Phillies Opening Day 2007

Phillies Opening Day 2007

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Opening Day 2006, originally uploaded by MaRkoP....

Only a handful of months ago, many in Philadelphia vowed to never go watch Brett Myers pitch again.  Today, a packed house at Citizens Bank Park will try to forget the personal fiasco that took place last summer and focus on the pitcher's on field performance.  Myers, who worked hard this off-season and slimmed down, has worked his way back onto fans' good sides; an opening day win sure wouldn't hurt his status.  It was a quick turnaround -- Philly fans are fickle like that -- and certainly his good standing isn't set in stone.  Brett Myers will make his claim today to be a legitimate ace in his first ever opening day start.  Let's start this year out right.

Myers goes up against the great John Smoltz, who hasn't been nearly as great in his three season-opening starts.  Edge: Myers.

Despite the Phillies tremendous history of losing, opening day gives us fans a clean slate of hope.  Bill Lyons puts it nicely.

And yet, I confess, the Fightin's have a way of seducing you. The
people keep coming back for more. For all the civic slurs, for all the
unsavory things said of the Philadelphia fans, also say this: They
could teach loyalty to a dog. Their capacity for pain is without limit.

We'll be there to root, root, root, for the home team.  Look for photos, videos, and stories later today.

Play Ball!

The Phillies opening day roster is still one man shy of the 25 man limit.  Looks like Joe Bisenius may get the call.

The other 24 wearing Phillies uniforms today.

Pitchers: Antonio Alfonseca, Condrey, Adam Eaton, Geoff Geary,
Tom Gordon, Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, Segovia
and Matt Smith.

Catchers: Rod Barajas and Carlos Ruiz.

Infielders: Dobbs, Wes Helms, Ryan Howard, Abraham Nunez, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

Outfielders: Bourn, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.

Rehabbing: Right-handers Garcia and Jon Lieber will participate in Monday's Opening Day festivities, then resume
preparations to rejoin the Phillies.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.