Today in Philly Sports History: Don Carman Publishes List of Cliches, 1990

Today in Philly Sports History: Don Carman Publishes List of Cliches, 1990

Baseball is a simple game--you throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. And if you're Don Carman, when it's all over, you go back and you rehearse your post-game cliches. The quirky Philly reliever had gotten sick of cycling the same set of standardized answers for press conferences--likely even moreso in the 1989 season, where his 5-15 record saw him lead the NL in losses--and decided it was time to let the reporters just fill in the blanks for him. So on June 19th, 1990, after picking up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, he posted a handwritten list of 37 post-game evergreens on his locker, and invited the press to pick their favorites.

It was an impressively post-modern move for the Phillie vet, and you'd be surprised how many of the cliches are still getttng beaten to death on a nightly basis today. But hey, don't take my word for it! Here's the full list, in all its begrudging, sardonic glory:

1. I'm just glad to be here. I just want to help the club any way I can.

2. Baseball's a funny game.

3. I'd rather be lucky than good.

4. We're going to take the season one game at a time.

5. Your're only as good as your last game (last at-bat).

6. This game has really changed.

7. If we stay healthy we should be right there.

8. It takes 24 (25) players.

9. We need two more players to take us over the top: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

10. We have a different hero every day.

11. We'll get 'em tomorrow.

12. This team seems ready to gel.

13. With a couple breaks, we win that game.

14. That All-Star voting is a joke.

15. The catcher and I are on the same wavelength.

16. I just went right at 'em.

17. I did my best and that's all I can do.

18. You just can't pitch behind.

19. That's the name of the game.

20. We've got to have fun.

21. I didn't have my good stuff, but I battled 'em.

22. Give the guy some credit, he hit a good pitch.

23. Hey, we were due to catch a break or two.

24. Yes.

25. No.

26. That's why they pay him ---- million dollars.

27. Even I could have hit that pitch.

28. I know you are but what am I?

29. I was getting my off-speed stuff over so they couldn't sit on the fastball.

30. I had my at 'em ball going today.

31. I had some great plays made behind me tonight.

32. I couldn't have done it without my teammates.

33. You saw it . . . write it.

34. I just wanted to go as hard as I could as long as I could.

35. I'm seeing the ball real good.

36. I hit that ball good.

37. I don't get paid to hit.

Regrettably, this would be Carman's last season of tripe-spewing in Philadelphia, as he signed with the Reds as a free agent the following season.

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LeBron James is on the verge of history; Sixers don't care

LeBron James is on the verge of history; Sixers don't care

The Sixers welcome LeBron James to the Wells Fargo Center as the King is looking to make history.

They’ll be shorthanded as Joel Embiid will miss his ninth straight game and Josh Richardson will sit with a left hamstring strain.

Here are three storylines to watch:

LeBron on the verge of history

With 18 points Saturday, James will pass not-quite-Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant for third place on the all-time scoring list.

After practice Friday, the Sixers were peppered with questions about James getting to that mark in their building. 

Their overriding response: They don’t care.

“It’s not on my mind,” Brett Brown said. “I think he’s class, and he’s a champion, and he’s incredibly important to our league. To feel at all the need to come in and if he scores whatever number you just said against Philadelphia ... I don’t care. I want to beat the Lakers and it doesn’t enter my mind, that side of the equation of defending him or the Lakers.”

Veteran Al Horford, who’s had plenty of battles with James in his career, was even more indifferent. 

“I don't care about [it],” Horford said. “Obviously, we want to win the game. That's all I care about. He's got a great body of work, career for him when he accomplishes that feat, but I don't care about that.”

The Sixers are dealing with injuries and are sixth in the East. They have much bigger things to worry about.

How do you slow LeBron down?

If the Sixers want to win the game, they’ll have to at least slow James down. Not having two of their best defensive players in Embiid and Richardson makes that task even more difficult.

When it comes to LeBron, there is no one defender that can get the job done. It has to be a collective effort.

“You’ve got a few choices — you can either take a charge and take a few years off your career, or you can wrap him up and make him go shoot free throws,” Brown said. “The unlikely instance where you’re going to go block a shot or steal the ball, I doubt it. And so your options are minimal when you’re on an island. They increase when you can actually show a crowd. And therefore you need a team — it’s a team thing that we’re talking about. Otherwise, you can’t. I don’t think you can.”

Brown wouldn’t reveal who’d get the first opportunity to guard James, but did hint that impressive rookie Matisse Thybulle could get a look.

Brown has been hesitant to put Ben Simmons on the opposing team’s best offensive player because of the big minutes the point guard plays. Tonight may be an exception. Simmons is having a Defensive Player of the Year caliber season and is one of the few players in the league that can match James’ physical prowess. It’d be a big test for Simmons and fun matchup to watch.

Who will step up?

With Embiid and Richardson out, the Sixers are losing a combined 38.4 points per game. For a team that’s had its struggles offensively this season, it’s less than ideal.

So where do the Sixers go for answers?

One player that’s stepped up in a big way recently is Furkam Korkmaz. The Turkish wing, who seems to be in line to start Saturday, is shooting 50 percent from three on 7.6 attempts over his last five games. He’s averaging 16.6 points during that span.

“I think during the season we’ve had a lot of challenges like this,” Korkmaz said. “It’s a long season, anybody can get injured. I hope that’s not going to happen, but when someone is out you need to play more for each other. I think we’re going to figure it out. I don’t know who’s going to lead it … but I think the most important thing is to stay together. And like I said, until now we’ve had a lot of challenges like this, so we’re going to figure it out.”

When Richardson went down just four minutes into Wednesday’s loss in Toronto, Brown turned to second-year guard Shake Milton. Milton played his most minutes since last season’s season finale.

While he spent much of last season in the G League with his two-way deal, he improved his ball handling and in running the pick-and-roll. While his shot hasn't translated consistently on the NBA level, it’s part of what made him so attractive out of SMU.

The one thing the 2018 second-round pick does have is the confidence of his coaches and teammates.

“Offensively, I'm not worried about him,” Horford said. “He can really, really shoot the ball and he'll have his looks, his opportunities and I'm confident in him.”

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