Abreu: Candy Eating God

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Abreu: Candy Eating God

Quotes from an article on the Phillies website about Bobby Abreu without alteration:

-Abreu, affectionately known as "Comedulce" (the candy-eater) in his country, has a reputation for enjoying the sweet things in life and is quite proud of it.

-..he is a god in Venezuela. He can't go anywhere without being mobbed -- anywhere.

-The locals love its candy and its most famous candy-eater. In Venezuela, "Comedulce" is a rock star with a group of paparazzi on his trail that would make Paris Hilton jealous -- or angry. He made big headlines for dating former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who also is from Maracay, and even bigger headlines when they broke up. His dress, usually a tight shirt with unique designs, and his style, almost always sporting a backpack, sunglasses and headphones, are mimicked across the country by boys and men alike.

-"I don't know why I am underrated and my name does not ring here the way it does for other players," Abreu said. "I have the same numbers every year. I don't understand it. It's a difficult question to answer. I don't know why. My numbers are always the same."

While I believe Philadelphians give Abreu a little too much heat from time to time, it's not always just about numbers.

Just go read it.

Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens almost made more money at the winter meetings than he did all of last season

Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens almost made more money at the winter meetings than he did all of last season

Being a highly-touted MLB prospect isn't always a lucrative existence. 

Take the young slugger Dylan Cozens who bashed 40 home runs in the Phillies farm system for double-A Reading last season. 

According to Philly.com's Matt Breen, Cozens earned roughly $8,500 for the 5 month long season. That's not exactly rolling in it.

Good news for Cozens today, however, because he almost doubled that total by having the most home runs of any minor leaguer. That earned him a check for $8,000.

Cozens joked during the luncheon that he made more Monday than he did all of last season. The rightfielder earned roughly $1,700 per month last season. Minor league players are only paid during their five-month season, which means Cozens made roughly $8,500 last season.

“I don’t know if it's true, it’s a joke. Not to be taken too seriously,” Cozens said. “But yeah, $8000 will make shopping this holiday season a lot easier.

Cozens also spoke about the report that he punched a teammate during winter league, noting it was just boys being boys and telling reporters they've moved past it.

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas' dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas' dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.