Flyers Rat Pack Take in Union-Galaxy Game

Flyers Rat Pack Take in Union-Galaxy Game

While attending the Philadelphia Union v. L.A. Galaxy game last night in Chester, I used half time to head out to my favorite concession stand at PPL Park, Los Tacos (a bit of a hidden gem).

As I was walking through a crowd between the gate from the inside concourse area to the outdoor plaza, I brushed into someone by accident, looked up to say "excuse me," and noticed it was none other than Flyers star Claude Giroux. As I kept walking, I then noticed Dan Carcillo, Mike Richards, Ville Leino, and Jeff Carter. A regular old night on the town for the boys in orange and black.

Which got us to thinking: the last time we saw Jayson Werth as a member of the Phillies, he was at a Flyers game in some primo seats. Could the same be true for any of the Flyers who visited the Union last night? Carcillo and Leino's futures are certainly up in the air, but anything could happen to any player if the brass so chose. [another photo below]

As you can kinda-sorta see in the below photo, Mike Richards' arm was indeed in a splint after surgery. We later learned from his Twitter feed late last night that his arm was in a cast as well when he tweeted, "Surgery was a success, little bigger cast than I expected but good job Dr. Culp."

Photos from the Horizon Services, Inc Facebook page. They are official Union sponsors it seems. Another here and here.

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders

The Phillies on Thursday officially announced the signing of outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018. 

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Saunders will make $9 million this season with the Phillies and the club option for 2018 will be worth $11 million with escalators potentially pushing it to $14 million.

Saunders, 30, is the left-handed hitting outfield bat the Phils were seeking. He hit 24 home runs for the Blue Jays last season in his walk year, making the AL All-Star team before slumping in the second half.

Saunders hit .298/.372/.551 with 16 homers in 82 games for the Blue Jays before the All-Star break, then hit .178/.282/.357 with eight homers in 58 games after.

He had a good year against same-handed pitching, hitting .275 with a .927 OPS and eight homers against lefties. 

He'll likely start in right field for the Phillies, with Odubel Herrera in center and Howie Kendrick in left (see Phils' projected lineup).

Saunders can also play first base, which could allow the Phillies to sit Tommy Joseph against a tough right-hander and fill in the outfield.

It was important to Phillies GM Matt Klentak that the player he signed to fill the spot in the outfield was not going to block young outfielders like Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and others.

On a one-year deal, Saunders came relatively cheap to the Phils, lingering in free agency as other hitters found contracts. In the middle of last summer, Saunders seemed poised for a multi-year contract like the four-year, $52 million deal Josh Reddick signed with the Astros. His second half cost him some money.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Saunders, the Phillies designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment.

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

He’s done it again.
 
Eleven days ago, Sixers social media went wild over a video that showed Joel Embiid walking out to the ring as a WWE character in WWE 2K17. Well, YouTube user Hillman811 is back with an even better version of the video complete with Sam Hinkie and fans chanting.
 
The first video sparked questions to Embiid about his favorite WWE wrestler, and he even did his own Triple H introduction at the Wells Fargo Center after The Game threw him an All-Star vote (see story).
 
Watch the video below and let your mind run wild with what this would look like if it actually happened.