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A.J. Burnett pens touching tribute on 8-year anniversary of Roy Halladay's perfect game

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A.J. Burnett pens touching tribute on 8-year anniversary of Roy Halladay's perfect game

It's hard to believe it's been eight years since Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game for the Phillies against the Marlins down in Florida. Philly fans remember May 29, 2010, like it was yesterday.

(Ugh, the Flyers)

It's typically fun to reflect back on incredible sporting achievements or funny moments — let's not talk about practice ever again though — when they pop up on social media or teams remind us of them. But it's much tougher when the amazing player and person who made them possible is no longer with us.

We get reminded of Roy's greatness but also the pain that comes with losing him too soon.

One of Roy's old teammates and friends, A.J. Burnett, used the opportunity to write a fond remembrance of Doc that talks about what an amazing pitcher he was but also what an amazing friend.

The Players' Tribune piece, titled simply "Doc", shows Roy the laser-focused pitcher but also the jokester off of the field that Burnett helped bring out of him. It talks about the legendary game-day preparation, the detailed approach to the game, the love of fishing, the superhuman goals Doc set for himself, and one impressive prediction.

When he threw that no-hitter for the Phillies in the playoffs against the Reds, I was with the Yankees in Minnesota. I was sitting in the clubhouse that afternoon, and I distinctly remember saying, “Watch Doc go out and throw a no-no tonight.”

I’m dead serious. That’s what I said. You can ask anyone who was in that clubhouse. They were there. They heard it

It was Doc’s first postseason start ever. I knew he’d be locked in.

“Watch for it. I’m telling you. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if he throws a no-hitter tonight.”

And then the guy went out and did it.

But mostly it's simply a piece about friendship.

Burnett praises Doc quite a bit throughout, calling him the best teammate he ever had. Give the whole piece a read and remember the greatness that was Roy Halladay.

Dario Saric looks miserable in Minnesota

Dario Saric looks miserable in Minnesota

We all watched Jimmy Butler’s smile beam across his face as he was introduced as a member of the 76ers today.

But how did things go at the introductory press conference for the three former Sixers in Minnesota?

Just look at Dario’s face.

Yesterday, we learned about the teary-eyed goodbye Saric had with Brett Brown when the trade was made, and today, we get this photo from the press conference. He looks miserable. Also, it’s not like we hunted for a bad photo, only to see him smiling moments later. This is the photo the Timberwolves chose to tweet out on their main account.

Here’s another look.

We’ve seen this before with Jahlil Okafor dropping the jersey and with Joel Embiid’s face on draft night. Both of those turned out to be non-stories, but what if Dario is truly upset to go from Philadelphia, where he moved to from another country, to Minnesota? 

Also, Robert Covington is having a little trouble removing the word “process” from his vocabulary.

While we’re looking forward to seeing Jimmy Butler take the court for the Sixers, some fans will have an eye on Minnesota to see how the former Sixers are doing. 

Make sure to circle Jan. 15 on your calendar for Minnesota’s only game in Philadelphia this season to see how the fans welcome back the trio.

Who knows what will happen.

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Jimmy Butler admits his car isn't what you'd expect

Jimmy Butler admits his car isn't what you'd expect

Sixers fans got to know Jimmy Butler really well during his introductory press conference. He even gave fans an idea of what car to look out for on the streets of Philadelphia, since it’s not at all what you’d expect.

“I still do drive a mini-van, so if you see that rolling down the street, I’m for sure in it," Butler said when he was asked to give Philadelphians an idea of who he is off the court.

According to TMZ, Jimmy Butler drives a 2017 Toyota Sienna, which starts at $29,750 and seats 7-8 of his closest friends, or teammates. The car boasts a large cargo area, perfect for parading around the Larry O’Brien trophy and it’s the only mini-van to offer all-wheel drive, which will be great considering Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is expecting above-average snowfall this winter.

By the end of the year, Butler will have made more than $77 million during his NBA career, meaning he could afford a fleet of roughly 2,500 Toyota Siennas, but it’s not all about the money for the 30-year-old, four-time All-Star.

While he’s due another $19+ million next season (even though he can opt-out of that deal) and is on the verge of another mega-contract, Butler has his sights set on something more important than money.

“My family is set for the rest of my life. It’s not about the money,” Butler said. “I have to be able to love where I’m at and have a great chance of winning a championship.”

It’ll be funny to see Butler’s Sienna parked next to Ben Simmons’ Ferrari in the Sixers’ player parking lot.

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