Is Jesse Biddle Dedicated Enough to the Phillies?

Is Jesse Biddle Dedicated Enough to the Phillies?

We read this anecdote today from the Inquirer's Matt Gelb and it made us wonder, "Here's the kid from Germantown Friends School who has adored the
Phillies all his life. He was in the stands (both nights) for Game 5 of
the 2008 World Series. He sat in the rain so long he was too sick to go
to the parade two days later."

A little sickness from the rain kept the kid away from the WFC parade? I know plenty of people, myself included, who battled the rain at both portions of game 5 and still made it to the parade on Halloween. What kind of dedication to pitching will this kid have if he can't even buck up and make it to the first championship parade in his city during his lifetime? What if the Phillies need him to pitch on three days rest in a World Series down the road? And what if it's raining that day? [video below]

We're kidding, of course. Biddle's story is a pretty amazing one. It's not every day a local phenom gets drafted by the team he grew up idolizing. In his press conference, he mentioned postseason legends Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee as guys he looks up to.

Whether he'll ever pitch in a Phillies uniform at Citizens Bank Park remains to be seen, but the kid has a great attitude and a sense of humor. While talking about the time frame of him working his way into the Majors, Biddle joked, "I'm getting the start tonight. Halladay is now the number two."

To that, Charlie Manuel responded, "I like that. It'd be nice to have some more aces."

Indeed. Aces are good.

>>Burger Conversation Propels Phils Draft Pick Biddle [CSN]

Video of Biddle's intro to the Phillies:

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P