Pretty good night all around for the Phillies out in Wisconsin on Thursday. Charlie Manuel's decision to give Michael Young a shot at the top of the lineup paid dividends with the third baseman going 3-5 and jump starting the offense. He had plenty of help with John Mayberry tallying three hits of his own and Dom Brown adding a couple more. Delmon Young also left the building for the sixth time on the season.
The Michael of the Youngs attributes much of the team's recent success to the style of play they're bringing every night and that can sometimes start on the base paths.
"We're happy the hard work has started to pay off and we're starting to see it in the standings," Michael Young said. "I think we're very happy with our style of play right now. We're doing a good job on the bases, running aggressively, pushing the envelope. The bases is one of those places where you can create some energy for your team, and we're doing a good job of that right now."
Downtown Dom Brown swiped a couple more bases in the win to up his season total to six.
Tyler Cloyd pitched a heck of a game, scattering just four hits over 6.2 innings. The bullpen then did its job and the Phillies moved to above .500 on the season and it feels greaaaat.
Now that the Phillies keep rattling off victories, it's becoming customary to check out the out of town scoreboard to see how those pesky Braves are doing. Good news: they lost on Thursday night thanks in part to that crazy awesome new Dodger Yasiel Puig hitting a grand slam.
Oh, and Friday night has Cliff Lee going up a reliever-turned-starter making just his second start of the season for the Brew Crew. Gotta like the Phils' chances in that one.
When Brett Brown agreed to become the Sixers' head coach, he knew he was embarking upon a unique challenge with a franchise that planned to be as methodical as possible in its rebuild.
One of the results was a career record for Brown of 47-199 entering this season, a record so lopsidedly poor that Brown may never break the .500 mark.
But the Sixers are finally showing real progress, with a star in Joel Embiid and young players who are turning out to be useful pieces. The Sixers have won seven of their last nine, and there's no one happier to see that than Brown's former boss and mentor, Gregg Popovich.
"It's one of my joys in life to watch them win basketball games because if there's any team that deserves it, it's those guys," Popovich told ESPN.
Brown and the Sixers aren't out of the woods yet. At 14-26, they're still closer to the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but the entire vibe around the team has changed.
"They've had it really tough for all the obvious reasons," said Popovich, who has been the Spurs' head coach since 1996 and worked with Brown from 2002-13.
"There's nobody in our business that is more positive, and more day-to-day upbeat and ready to teach and love than Brett Brown. He's a unique, unique guy."
Philadelphia Phillies fans likely don't know a ton about one of the team's most recent pitching acquisitions, former Red Sox right-hander Clay Buccholz, but it turns out he has a unique connection to the 45th President of the United States of America.
It was Donald Trump who first introduced him to his now wife, Lindsay Clubine, at an after party of a UFC fight following a game out in California back in the late aughts.
The Boston Globe wrote about the encounter early last year.
“It was ‘Affliction: Banned’ fighting, and [Trump] owned the whole circuit," Buchholz told the Globe. "My wife knew him prior, from ‘Deal or No Deal’ when he came on the show as a celebrity banker."
“She was helping him host this event in Anaheim. So when we all walked in, he was there, and he saw us and he introduced Lindsey to me.”
Trump, of course, also has ties to a more formative New England athlete in Tom Brady who allegedly called Donald on Thursday to congratulate him on his coming inauguration.
As for Buchholz opinion on Trump? He was a big supporter during the campaign and is a fan of the former " The Apprentice" host.
“He says what a lot of people think and don’t say,” Buchholz told the Globe. “I like that part of him."
Phillies fans tend to say what they think, so he'll probably be a fan of them as well, right?
Here are some shots of the couple from their social media accounts: