Ruben Gives Polanco Endorsement

Ruben Gives Polanco Endorsement

Koalas apparently migrate to Milwaukee for the late fall / early winter and that's where the Inquirer's Matt Gelb caught up with Ruben Amaro Jr. who gave Placido Polanco a nice endorsement as the Phillies third baseman.

"Polly is our third baseman," Amaro told Gelb. "I'm looking forward to
him being healthy. If he's healthy, he's exactly what we're trying to
have as far as our offense is concerned. If he's healthy, he's our best

Third base has been one of the positions that's been tough to get a gauge on heading into 2012. "If Polanco is healthy..." is one very large "if." Polly's playoff performance was troubling, but as we all know he was very banged up towards the end of the season.

Remember what a hot start he got off to last year though? He was ripping the cover off the ball and people were marveling at the guy's ability with a bat in his hands.

Do you have any confidence that he can stay healthy for an entire season? Are you more worried about him getting injured than your average player on the Phillies given his up and down 2011?

This is where some fans get excited about the prospect of bringing Michael Cuddyer in as a fill-in-where-they-need-him kinda guy, albeit an expensive yet skilled offensive guy. While he has some experience at third, it's not nearly as much as some people may believe. He's only played 14 games at third since 2005, all in the 2010 season.

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.

Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.

Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.

"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."

The Sixers 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."

In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.

Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.

In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.