Former Phillies prospect once ate pizza for dinner for 90 straight days

Former Phillies prospect once ate pizza for dinner for 90 straight days

Carlos Carrasco is a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians but he made his way to the United States and Major League Baseball thanks to the Philadelphia Phillies

Carrasco grew up and learned to play the game of baseball in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. That's where his love story with the sport began. And his mother was a huge part of that, teaching him everything he knew about baseball at a young age.

He wrote a piece today for The Player's Tribune that talks about how baseball allowed him to dream of playing in the World Series like Pedro Martinez. But his dreams of playing baseball would turn into different dreams -- dreams of becoming an American citizen.

And that's what the heartfelt piece is about. You should really read the whole thing to get a feel for his journey. I don't want to downplay any of that. But it's an anecdote about his early days as a youngster in the Phillies organization that we found some humor in.

The language barrier was an incredible challenge for Carrasco, and seemingly dictated a lot of things in his life back then. Like what he could eat during his first spring training.

I’m not exaggerating. I had Domino’s every … single … day. It was the only thing I knew how to order.

So for 90 days, I ate pizza. I ordered it so much that the Domino’s near our facility ended up giving me one month of free pizza as a reward for being their best customer.

Aside from eating pizza and playing baseball, I didn’t do very much, though. For those first few years in the U.S., I didn’t really talk to many of my teammates. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know how.

So much for the Phillies' non-existent sports science program.

Carrasco never ended up pitching in the bigs for the Phils because he was part of the big trade that landed Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco in Philadelphia.

But he has seen more than just his dream of playing in the MLB come true.

Temple football surprises walk-on with a scholarship

Temple football surprises walk-on with a scholarship

Moments like this never get old.

On Saturday, the Temple football captured a special moment for junior tight end Chris Myarick.

After the annual Cherry and White game, the cameras were rolling when Myarick, from Cheltenham High School in Elkins Park, Pa., was awarded a scholarship after making the team as a walk-on in 2014.

Myarick’s teammates mobbed him after the news was announced.

Congratulations, Chris.

Trust the … Lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

Trust the … Lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

He calls himself "The Process."

He is a main piece of The Process.

And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.

Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.

After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.

Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.

But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.