Mexico is Hot

Mexico is Hot

As you may have noticed, this post has nothing to do with Philly Sports and I may stray from the main theme of this website a bit more often, just a heads up.
I made it back alive.  Mexico is interesting.  Hot this time of year.  I ended up listening to 1776 by David McCullough and enjoyed it a great deal.  Not being a history buff, I kind of think of the revolution as Oh Yeah, the Revolution? The Americans beat the hell out of the British, LIBERTY BELL! Independence, etc.

gives you a great insight into the actual people, focusing on G.W., and the amazing struggles they barely overcame in the early banner year of the revolution.  Good work George.  Having lived in the Boston area for 4 years, I found the opening chapters about the Boston campaign to be very intriguing, being able to put together the names of all of the towns, hills, and landmarks.  Did you know the original Old North Church was torn down and used as fire wood?  I didn't.

My Mexican experience was pretty resorty.  Lots of R&R with pina coladas and other assorted frozen drinks.  Doing nothing is highly under rated.  We went to Cancun for a night and ate at Carlos & Charlie's, a fun touristy spot.  The cultural highlights included a trip into the cute little beach front town of Playa Del Carmen and a trip to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza which main temple or El Castillo has a total of 364 steps.  They are steep and not fun to climb down.  The beach where we stayed along the Riviera Maya was nice, but not on par with some of the beaches I've seen in Jamaica, the Bahamas, or even Puerto Rico.

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Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.

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

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's 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.