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Everybody loves 'Gentleman Jim'

Everybody loves 'Gentleman Jim'

Philly loves you, Jim Thome, but so does seemingly all of baseball.

Although he played only four seasons with the Phillies, Thome’s impact reaches far beyond the box score (see story). He signaled the start of an era that would culminate in a title and two appearances in the World Series. 

Thome was definitely feeling the love Wednesday as he heard his name called to the Hall of Fame.

The moment Thome, and his dad Chuck, have been waiting for was caught on camera.

In a great moment, Charlie Manuel made a surprise phone call into MLB Network.

Among the many messages posted on social media, these two stood out to prove why Thome was destined to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Finally, some of his former teammates and friends chimed in as well.

Congratulations, Jim.

The Dodgers are now calling Chase Utley 'dad'

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The Dodgers are now calling Chase Utley 'dad'

Dodgers shortstop Kike Hernandez hit a two-run homer off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning on Sunday to help spark his team’s 7-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday. 

Then he thanked his dad. 

Not his real one. 

In his postgame interview with SportsNet LA, the 26-year-old thanked his 39-year-old teammate Chase Utley, who is apparently a father figure. 

"After my first at-bat my dad Chase told me to use his bat, and I did, and first pitch I hit a homer,” Hernandez said. “It’s dad’s bat.”

So the Dodgers are now calling Utley dad. Fantastic. 

We've found the 1 thing that scares Joel Embiid

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We've found the 1 thing that scares Joel Embiid

We've found the one thing Joel Embiid is afraid of.

It's not an opposing big man. 

It's water.

We all know Embiid would have no qualms about sliding into Rihanna's DMs, but prior to those pictures, it was difficult for his mates to get him down a slide in the Bahamas. As evidenced by this hilarious video from Sixers minority owner Michael Rubin.

@joelembiid is not a fan of water slides 😂 (@michaelgrubin)

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Hey, as long as he doesn't have to face-up Hassan Whiteside in a pool, the Sixers should be OK.

In all seriousness though, Sixers fans would probably prefer that Embiid stays as far as possible from any type of contraption that could potentially lead to a freak injury.