Sixers fans were posing with a giant Vlade Divac cutout before the #PickSwap even happened

Sixers fans were posing with a giant Vlade Divac cutout before the #PickSwap even happened

Philly fans are a wild bunch to begin with and once you dig deeper into the segment of fans that would actually attend a draft lottery party things start to get even zanier.

And it's fantastic.

Last night's Lottery Party at Xfinity Live hosted by the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast did not disappoint in these areas. There was the obviously ridiculous moment when they raised a Sam Hinkie banner to the rafters, putting the Process to bed for the final time (yeah right!). There were Shirley Temple beverages on special at every bar -- a couple extra bucks for vodka. There were temporary tattoos featuring a guy who was once a GM of a basketball team. People were actually putting them on their bodies. There were fans waiting in long line to speak to beat writers. There was a wedding proposal.

But perhaps the most hilarious of all of the nice little touches that were thought of for the big night was a giant cutout of Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac. 

And fans could pay $5 to take their photo with it. The money raised from the Vlade photos went to the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware Valley and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

This, of course, was because of the now legendary #PickSwap. Our guy Andrew Unterberger wrote in detail about the magnificence of the #PickSwap that Sam Hinkie put in place actually coming to fruition and how truly wonderful that is, so read that.

But it was also amazing that Sixers fans, before they even knew the #PickSwap would go down, had the faith and just enough missing marbles to take their photo with the giant Vlade before the #PickSwap even happened. They were trolling before it even went down and trolling after. Nik Stauskas even got in on the fun and he was part of the trade!

As I said the other day, you can call Philly fans many things: passionate, intense, loyal, strange, quite strange, weird, very weird. Just don't say they don't have a good time.

Thanks, Vlade. You're going up on the wall.

Even on honeymoon, Jon Dorenbos performs wild magic trick with coin

Even on honeymoon, Jon Dorenbos performs wild magic trick with coin

Magic never stops.

Not even on Jon Dorenbos' honeymoon.

The Eagles' long snapper and magic enthusiast is enjoying picturesque Bora Bora with his wife Annalise.

Still, fresh off his wedding and surrounded by water way too blue, Dorenbos wasn't about to stop entertaining us as he posted this crazy coin trick on his Instagram account.

Bora Bora Magic - I love this move. @apollorobbins showed me this 15 years ago. #honeymoon

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Pretty darn cool — and, seriously, how does he do it?

And don't worry, Dorenbos is clearly having a great time on the honeymoon, not just blowing our minds with cool magic.

Amazing. #honeymoon #paradise

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How Jim Thome got his batting stance thanks to Charlie Manuel and 'The Natural'

How Jim Thome got his batting stance thanks to Charlie Manuel and 'The Natural'

If there's anyone in the world I could sit next to for hours and listen to talk about baseball it would be former Phillies manager and World Champion of baseball Charlie Manuel.

Charlie is still very involved in the Phillies organization to this day and we're lucky enough to have 45 minutes of his time talking ball with longtime Phillies scribe Jim Salisbury.

Those two know the Phillies just about as well as anybody, so there's plenty of meat on the bone to chew on. The duo chatted for a recent episode of Sully's "At The Yard" podcast.

The story that caught my ear the most was Charlie's telling of how Jim Thome came to have that somewhat-goofy stance before he hits. It was a timing mechanism that Manuel stumbled upon in the strangest of ways.

This was when both Charlie and Jim were working for a Cleveland Indians' affiliate in the minors. 

"We were playing in Scranton and it was a Phillies triple-A team at the time. I kept thinking of a timing mechanism of some kind, a waggle or something, what Thome could do with his bat where he wouldn't tense up, where it would help him to relax and everything."

"I came into our locker room early," Manuel said. "I didn't let my players turn the TV on after a certain time. I came through the clubhouse that day, they had 'The Natural' on. I told 'em to turn it off. Some of the players said, 'Hey, Charlie, we're watching The Natural can we watch the end of The Natural? I said, 'Not really, what's the rule?'

"I saw Robert Redford standing there pointing the bat with one hand, bringing it back. I looked over at Thome, I said, 'you can finish watching the movie. From now on that's going to be your load.' I took him down in the cage and worked with him. The game started and the Phillies had a left-handed pitcher named [Kyle] Abbott. He was pitching that day. I told Jimmy, 'From now on that's your stance.' He gets up there the first time up, Abbott throws him a breaking ball away and he hit a home run to left center... I mean a longways. He come up the next time he hit another one to right center. I think he had three hits that day."

"That's a true story," Manuel added.

It sounds to good to be true. So we did a little research and Thome has told the same tale on a television special out in Chicago last summer.

"We were in Scranton and I was a guy who held the bat still and would go from a standstill and swing," Thome explained. "(Charlie) was watching The Natural and he saw that (Hobbs) kind of had this little wiggle to his stance, and I remember the day. We went out the next day, we worked early and he said 'Do me a favor and try holding the bat out there (pointing towards the pitcher) and get a little rhythm with your swing.' And from that day I never looked back. The following day we played a doubleheader and I hit two home runs."

You can listen to the whole podcast with Jim Salisbury and Charlie Manuel right here.