Grapefruit League play may not get underway until Saturday when the Phillies take on the Yankees, but there will be live baseball action today in Clearwater as the Fightins take on the college boys from Florida State. As David Murphy writes about this morning, Buster Posey was sitting across the diamond three years ago in this same exhibition game.
Charlie's first line-up of the season. Note that Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins will not be playing today. J-Roll has a date with the Prez to listen to some Motown.
1. Shane 2. Polly 3. Raul 4. Howard 5. Benny 6. Dom 7. Chooch 8. Pete Orr (2B) 9. Valdez (SS)
According to Jim Salisbury, the following pitchers will get some work in today: "Righthander Drew Naylor will start. Justin De Fratus, Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Eddie Bonine, Juan Perez and Scott Mathieson will all work in the game."
And in case you were wondering, Dom Brown is already killing baseballs.
First pitch scheduled for 1:05 from Bright House Field.
Charlie Manuel signing autographs yesterday photo by the AP
What a week it's been for Chris Christie.
After watching his top-seeded Cowboys be picked apart by Aaron Rodgers in the divisional round, and being passed over for a position in Donald Trump's administration, the New Jersey governer called Eagles fans "generally angry, awful people."
He can now add being torched by Former Pennsylvania governer Ed Rendell and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney to that list.
"You understand how his approval rating is probably the lowest of any governer in the country," Rendell said.
(Three fire emojis).
"In retrospect, the governer's had a pretty rough couple years," Kenney said. "His presidential campaign crashed and burned, his bromance with the President-Elect didn't seem to go anywhere. I understand why he may be a little bitter or angry."
Watch the full video for more.
Ugh. Joel Embiid may not be perfect.
He may be buddies with Johnny Manziel, at least according to the former NFL hopeful turned party boy.
It all started when Manziel took to Twitter today to talk about doing a free autograph signing for the people of Texas.
The Twitter rant also included this strange line: "No lie.. I was a [bad word] in 2016 I'm just trying to be a good PERSON again#LostInTheSauce."
Hey, owning it is the first step to recovery, right?
Also, he knows how to get Twitter's attention:
After doing one Google search, there were reports of the pair hanging over the summer in LA. From Busted Coverage:
[Manziel] was tearing up the Warick LA lounge with his Los Angeles friends at a party that included Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, Kendra Wilkinson and Joel Embiid among others.
More to this as we learn it...