Young Guns: Phils Lean On Youth, Friendly Calls, En Route to 1-0 Win

Young Guns: Phils Lean On Youth, Friendly Calls, En Route to 1-0 Win

For a team with their highest payroll ever, the Phillies continue to earn wins while leaning on a bunch of guys many didn't even expect to be on the team prior to the season. The trio of Vance Worley, Michael Stutes, and Antonio Bastardo executed their jobs perfectly on Monday night and the Phils, with a little help from the umps, scored the only run of the day.

Vance Worley was fantastic in yesterday's 1-0 win over the Marlins. The Phils rookie went seven strong innings, allowing only two hits, and acting all nonchalant after (not) tagging Emilio Bonifacio on a close play at first base in the fifth inning.

To steal an NFL term, there didn't appear to be 100% conclusive evidence, but it did look as if Worley never actually touched Bonifacio. [watch the play here if for nothing else than to see Trader Jack McKeon get his argument on]

What did you think? Safe? Out?

We love to get on umps when they make egregious calls against the Phillies, so we thought it's also worth pointing out when their mistakes actually help the Phils. Another instance of that was on Michael Martinez's RBI single in the seventh. Dom Brown didn't get a great jump from second, and his front foot appeared to miss the plate, allowing John Buck to get the tag right before Dom touched home. In a play that totally could have been called either way, the ump called Brown safe and the Phillies had the only run of the day. [watch the play at the plate here]

So that was the story of the Phillies series-opening victory over the Fish on the Fourth: Worley, Stutes, and Bastardo pitched wonderfully as the Dom Brown and Michael Martinez got one on the board with a little help from Blue. Just how Phils fans scripted victories back in the off-season, right?

Back at it this evening. No Fireworks in the forecast.

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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Brown says 'nobody has any fears' over long-term impact on Fultz's shot

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Brown says 'nobody has any fears' over long-term impact on Fultz's shot

DETROIT — If you’re under the impression Markelle Fultz’s shooting game has been affected by his sore right shoulder, you’re not alone.

Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks so, too.

“There’s no doubt that it factors into what people question right now about his shot. There’s no doubt,” Brown said prior to the Sixers’ matchup Monday night in Detroit. “You don’t just walk a certain way for a long period of your life, and then all of the sudden, start to limp.”

Brown’s comments come on the heels of another worrisome shooting performance from Fultz, who made just 1 of 5 shots en route to six points in Saturday’s 128-94 blowout loss in Toronto.

It marked the second straight game Fultz logged only six points after he made just 2 of 9 shots in the Sixers’ home-opening loss to the Boston Celtics.

“(Fultz) doesn’t let on much. He doesn’t want to let on much,” Brown said. “But nobody’s hiding anything. It’s just, none of us can dismiss that it doesn’t factor into some of the shooting concerns that he might have. 

“What I do know is that the work he puts in, the work on his shoulder, all that stuff, nobody is dramatizing it. It’s consistent and I think it’s heading into the path that we want.”

Brown acknowledged that Fultz’s shoulder woes remain a cause for concern. That said, it appears Brown has no intention of sitting the 19-year-old sharpshooter, who has yet to attempt a three-pointer in his first three regular-season games, despite shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc in his lone season season at the University of Washington.

“I’m trying to grow him and find minutes for him, and become a part of what we’re doing,” Brown said. “He’s obviously a huge part of our future. That kind of stuff is what’s mostly on my mind.”

Asked whether he had concerns about whether continuing to play Fultz could affect his shot down the road, Brown was quick to dismiss the notion, citing the opinion of the team’s medical staff. 

“I’m advised mostly by the medical people — that’s what I get worried about the most. And nobody has any fears,” Brown said. “Like we’ve said to Markelle, this is not going to define him. This first season is not going to define him. 

“He’s so compliant. When you really dig in deeper, and not get tricked by just statistics, he’s been good. He really has been good.”