Weather heats up, bats heat up, and the balls start carrying. Fight at the bat rack - It's hittin season. Don't get left out! — Charlie Manuel (@CMBaseball41) June 19, 2014
He's a damn poet. I didn't think it was possible to love Charlie Manuel any more but then he joined Twitter. And he's been killing it. The Phillies are four games out in the NL East and Charlie Manuel -- the guy people used to refer to as the country bumpkin "Uncle Cholly" -- is really good at Twitter. We live in a strange and beautiful world. Follow Charlie. The things you may learn:
On this day in 1974, #AbqDuke Charlie Manuel beat Mickey Mantle in a HR Derby at Abq Sports Stadium. Bob Feller was one of the pitchers. — Albuquerque Isotopes (@AbqTopes) June 18, 2014
On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).
"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."
The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.
Joel Embiid was back in the gym on Wednesday afternoon after enjoying his All-Star break down in New Orleans and appears like he's ready to get back out on the court this weekend.
“I hope that they’re going let me play,” Embiid said after practice on Wednesday. “I feel great. I want to play. If it was my decision, I’d be playing.”
The team doctor's aren't so sure. Joel is currently listed as doubtful for both of the Sixers' games this weekend.
But that didn't stop JoJo from talking some smack with one of his favorite teammates, Dario Saric, while battling in a little one-on-one after practice.
Embiid was seen by reporters using some colorful language directed in Saric's direction, screaming "you can't ****-ing guard me!" while the two went at it.
The chatter didn't stop there. Embiid was later asked about the one-on-one and unleashed a little more on Dario.
"He don't like playing me," Embiid said. "He never wins and he doesn't handle me talking trash to him. I would love to play against him all the time because that gives me a lot of confidence beating him every day."
"It's fun playing against him. We both like to compete."
"That's my guy," he added.
And Sixers fans love them both. Let's just hope to see more of them teaming up in actual games soon.