El Bastardo! Rauuuul! Magnifique!

El Bastardo! Rauuuul! Magnifique!

Pretty damn impressive Major League debut from the Dominican fireballer Antonio Bastardo last night in San Diego, eh? While most scouting reports put his fastball at 90-91 mph, the 23-year-old was consistently hitting 94-95 on the radar. Not only was he bringing the heat, but he looked composed on the mound and never let a sticky situation blow up. His six innings of four hit ball, giving up the lone Adrian Gonzalez homer while striking out five and walking only one were exactly what old Uncle Cholly and Rich Dubee were looking for. Well done, Bastardo.

The above photo was sent in by reader Kaitlin N. who was one of thousands of Phillies fans in San Diego last night. Late in the game, Petco seemingly turned into South Philly West with "Rauuuul!" and E-A-G-L-E-S chants being clearly audible on the television broadcast. An image of what happens to Philly fans in San Diego after the jump.

 

Entering the game with a big lead is as much as the kid could hope for, and Carlos Ruiz called a great game for him, relying heavily on Bastardo's monster fastball. At times, his control seemed a little erratic, but his composure won out, allowing him to walk only one batter, while hitting another.

Charlie was down right happy with Bastardo's performance.

"[Bastardo's] adrenaline was going," said manager Charlie Manuel,
unable to suppress a grin throughout his postgame news conference. "He
was on a rush, and you couldn't have slowed him down if you had to. But
he did one thing real good: He was aggressive and he wasn't afraid to
throw the ball."

Chan Ho Park came in with a bucket and mop, and he looked more apt to
using them literally rather than figuratively, giving up four ER in an
inning.

San Diego's former Cy Young winner, Jake Peavy, looked more like Chan Ho Park than Antonio Bastardo on this night.

Peavy came down with a quick-onset case of Phillies-induced flu (not to be confused with swine flu, which has possibly been found in the Mets organization). I've never seen a guy get the flu in 20 minutes, but that's how sick this lineup is. One of the best pitchers in the league, in his gigantic home park, got lit up for four runs in the first inning, then went to the nurse's office and got out of the rest of the beating that was set to come his way.

The Phillies got to the Padres pitching early and often and the usual suspect, Raul Ibanez, had quite the night on his 37th birthday with 2 HRs including a blast to dead center.

Phillies look to continue their great play this evening as they go for the sweep in San Diego and welcome back J.C. Romero.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Bold predictions as Sixers tip off 2017-18 season

Bold predictions as Sixers tip off 2017-18 season

Each NBA season is filled with unexpected occurrences that change the landscape for a team, division, conference or even the entire league.

The Sixers will need to have a few of their own along the way as they seek their first playoff berth in five years.

With that said, Jessica Camerato, Marshall Harris, Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick each provide a bold prediction for the Sixers’ new season.

Camerato: Embiid gets cleared for back-to-back games
Some people may think this should be a given and not a bold prediction, but given how closely the Sixers are monitoring Joel Embiid's playing time, this isn't a guarantee.

Embiid was not cleared for consecutive games last season as he returned from two years of foot injuries. The Sixers have 14 sets of back-to-backs in 2017-18. Of those, I predict Embiid will play in two pairs of them.

The Sixers will have to check off a comprehensive medical checklist before Embiid is given the green light to play two nights in a row. I do think at some point in the season, they will take this next step and do so on a minutes restriction.

Harris: Fultz won't start more than half Sixers’ games
Yes, Markelle Fultz is the No. 1 overall pick. The Sixers had to trade up to get him. That's why it pains me to admit this. It's not that I want this to be the case, it's just becoming more and more likely with each passing day. Bringing Fultz off the bench to start his NBA career makes the most sense.
 
Fultz is only 19 years old and going up against grown men in the NBA. He's dealing with a shoulder injury he admits has affected his shot, and he's already missed time in the preseason with knee soreness. The knee issue isn't new, as he's dealt with knee problems dating back to his lone season at Washington. 

Add all that up and it's easy to see how his reserve role could go on longer than just the first few games of the season.
 
For Ben Simmons to be most effective, he needs shooters around him. Jerryd Bayless missed almost all of last season, but in 2015-16 he shot 47.7 percent on catch-and-shoot threes. Alongside JJ Redick, Embiid, Robert Covington (I'd like to think he'll shoot better than 28.7 percent from three before January this season) and Bayless, Simmons will have the full complement of shooters he'll need for the Sixers’ offense to pace and space teams to death. 

Coming off the bench will give Fultz the room to grow comfortably, regardless of shoulder and knee issues. It makes sense now and will probably make sense for at least the first half of the season.

Haughton: Redick, Bayless finish top 10 in 3-point percentage
Let it fly. 

As Marshall mentioned above, with ample attention being paid to Embiid down on the block and Simmons serving up those crisp passes, Redick and Bayless should have plenty of good looks from three-point range.

All that’s left is to make the shots. That shouldn’t be a problem for Redick. The career 41.5 percent three-point shooter has finished among the top five in three of the past five seasons, including the No. 1 spot in 2015-16.

Bayless isn’t the same caliber shooter as Redick, but he has made strides to become a serious threat from long range. The veteran combo guard has shot 36.6 percent from distance for his career. However, Bayless connected on a career-high 43.7 percent in ’15-16 with the Bucks, his second season above 40.0.

Recent numbers suggest it will take around a 41.5 percent average to crack the top 10. I say the sharpshooters make the cut and provide the Sixers with an aspect of today’s NBA the team has been severely lacking for quite some time.

Hudrick: Brown gets named NBA’s top coach
Maybe I'm trying to go all LaVar Ball and will this into existence, but my bold prediction is that Brett Brown will win Coach of the Year.

If my season prediction is correct, the Sixers will make the playoffs with the same coach that's finished with a 75-253 record during his first four seasons. Brown has been through so much during his time here. Don't think that'll get lost on voters.

Think about some of the players Brown has had to trot out there. Tony Wroten. James Anderson. Furkan Aldemir. Isaiah Canaan. The one thing you could always say about the Sixers during the tanking years is the players on the court didn't tank. That's a credit to Brown, who had his team prepared and ready to play.

With actual NBA players, Brown will pull this team together. Nobody in this organization deserves vindication of their efforts more.