By most accounts, Jeff Francoeur is a solid guy. I've sat just a few rows back in the outfield at CBP and watched him have some fun banter with Phillies fans. He just seemed to get that baseball is supposed to be fun, and treating the opposing team's fans like children -- *cough* Melky *cough* -- isn't a good way to go to work everyday.
Unfortunately for him, his 2010 season is doomed because he dressed up like Santa at the Mets' holiday party.
At the very end of an article in the New York Times on Tuesday about the Mets going from bystanders to buyers, there's a wonderful nugget that will put you in the holiday spirit. If your name is Scrooge, that is.
Jeff Francoeur played Santa Claus
at the Christmas party, a role that has often come with its share of
misfortune the following season. In 2004, Mike Cameron played Santa,
then had a serious outfield collision with Carlos Beltran the following
August that put him on the disabled list for the remainder of the
season. In 2005, Kris Benson was Santa and was then traded to the Orioles
a month after the party. It is believed his wife Anna’s provocative
attire at the party contributed to the trade. In 2007, John Maine was
Santa and had an injury-plagued season, and last year it was Mike
Pelfrey, who struggled in 2009.
This likely means only one thing, the real Saint Nick is a Phillies fan and doesn't like when a stinkin' Met tries to steal his style.
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.”