Billy Wagner was a fan favorite in Philadelphia but once he joined the New York Mets -- or maybe once he gave up that homer to Biggio in September '05 -- he became a hated enemy. He's mouthed off about the fans in Philadelphia in the past, and once again he's decided to show how sensitive he really is in a Sunday piece by Jim Salisbury.
"People there expect you to perform, and when you do perform, they're still on your ass. In Philly, you can't have a good enough year. It's different in other places. In Philly, you should never give up a run or you should hit a home run every time up.
"When you're booing Mike Schmidt - come on."
Billy, come on now, don't forget: we threw snowballs at jolly old Santa! Brett Myers throws a bit of a jab at Wagner in response.
"I think it's a great place to play. If you screw up, the fans will put you back in line. It's like tough love.
"Billy might think it's a tough place to play. Me? When someone tells me I [stink], I try to show them I don't. It fuels me."
Yeah, Billy, stop being such a wuss. Are the fans in Philly vocal? Sure they are.
"You can't pay attention to it," Myers said. "That's why Billy couldn't make it here. He could have been a superstar in Philly. The fans loved him because he threw 100. But he chose to focus on the negative part instead of the positive: The fans are the way they are because they care."
Those some fightin' words right there. Wagner does have a point though, Philly is certainly not a place for players who need their hand held. I'm loving this rivalry picking up some steam. Both teams look like contenders on paper, let's hope the Phils can get their pen together and keep Phillies fans in a positive mood.
I'll have you know that Sony Playstation has done a complete full season simulation using MLB 07 The Show. The Phillies edged out the Mets to win the East by one game. The Phillies finished with 88 wins while the Mets took the Wild Card with 87 wins. No word on whether Tom Gordon went down in mid-June.
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The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-lowest odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-lowest odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5 rebounds
After skating to their best record in four years, the Philadelphia Flyers quelled the notion that they would show the growing pains of a rebuilding franchise in 2016. A playoff berth in Dave Hakstol’s first year as head coach brought about the emergence of a new noisemaker in the crowded Metropolitan division, one that stretched the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to six games in the Quarterfinals.
The Flyers will look to build on the success of last season by relying more on budding players Shane Gostisbehere and Ivan Provanov while veterans Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Boyd Gordon all look to lead the team back to another postseason. And while excitement continues to build in Philadelphia, fans can find comfort in the fact that Flyers tickets on the secondary market are the least expensive they’ve been this decade.
On TicketIQ, a leading online aggregator that pools both primary and secondary market listings to give consumers the most transparent buying experience, Flyers tickets are averaging $108.32 across all 41 home games at Wells Fargo Center this season. That marks a 12.4 percent drop from the $123.64 average at the beginning of last season. It is the cheapest home average the Flyers have posted since 2010, when TicketIQ began tracking resale ticket data.
While Thursday’s home opener served as one of the NHL’s most expensive games this week, a March 15 matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will be the most expensive Flyers home game this season. That game currently owns a $183.16 average, 69 percent over the season average, and the cheapest available tickets are priced for $73 each. Other top-priced games at Wells Fargo Center this season include January 4 against the New York Rangers ($163.62 avg./$57 get-in) and October 29 against the Penguins ($156.36 avg./$90 get-in).
For those looking for tickets to the cheapest Flyers games this season, an October 27 matchup with the Arizona Coyotes is the least expensive home game to attend. Tickets are averaging just $63.50, 41 percent below season average, and the get-in price is $16. Back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets on November 15 and 17 follow, with tickets starting from just $20 each at both contests.
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