With the winter meetings coming to an unproductive end, and less than attractive options in the high-end but mediocre free agent market, the Phillies may turn their interest toward lesser free agents and the players who were nontendered by their clubs, thus hitting the open market. Two names have been mentioned above the others as possible future Phils: Geoff Jenkins and Akinori Otsuka. Jenkins would serve to platoon with Jayson Werth in right, and reliever Akinori Otsuka (if healthy) could do pretty much anything in the bullpen.
Jenkins is coming off of a fairly shabby 2007 season in terms of average (.255), but he continued to show some pop, with 21 homers. However, a look at his career numbers and when he peaked and declined makes me wonder if he's a Straight Cash Homie. Perhaps it's unfair to speculate as such, but we know a lot of numbers were inflated during that time period, and hey, what choice do we have but to wonder about anyone playing in this era? The inconsistent, lower-than-anticipated production we've seen from so many players, especially last season, makes me clueless as to what we can expect next year.
Most likely Otsuka would start the season (if healthy) as the setup man for Brad Lidge, but whereas Lidge can be somewhat erratic, Otsuka has been a steady source of saves when closing in Texas (again, when healthy). Arm troubles ended Otsuka's second half prematurely last season, but early reports have him recovering well. For most of the last two seasons, I'd have rather had Otsuka closing than Lidge. Still, you have to wonder why the Rangers are always so willing to part with him or not use him as the closer (Cordero, then Gagne).
Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?
Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.
Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.
Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."
If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.
Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.
Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.
"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."
The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag.
“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”