Phils Game Chat: Blanton Versus the Murder Novel Author

Phils Game Chat: Blanton Versus the Murder Novel Author

If you're looking for a postive after the Phillies series-opening loss to the Mets last night, take solice in the fact that Joe Blanton is throwing tonight at Citizens Bank Park. In Heavy B's last 17 starts at CBP, the Phillies have gone 14-3. That's impressive.

His counter part this evening? A murder novel author. From CSN's "What You Need to Know:"

[Blanton] is opposed Tuesday by 41-year-old journeyman Miguel Batista, who was
forced into starting duty when Mike Pelfrey went down for the season
with an elbow injury. Batista has pitched for 12 different teams over 20
major league seasons. He’s also written a book of Spanish poetry and a
murder novel.

More on his novel from Wiki:

Batista has also published The Avenger of Blood,
a thriller about a serial killer. The novel was released on December
12, 2006 in the United States, and met with mixed reviews. It was
released on January 25, 2007 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and on
February 10, 2007 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it has had some
success.

Here's to no success for Batista this evening in South Philly.

7:05 from CBP. Could be cold and wet and the Flyers are playing across the street plus the Sixers tip off game 5 in Chicago later in the evening.

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

CAMDEN, N.J. — Whether or not Joel Embiid suits up against the Raptors tonight remains to be seen. He is listed as questionable because of illness and did not participate in shootaround. On Tuesday, Brett Brown said Embiid was dealing with the flu

If Embiid is unable to play, Jahlil Okafor would see more playing time. After four straight DNPs, Okafor started in Embiid’s absence on Saturday against the Wizards and had 26 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. The following game, he came off the bench against the Bucks (10 points, two rebounds, 20 minutes) without Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle).

Noel went through shootaround and is probable for Wednesday.

“I know I can’t control what’s going on with all the DNPs,” Okafor said after shootaround. “I just try to work as hard as I can to stay prepared for whatever happens.”

T.J. McConnell has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after he was able to go through shootaround with a right wrist sprain. He wore a splint on Tuesday but just had his wrist wrapped to limit swelling. The Sixers' medical staff will evaluate McConnell before the game to determine his status.

“A lot better today,” McConnell said. “Optimistic about tonight. We’ll see how it responds this afternoon during warmups and make a decision there.”

Richaun Holmes remains on assignment with the Delaware 87ers. He is currently participating in the NBA D-League Showcase, which runs Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario.

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

When he's not battling bridge scandals, getting kicked off trainsfalling out of chairs, making trips to McDonald's for Donald Trump, or eating M&M's, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure seems to be fond of insulting Philadelphia Eagles fans.

The oversized personality was at it again this morning when he spoke with the Boomer and Carton show up on New York's WFAN.

Christie is a well-documented Dallas Cowboys fan and again discussed his fandom and why people seem to care about it.

And in case you needed a reminder, the Cowboys' season is currently over and they didn't even win a single playoff game. Sad!

“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”

He then goes on to say he's not a front runner for liking the Cowboys because they've been far less successful over the last ten years than the New York Giants. Mostly true.

You can listen to the whole interview right here. Via CBS Philly