Philadelphia Phillies fans likely don't know a ton about one of the team's most recent pitching acquisitions, former Red Sox right-hander Clay Buccholz, but it turns out he has a unique connection to the 45th President of the United States of America.
It was Donald Trump who first introduced him to his now wife, Lindsay Clubine, at an after party of a UFC fight following a game out in California back in the late aughts.
The Boston Globe wrote about the encounter early last year.
“It was ‘Affliction: Banned’ fighting, and [Trump] owned the whole circuit," Buchholz told the Globe. "My wife knew him prior, from ‘Deal or No Deal’ when he came on the show as a celebrity banker."
“She was helping him host this event in Anaheim. So when we all walked in, he was there, and he saw us and he introduced Lindsey to me.”
Trump, of course, also has ties to a more formative New England athlete in Tom Brady who allegedly called Donald on Thursday to congratulate him on his coming inauguration.
As for Buchholz opinion on Trump? He was a big supporter during the campaign and is a fan of the former " The Apprentice" host.
“He says what a lot of people think and don’t say,” Buchholz told the Globe. “I like that part of him."
Phillies fans tend to say what they think, so he'll probably be a fan of them as well, right?
Here are some shots of the couple from their social media accounts:
Joel Embiid is a man of the people.
Jojo took time away from tweeting about the Sixers' newest death squad's nickname and throwing shade at Lonzo Ball to make an appearnce at XFINITY Live! in the South Philadelphia sports complex.
They were hosting an NBA draft party.
Not only did Embiid make an appearance shortly after the Sixers selected Markelle Fultz, he also apparently signed the Sam Hinkie banner that was raised to the rafters at the lottery party last month.
XFINITY Live!'s Twitter account shared the following images and videos:
Longtime followers of The Process are well aware that Thursday night was a tag team effort.
Sam Hinkie put the Sixers in the position -- via a plethora of assets acquired during his tenure -- to allow Bryan Colangelo to deal with the Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick that turned into Markelle Fultz.
It's always a little strange hearing current employees give praise to former employees, but if anyone can do it well, it's head coach Brett Brown.
Brett was asked what his conversations with Sam have been since the draft lottery when the #PICKSWAP with Sacramento was executed.
"Just a random text basically saying 'thank you,'" Brown said. "I think organizationally we really haven't missed a beat. The volume of phone calls that I've been on in my four years, they're like every Monday you're on a conference call with the owners. We've tried to be so meticulously responsible in growing this patiently. Sam was excelent at what he did. I think Bryan [Colangelo] took that work and brought it forward. You can't help but go back and recognize how we arrived at the picks we had this year. I think you have to step back and really acknowledge the great work that Bryan did getting it over the line."
"You can't dismiss the position of the club and Sam helped us to get to this level."
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