The Phillie Phanatic in Space?

The Phillie Phanatic in Space?


We received an update today from artist Cliff Lentz who was selected to be one of the 19 artists to participate in the Phillies "Paint the Phanatic" public arts project. Cliff describes himself as "the unofficial NASA correspondent for the 610 WIP sports radio morning show." Being a huge fan of other worldly things, he decided to go with a tribute to the American space program with what he describes as a "whimsical look."

He also notes that lugging one of these statues back to your house for a paint job is no easy task. [more photos below]

I
need to have this completed by March 22, in time for the opening day
activities. When I went to pickup the statue, I had no idea how big it
was, five foot tall with a one foot, 36 inch wide aluminum base. The
Phanatic has a 46 inch wing span! I soon realized that it would not fit
in my car and had to borrow a pickup truck. It took three people to
load it into the flatbed! When I got home, I found out that it would
not fit through any of my doors so my only option was the tool shed.
This project will be totally conducted outside! The next day we were
hit with a huge snow storm and two days later, a second one. Clearly I
have some obstacles.

Creating this Phanatic astronaut in a toolshed must be similar to what the Russians had to go through to build Sputnik.

The Phanatic as an astronaut reminds me of one of the classic cinematic masterpieces of our time.

Perhaps the greatest news in Cliff's email to me: all of the statues will eventually be auctioned off for charity. So you'll have a chance to take your very on Phanatic statue home to place in your garden. Start saving your nickels now.

 

 

 

A little background on Cliff:

I
was a painting student of the late Freida Reiter who was known as the
courtroom artist for ABC national news for many years until her death.
She was one of the first artists invited to Russia in the sixties and
covered many important events in the country's history including
Watergate and being the only reporter allowed to attend the Tricia
Nixon wedding at the White House. Mentoring me for years, she assisted
me in getting accepted to the Philadelphia College of Art (now the
University of the Arts) where I graduated in 1975. During my time in
college I worked many freelance projects for different companies
including a project for the Philadelphia Flyers as well as exhibiting
and selling work at different area shows.

Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

Phillies prospect Victor Arano out at least a month with elbow injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Phillies received some good and bad news on pitcher Victor Arano.

He was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Surgery was not prescribed, which is good news.

The bad news, he’s been shut down for at least a month.

Arano’s injury was treated with a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.

The 22-year-old from Mexico said he first started feeling some tenderness in the elbow during a stint in the Arizona Fall League. He experienced some swelling in the elbow after reporting to camp earlier this month.

Arano is an intriguing prospect. He was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the package for starter Roberto Hernandez in August 2014. He impressed team officials in spring training 2015 and really took a big step forward after moving to the bullpen last season. He pitched 79 2/3 innings in 46 games at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading and recorded a 2.26 ERA while striking out 95 and walking just 19.

Arano’s stuff has been compared to that of Edubray Ramos, who jumped from Double A to Triple A to the majors last season.

The injury means Arano will have to start the season on the disabled list.

In other health news, pitcher Jake Thompson graduated to a bullpen mound on Wednesday. He had been slowed by a sore wrist, but is fine now. Thompson proved that by winning the longest drive at Tuesday’s annual team golf outing.

Thompson lines up to open the season at Triple A.

Give and Go: How much credit does Brett Brown deserve for Sixers' improvement?

Give and Go: How much credit does Brett Brown deserve for Sixers' improvement?

With the team at the All-Star break, our resident basketball analysts will discuss some of the hottest topics involving the Sixers.

Running the Give and Go are CSNPhilly.com producer/reporters Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick.

In this edition, we analyze the job head coach Brett Brown has done this season.

Haughton
Brown's performance has already resulted in more wins than any other season under his leadership, but it continues to be a complex judgment.

He's still tied to an extremely young roster, which lends itself to the high number of turnovers, mistakes coming out of timeouts and defensive breakdowns. 

However, he has managed to get several players to show growth in their games and make sure the Sixers remain balanced even with Joel Embiid's emergence. That can also be attributed to Brown's emphasis on state of play and not state of pay.

He turned to T.J. McConnell ($874,636 salary) at starting point guard over Sergio Rodriguez ($8 million) because the second-year pro has proven to be a better fit and has routinely moved Gerald Henderson ($9 million) from starter to reserve.

Then of course, there has been Brown's handling of the Sixers' mashup at center. The coach has found each guy minutes when he can and, according to the players, been up front about all potential minutes and trade scenarios.

Perhaps Brown's finest job this season has come in a role he thought was over: team delegate. Once Sam Hinkie exited and Bryan Colangelo proclaimed he would be more open with information, Brown certainly had to think his days of standing in front of the media to explain every single thing going on with the franchise were over. Think again. 

Still, Brown's been there each day, answering just about every question thrown his way from injuries to trade rumors. If nothing else, he deserves to be commended for dealing with that ... again.

Hudrick
It's amazing what a few NBA-caliber players can do.

After accumulating a 47-199 record over his first three seasons, Brown has led the Sixers to a 21-35 mark so far this season. Sure, much of the credit for the team's success has to do with adding legitimate NBA talent (and a legitimate NBA star in Embiid). With that said, you're finally starting to see Brown's fingerprints on the Sixers.

A protégé of Gregg Popovich's with the Spurs, Brown preaches defense and ball movement. The Sixers' defense has been a catalyst for their success this season. As Brown says in his Bostralian accent, the defensive end is where the Sixers' "bread is buttered." 

With unselfish players with decent court vision like Dario Saric and Gerald Henderson added to the mix, the Sixers don't look like a total disaster in the half court. They're ninth in the NBA at 23.5 assists per game. They haven't finished higher than 15th in the league in any of Brown's three seasons. 

When you consider what Brown has gone through and how he's managed to keep everything positive, it's incredible. Hinkie pegged Brown as his guy, knowing that Brown was an excellent teacher and had the right attitude to deal with losing. You have to be encouraged by what you've seen out of Brown and the Sixers this season.