Reggie White Tribute

Reggie White Tribute

For those of you who don't frequent the Philadelphia Eagles official site, they have been doing a rather nice job with their content for the Reggie White tribute in coordination with all of the festivities going on tonight.  Reggie's number is officially being retired at tonight's game against the Seatle Seahawks.  There are video interviews with Merrill Reese, Garry Cobb, Andy Reid, Chris Berman as well as testimonials by Clyde Simmons, Keith Byars, Mike Pitts, Mike Golic.  There is a four part video real that is definitely worth checking out for any Eagles fan.

Last week while browsing the Eagles site, I was thinking back on my memories of Reggie.  I remembered when I was maybe 10 so I drew or painted a picture of one of Reggie's football cards I had.  I remember thinking to myself what a great job I had done and being really happy with my work.  Last week I went into the attic where my parents still have amazing amounts of old stuff in search of the drawing.  This was like looking for a needle in a haystack.  I unfortunately did not find the drawing.  I did find a painting I made of Shaq's locker with his jersey from the Orlando Magic and I even dated it '93.  In my search, I found some great football/baseball/basketball cards.  In a pile of random basketball cards (I think it was mostly Stadium Club) I came across, miraculously, the card I think I tried to replicate when I was 10 or so.  I believe it is Reggie's Topps rookie card.  What are the odds that I would have found this among thousands of cards?  I took a picture of the card next to Scott's starting lineup of Reggie.  That is my tribute to the late great Reggie White.

My camera's batteries are perpetually dead, so I had to use my crappy cellphone camera.

Shady McCoy hung up on the Pittsburgh media after party question

Shady McCoy hung up on the Pittsburgh media after party question

Eagles fans likely yearn for LeSean McCoy's days in Philadelphia. Not only is Shady still beasting on the field for the Buffalo Bills this season, he's also entertaining per usual off of it.

The latest instance comes thanks to the Bills matchup this week with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the pro team in the city where Shady spent his formative years.

A Pittsburgh reporter, for some reason, decided to ask Shady about that infamous "females only" party he was going to host. You remember that one, don't you? The "no weird orgy thing" one?

Shady would eventually go on to cancel that party and plan another one DJ'd by Donald Trump -- the dude was ahead of his time.

But that doesn't mean he wants to talk about it all.

To be fair, who really wants to talk to the media anyway?

Phils lose LHP in Rule 5 draft, exit winter meetings balancing present with future

Phils lose LHP in Rule 5 draft, exit winter meetings balancing present with future

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The winter meetings ended Thursday morning with the Phillies sitting out the Rule 5 draft. The Phillies’ roster was at the 40-man limit and that prohibited the team from making a pick.

The Phils did lose one player in the draft as reliever Hoby Milner was selected by the Cleveland Indians. 

Milner, who turns 26 in January, is a left-hander who recently switched to a side-arm delivery. He had a 2.49 ERA in 49 games at Double A and Triple A in 2016.

Milner was eligible for the draft because he was not protected on the 40-man roster last month. The Indians selected him for $50,000. He must stay in the big leagues all season or be offered back to the Phillies for $25,000.

Andrew Pullin was a player the Phillies feared losing, but they hung on to the lefty-hitting outfielder. Pullin, 23, hit .322 with a .885 OPS between Single A and Double A in 2016. A late-season elbow injury prevented Pullin from playing in the Arizona Fall League and factored into the Phillies’ decision to leave him unprotected.

The Phillies selected one player, infielder Jorge Flores, in the minor-league phase of the draft. Flores had been in the Toronto system.

The Phils lost one player, 25-year-old pitcher Jairo Munoz, to Tampa Bay in the minor-league phase. Munoz pitched in the low minors in 2016.

With the winter meetings behind them, Phillies officials will head back to Citizens Bank Park to complete the construction of their 2017 roster. So far this winter, the Phils have re-signed starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and added outfielder Howie Kendrick and relievers Joaquin Benoit, Pat Neshek and David Rollins.

Remaining on the Phillies’ to-do list is adding a backup infielder – Andres Blanco could return – and deciding whether to pursue a veteran hitter to play a corner outfield spot or give an opportunity to a young tandem such as Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr. 

General manager Matt Klentak spoke often during the week about that balance he is trying to strike between improving the 2017 club while keeping intact long-range goals.

“Successfully balancing the present and the future is the single greatest challenge that a baseball operations department faces,” Klentak said. “We’ve talked about it all offseason. The decisions that we are making right now about giving playing time to a young player that has cut his teeth in Triple A and needs that opportunity to take the next step as opposed to a shorter-term solution from the outside – that’s one of the main challenges that we’ve run into this offseason.”

Time will tell which way the Phillies go on this matter.