Now that football season is over, our eyes can turn to the warm temperatures and palm trees swaying down in Clearwater. But before the Phillies get down there for pitchers in catchers in just over a week, their equipment has to get down there. The Phillies Equipment and Umpire Services Manager, Dan O'Rourke, spoke about the effort it takes to get 150,000 baseballs and 1,200 bats down to Florida. The best takeaway from the below video? Jimmy Rollins has too many damn shoes.
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It all started with a simple tweet at 1:58 p.m.
Ben Simmons asked his Twitter following about the cat.
One hour and 19 minutes later, Simmons decided to participate himself.
With his two Savannah cats.
For those out of the loop, Sixers fan @GipperGrove started the social media movement — one we can surely affirm is one the world has never seen before — in which fans raise their cats after each Sixers win, which there have been plenty of recently.
The Sixers won their third straight game on Friday night, squeaking out a 93-92 win over the Trail Blazers and are now 8-2 in their last 10 games. Joel Embiid is legit, and this team, in Year 4 of The Process, is making basketball great again in Philly. And all of this without Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick who's still rehabing a Jones fracture in his right foot.
To celebrate Simmons' cat-raising, @GipperGrove pinned this to his Twitter page.
#RaiseTheCat lives on.