Random Philly Thoughts

Random Philly Thoughts

On my drive home from work yesterday I  listened to Glen Macnow commenting on the recent booing going on at the Phillies games.  He also noted that yesterday's game against the Washington Nationals drew the smallest crowd ever at Citizen's Bank Ball Park..  The smallest by 9,000 People!  I find that incredible.  Philly fans are some of the best fans in all of sports; you can't convince me otherwise, but they are fickle.  Anyway, back to Glen.  He was talking about booing Charlie Manuel, Placido Polanco, and Kenny Lofton.  Glen says the fans aren't booing Charlie of Mayberry and his players, they are booing 20 years of losing.  They are booing the lack of aggression by the front office.  They are booing the Sixers sub .500 record.  They are booing Ed Wade and Dave Montgomery.  They are booing no playoffs in over 10 years.  They are booing the Eagles loss in the Superbowl.  They are booing the lack of Flyers hockey.  They are booing Tito Francona going to Boston and winning a world series.  They are booing Rich Kotite, Mitch Williams, and Freddie Mitchell.

Philly fans are frustrated, and they have a right to boo.  Some people hate the fact that Philly has a bad rap as fans.  They boo Santa, they throw batteries at J.D. Drew, they throw snowballs and pee on your wife for wearing a Giants jersey.   Most of this is a creation of the Media, but not all of it.  You would be nuts to bring a wife or girlfriend to an Eagles playoff game, unless she knew what she was in for.  I love the fact that Philly has a bad rap.  I was in Boston last year to see the Phillies at Fenway and I saw a very nice looking female at the game sporting a great tee shirt; it said, "I'm from Philly.  Don't F$*K with me."

You have to realize there are extremes to all fans.  There is the guy who drinks 14 Miller Lite's by the 6th inning and can't talk anymore from screaming at Chipper Jones, and then there are the stat heads who analyze players win shares and make graphs and charts of the effect bringing Jeromiah Trotter back would have on the Eagles payroll and potential chances of making it back to the big game.

I like to think I'm somewhere in the middle of the two.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P

 

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.