Steve Mix has a really fun job but with a questionable team

Steve Mix has a really fun job but with a questionable team

When I think of Philadelphia 76ers television broadcasters throughout the years there are two names that pop into my head. The first is obviously current voice of the team, Marc Zumoff. The second is the guy I remember hearing as a kid, Zumoff's former partner Steve Mix.

Mix's name often comes up when discussing Sixers' telecasts with fans who have been watching this team for decades, but other than that you don't hear a lot about him.

Until now. The New York Post caught up with Mix in the strangest of places. He's an usher for the New York Mets down in spring training.

Mix and his wife moved to the Vero Beach area recently and he was looking for something to do to keep busy. Taking tickets at a baseball game turned out to be a great fit. Not only does he get to interact with fans who occasionally recognize him but he also gets to be the resident hoops head.

From Kevin Kernan:

J.P. Ricciardi, special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson, knows basketball, too, coaching the sport at Holy Name High School in Worcester, Mass., for 11 years and going to three state finals. One day he was going to his seat, saw the tall guy named Steve Mix and put two and two together.

"At first I said, 'That guy is really big to be an usher.' And then I was talking to him and I see the name Steve Mix and I say, 'How many Steve Mix can their be?' What a great guy, a humble guy," Ricciardi said. "It made my spring. I've been talking hoops with him the whole time. I've seen him help a lot of elderly people, too, he's really compassionate.'"

There's an anecdote about Dr. J. in the piece that is worth a read as well. The Doc called Mix "Sky" but not for the reason you'd think.

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.