We’re going to hear from pretty much everyone ever associated with the Charlie Manuel Era over the next few days, sharing their thoughts and reflecting on what a great guy Charlie is and how much he loved the game of baseball. Obviously we plan on sharing some of our favorites.
Jimmy Rollins was here in Philadelphia back when Charlie first arrived in town and he was in the clubhouse still wearing a Phillies uniform when Manuel walked out of his office for the final time on Friday afternoon.
So what did J-Roll and Cholly talk about on their final day as player and coach?
Rollins said he was in Cholly's office for about twenty minutes following Manuel's goodbye press conference. They didn't reminisce about the good times they had together. They just laughed like they always have, same old conversation as usual, probably talking about baseball.
Jimmy showed his maturity a bit, not getting too emotional about the situation, noting that important pieces coming and going from organizations is now the business of baseball. This isn't the first manager J-Roll has seen given a pink slip.
But there was one moment that made my heart grow eleven sizes while listening to Rollins talk about his departed manager.
"I guess I'll have a fishing buddy now down in Florida," Rollins said.
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Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!