Abreu! 24! Derby! Cinco Tres!

Abreu! 24! Derby! Cinco Tres!

Alicia Machado must be proud.  Ortiz just choked and Abreu is in the finals against the hometown guy, Pudge Rodriguez.  I missed the first round madness because I was busy at work following the horrible ESPN home run tracker.  Scott called me periodically to tell me of the Abreu insanity.

10:54 - Any movie with Vince Vaughn is probably worth checking out.  I'm just happy Ben Stiller isn't it it.  At least I hope not.  Can you really remake Bad News Bears????!??

10:59 - Chris Berman should be shot.  Bobby steps in.. Ball One.  Ball Two.  Ball Three.  Out1.  Long Fly ball!  Nope.  Damn it Bobby, that guy wants a house!  Back Back Back Gone!  1 Hr, 2 Out.  3 Out.  Damn it!  4 outs.  Damn.  5 outs.  He is looking tired, not looking good for our Phillie.

11:02 - Chris Berman should be shot.  Bobby gets 2 quick ones!  3 homers.  Towering shot!  4 Homers.  ouch. check swing?!  Wally wants that house Bobby!  5 HR!  6!  Bobby is feelin it!  36 on the night!  36!@#!

11:05 - 7!  Gone!  8!  Why can't he do this in the 8th or 9th innings!?!?  7 outs.  Wow that was a long ball, 9 Hrs, 7 outs.  Foul.  8 outs.  Joe Morgan thinks 9 homers will be tough to beat in the finals.  He adjusted to get that barrel out in front.  Good barrel work Bobby.  10 Hrs!  Abreu gets harassed by Miguel Cabrera!  Vamos!  I think that's what he said.  41 Home runs on the night!  Jebus.  Abreu won, this is over.  That sip of Gatorade really helped.  9 outs.  10.

11:09 - Bobby finishes with 41 home runs!  "I do the best that I can do to hit a homer here.  I think this is a beautiful night."  For all the shit Philly fans give Bobby, he really seems like a class act.

11:11 - Jimmy Rollins is shown cheer-leading, good work Jroll.

11:12 - Note to self: Buy a Chevy Truck, use my MasterCard more, buy another Chevy with employee discount.

11:17 - Pudge steps in.. Ball One.  Ball Two.  GONE.  1 Hr.  Gone.  2 Hr.  Uh oh Bobby, uh Oh.  Out1.  Out 2.   Out 3.   Out.  4 outs, 2 Hrs.  5 Outs.  Bobby is starting to look good.  Big Smile on Bobby's face.  6 outs.  GONE!  4 Hrs.

11:20 - Fans are chanting for Pudge, Out 7.  Grounder to Rollins, Out 8.  Gone.  4 HRs.

11:23 - Bobby Wins!  I got lost looking up some stats.  Bobby, the second Phillie ever to compete in the HR Derby (Jim Thome 2004), wins it with a total of 41 HRs.

Hey Bobby, why don't you hustle a little more in the outfield!  Boo! AHAHH I'm just kidding, Congrats to Bobby Abreu for representing Philadelphia and hitting the cover off of the ball in Detroit.  Good work Bobby, at least Phillies fans have one thing to cheer about this baseball season.  Now lead off tomorrow's game with a solo shot!

Editor's Note: All exclamation points in this post are used for embellishment as I am deliriously tired from too much work.  (Hence the lack up solid updates lately.)

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. The Sixers would need more in return than just Mirotic.

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).