for the 13th time since the 2001 season and the eighth year in a row. They will face a Chiefs squad that

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More Manny Machado Hot Stove Nonsense

Kevin Kinkead - January 16, 2019

I’m with Bob.

Baseball free agency is wearing me out. This Manny Machado and Bryce Harper stuff is blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda.

But I’m gonna share the latest anyway, because I don’t think we’ve seen a ton of stuff from Buster Olney this winter. It’s been a lot of Jon Heyman and Bob Nightengale spit-balling. The stove isn’t even that hot, it’s more like the burners have been set somewhere between “simmer” and “low.”

Anyway:

After the jump, there’s some Phillies relevance in the accompanying ESPN article:

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Angelo Cataldi, Painting Himself Into a Corner

Kevin Kinkead - January 10, 2019

Angelo Cataldi is not a Manny Machado fan. Machado doesn’t hustle. He’s not a blue collar, lunch pail-carrying, Philly kind of guy.

He says it on the radio and he wrote it in a December Philly Voice column titled “Manny Machado could not be a worse fit for Philadelphia.”

Wrote Cataldi:

Unless Machado passes up tens of millions and goes where he belongs – to his beloved Yankees, who have no soul – all I can offer is what I have learned over nearly 30 years of studying the fans of Philadelphia. What will happen, in his very first year here, will make this the worst transaction in the city’s sports history.

The first time he doesn’t run hard on a ball that hits the top of the outfield wall, he will get booed. The first time he doesn’t bust it on a ground ball that turns into an easy double play, the customers will howl even louder. At $300-million, the target will be bigger on his back than any player who has ever played here. Bet on it.

Disagree.

As others have said, I think we’ll settle for career averages of 31 home runs, 90 runs batted in, and a .822 OPS. I’m willing to bet that most Philly sports fans, who are smarter than Angelo thinks they are, won’t be too bothered by the occasional lazy ground ball if Machado hits anywhere near his typical numbers.

The latest installment in the Cataldi myopia series dropped this week on Voice, a masterpiece called “The Phillies ‘made the rules, it’s time to get stupid.”

Angelo, after the jump:

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The Saga Continues: Phils Reportedly Set to Meet with Bryce Harper Next Week

BWanksCB - January 2, 2019

If you have grown weary of what has thus far been an underwhelming Phillies’ offseason, I can’t blame you. Big money and bold statements led to high hopes and great expectations for a memorable winter shopping spree, but as big-name free agents continue to sign elsewhere, fans know only this truth as the calendar flips to 2019 – talk is cheap.

And that’s pretty much where I’m at with this process. So forgive me that I’m not overly aroused by Jim Salisbury’s report that the Phillies plan to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas next week:

In fact, a person close to the player tells NBC Sports Philadelphia that a face-to-face meeting between Harper and Phillies officials is being planned for “the next week or so,” in Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas. Phillies officials met with Harper’s representative, Scott Boras, at the winter meetings in Las Vegas last month. The player was not in attendance at that meeting.

Huzzah!

In a vacuum, that the Phillies’ plan to meet with Harper is obviously an encouraging development for those hoping the team lands him, but whereas once upon a time not so long ago I couldn’t get enough of the Harper/Machado developments, I’ve now become borderline indifferent. One report stokes hope, the next pisses on it. So it goes.

Here’s what we know, which is what we’ve known all along.

  1. They’re interested in both players
  2. It’s going to take a monster offer to get either one to come here

And that’s really it. Maybe I’m just being surly on this first work day of the new year, but Vegas odds, Instagram follows, and unsourced material speculating the interests and preferences of these guys have ceased to interest me.

Have the meetings, make the offers, and let’s move on.

Kinkead: the saga continues, Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang

Jim Gardner, Wearing a Detroit Tigers Hat and Hanging Out With Alex Trebek

Kevin Kinkead - December 27, 2018

Let’s check in on Philadelphia’s longest tenured news anchor.

Jim Gardner is spending his holiday break in Israel, where he bumped into… Alex Trebek?

Wait, what? And why is he wearing a Detroit baseball hat? Does he secretly like the Tigers and actually hate the Phillies?

Some of the reaction:

 


He explained himself in a follow-up tweet, after the jump:

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Construction Worker Tells Manny Machado to “Do the Right Thing and Sign”

Kevin Kinkead - December 20, 2018

How ironic!

Manny Machado just arrived at Citizens Bank Park and the very first thing he did was take a picture with a hard-working, blue collar, lunch pail type of guy.

This construction worker had some advice for the free agent slugger:

“Super Bowl champs. World Series here. Do the right thing and sign!”

If that doesn’t sway him, nothing will.

Here’s another angle of my man:

Update:

He’s a union electrician named “Tom” –

More arrival videos after the jump:

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Welcome Manny Machado (and his Wife) to Philadelphia

Kevin Kinkead - December 20, 2018

Manny Machado is meeting with the Phillies today and they made sure to include the spouse on the obligatory jumbotron welcome graphic:

You may recall that the Phillies did this for Patrick Corbin as well. He ended up going to the Nationals. Surely it will work this time around.

I’m not sure what Manny Machado is thinking right now, but I PERSONALLY BELIEVE that Philadelphia is the best fit for him.