Old time baseball people had a reputation for enjoying the drink. It's a small part of the lure of the game but an intriguing one.
I once sat in a dugout at Wrigley Field and listened to Charlie Manuel talk about being a young ball player who was charged with keeping an eye on Mickey Mantle as The Mick spent a long night boozing on the town. There may have been some sisters involved, I forgot how that exact story went.
But the enjoyment of a cocktail was never limited to just the players. Broadcasters like Harry Caray and Harry Kalas were known to tie many a drink on over their careers.
The Chicago Sun-Times unearthed a baseball gem of sorts in the form of a diary kept by the legendary voice of the Chicago Cubs, Harry Caray. But it wasn't an emotional telling of things, it was more of a receipt journal that tracked which bars he visited and who he drank with so he could write much of it off.
The stats are staggering. He once spent 288 consecutive days in drinking establishments, according to Caray's accounting. And a mind-blowingly small numbers of days off. There were also drinking pal names like Wilt Chamberlain and Jack Dempsey. That's a wild lifestyle.
From the Sun-Times:
Toward the end of the diary, on Dec. 24, comes the kicker. After spending at least 354 of the previous 357 days in bars (DePorter counted 61 different tap houses) Caray writes, in a bold hand, “Vacation in Acapulco. Then “Vacation” every day until the year runs out.
Somebody go through the Harry the K and Whitey archives to see if they could rival that kind of streak.
Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?
Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.
Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.
Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."
If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.
Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.
Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.
"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."
The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag.
“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”