Scheduling a make-up game for a rainout is tricky business when the two teams involved play their home games on opposite coasts. Imagine the delight of the schedulers and traveling secretaries for the Phillies and Padres today when the skies opened up multiple times for driving rains, and at about an hour before game time, there remains a thick gray cloud cover. [Update: It's raining where I am]
In between two "test" series with the best the NL Central has to offer, Cole and the Phils will look to shut down the Padres tonight before three games with the Cardinals. Cole Hamels will start for the Phillies, facing Kevin Correia, who actually has a lower ERA than King Cole at this juncture. We'll see how much longer that lasts.
After a hot blip earlier in the season, the Padres are back to earth, which for them is last place in the NL West. At least they get to live in a half decent town, eh?
Considering that their current batting average leader his hitting .2effing67, maybe newly minted Sixers guard Jrue Holiday (I'm told that's him on the left) can stick around and throw more than just the first pitch, saving Cole for the Cardinals? I shouldn't tease. Cole's struggles have been more than a little palpable, and the Phils need to get him on track soon—hopefully tonight. He had plenty of inspiration to draw from in that Chicago White Sox game, which you may have heard about?
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers 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."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.