Phillies fans pay tribute to Roy Halladay

Phillies fans pay tribute to Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay may have been a Phillie for just four seasons, but his impact on the Phillies, the fan base, and the city was felt well beyond those four years.

Halladay died Tuesday in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Halladay's death shook the sports world. His former teammates went to social media to remember Halladay. Phillies managing partner John Middleton and chairman David Montgomery shared their memories of Halladay. Cole Hamels, a member of the Four Aces with Halladay in 2011, said Halladay taught him so much more about life than just baseball.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury wrote, Halladay was all business on the mound, but the side that stood out the most about Halladay was just how much he cared for other people.

In 2010, his first season with the Phillies, Halladay won the NL Cy Young and then was the runner-up in 2011. He pitched a perfect game in Miami in 2010 and then tossed one of just two playoff no-hitters in baseball history.

Halladay, in a short time, became one of the most beloved figures in Phillies history, and Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, fans showed their appreciation by leaving a Phils hat with "thanks for the memories" written in sharpie on it, a signed Halladay photo, a Halladay shirt, roses, candles lined up to form Halladay's No. 34 and more in a memorial to Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.

Here are some photos as of Wednesday morning:

Photos: NBC Sports Philadelphia's Tom Finer.

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg get a bit heated in dugout altercation

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Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg get a bit heated in dugout altercation

While the Phillies put up seven early runs Friday in an attempt to overcome a shaky start by Jake Arrieta out of the All-Star break, there was some drama in D.C.

Stephen Strasburg, in his return from the DL, was pulled after allowing six runs in 4⅔ innings to the Braves. As he jogged off the field and down the dugout steps, he was greeted by Nats ace Max Scherzer, who gave him a supportive pat on the back.

Seconds later, Strasburg barked at Scherzer, who snapped his head back and shrugged in exasperation.

Scherzer was clearly ticked off and shouted back at Strasburg with some emphatic gestures. Strasburg jumped up and began to walk down the steps back to the clubhouse with Scherzer following him. It appeared they wanted to finish their heated conversation in private.

It's been a frustrating season for the Nats. They're 48-49 and six games behind both the Braves and Phillies. This was Strasburg's 14th start of the season and it hasn't been Strasburg-like at all. He has a 3.90 ERA and has allowed 12 home runs in 85⅓ innings.

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Mike Muscala wasn't very fond of Joel Embiid as an opponent

Mike Muscala wasn't very fond of Joel Embiid as an opponent

Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.

The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.

As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.

Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:

I don’t like the Sixers.

I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.

I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.

One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.

Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.

Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?

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