When Vance Worley was optioned to Lehigh Valley on May 16th to make room for Roy Oswalt to return from the DL, plenty of fans were outraged at the decision. But last night's outing, including Worley's admission that he was tired in the fifth inning, demonstrates the need to keep a guy like Worley "stretched out" as a starter. The decision to option Worley was made knowing that if any of the five starters, including banged up Joe Blanton, couldn't make any given start, Worley could potentially fill in.
Of course, as Worley explains below, the timing didn't work out real well for Vance who was caught between bullpen relief and a couple of bullpen sessions. But it proves the point that Worley would be better off getting regular starts in Lehigh than wasting away in the Phils pen.
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.