When we heard Roy Halladay would be going on a fishing trip to Brazil in search of giant peacock bass we pretty much anticipated the fish tales from their trip being the most awesome Phillies news of the offseason. Little did we know Roy and his buddies would help a native boy who was attacked by an anaconda snake.
Here's the juicy part of the tale courtesy of fishing great Skeet Reese, whose photo we used above as well (via ZWR):
We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing,
we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a
caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across
a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able
to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to
sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.
The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free
himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped
around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore
it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and
flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely
see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
I guess the kid must have had a large behind, because according to urban legend, anacondas don't want none unless you've got buns. Or at least that's what I heard.
And congratulations to Zoo with Roy for posting the most Zoo with Roy post ever (aside from the inevitable post when they actually do get to go to the zoo with Roy). Be sure to go look at their pictoral of the run in with the anaconda.
The Sixers made some roster tweaks on Wednesday night.
The team waived forward Carl Landry and center Tibor Pleiss, while officially announcing the signing of guard Anthony "Cat" Barber.
The Sixers were expected to cut Pleiss, who was acquired last Friday in a trade with the Jazz. On July 21, Barber and the Sixers reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed deal.
Landy, a 32-year-old veteran, played one season with the Sixers after being acquired last summer in a trade with the Kings, a deal in which he was essentially a toss-in as it revolved around bringing Nik Stauskas to Philadelphia. Landry, who was under contract for 2016-17 at $6.75 million, battled injury to start 2015-16 and ended up playing in 36 games (12 starts), averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Barber, 6-foot-3, 173 pounds, will fight for a roster spot at point guard during training camp. The 22-year-old went undrafted in June after declaring following his junior season at NC State in which he averaged 23.5 points per game, seventh most in the country and best in the ACC.
Ben Simmons' fellow NBA rookies may not think too highly of him, but when the best basketball player on the planet is giving him pointers, he must be doing something right.
On Tuesday, a photo of Simmons and LeBron James dribbling side by side started making the rounds on Instagram. That's right. The Sixers' number-one overall draft pick and franchise savior is apparently training with the four-time league MVP and reigning world champion.
Those workouts continued on Wednesday, when 12-time All-Star Dwayne Wade posted a photo of himself, Simmons and James, as well as Richard Jefferson and Jordan McRae. That's some good company for a first-year player to keep.
What does all of this mean for Simmons and the Sixers? Hard to say, but it can't be a bad thing that the rookie point-forward is spending time with a pair of future first-ballot Hall of Famers. Surely he must be learning something.
That's good news for the Sixers, who hope that Simmons can even come close to living up to the lofty comparisons some have drawn to James already.
Tommy Joseph is back in the starting lineup … as he's expected to be for most of the final month of the season. Joseph bats fourth behind third baseman Maikel Franco.
Joseph did not start Tuesday night in the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. The 25-year-old is hitting .251 with 17 home runs and 34 RBIs.
The slugger has a significantly higher average against left-handed pitching than righties, despite clubbing 12 of his 17 homers against right-handed pitchers.
Joseph has yet to faced Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.
In other lineup notes, Tyler Goeddel gets the start in left field and will hit eighth, while A.J. Ellis gets his second start as a Phillie. He'll catch Adam Morgan.
Here is the full lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Freddy Galvis, SS
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
9. Adam Morgan, P
For more on tonight's game, read Steven Tydings' game notes.